Ruth grew up in Japan and learned basic Sashiko from an elderly neighbor. Ruth made her first quilt in 1990 - a queen sized hand-applique and hand-quilted Hawaiian pineapple quilt - and she has never looked back. Liz Kettle is a fabric and mixed media artist with a passion for teaching the joy of the creative process. Heather Thomas is a fabric artist, quilter, teacher, and prolific video instructor. Lauren Vlcek has displayed her unique and whimsical pieces in art shows, doll challenges, magazines, book covers, and on television.