September 27, 28 and 29, 2018
Portland, Oregon

Featured Instructors for 2017

Esterita Austin

Esterita Austin, Featured Instructor at NWQE, Portland OregonInternational award winning quilt maker, designer and teacher, Esterita Austin is known for her portraiture and stone series as well as her innovative paint transfer technique.

Esterita's quilt "The Well" was a prize winning piece in the NYC American museum of Folk Art's international competition. Her work has been published in numerous periodicals and books. Esterita teaches nationally and internationally. One of her international venues is a workshop every September in the hills of Tuscany, which features art quilting, painting and cooking workshops as well as tours to Siena and Florence.

The use of textural and dimensional imagery has given Esterita's work a unique style. She brings creative energy to her workshops, stimulating the imagination and invigorating the soul. Esterita's website

Swan Amity Sheridan

Swan lives with her family in Corona de Tucson and works in a studio surrounded by the beautiful Arizona desert. Swan has been quilting since 2002, when she discovered that fabric and thread were her creative outlets and with them in hand she might become the artist she had always wanted to be. Now hardly a day goes by that Swan is not creating new designs, choosing fabric, or taking up the needle to make something. Applique is her true quilty love, but she has an affection for all methods and has no desire to be limited. Free motion quilting has added excitement to Swan's work in the last several years. Swan's website

Laura Heine

Laura Heine, Featured Instructor at NWQE, Portland OregonLaura has been quilting for over 30 years and has won many national awards for her work. She is an author, fabric designer, thread designer, pattern designer and teacher, and travels all over the U.S. teaching her techniques. Her collage quilts and technique have attracted national and international interest and continue to intrigue all who view them. Laura has had her quilt shop Fiberworks in Billings, Montana for 25 years.