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Florida Sewing Sew-ciety

                                        Sewing . . . making a difference in all our lives

Meet the fabulous teachers for the 2021 Sewing Conference!  

Jeannie Miller


Jeannie started quilting at 22 when she was living in Kentuck and a friend's mother helped her hand piece and quilt her first quilt, a double wedding ring. As soon as she was old enough to operate the sewing machine solo, she began her sewing hobby which has spanned her life with sewing, embroidering and quilting. Jeannie first started using the GO! System when it was first released and just loves the time saving and perfect cuts that it afforded. Jeannie teaches at local stores and national events.  She is a retired school Media Specialist/Teacher with 35 years experience.  Jeannie lives in Palm City, Florida close to her daughter and grandson with her two rescue dogs, Radar and Stitch.

Margaret Travis


Margaret Travis is the Designer in Chief of Eazy Peazy Quilts pattern company.  She is a board member and founder of the Crossroad Stitchers - East and West Chapters in Davenport, Florida.  She has taught at FSS Conferences for years.

  


   

Patti Van Matre

Patti is our Community Service Coordinator and certified instructor for Fit Nice Systems and Islander Sewing Systems, as well as Louise Cutting and a licensed teacher for Martha Pullen.  Patti leads the Fit Nice Club for the Nature Coast Chapter. 


Sue Spinicelli 

Sue is a founding member of FSS and serves as the State President.  She is a Certified Fit Nice Instructor and Louise Cutting and remains one of the most sought after instructors.

Trena Bennett

I started sewing when I was very young by learning first from my mom and then my grandmother.  I went from sewing and crocheting doll clothes at age 8 to making my own clothes in my early teens. From there I apprenticed with an accomplished dressmaker at a bridal shop. I love making and creating beautiful things. I now live in Beverly Hills, Fl with my husband. I have 2 daughters.  


Edie Townsend

Edie is a Charter Member of FSS and has served on the Board for the past seven years. She enjoys sewing garments for children and gifting her special projects to friends. 

Puddin Race

​I'm a lifetime Florida resident who grew up in Orlando before the era of Disney. Now I reside in Port St. Lucie where I retired  as a Public Education Coordinator.  I am teaching at Laura's Sewing in Port St. Lucie and in Palm Beach Gardens.  My specialty is the serg​er, but I also teach garment classes. I'm the current  Florida representative for Loralie Fabrics.


Kathiann Crocker


Kathiann is a licensed Martha Pullen instructor.  Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA with her first payment plan at the age of 13 was for her Featherweight. She has taught at the Singer Company and altered bridal gowns throughout college. Kathiann's specialty is heirloom sewing.

Dot Welch

I learned to sew as a young child from mom, 4-H and then majored in Home Economics in college.  I taught sewing construction as a 4-H Agent during many sewing camps for teens.  I now teach classes at Beyond the Stitches, in Crystal River. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of sewing and love to see the creativity of others.

Carol Henry



Carol has been a Professional Quilt Teacher for over 30 years.  She has Juried Quilts shown at Paducah Quilt Shows, written a book on Quilts featured on Viking TV Show, and her work has been featured in Miniature Quilt Magazine. She is also a Quilt Judge.

Sue Parks

Sue has been a memeber of FSS for many years. When the new chapter in Southern Martin County was formed, she stepped up to lead the group.  The amount of charity avenues that she chairs is amazing.  She has been teaching some of the classes in her FSS group and is excited to teach you at conference.

Martha Mitchell

Martha Mitchell is a Charter Member of the Florida Sewing Sew-ciety. She is also a certified Instructor for Quilt In A Day.  Martha enjoys quilting and apparel sewing.  Really, just anything a needle will go through!

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