Quilters Treasure is a family owned & operated business. Joel & his wife travel the United States approximately 40 weeks out of the year, attending quilt & fabric shows, meeting new people and occasionally doing some sight-seeing along the way! You can check out their Blog for more information on their adventures.
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Instructors Biography: Bobbie & Joel Bergquist
Bobbie & Joel Bergquist are husband and wife quilt makers, manufacture & educators, who strive to keep things simple, quick and fun. Bobbie was the inspiration for Quitters Treasure whose goal is to give quilters an artist pallet. Bobbie wanted to make a stained glass quilt and found nothing available to meet this need. Joel created fabric which has inspired her & many other quilters to expand their creativity.
Among the new and revised techniques they have developed include:
- Stained Glass Quilts
- Instant Stained Glass
- Stained Glass using the Zentangled Method
- Stained Glass using Tonertex Glitter & Foil
- Applique for Cheaters
- Embellishments with Foil & Glitter
- Marbling on Fabric
- Being Creative with Tsukineko Inks
- Silk Screening with Tsukineko Inks
- How to make Silk Screens
- Instant Stained Glass
- Painting on Silk & Cotton with Rocco Paints
- Quilt First - Color Later with Tsukineko Inks
- Celtic Ink Work
- Ink Work Doodle
- Classroom permitting they also offer classes on Marbling with Jacquard Paints
As a bonus class they have offered "How to make Perfect Mitered Corners" on your Binding.
They have taught in 42 states including Hawaii & conduct workshops, seminars & lectures; at retreats, quilt shows, guilds and shops. Some of the shows they have been fortunate to have taught at include:
Road to California, Ontario, CA
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Hampton, VA
Quilt Fest of New Jersey, Somerset, NJ
Quilters Heritage Celebration, Lancaster, PA
Denver National Quilt Festival, Denver, CO
Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza, PA
Pine Tree Quilters Show - Augusta, ME
Upper Mid-West Quilt Show - Oconomowoc, WI
A Mountain Quiltfest - Pigeon Forge, TN
Quiltfest Destination Savanah - Savanah, GA
World Quilt Show - New England, Manchester, NH
World Quilt Show - Florida, West Palm Beach, FL
Minnesota Quilters Annual Show & Conference, MN
Machine Quilters Expo, Salt Lake City, UT
and were teachers and featured speaker at the La Roche College Quilt show, Pittsburgh, PA and at the New Berlin Quilt Show, New Berlin, NY.
Their son Brian joined them, providing some Hand Painted Marble Fabric. Within the first year of business they saw the need for Quilters Treasure to produce their own line of a commercial print of this uniquely beautiful fabric, making larger cuts and lower prices available for commercial and hand painted fabric. Their fabrics is now available in 55 delicious colors. This is available both retail and wholesale.
As a family they appeared in four segments of Quilt Central's series A Family in Quilting & Men of Quilting, demonstrating Joel's unique technique of Hand Painting Marbled Fabric for the family based business, they also shared with viewers the techniques of how to make a stained glass butterfly, a method that reduces sewing by more than 50%. Brian's quilt Daniel in the Lion's Den, traveled the country in 2006-8 with Men of Biblical Proportion.
They have successfully sponsored a mentor program bringing new designers into the quilting world & sponsor their yearly Quilters Treasure Challenge. Contact Bobbie if you would like to have your patterns published.
Bobbie's physical & medical limitations meant she had to simplify techniques. What was a necessary modification for one made quilting easier and less stressful for all. They now bring these same techniques into the quilting world modifying popular traditional quilting methods, easy to perform. Traveling in their motor home they are living the dream of seeing the USA and meeting quilters from all over the world. Their constant exposure to about 30 Quilt Shows each year, helps them gain insight into the traditional & innovative trends & keeps their classes & products on the cutting edge of quilting.
They have several YouTube videos available. To view these just click on the Icon you find on this site.