Meet the Trainers
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A well respected icon in the sewing machine industry. She has not only tutored in Australia but also has International experience.
Her passion in the industry started over 30 years ago when she had her own very successful garment and designing business. From there she moved onto Managing a local sewing shop and quickly became the top sales woman.
Cheryl received an award for her amazing selling skills! She was then employed by another sewing machine wholesaler where she worked in a sales role. It was during this time that VSM saw her potential and snapped her up as an Area Manager.
Cheryl soon discovered her love for software and became the “software” guru. She is a favourite with both the retailers and customers alike, as she readily shares her wealth of knowledge.
Caroline is the current Product Co-ordinator for Handi Quilter in Australia. She has been sewing from a young age and discovered her love for making quilts and quilting in 2011, after donating to the QLD flood relief and winning a quilt kit.
She loves modern quilting and is currently a member of the Sydney Modern Quilt Guild. Caroline owned and loved her HQ Sweet 16 before she started at Handi Quilter and has attended classes from many Australian and International Tutors and was a guest at the recent Handi Quilter Quilting Elevated Academy in the US.
Caroline has developed skills using all of the Handi Quilter machines particularly with ProStitcher and Art and Stitch. With the introduction of the HQ Simply 16 early this year, Caroline has been responsible for showcasing this versatile compact frame at various Craft and Quilt shows around Australia.
Debbie started her career working in a fabric store at the age of 20. She quickly moved into selling machines and teaching. After working with VSM for a number of years, she travelled to many craft shows around Australia teaching a variety of classes including the new love of her life, quilting and patchwork.
Now working at Blessington as AccuQuilt Product Manager, Debbie’s passion is to pass on her knowledge and inspiration onto other quilters. She loves seeing the enjoyment and excitement when customers purchase AccuQuilt and tell her about the quilts they will make. Debbie lives on the Central Coast with her husband and two teenage daughters.
In Debbie’s words “I would love to double the hours in every day, just to be able to get more quilting done!”
Letitia Moore has been involved in the sewing industry for over 20 years. Like so many of us, she loved sewing and was a good customer in her local sewing machine shop in Melbourne. The owner soon realised what a gem Letitia was and employed her in the business. She quickly moved on from there and started working for VSM, training and educating using the embroidery software.
Letitia now works for Blessington as a Sales Manager, looking after VIC, SA, and TAS. She is also in the education department and works at many craft shows around the country.
She loves working on her Handi Quilter Infinity frame and being a technology guru, making the HQ ProStitcher her favourite program. With our retailers, Letitia is known as the resident expert in Art & Stitch. She even showed the HQ Educators a couple of tricks. Letitia has a no nonsense approach to teaching and provides excellent notes to follow along in class and at home.
In her spare time, she horse rides and has just completed her first cowboy dressage competition! She lives in Melbourne with her husband and two adult sons.
Mandy Murray started her career as a high school teacher in Bundaberg. She majored in textiles and hospitality and was a favourite with her students. She works in many departments of Blessington, including sales, education, social media, designing projects for blogs (Singer, Husqvarna Viking, PFAFF and AccuQuilt) and travels to Craft Shows all over Australia!
In Mandy’s words, “I am addicted to anything crafty, sewing at every chance and often lost in a daydream, thinking of a new bright idea. I am passionate about learning as much as I possibly can to create unique and innovative projects to share with, and inspire others.”
Mandy aims to inspire the younger generation to sew!
Helen is the Ambassador for Handi Quilter in Australia She is a very popular teacher and uses humour as a relaxed style, to encourage all students to find a new creative path with their Free-Motion Machine Quilting. Helen teaches and demonstrates her love of the Sweet Sixteen all over Australia, USA and NZ.
In 2014, she was guest international Teacher and Speaker at Handi Quilter Academy in Salt Lake City Utah, and again in 2016 in Layton, Utah. She is very proud to teach at the Australian Academy Down Under, to share her Love, Passion & Knowledge of all things quilting. See more on her website.
Narelle has been an avid quilter for the past six years since moving from sales and education with domestic sewing machines, sitdown and longarm quilting machines. Her extensive background as a TAFE Fashion Teacher specialising in all forms of dressmaking related teaching is essential to her new role as a Handi Quilter educator.
Prior to employment in the sewing machine industry she owned and managed a successful fabric store for many years where she conducted a wide variety of sewing classes. Narelle enjoys her role with Handi Quilter especially using her skills to motivate and educate quilters of all abilities as they begin their wonderful journey with Handi Quilter Longarm systems.
She also enjoys Modern Quilting and has recently been appointed the president of the Port Macquarie Modern Quilt Guild.
Cath Quinlan has been designing and teaching for more than 10 years. Her talents lie in digitising, free-motion quilting, machine embroidery and education.
She has co-authored two internationally distributed machine embroidery books, published many projects in Australian craft magazines and digitised and sold numerous embroidery designs and patterns.
Her passion remains in education and the ability to share what she knows with anyone willing to listen. Cath’s teaching style is fun and relaxed, and she truly believes that ‘anyone can do it’.
A busy mum of 4 children, Paula Storm has a passion for inspiring and teaching quilters. Paula’s unique style sees her making quilts in new and different ways while still appreciating traditional quilting techniques and designs.
She began her working life as a radio announcer in outback Queensland. After a fall that left her in and out of a wheelchair, Paula discovered quilting.
“Working with fabric and keeping my hands busy has kept me sane through all the hospital stays” says Paula.
Paula says “In Australia we as quilters have an amazing opportunity to break away and create our own look and style. We have so little quilt making history of our own which I see as a huge benefit! We have no traditions to adhere too. We can break the ‘rules’ and show the world how unique we are.”
Paula has been full time quilter, for over 12 years. She has been teaching all over Australia and publishing her patterns for close to 6 years. She published her first book ‘Sew a little fabric’ in 2014.
In 2015 Paula became the National Ambassador for Husqvarna Viking Sewing Machines. Her following on social media is very large and her ‘How to’ videos on YouTube are very popular for both Husqvarna Viking and her Sweet Sixteen Sundays were a great hit for Handi Quilter. See Paula Storm Designs for more information.
Michelle is our Product Manager for Ricoma and Superior Threads and has over 20 years of experience in the sewing industry. Her knowledge, experience and understanding has been built through the extensive levels of employment she has experienced during that time.
“I had always been attracted to spending time in sewing centres from an early age. My grandmother taught me to sew at 4 and we moved over the road from a sewing centre when I was 6. I would regularly call in and say hello on my way past and see what the ladies were up too. Yes…. I was that pesky child customer! My passion for the Sewing Industry began way back then.”Beginning her career in Central Queensland as floor staff, she learned what the industry was all about and loved it! Michelle went on to manage sewing centres, sales and education to owning her own store. It was the education and sharing her knowledge throughout all of this that really developed as her passion.