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

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Johnny Barfuss

Johnny is a Utah native, and currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He joined the Handi Quilter family in early 2018. Johnny began working in the Handi Quilter testing lab, helping to develop new products for our customers, before joining the Studio Education team.  He's been quilting for more than 15 years, and his desire to quilt was influenced by his childhood. His Grandmother was a prolific quilter and his Mother was an accomplished seamstress, so much of his childhood was spent in fabric stores. A cherished memory of Johnny’s comes from lying under his Grandmother's quilt frame as she would tie her quilts.

Johnny’s quilting has mainly been self-taught, with his creativity guiding his designs, very rarely using a pattern. He remembers the first time he saw a longarm quilting machine in action and it was love at first sight.  He had a quilt juried into QuiltCon in 2018, and is a member of the local chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild.

Johnny’s love of quilting has lead him to teaching in the Handi Quilter Studio, where he enjoys sharing his passion with fellow quilters.

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Kristina Whitney

Kristina began quilting with her grandmother in the 1990’s. Her love of quilting continued to grow as she shared it with others in various states and countries. She pieced and quilted on her domestic machine until being introduced to longarm quilting in 2014. She began her longarm quilting experience on an HQ Avanté with Pro-Stitcher. After touching the Handi Quilter machine for the first time, she was hooked.

She enjoys all types of longarm quilting from rulers, to Pro-Stitcher, to free-motion. She has quilted for hire, for pleasure, and is working to complete 50 of her grandmother’s quilt tops!

She was selected to be a member of the Handi Quilter Quilt Your Desire Inspiration Squad in 2017 and has been featured in magazines, show programs, and on the Handi Quilter truck. Kristina is also a member of many local quilt guilds and enjoys continually learning and improving her skills.

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Vicki Hoth

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.

Meet our National Educators!