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Meet Our Staff

Sandy Kohls - Instructor


Sandy is a skilled seamstress and quilt maker. Through high school she made most of her own clothing and continued sewing for her children and friends as an adult. Suits, coats, formals, wedding dresses, she has sewn them all. This was until she discovered quilting several decades ago.

 

Her favorite patterns and techniques include log cabin designs, needle turned and Celtic applique. Using lots of pretty colors, such as Jinny Beyer’s lovely palette, is a bonus. She loves her job as a maternity nurse, but her passion is quilting.

 

Over the years she has taught at several area quilt shops, including Pamella’s Place in Waukesha, Attic Quilts in Beloit, and The Stitch and Stencil Shop in Janesville. She finds helping quilters “birth” a new project to be wonderful and exciting!

Vicki Freed - Experienced Quilter & Tailor


Our quilt finishing specialist! Sewing her first garment in 5th grade, Vicki has decades of experience behind-the-wheel of a sewing machine. She paid her way through college working at a tailor shop in Madison Wisconsin, learning garment alterations from an old-school master tailor. After working at bridal shops and tailor shops, she has spent 20 years as a self employed tailor.

Vicki pieced her first quilt in 1979. Since then, she has had the pleasure of creating numerous other quilts. She has experimented with many types of quilts and techniques; traditional, modern, machine embroidered, miniature, applique, hand quilted, and paper foundation piecing.

Vicki is now learning the art of longarm quilting under the guidance of Janie Donaldson Mullen, owner of Quilt Central an award winning quilter. You cansee some Vicki's work hanging in the store.

Dave Mullen - Delivery & Repair Expert


Dave Mullen is our delivery professional.

He has delivered, set up, and upgraded machines, many different brands in 18 different States. Since 2003 he has delivered well over 200 machines. He loves traveling and meeting all of the wonderful new and used machine owners. He installs, adjusts, and trains in the place of the installation.

Call Quilt Central Academy to purchase your new or used quilting machine.

1-(608) 563- 4415

Anne Widmann

Quilting has been a large part ofmy life, starting with tied quilts we made to keep warm with my Mom, to baby quilts for my children, then full sized quilts as they left home. My start in quilting was back in the day when all "real" quilts had to be hand pieced & hand quilted. Now the wonders of rotary cutters & all sorts of rulers & cutting boards have made quilting so much easier that far less time is spent making so more quilts. Most of the quilts I do are for Project Linus. Two years ago I set a goal of one quilt a week and was able to not only make 54 of them for project Linus but to also make a few quick quilts for others.

Since making a quilt fast is one of my goals, I like to try out new ideas & seeing what happens. That's what happened with this 6 point star. I wondered what would happen if I put tow fat quarters together, trimmed them to 18x21, since that was the most fabric that I could get out of a fat quarter after squaring it up, most of the time. The pieces were cut in half on the 21" side, stitched around the outside, & cut in quarters diagonally. Those 4 pieces were magical! All four diamonds turned out to be exactly the same size. I still haven't figured out how many combinations those pieces can be moved around too, to make different looking quilt tops from the same pieces. Changing the fabric colors and how they are mixed up after cutting will change everything too. I hope you enjoy putting this star together & go on to create other versions by yourself.

Amy Quackenbush - Instructor


Amy Quackenbush has a degree for Elementary Art/Art History and has been sewing and quilting for 40 years. She's been teaching for 30 years and has a lot of experience in that area, making her a perfect candidate to teach here at Quilt Central. Amy learned to sew from her mother and grandmother, and her mother owned a sewing shop called "Mrs. V's Fabric". She is also married with 4 children, 5 (almost 6) grandchildren, 2 daughters-in-law, and 1 son-in-law.