Teachers

We are so lucky to have such amazing instructors working with us at the-sew-op!

Here is a little bit about each one

 

Tina Craig - Tina has been quilting since the 90s and still tries to challenge herself to learn something new with every quilt. She started her own quilting business, “Seaside Stitches” in 1997 when she was making and selling tiny quilt block lapel pins. These days, she would prefer to teach you how to make your own! She specializes in precision piecing (EPP & FPP) and domestic machine quilting. She shows her work at local and regional quilt shows and has won multiple awards through the years. When she is not teaching, you can find her enjoying the Rhode Island scenery.

                    

Donna Dyer - Donna is a soon-to-be retired school psychologist, whose passion for quilting and quilt history has her geared up for her second career as a part-time quilt instructor. She has been quilting/sewing on and off for nearly 20 years. Her interest is teaching and inspiring beginner level students to dive into the wonderful world of quilting! Her instructional style is slow and steady, with a good dose of forgiveness for “happy accidents” (mistakes). Her Beginner Quilt Series will take you from the very basics to completing two small quilts in a matter of weeks! Come join Donna on this creative and satisfying journey! 😊👍🏻🧵

 

Meg Goulart - Meg is our creative sewist. She studied Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design at URI. She learned how to sew at a young age and hasn't stopped since! Meg has won awards for her designs in the URI Spring Splash fashion shows in 2018 and 2019. She likes to have fun when sewing and never takes any project too seriously. She teaches workshops at the store, but her favorite thing is to help customers find the perfect fabric for their next project! If you're a sew-op regular you've definitely seen Meg behind the desk!

 

Pat Harrison - Pat is a long-arm quilter, lecturer, workshop teacher, quilt designer and quilt judge! She has been long arming since 1999 and has won numerous regional, national and international awards for her quilts and those of her customers. She has also been published in books, magazines and featured on television. Pat has vast knowledge of the world of quilting, and we are so excited to have her teaching courses here at the-sew-op.

   

Jane Headley - Jane is an expert sewist. She has been sewing since she was 9. When she is not making her Chanel-like jackets, she is teaching master seamstress classes and guided sew courses. Jane has also taught a variety of quilting classes, created paper piecing patterns, and taught fashion sewing classes. After retiring in 2002, Jane took the URI Master Seamstress I program, and it didn’t take long for her to fall in love and begin teaching classes in the Master Seamstress II program. She is a joy to have in the studio and has an encouraging way about her teaching method. 

 

Kate West - Kate has lived in North Kingstown for over 21 years. She has been sewing since she was a brownie (a long time ago!) Her mother taught her and her 4 sisters how to sew. While overseas in the Philippines she was taught how to quilt by another American, who started their own quilting group. Quilting has always been her favorite, but since teaching classes at the-sew-op, she has started to make other things using patterns! She is recently retired from working at Newport Hospital as an RN and she likes to use her new free time to sew. Kate has been enjoying teaching sewing courses at the-sew-op and can’t wait to help others find their passion for sewing!