Camp 2013 Instructor Bios
Debbie Baldwin, Norwood, NY
Debbie has been quilting since 1995. She enjoys learning new techniques and challenging herself. She has taught classes for both shops and guilds. She is the workshop coordinator for Borderline Quilters. Debbie’s goal is to spread the love of quilting to the next generation.
Susan Cazziol, Hammond, NY
For 21 years, I’ve owned Phoenix Fabric. I have taught classes at the store, Sunshine Quilters Guild and the Clayton Guild. I have also taught at quilt camp for several years and I am looking forward to teaching this year.
Mardee has been quilting since the mid-1980’s and began teaching quilting while working with Cornell Cooperative Extension. The first of many machine quilting workshops started with a sampler workshop with over 100 people enrolled. While working at Cooperative Extension she started a Quilt Camp along with JoAnn Zenger, a co-worker, which was held at 4-H Camp Overlook . This event was transferred to the Borderline Quilt Guild and has grown significantly over time. Mardee has taught at all but two of the September Quilt Camps. While teaching over 50 different workshops in many locations in St. Lawrence County, she has always focused on teaching techniques which quilters can apply to a variety of projects, and considers herself a teacher rather than a quilter.
Joan Ford, Syracuse, NY
On February 8, 2003, Joan Ford took her first quilting class and was hooked! Since then, Joan has completed about 3-400 quilts. But who’s counting!
Early on, collaborative designs appeared in Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting and Quilts with Style. Joan also worked with Janet Wecker-Frisch, fabric illustrator to design and create quilts that were published in Fast-Finish Panel Projects for Kids on the Go! and Celebrate a Cozy Christmas.
In 2006, Joan established her company, Hummingbird Highway. She teaches workshops, featuring the popular ScrapTherapy® pattern series which helps quilters relieve the guilt of a growing scrap fabric stash.
A thorough overview of the process is detailed in the book ScrapTherapy®, Cut the Scraps! published by The Taunton Press.
Joan also designs a monthly pattern series, Snap Sack® Small Quilt Kits, which are small seasonally-themed wall hangings. Both ScrapTherapy and Snap Sack patterns are broadly distributed to your favorite quilt shop.
As owner of Hummingbird Highway, LLC, Joan designs in her home studio and office. She also lectures and teaches workshops throughout the country. Joan, her husband, Dave, and their two pet birds live in Syracuse, New York.
Audrey Hall, Fine, NY
I have been quilting since I can remember. I started out by being my MOM’S presser using the old iron that was heated on the wood stoves
I made my first baby quilt in 1959 by embroidering Jack and Jill on a pillowcase tubing. Mom said it probably would wear out on the factory crease, but you know that it never has. I still have it today and it went through three kids and four grandbabies.
I retired in 1996 and one of the gifts I received was a gift certificate to Dorothy Hall’s for a quilting class. I took a “Log Cabin” class and made a queen size quilt. I was instantly bitten by the quilting bug. I joined Borderline Quilters guild in Canton, New York, that year. I became president of the guild the next year. I have taken many classes at the Vermont Quilt Show and Paul Smith’s which I loved and learned many interesting techniques. I have taught several classes on my own in different locations, as well as at several Borderline Quilt Camps and Spring Fever at Dodge Pond. I really enjoy teaching quilting and I always learn as much as I teach.
Donna Hastings, Malone, NY
A former public school educator, Donna Hastings is an accomplished garment maker and quilter. Her quilting endeavors include designing paper pieced mariner’s compasses and landscapes, which have earned awards at national quilt shows. She enjoys using various piecing techniques in creating for her quilts.
Chloe Ann O’Neil, Parishville, NY
I have been quilting for 14 years. I have also been associated with a quilt shop in Parishville, New York. My teaching experience extends to the fabric stop in Parishville, the Borderline Quilt Camp, the Great Camp Sagamore, SOAR and I’ve trained staff at a quilt shop in South Carolina. I enjoy traveling to seminars and love to see people develop a love of quilting.
Marcia Tiernan, Waddington, NY
I have been quilting since I was a teenager in 1955. I am owner and operator of Marcia’s Custom Quilting in Waddington, New York. I have a Gammill Longarm Quilting Machine with a Statler for computerized, precision quilting. I have been teaching quilting for more than 10 years, ranging from beginners to advanced abilities. Quilting is a passion for me and I enjoy passing the love of quilting to others.
Jill Thomas, Potsdam, NY
Jill has been quilting for thirty years. She has been teaching classes, from beginning to advanced, for more than fifteen years. She has taught at Borderline Quilters Camp, the Adirondack Quilt Camp at Paul Smiths, guild workshops in Watertown and Cicero, adult education at SUNY Potsdam, and numerous other classes in the area. She loves machine piecing and learning new techniques. Her favorite quilts are scrap quilts.