Handi Quilter Studio Educators
We care about your quilting experience. Our HQ Studio Educators are based in Salt Lake City. They offer retreats, training for HQ Retailers and phone support for quilters. Led by Education Coordinator Vicki Hoth, our educators also develop curriculum, film education videos (both for DVDs and YouTube presentations) and provide a quilter’s viewpoint for our engineers and product development team. We are devoted to educating quilters before AND AFTER the sale.
Meet our Studio Educators
Growing up on a farm in Idaho, Kimberly was taught how to sew at an early age by her mother and both grandmothers. During her senior year of high school, she found a picture of a log cabin quilt, got out some graph paper, and drafted her first quilt. It took her 5 years to finish that quilt, but a lifelong love of the craft blossomed and she has never looked back.
In 2003, Kimberly attempted to quilt on her home machine for the first time and was hooked. From there, she graduated to a longarm in 2007. She became a professional longarm quilter in 2016. Using her HQ Avanté® with Pro-Stitcher®, she is able to create and quilt designs with precision and still add whimsical touches with free-motion quilting. She has quilted on many different brands of machines, but Handi Quilter is her favorite.
Whether quilting on her home machine or on a longarm, Kimberly loves the process of choosing designs to complement and highlight the piecing. Over the years, she has evolved from a very traditional quilter to a more modern quilter. She began teaching classes several years ago, and loves passing on her passion and knowledge about quilting to her students.
Kimberly is a member of The Utah Quilt Guild and The Modern Quilt Guild. She is the mother of two teenagers and lives in Utah, where she loves to hike with her dog in the beautiful mountains in the summer and stay inside and sew the rest of the year.
Cheryl began sewing at a young age and is very experienced in many facets of sewing, including quilting. As an HQ Studio Educator she teaches hands-on classes for new long-arm machine quilters and assists with retreats at the U of HQ. Cheryl is always ready to help quilters choose designs and thread colors when they come to quilt in the studio. She has developed a love for decorative threads and enjoys sharing her knowledge in her classes. She also enjoys scrapbooking and making custom scrapbook covers. Cheryl enjoys developing her skills as she rubs shoulders with all the quilters she meets.
My passion for quilting was fueled in 2007 when I saw my first long arm sewing machine. I had been making quilts for family and friends for nearly 40 years by hand quilting them. So, it wasn't hard to fall in love with the HQ Sixteen. At first, I rented time on the machines in the Handi Quilter studio where I had all kinds of instruction, encouragement and advice from the studio educators. After 2 years and 25 quilts, I finally got gently nudged out of the nest and bought my own machine. It seems I just can't get enough quilting. I love the whole process from buying fabric to machine quilting and even binding. In fact, I have a hard time telling myself when to quit. I pretty much quilt every quilt to death before it comes off of the frames. I love creating my own patterns. I love appliqué. I love paper piecing. I love learning anything quilt related. I joined our local quilt guild and have learned so much from the very talented ladies in my group. All quilters are good to share what they know and are so kind and fun to be with.
I've won awards for my quilts from the local and state quilt guilds, at the state fair and at HMQS. I have a background in Graphic Design. I worked 5 years for a local quilt shop. I've learned so much from the quilting community and I am grateful to all who have helped me along the way. I am excited to join the Educators at the studio. I'm like a kid at Disneyland, everyday all things are quilt related and no two days are the same. I'm still waiting for it to be like work...but don't tell my boss. How lucky can you be to have a job doing something you really love?
Vicki has been a quilter since the early 1970's. Her extensive background in garment construction and quilt-related activities is essential to her role as an educator for Handi Quilter. Prior to joining Handi Quilter, Vicki managed a retail quilt and sewing machine store. She is currently the Education Coordinator for Handi Quilter Studio. Vicki helped create and develop the U of HQ Retreats, educating quilters on the capabilities of the HQ quilting machines. She also provides teaching services in the studio for new long-arm machine quilters and Handi Quilter Reps. Her skills motivate quilters of all abilities as she encourages and teaches the fundamentals of long-arm machine quilting. She teaches at quilting events throughout the United States and makes quilting fun and exciting. Vicki likes to encourage quilters to stretch their talents and try new techniques in their quilts. Her love of machine quilting is contagious. Click here to listen to Vicki Hoth, HQ Education Coordinator on American Pathwork & Quilting Radio hosted by Pat Sloan. Click here to download the podcast.