Camp 2015 Instructor Bios 


Debbie Baldwin, Potsdam, NY

Debbie has been quilting for 20 years.She is the co-president of the Borderline Quilters Guild in Canton as well as its workshop coordinator. She has taught at quilt camp for 5 years. She has also taught manyworkshops for guild as well as fabric stores in the area. Her specialty is putting together Mystery quilts.

Susan Cazziol, Hammond, NY

For 22 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 the last 5 years and I am looking forward to teaching this year.

Phyllis Acres, Madrid, NY

Phyllis has been quilting for 27 years. Although she has not taught at Quilt Camp in recent years, Phyllis taught classes for apporximately 10 years in the past. She has also provided classes for her local guild, Cooperative Extension, Dodge Pond quilt camp and at her own shop that she operated for 6 years.

Phyllis enjoys machine piecing, paper piecing and wool applique.Her quilts have won Best of Show and Viewers Choice awards at local guild shows and the county fair.

Vicky Williams, Norwood, NY

Vicky has been quilting for over 15 years. However, she has been sewing, making her own clothes for a lot longer. A love of sewing and fabrics was handed down by her mother. Traditional Piecing is her favorite quilt to make and it becomes great fun if fussy cuttting is involved. In her professional career she has been a special education teacher for 25 years. Having taught from high school children down to a younger grades. Having moved to a younger group of children she has brough the love of fabric crafts and sewing into her classroom.


Marlene Hart, Richville, NY

Marlene joined 4-H when she was 8. She loved sewing from the very first lesson. After working in two other fabric stores for several years, she decided to open her own when her local fabric store closed. Hart Country Fabrics has been in business for 9 years. Marlene has helped 4-H kids with their sewing projects, taught classes in her shop and at quilt camp.

Donna Hastings, Malone, NY

Donna Hastings is a teacher and designer creating patterns for quilts that can be made in a weekend. Her quilts display her talents in landscapes, art, machine piecing, paper piecing and free-motion machine quilting.

Jill Thomas, Potsdam, NY

Jill has been quilting for over thirty years. She has been teaching classes, from beginner to advanced, for more than eighteen 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

Marcia Tiernan, Waddington, NY

I have been quilting since I was 15 (60 years this year). I have taught at Quilt Camp for many years. In addition, I have taught classes in Massena, Malone, Waddington and have helped many individuals to learn and enjoy quilting including my daughter, daughters-in-law and granddaughters.

Mary Knapp, Watertown, NY

When I first started quilting, I thought that a quilt should be made to cover a bed.  I soon learned that quilts should also be used for wonderful pieces of wall art.  I make a few bed quilts a year and several pieces of wall art.  I try to make a hand-quilted, queen-size bed quilt every two years and several machine-quilted bed quilts for my family.

I prefer designing in black and white.  All of the initial work is done in pencil with an occasional red, blue, or green dot to mark construction points.  This keeps the design process simple.  Once the design is done, then light, medium and dark values can be added to individualize the project.  My quilts done in full color show the end result.

I enjoy teaching design classes using simple tools to create complex designs based on circles and stars.  Barn Quilts are part of my newest design endeavor.  My students are able to draw accurate large scale blocks quickly and easily. 

I have a few favorite tools that I cannot work without.  I use a straight-edge, a drafting compass, calipers (looks like a compass with two points, no lead), a sharp pencil and an eraser for drafting.  For machine piecing, a stiletto and pincher snips are always in my hands.  I machine quilt on a Bernina using the BSR stitch regulator when doing free motion.  I also find hand quilting very satisfying.  I use a 15” wooden hoop, # 12 needle, a hera marker or chalk, and often silk thread for this. 

My quilts are a meld of many aspects of my background.  I enjoy the process of designing and combining.  I love that “How’d she do it look on a viewer’s face.  And then the teacher in me enjoys explaining just how I did it.  Many of my quilts show the influence of my training in the Life Sciences.  I taught biology to high school students for many years.  Then as now, creating interest in a field requires input from many related areas.  I enjoy combining the preciseness of mathematical measurement with the excitement of fabric and the art of nature.

And for those of you who are wondering “Who is this person” I will provide a touch of personal information.  My family consists of a supportive husband, two grown sons and their families and a huge Newfoundland dog.  All of them add to the qualities I use in my quilts.  My men always have an opinion and new ideas for me to develop.  My dog forces me to take a break and go for a run in any weather.  We ski in the winter and swim and boat in the summer in upstate New York along the St. Lawrence River.  I am a retired biology teacher that still likes to teach.  I have taught classes and had exhibits in a variety of venues, have a quilt used as art for the cover of a college math text, and won numerous awards in a variety of quilt shows.