Alissa Haight Carlton

Alissa has been obsessively quilting for the past three years.  She is one of the founders of the Modern Quilt Guild and is co-writing a book entitled “Block Party” for Stash Books, a C & T imprint, to be released in Spring 2011.  Her work has been published in Stitch Magazine, Quilters Home and Quilting Arts’ Quilt Scene. When not quilting, she casts reality shows including seasons 7 & 8 of Project Runway.  She blogs at

Craig Wcislo

Craig began making clothing in his college years and since has done costuming and clothing design for theater companies, dance companies, and for hair shows. He has been sewing clothing and quilts for himself and others for 30 years. He tends to work along a little more experimental lines, but firmly believes in a foundation of classic skills in sewing and tailoring, whether you want to make a cute little summer top or a red-carpet full length extravaganza with 20 yards of tulle.

Latifah Saafir

Sewing has been Latifah Saafir’s portal to creativity ever since she “took it up seriously” at the age of 11. Having learned the basics at the knee of her mother at age 6, she focused on sewing garments throughout her teenage years and through college eventually sewing most of her own wardrobe. A Mechanical Engineer by training she took classes in Design “to keep her sanity”. In search of a new avenue for her creativity Latifah discovered quilting in 2009 and just a few months later with only one quilt under her belt co-founded the Modern Quilt Guild. She quickly transferred her sewing skills to quilting as she sewed over 20 quilts in her first year. Latifah is known for her bold use of color and innovative design.

Latifah looks forward to sharing her passion for spreading beauty in the world one quilt at a time. She blogs at

Lauren Hawley

Lauren’s obsession with fabric and sewing started 7 years ago and has since spiraled out of control culminating in the recent opening of Sew Modern!  Prior to the birth of her fourth child, she designed a line of clothing for little girls named Uppity Girl.  She has been teaching kids in her home for the past 4 years and really enjoys sharing her love and knowledge of all things stitchy with others. She blogs about the things she makes at

Lisa Alexakis

Lisa has sewn and crafted as long as she can remember.  She had a big kitchen table in her bedroom when she was young and would sew for hours. She started teaching sewing and quilting in 1995 and has taught at several LA area shops.  Her specialty is quilting, especially free-motion quilting. 

Liz Hansen

Liz first learned to sew as a child from her grandmother. As a teenager her passion for fashion grew from redesigning and altering her clothes. She attended the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising with a major in fashion design.

Christine Haynes

Local designer, pattern maker, and writer, Christine Haynes authored the
book Chic & Simple Sewing. She teaches group and private lessons around
Los Angeles and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The New
York Post, The Los Angeles Times, Martha Stewart’s Radio Channel,, LA Weekly, Daily Candy, and NBC’s Today Show, among others.
Visit Christine at her website,

Ramona Burke

Ramona has been stitching her whole life, from childhood embroidery samplers to her custom wedding dress to almost every article of clothing her children have ever worn (yes, even diapers).  She specializes in modernizing vintage looks for both children and adults.  While she is relatively new to teaching sewing classes, she has successfully wrangled classrooms full of elementary through high school-aged students, and is excited to be part of the Sew Modern family.

Tanya Heldman

Tanya took her first quilting class about 8 years ago, and ever since has been in love with what happens when she cuts up perfectly good fabric and sews it back together again.   The truth is that a finished quilt inhabits a type of love and care that is unexplainable.   Since that first class, Tanya has taken many, many piecing and quilting classes because she wanted to soak up all she could to support this crazy habit of hers.    Combining the modern esthetic with traditional techniques is of particular interest to her.   She recently purchased a long-arm quilting machine and, along with custom quilting services for clients, she donates her time completing charity quilts for the “Quilters Circle of Hope,” an organization that provides quilts for those undergoing cancer treatment, and “Quilts of the Heart,” an organization that provides quilts to many charities in the Los Angeles area.

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