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Meet Our Teachers




        

Andree Baca

M.J. Fielek

Jill Green

 


Markita Gumble

 

Laura Kay Houser

Richard Larson

Janet Lindsey


Wendy Madeiros

 
       

Carolyn Miller 

Penny Treaster    

 


M.J. Fielek

MJ Fielek has been sewing since she was quite young. She taught sewing and tailoring at Eastfield College and "Sewing with Knits" at Richardson High School. Her love turned to quilting in 1979 when she drafted and made her first quilt. Over the years, MJ has made hundreds of quilts. She entered and was accepted in the IQA show and won 2nd place in the 2-person category. She has even traveled to Europe to the International Quilt Expo and taken classes from many European teachers. Her whole house is one big quilting studio!

MJ teaches several classes for Happiness Is . . . Quilting! She encourages students to take their skill to the next level, teaching intermediate to advanced construction classes. Her motto: "I am your Bucket List Instructor."  


Jill Green

Jill has been quilting for about 25 years. She especially loves handwork. Over the last couple of years, she has really enjoyed working with wool as it combines her love of appliqué and embroidery.  Jill's  handwork reflects her love of art and music. She enjoys designing her own quilts and helping others find joy in their quilting project.


Markita Gumble

Markita is happy to share her knowledge of garment sewing gained over the years from experience and training with industry experts.   Whether you are a beginner or experienced sewer, you will learn tips and techniques for a custom fit and professional finishes in the garment classes.  Come explore both traditional and independent pattern makers of garments and accessories.

 

Laura Kay Houser

Laura Kay is the proud owner of Happiness Is . . . Quilting! She loves being in the business of her favorite hobby, where learning never ends. She enjoys the chance to share techniques and projects with her students in a classroom setting.


Janet Lindsey

Janet's first experience in quilting was making a Sun Bonnet Sue applique' block with her grandmother when she was around seven years old. Her grandmother also started teaching her to sew on a treadle machine and she has been sewing ever since then.

She started seriously quilting in 1995. This is when she felt that she had found her true passion. She enjoys all aspects of the quilting process from selecting and collecting fabric to quilting the quilt. She also really enjoys hand applique', embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery. She loves the detail and dimension that it can add to a quilt.


Carolyn Miller

Carolyn has been a quilt maker since 1991 and began collecting antique and vintage quilts in 1993. Shortly after that she spotted an ad in Quilter's Newsletter for the upcoming American Quilt Study Group's yearly seminar in Paducah, KY. Attending that first meeting was a personal turning point as she met many people who were just as in love with old quilts as she was. She has since amassed a good collection of 19th and 20th century quilts and a library of quilt history books to help her research them.  Her quilts (both old and new) have been published in various magazines and have been exhibited in quilt museums. She also helped to co-found the Lone Star Quilt Study Group which meets twice yearly. 

She lives in Fairview with her husband and 3 cats. (She does try to keep the cat hair off the quilts but sometimes it just doesn't work!)


Penny Treaster

Happiness Is...Quilting! and all of its customers are so fortunate to have Penny on staff and teaching.  She gladly shares her keen knowledge and experience as a quilter with both patience and insight.