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In 2003, Kent made doll beds for two of his granddaughters for Christmas. His wife, Judy, suggested they make quilts for them.
Neither had ever quilted before but they worked together to make miniature quilts for the beds. Kent fell in love with the process. That started his quilting career, which has continued unabated since his retirement in 2009 after 40 years as an auto mechanic.
Other than his love of quilting and helping people learn to quilt and improve their quilting skills, there are many other areas of his life he enjoys—most particularly his wife, two children, Brady and Misha, and eight grandchildren.
He is an avid swimmer, a swimming instructor, a lifeguard, and enjoys scuba diving. Woodworking, as evidenced by the doll beds, is another hobby he pursues.
For the past several years, Kent has been involved in tracing the genealogy of his and his wife’s families. He and Judy enjoy traveling together.
Phyllis D. Miller
Phyllis has been making quilts since the summer of 1968. Her quilts have been exhibited and won awards at local, state, and national events. She makes both traditional and contemporary quilts, often combining both ideas in one quilt. She is well known in the quilt world as a teacher and for her organizational abilities. She is an active supporter and past president of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society and was the editor of the KHQS newsletter. She is the founder of the Kentucky Heritage Appliqué Society, a KHQS auxiliary group. One of Phyllis’ most rewarding accomplishments was starting Quilter’s Day Out in Kentucky so that quilters would have one day each year when they could be together. This was a way to bring a statewide organization to the quilters. This day of celebration was later declared National Quilting Day by the National Quilting Association and is now celebrated around the world. Phyllis’s favorite parts of quilting are designing the quilt and choosing an appropriate design for the quilting of the piece. She promotes using creative and innovative quilting designs to make every quilt unique.
Books by Phyllis D. Miller
Lone J. Minkkinen
Lone worked as a graphic designer for numerous years, and she later devoted her passion for design and art into painting. While Lone was working as an artist painting murals and portraits, she was introduced to the craft of quilting. The well known attraction to fabrics and “everything-quilting” soon filled the shelves of Lone’s studio, and the soothing sound of a sewing machine filled her home. The abundance of fabrics avaliable gave Lone enough to choose from while making her quilts. However, wanting to personalize her quilts further, the actual quilting of the layers offered her more ways to incorporate favorites or character traits of the ones she made the quilts for.
Inspired on her walks and horseback rides in her native Denmark and in the State Parks of Michigan, she began developing her own quilting designs. Her sketch book quickly filled with continuous line frivolities, as did the quilts she sewed. One of Lone’s critters, a little sheep, caught the attention of Andi Reynolds, AQS. This led to the publishing of Lone’s drawings in her first book, “Quilting Designs from Nature”. This book was featured as “Staff Picks” in the December/January 2012 issue of “Quilters Newsletter”.
Lone teaches quilting classes, sews and draws in Michigan, where she lives with her husband, two children and their pets.
Books by Lone J. Minkkinen
Nan (short for Nannette) Moore has been quilting for over 25 years. Her quilts have won awards locally and nationally, and have been featured in books and magazines. She has owned Moore and Moore Quilts, a longarm machine quilting and design business, for over six years. Nan is a quilt appraiser with a special interest in mid-century fabrics especially feedsacks. She is married with five grown children and has adopted and rescued five mustangs and a wild burro, along with numerous dogs and cats.
Books by Nan Moore
Fran Morgan leads the design efforts and is a co-owner of Fabric Café®. A designer and author for over 18 years, Fran has appeared on television programs including Simply Quilts, America Sews, Quilting with Shar, Sew Much More, Kaye Wood Quilting Friends, and American Quilter.
With well over 100 patterns and books with her by-line, Fran has been published under the company names of the American Quilter’s Society, Dynamic Resource Group, as well as Fabric Café. She designs using varied techniques including quilting, structural fabric forms, needlepoint, and crochet. Fabric Café frequently ships Fran’s patterns and books around the world. To see the versatility of this fiber artist, visit her Web site at www.fabriccafe.com.
Books by Fran Morgan
Joyce learned to quilt from her mother around age 10 and made her first full-size quilt as a teenager. When her own daughter began school, Joyce needed something to help fill her time. It seemed natural to combine her interest in quilting with her doctorate in Native American technologies. Joyce received a National Quilting Association grant to study the use of Native American designs by quilters. This study led directly to her writing five books and she has since published many more books and articles on quilting subjects. Joyce enjoys playing with color combinations, learning new techniques, observing all the wonderful quilts made by quilters, and non-harmful sensory overload. Quilting encourages creativity and Joyce says there are always new techniques to learn and new patterns to try. With new knowledge comes the chance to apply it to her own style and designs.
Roberta Shelby Morse, known to Paducahans as Ro, shares her take on things to enjoy in Paducah from personal experiences in her beloved hometown. Her passion for Paducah runs deep. Mother of two grown sons plus two bonus children and three granddaughters, Ro is blessed with her lot in life. Originator of Whaler’s Catch Restaurant in 1977, she respects the grueling work and immense rewards of entrepreneurship. She coordinated the Jubilee Riverboat project and served as Paducah’s director of tourism and downtown events coordinator. She was the interim director of the River Heritage Museum and chairman of the Civic Beautification Board. Ro has authored three cookbooks, taught in the culinary arts department at the community college, and cofounded the first ever Barbecue on the River. She works on various radio station projects with her husband, Gary, who manages Bristol Broadcasting Company. Her grandest challenge with this book was to limit her list to 100. The American Quilter’s Society editors did the hard part––they made the cuts.
Books by Ro Morse
Caron L. Mosey
Caron L. Mosey, Ed.S is from the State of Michigan, a recipient of many national first-place quilting awards, and is a member of the Evening Star Quilt Guild. She is the author of both "America's Pictorial Quilts" (AQS, out of print) and "Contemporary Quilts From Traditional Designs" (E.P. Dutton). Caron has taught at NQA in Washington, D.C., and at shows in Paducah, Houston, and Chicago. She has served as an instructor at the Mackinac Island Quilt Retreat and for other shows and guilds in over 24 states.