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Aimee Griffin

I have been at Sandy’s 1-1/2 years, but I’ve been teaching for over 15 years. My name is Aimee Griffin and I love to share my love of quilting.

Teaching and sharing all about quilting is my passion and although you’ll find me teaching machine owners classes, monthly projects, and projects based on quilting my true love is teaching beginner sewers to see the possibilities of what they can do with quilts. From T-shirt quilts to paper piecing to simple pieced quilts my classes are full of great tips and tricks. Not just a hobby,when you make a quilt you’re making a memory that will last forever.

I love Quilting, the people, the teaching, the inspiration, the fellowship, the way it makes me feel when I see the eyes of my students light up because they got it!

Roxanne Overman

I started sewing at the age of 12. I bought my first “top of the line” Viking sewing machine when I was in college because I knew I would never get another one—boy was I wrong. In early 2014, I started helping another teacher at Sandy’s teach machine embroidery.  In the fall of 2014, DIME came out with new digitizing software, Perfect Embroidery Professional (PEP) and I was offered the opportunity to teach it. I took the software home, loaded it, and thought “Oh my, what did I do!”  In 6 weeks, I mastered it and couldn’t wait to teach it to others. In January 2015, I started writing lessons and teaching DIME software classes using PEP and Word Art in Stitches. I found my “calling”; seeing others learn and use the software is very exciting because I want them to enjoy it as much as I do.

Donna Lynn Pearson

Quilting is my art and my passion.

I learned the love of sewing from my mother when I was a young child.
After a 15 year career as a 911 dispatcher and instructor for the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission out of Burien, Washington, I opened my own quilting, sewing and teaching business working out of my home.

In 2011, I was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer. I started chemotherapy in October of 2011 and was forced to take a year's medical leave from work. "My quilting was my therapy while fighting cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. It kept me sane and gave me a reason to get out of bed everyday." This leave from work gave me the chance to experiment with the creative part of quilting and gave me the chance to start my own business.

I have been teaching at Sandy's fabrics for almost a year. I love to share my passion for quilting with others. I am a self-taught quilter, who learned to quilt on a domestic sewing machine. I read books and spent many hours perfecting my art, experimenting with threads, fabrics and design. My experience as an instructor for 911 has helped me to teach quilting. I have chosen to focus my teaching at Sandy's to quilting instruction. I teach Free Motion Quilting, also quilting using templates and rulers, and classes on how to design quilting patterns for your quilts.

I am married to Lynn Couch, together we raised 6 children. We are blessed with 13 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. When I am not quilting I love to hike, camp, ride my mountain bike, practice yoga and play with my grandkids and my 2 spoiled dogs.

Mark Palmer

I have been teaching classes at Sandy’s for six years now.  I have taught Viking 6D Premier software, DIME software, machine embroidery, machine appliqué and quilting classes.  I am pretty much a one-stop-shopping experience for everything but clothes sewing (people don’t have many straight lines).  I just love the camaraderie and fun we have getting to know each other in all my classes.  The sewing projects I like best are machine embroidery, machine appliqué, raw-edge appliqué and just plain quilting.  And there is hardly a project I make that I don’t use my DIME software for some of it or even design it from scratch.  If it uses a sewing machine, and especially if it uses a sewing machine and laptop, I enjoy it and enjoy teaching it.

Chiarra Arpaia's 

I recently moved to the Tri Cities area, and I just started teaching at Sandy's. I love teaching sewing because I think being able to make your own clothing is empowering for women, as well as a lot of fun. My background is in theater costume design and historical costumes, specializing in custom corsets, so I will bring that glamour to Sandy's. I will be teaching lingerie, pattern drafting, and corsetry. We will learn to make clothing that is flattering, comfortable, and a perfect fit. In pattern drafting classes, I will teach you to alter store bought patterns, or to create a customized pattern from scratch. In other classes, I will teach the tricks to sewing lace and silky fabric for well fitting and sexy lingerie. Finally, for our ambitious sewers, we will work on making your own corset.

Ronel Van Bosch

I started teaching in December 2016.  I enjoy teaching a lot because I want the whole world to be as passionate about sewing as I am.  I think it is a great skill to have.  It can save you a lot of money and being creative is very fulfilling.

I teach garment sewing and bags.  I will be teaching basic garment sewing and more skilled classes.  My bags will run as a "bag of the month" class, which you can attend at any time.  We will learn a new skill every month.

I also teach other bags for the more skilled sewer. What’s great about my classed is that it can be done with almost any sewing machine

Nancy Stansbury

I’ve been teaching at Sandy’s for over 10 years.

My joy in teaching comes from seeing my students learn how to do something new, or improve their skills in a particular area.

I love teaching some of the computer classes, including My Block Piecer, My Quilt Embellisher, Viking 6D Premier +, and PE Design 10.  I also teach quilting and sewing classes.

I teach students how to become proficient in using their software by learning how to combine and change designs.  In my quilting and sewing classes I want my students to learn something new that they haven’t tried before

Love to teach students how to use the newest tools on the market that make projects faster and more interesting.

Getting my students the skills on the computer to be successful and to master new sewing techniques.

Joe & Gail Tarcza

Joe and I  been embroidering for about 3 1/2 years.  

We walked into Sandy's to get a replacement sewing machine for ours which was over 25 years old. It seized up. It would have been very expensive to get parts and fix. So we opted to put our repair money to a new sewing machine. At that time Gail was not interested in embroidering. She was a clothing constructor. And loved to repair clothing that needed fixing. Mostly mending and darning. 

Well, after a short time and sticker shock we have three brother sewing and quilting machines,  a brother Quattro 3 embroidery Machine  and the dream machine. We just sold our brother 10 needle and upgraded to the latest 10 needle baby lock which involved a trip to the Sandy's sister store in Bend. That makes the second trip to purchase a baby lock brand at Morrows. The first was to get Gail the Serger that threads itself. 

Joe loves the laser and camera in the brother/baby lock line. So I guess we jumped in with both feet.  

We are retired and we keep pretty busy thanks to Sandy's. Gail even got addicted to embroidering. She loves making the hoop sisters quilts and her latest favorite is making free standing lace. She is teaching the Christmas Village. A new lace building, designed by OESD is introduced each month. 

Gail is also teaching the Annitagood design express designs each month.  

Aimee introduced us to paper piecing and traditional quilting and now we have tackled the challenging Dreamscape quilt and are teaching that in January, February and March. The fabric is stunning. We are also teaching stabilizer tips, Annitagood Design express projects monthly and of course Joe loves to put on his favorite class which is hats made easy.   We love the quilts smart projects also. And we are team leaders for the monthly sit and sew for quilts of valor.  

Joe loves to digitize snd make patches for all his veteran groups. 

We have learned a lot over a short amount of time all because of the knowledgable educators at Sandy's who taught us many things and enabled us to tackle project we never though we would be able to tackle 

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