Houston Quilt Market Seminar Presenters

Patti Brown

The Quilted Butterfly

Seminar: “She Who Dies with the Most Fabric—Making Money from
Quilters’ Estates”

Sunday, October 30, 8-9 am.

Patti left a successful career as a nuclear engineer and moved four states away to reinvent herself in
the retail industry (after first taking time to earn an MBA!). She opened ALB Decorator Fabrics, Inc., and
The Quilted Butterfly 18 years ago. She spends her spare time designing original quilt patterns for sale
in the store.

Pepper Cory

Seminar: “Grassroots Quilting—Growing Your Business from the Ground Up"

Friday, October 27, 9-10 am.

Pepper has been quilting since age 19. She was a shop owner and is a book author (seven so far) and a magazine writer. She designs stencils and templates (200+). She's made two videos, designed 14 fabric lines, and is still a traveling teacher.

Morna McEver Golletz

International Association of Creative Arts Professionals

Seminar: “Social Media Marketing 2.0—Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest"

Sunday, October 29, 8-10 am.

Seminar: “Make More Money By Working Smart”

Sunday, October 29, 7-8 pm.

Morna is the CEO/Founder of the International Association of Creative Arts Professionals and the annual three-day Creative Arts Business Summit, where creative entrepreneurs work on their businesses, not just in their businesses. She has worked with thousands of quilters, fiber- and mixed-media artists, shop owners and other creative entrepreneurs to help them craft business success from their passions. Morna offers private business coaching and is a frequent lecturer at Market. She's a native of Washington, D.C., and makes her home in Maryland.

Susan Harris

Quilt Lizzy

Seminar: “Quilt Lizzy U.S.—How I Franchised My Business”

Friday, October 27, 6-7 pm.

Susan started sewing at 11 years old, and began dressmaking by age 13. She is a lifelong "sewist." She was an economics major at North Carolina State University. She started Quilt Lizzy in October of 2011 in a town of only 848 people, and franchised and sold her first franchise in 2016. She is responsible for four stores, plus one franchisee. Her business has grown 30% per year over year. Her mission statement: Restoring Extraordinary Customer Service in a World of Technology. It is working.

Maddie Kertay

BadAss Quilters Society

Seminar: “Building a ‘Little Blue Box’ Culture in an Age of Big Box Brands”

Saturday, October 28, 6-8 pm.

Susan started sewing at 11 years old, and began dressmaking by age 13. She is a lifelong "sewist." She was an economics major at North Carolina State University. She started Quilt Lizzy in October of 2011 in a town of only 848 people, and franchised and sold her first franchise in 2016. She is responsible for four stores, plus one franchisee. Her business has grown 30% per year over year. Her mission statement: Restoring Extraordinary Customer Service in a World of Technology. It is working.

Heather Kubiak

Kubiak Law Firm and Craft as Desired

Seminar: “Introduction to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyright Laws”

Friday, October 27, 8-10 am.

Seminar: “Legal & Practical Tips for Running a Successful Business”

Sunday, October 29, 8-10 am.

 

Heather has advised and fought for businesses in her law practice for almost 20 years. As a crafter and occasional blogger, she has encountered many issues surrounding patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She is passionate about educating her clients and the crafting industry about intellectual property.

Ebony Love

LoveBug Studios

Seminar: “Don’t Plan to Fail by Failing to Plan Your Business”

Friday, October 28, 6-7 pm.

Seminar: “Independent Publishing—From Idea to Book in Six Months”

Sunday, October 29, 9-10 am.

 

Ebony is an award-winning author, quilter, and expert in fabric die-cutting techniques. She has published more than eight books independently, and uses social media and content platforms to build an engaged community of quilters who are eager to participate in her online and offline events. Using her engineering degrees from Columbia and Purdue University, Ebony has spent the last 15 years building expertise in the areas of technology and marketing, and applying that expertise to grow her business. She works from her studio in Northern Illinois.

Teri Lucas

Generation Q Magazine

Seminar: “Creating Consumer Confidence—Machine Sales”

Saturday, October 28, 9-10 am.

Seminar: “Creating Confidence in the In-Store Talent”

Sunday, October 29, 6-7 pm.

 

 

Teri is the Talent Scout and Blogger-in-Chief with Generation Q Magazine. She is a quilter with 24 years experience, who competes, teaches free-motion machine quilting, and "how to use your machine" classes. She has written for Quilting Arts Magazine and Generation Q Magazine, and appeared on “Quilting Arts TV.” Teri is a BERNINA Brand Ambassador and is fond of saying, "a seam ripper is a quilter’s best friend."

Tracy Mooney

Generation Q Magazine

Seminar: “Kids Really Are Sewing—Get Them In Your Store!”

Saturday, October 28, 8-10 am.

 

 

 

For the past five years, Tracy’s focus has been on getting the next generation into sewing and quilting. In her work as Senior Editor for Generation Q Magazine, she designs projects and writes patterns for WeSew2 and GenQ's Cut & Sew Club, both teaching kids ages 7-16 how to sew and quilt. She now turns her focus to teaching independent quilting retailers about Cosplay, the next mega sewing market, and how to start successful kids programming..

Cathy Donovan Wagner

RETAILMavens, LLC

Seminar: “Boot Camp – Move the Most Product & Keep the Most Profit”

Thursday, October 26, 9 am-4 pm.

 

 

 

With over 29 years of experience in retail as both an owner and a consultant, Cathy has the unique position of having worked on both sides of the counter. She has seen firsthand the tremendous benefits that paying attention to your numbers makes. It is what helped her to grow to three stores grossing in excess of $2.5 million. She sold her stores to be able to help other retailers achieve the same success. Cathy's private clients continuously see more profit and develop more cash flow than the previous year. As the Retail Maven, Cathy helps retailers develop action plans that increase sales, improve cash flow and create success...and love their life! 123