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Donelle McAdams

Quilting Industry Partner

Promoted Instructor

Westalee Design Accredited Teacher

Indiana (willing to travel anywhere in the US) (willing to travel)

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About The Instructor

Donelle McAdams is the owner of SEW BIZ, Marion, Indiana. Donelle is the designer of Quick Easy Mitered Binding and Border Tools for the Sewing and Quilting industry that are sold internationally and she is also a pattern designer. Previously a Family and Consumer Sciences Teacher, she has been a quilt store owner for 37 years. She has taught a variety of SchoolHouse and Take & Teach classes and Business Management Seminars at International Quilt Market, Husqvarna Viking Sewing Convention, Vacuum & Sewing Machine Dealers Trade Association Convention and has participated as a Quilt Store Owner/Educator on numerous panels and advisory boards. She writes a column – Profitable Promotions – for FabShop News, an industry magazine.

As an Accredited Teacher for Westalee Design /Sew Steady, Donelle is available to teach classes and assist you as a Ruler Work demonstrator at your next Quilt Show or event. Her love and enthusiasm for sewing and quilting is infectious. Taking a class or booking an event with Donelle is guaranteed to be information-packed, inspirational and FUN!

Why Westalee Design Templates? “Quilting with templates is my therapy! I find that I so completely concentrate on my project that I don’t think about other issues of life when sewing or quilting. That’s very relaxing for me.”

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15 thoughts on “Donelle McAdams

  1. I’ve taken 2 classes with Donnelle, the first with the original package of rulers at QuiltTrends in Columbus; the second, about 3 years later at Red Rooster in Dublin, OH. It was a repeat of the first class but I felt I needed some more instruction & updates. Donnelle is super organized, very patient, responds to all questions patiently & respectfully, and makes sewing with the Westalee rulers so simple. She’s unflappable. She offers many tips (which I also enjoy on the Sew Steady videos). I was having a problem using 2 rulers outside the sampler pack and once she showed me “how to” I was able to use them comfortably when I got home. I’m glad to see her sessions on Facebook. I learn something new each time.

  2. Donelle’s class is the best EVER!! She shared an incredible amount of information in just three days. While she demonstrated techniques, templates, and projects, she provided opportunities for questions and answers. I especially appreciate that Donelle offered personal one-on-one help to individuals who needed it. She is knowledgeable, funny, and oh-so-patient. If I could, I would attend all of her classes. Thank you, Donelle, for a great experience.

  3. On March 4,5,6 2020 I was part of 22 ladies that attended a sew steady class at Heartfelt Quilting & Sewing in Winter Haven ,Florida
    I have been to many sew steady events and have learned and enjoyed everyone.
    But this week the event teacher Donelle McAdams was outstanding .
    I leaned more than ever before, she is a fantastic teacher. Although we had some challenges with fabric , she keep the class on track .
    I feel confident after taking the class with Donelle that I can become successful with my quilting projects.
    So again thank you to Donelle for the wonderful class and it was a pleasure learning all the new ideas and techniques .

  4. Katherine Clawson had a picture of a 9 block project that she had done in a class with Donelle McAdams – Train the Trainers. I would love the pattern, but I can’t find it anywhere. Is this particular class only for people who are going to be accredited?

    1. Stay tuned, Sharon! We have just prepared a whole new list of classes that will be available on-line and at events. Watch the Sew Steady page here and also on Facebook. We will be announcing soon!

  5. Just saw you for the first time on Quilting Arts with Susan. Can’t wait to start getting some templetes/rulers!

  6. We had a fabulous event with Donelle here at High Country Quilts in Colorado Springs! We had 2 days of true education and fun! We are already planning our next event with her! Thank you Donelle!

  7. Customers have been hearing about quilting with templates so it was the perfect time to offer this class. Donelle came prepared with a projector and a camera to make it easier for class participants to see what she was doing. Her samples were impeccable and impressive, her demonstrations amazing and relevant, her lighthearted manner and sense of humor made it all so fun and enjoyable! My customers left not only buying but raving about the experience. Thank you Donelle.

  8. Donelle presented at our shop in the Western New York area (4) Open House sessions over a two-day period. She was prepared, most knowledgeable, enthusiastic, kind, eager to answer questions and so much more . . . in two words, “absolutely amazing”! Since we had never hosted an event such as this, she was invaluable to us as shop owners . . . giving helpful information every step of the way. Donelle definitely wanted us to be successful! Thanks so very much, Donelle!

  9. Donelle was a great inspiration for attendees while demonstrating the Westalee rulers in our booth at the International Quilt Festival-Chicago 2016. She is very knowledgeable about the Westalee products!. Our booth was extremely busy during the 3-day festival and Donelle handled the crowds and questions in a professional and timely manner. GREAT JOB, Donelle!

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