Patsy Carpenter

Born and raised in the Central San Joaquin Valley of California, Patsy Carpenter loves the open road. She has travelled up and down the state and across the country with her co-pilot, best friend and husband of 45 years, Randy Carpenter. They met Patsy’s senior year in high school and have been inseparable ever since.

While on one of their excursions, Patsy and Randy walked into a quilt shop and there, displayed like a prized piece of art, was Judy Niemeyer’s Amazon Star. Patsy fell in love! She turned to her husband and said, “When I retire, I’m going to make that quilt.” Having never made a quilt before, she had no idea what it would entail.

A few months later, Patsy retired, and true to her word, she got started on her goal. Garment sewing had become second nature to her, as she’s been doing it since the seventh grade. She switched gears to learn quilting, bought herself a new sewing machine, and began her first quilt. She not only caught the quilting bug, but her home soon became infested with quilts. Within her first two years, she made over 100 quilts!

Patsy’s love of that Judy quilt never escaped her mind, so she tackled her first Judy quilt: a king-sized Bali Wedding Star. After mastering Judy’s paper-piecing technique, Patsy decided to make her second Judy quilt: the one she had seen hanging in that quilt shop, The Amazon Star.

After taking two classes at her local quilt shop, Patsy became interested in the Certified Instructor program. She contacted Quiltworx and her journey began. Now entering her third year as a Quiltworx Certified Instructor, she has made over 70 of Judy’s designs.

Patsy shares her love of Judy’s quilts and paper-piecing techniques with every student she meets. That same passion has led her to become one of Judy’s most sought-after instructors. Patsy feels the best environment for creating is one where no pressure is felt and a relaxed, fun atmosphere is established.

Always supportive of her students, Patsy wants nothing more than to see them succeed and excel. She is committed to teaching and guiding her students every step of the way. Her keen eye for color, value, and texture allows her to assist students and quilt shops in creating project choices and kits for their classes. Always available for her students, she communicates via phone, email, and through her Facebook page: PacRac Creations.

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Mr. John Egbert

Mr. John Egbert has a passion for sharing his love of quilting. A quilt-making instructor in the Central Valley since 2012, his focus is teaching the foundation basics to the more advanced precision piecing techniques.

When Mr. Egbert is not working on his many quilting projects, he serves as a full-time licensed vocational nurse. An LVN for 35 years, he has spent the last 20 years at San Joaquin Valley Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mr. Egbert has taught many different quilt patterns, but has been drawn to the “Jaybird” geometric styles of Julie Herman, as well as Ricky Tim’s “Harmonic Convergence” artistic form.

“Quilting is definitely my therapy.” – John Egbert

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Laura Eropkin

Laura’s love for sewing was passed down from her mother and grandmother. Her journey started at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Los Angeles, California where she earned her A.A. in Fashion Design.

She developed a passion to inspire and teach others to sew, and became an educator at a sewing studio. Her desire to never stop learning, lead her to her career as a couture bridal seamstress. In addition, she perfected her sewing skills in bridal and formal wear.

Today Laura designs for her uniquely hand crafted children’s apparel and pattern line Fleur De Pink, and also is an educator at Kiki’s Quilt Shack. Her joy is to inspire and help the youth find their passion to sew! She loves to encourage others to imagine, design, and stitch!

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Irene Towler

Irene Towler has been quilting for more than 30 years and art quilts are her passion. Originally a cooking instructor she now enjoys teaching quilting. Irene teaches design and composition for art quilts. Nature, color and surface design all come together in her classes where she encourages her students to express their own creativity. It’s quilting magic!

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