Global Quilt Connection was founded by Sue Bleiweiss and Lyric Kinard as a response to not being able to offer live in person teaching events due to the current pandemic situation.   We recognized that guilds across the country are beginning to embrace virtual live online classes and lectures as a way to keep their membership engaged during this time of social distancing and so we started the GQC to help connect quilt teachers who are ready to offer live online teaching to guilds from around the world.   It’s exciting to us to help guilds connect with instructors who previously might have been economically out of their reach due to the cost of travel, etc.   

Lyric Montgomery Kinard is an award winning artist with a passion for sparking the creativity that she knows each of her students possess. With playful support and gentle encouragement she will take you through your first steps on a new path, seeing the world through the eyes of an artist. As an artist, author, and educator she transforms cloth into art in her studio and timid spirits into confident creatives in the classroom. 

To learn more about Lyric, visit her website here.

Award winning fiber artist Sue Bleiweiss creates vibrant colorful and whimsical quilted fiber art collages using her own hand dyed cotton. Along with having authored three books about the techniques she uses, written numerous magazine articles she has appeared on several TV programs. Her award winning quilts have been exhibited internationally and reside in private collections all over the world. 

To learn more about Sue, visit her website here.

Mel Beach is a San Jose, CA based quilt artist, teacher and lecturer, who breaks away from tradition by adding her own modern, beautifully textured, and colorful twists. She loves stretching her creativity through participation in 90+ quilt challenges, completion of multiple 100 Day Projects involving dice rolling, and her comedy improv studies.


Mel is passionate about teaching/lecturing and specializes in machine quilting and modern design techniques. She has taught in-person and online for quilt shops, guilds, and large quilt venues all across the United States.Her award-winning quilts have been published in books/magazines, juried into traveling exhibits, and exhibited at national quilt shows. Mel has been featured on Quilting Arts TV (series 2500 and 2600) and The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims (episode 2112 and a new one to air Spring 2021), in addition to having several published articles with Quilting Arts Magazine and The Craft Industry Alliance. 

To learn more about Mel, visit her website here.

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