Camp 2014 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 and current co-President. 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 located in the town of Hammond on Co. Rt. 6. I have a long arm quilt machine. 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 Cooke, Potsdam, NY
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.
Audrey Hall, Fine, NY
I have been quilting for a life time. I learned how make crazy quilts from my Mother when I was very young. Quilts in those days were made to keep us warm -- not so much for looks. I took a quilting class in 1996 when I retired. After taking the class I decided I probably knew everythng plus what the teacher had attempted to teach us. I started teaching the next year at quilt camp, which was held in Star Lake, continued teaching when we moved to Potsdam, and then on to Wadham's Hall. I love to show people how to make things, especially quilting, and I enjoy sharing my talents with my students.
Marlene Hart, Richville, NY
Marlene has been sewing since her 4-H days. She took her first quilting class for the Quilt in a Day Log Cabin from Ann Ryan in the early 80's and was hooked. She filled in at the Fabric Corner in Gouverneur on occasion and worked a few years at Fabric Arts in Richville. Now she owns Hart Country Fabrics in Richville, does long arm quilting and has developed a few of her own patterns.
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 15 years. I have also been associated with a quilt shop in Parishville, New York. My teaching experience extends to the fabric stop in Parishville, Handiworks Quilt Shop, 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. I believe that quilting should be fund and that everyone in a class learns from each other.
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 quilting for 50 plus years and teaching quilting for more than 10 years, ranging from beginners to advanced abilities. I have taught at quilt camp about six times. Quilting is a passion for me and I enjoy passing the love of quilting to others.
Muriel Testani, Potsdam, NY
I have been interested in applique for a long time and have taken many classes. I have taught applique for about 10 years including Quilt Camp, Sagamore, and I'm currently holding classes at Susan's Stitches on alternating Saturdays. We start at beginning applique and work through folded flowers, stuffed berries and other special techniques. We are alwyas open to new people.
Debbie Thomas, Rochester, NY
I have been teaching quilting classes for the past four years. I have always wanted to be a teacher, so I finally found my niche!!! I started out teaching a tote bag class and then moved on to various quilting classes. Since meeting Debbie Tucker and learning about her tools, I have begun to almost exclusively teach her tools and patterns. I just love watching the expressions on my student’s faces when they see how easy it is to make four flying geese at once or to strip piece a Hunters or Lemoyne Star!!! They are really wowed. I try to spend at least an hour each evening in my sewing room, either teaching myself a new tool or technique, designing or adapting patterns to use Debbie’s tools or creating my next class sample.