Executive Council

Our Executive Council is made up of elected volunteers who keep the wheels of our guild speeding down the quilting highway. Elections are held each November, and the new EC takes office each January 1st.


President: Beth Schnell

My mother taught me how to sew when I was 6.  My first passion was garment construction and when my daughter was born I loved making her clothes.  Sewing was always something my mother and I had in common and when she became a grandmother she started quilting and I followed suit.   I became a stay at home mom when my daughter was 3 and that’s when I made the first of many quilts.  My quilts always looked different than my mothers.  They were brighter, had more white in them and I didn’t I like boarders on my quilts.  It wasn’t until 2013 when my mother and I went to quilt week in Paducah that I realized the type of quilting I was drawn to was Modern. I found the Modern Quilt Guild and was hooked.  I joined MQG and attended my first QuiltCon in 2015 and I just cant get enough.  I am so happy I found SFMQG it is worth the hour drive to be a part of this wonderful group of talented modern quilters.  I’m looking forward to the year ahead.


Treasurer: Marianna Steele

Marianna started sewing in the seventh grade.  She started quilting 25 years ago when she joined a small group in the Michigan farming community of Pigeon.  She took a 10-year hiatus when she worked as a costumer for several community theaters.  She moved to Florida in August of 2015 and joined the Southern Florida Modern Quilt Guild that fall.  She looks forward to getting to know more of the members of our guild.

Vice President of Projects: Linda Gordon

Linda is serving as VP of Projects in 2017 and has been with the South Florida Modern Quilt Guild since the Stitchcraft days.

Linda started hand sewing with her mother's scraps as a little girl and moved on to making all her clothes in high school. Later raising twin boys whose wardrobes were limited to jeans and tee shirts there wasn't much inspiration to sew for the kids.  An interest in quilting started in 1974 with a pattern for a quilted pillow in a women's magazine. That interest flared into a passion that has lasted a lifetime. A career in computer drafting in civil engineering and land surveying played right into the basics of quilting design.  Linda has done years of traditional quilting but in the last few years has been drawn to the modern quilt movement.  She loves the freedom that modern quilting encourages.  Lately that passion has carried over into modern straight line quilting.  Like others Linda is so happy to have found "her people" that all speak the same language.

Secretary: Claire Blessman

Claire’s love and ability to quilt was instilled at young age, by her mother. She enjoys making all different style quilts and relishes the entire quilt making process, from piecing to quilting to binding (yes, even binding). Claire also enjoys knitting, embroidery, reading, running, and lifting weights. Claire relocated from Indianapolis to the Palm Beach Gardens area with her husband in 2013 and is happy to have found a wonderful group of quilters in the SFMQG!

Vice President of Events: Andrea Etkie

Andrea starting quilting ten years ago when she went away to college and visited a family friend who's house was covered in quilts. She is drawn to modern geometric prints and prefers improv style piecing and free motion quilting. Andrea enjoys learning new techniques and gleaning tips from more experienced quilters. Within SFMQG, Andrea participates on the Historian Council and is a Mentor for new members in the guild. She's been married to her highschool sweetheart for six years, has one adorable son and two more on the way!


Vice President of Education: tbc

Bio coming soon.


Founding Officers