Quilt History Teachers in the Midwest USA

The teachers and lecturers who are listed here have expertise in one or more areas dealing with quilts and quilt history. You will find those who are qualified to give lectures and/or workshops, including; authors, designers, historians, and more. Each with the love of quilts and quilting, and the desire to share their knowledge with others.  Listings are submitted by the teachers themselves and are sorted into categories based on their general geographic area.


Holly Anderson says that quilting is in "her blood". With a grandfather who was born on a Mennonite farm, a grandmother who quilted, and being raised next to Amish country in rural Ohio, one can understand why. 

Holly has been quilting for 12 years. Along with being an accomplished quilter and quilting teacher, Holly is an appraiser certified by the American Quilter's Society. Among the classes that Holly teaches is "Always in Stitches - the stories quilts tell in history". Holly lives in Georgia and can be reached at QuiltHolly@aol.com


Linda Carlson has been involved with quiltmaking since 1975. Her work has evolved into four books; Roots, Feathers & Blooms: 4-Block Quilts, Their History & Patterns, Four-Blocks Continued... and Quilting to Soothe the Soul: Create Memories for Today, Tomorrow & Forever. The Best of 4 Blocks ... & More came out in the fall of 2003. Presently, she is working on another book while teaching and judging across the country, and designing fabric for Benartex! Her students enjoy her good sense of humor, guiding and flexible teaching approach, patience and ability to allow and encourage creativity. Linda's expertise is in hand applique' and machine piecing. Please visit her web site: www.lindacarlsonquilts.com  to view 27 photos of her workshops and lectures. 

Exhibitions: Lake Farm Parks, Kirtland, OH, 2005 Featured Artist United We Stand, Paducah, KY, 2002 American Quilter™s Society Show, quilt "What So Proudly We Hailed," returned from successful 3 year loan traveling exhibit Remember When..., Paducah, KY, 1997 American Quilter"™s Society Show invitational and touring exhibit, quilt "œRemember When We Built Our Dream Home Back In 1996?" Museum of American Quilter"™s Society, Paducah, KY, 1997, "œGrand and Glorious: Four Block Quilts from the Collection of Linda Carlson Smithsonian Institute and American Quilt Defense Fund 1995 Symposium, "What"™s American About American Quilts?", lecturer and panelist. 
 

Recognitions: Featured Quilt of the Week and appearance on episode #3 of 2005 TV show "œLife Time Real Women" 2001 Guest Artist, Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy, Williamsburg, VA 1996 G. Andy Runge Ambassador Award, Mexico, MO, given to recognize Carlson"™s successful representation of Mexico, MO during extensive teaching years across the United States.  E~Mail Linda at ljcarlson1@me.com. 


Xenia Cord has been involved with quilts since teaching a graduate Women's Studies course in American quilt history at Indiana University Kokomo in 1980.  She offers lectures on aspects of American quilt history  to general audiences, and more intensive workshops on fabric identification as a means for dating quilts and on American kit quilts.  She has lectured to guilds, historical societies, and at quilt conferences around the country.

Xenia has written several articles on these topics and others for American Patchwork & Quilting and McCall's Quilting, has published 2 scholarly studies in Uncoverings (journal of the American Quilt Study Group), and has articles in several other publications and books.  She is has also been a quiltmaker since the mid-1980s.

Xenia has also produced three major exhibits of antique textiles and artifacts in central Indiana, and for 11 years was a producer of Quilt America, the quilters' convention in Indianapolis.  She is also the owner of Legacy Quilts, an antique quilt brokerage, doing shows only (no open shop).  For more information, visit her website or E~Mail Xenia at xenia@legacyquilts.net


Beth Donaldson has been a quilter since, 1974; a quiltmaking teacher since 1984; a show organizer since 1989; and a quilt historian since 1999. Her credits include authoring two quilt books, Block By Block (That Patchwork Place, 1995) and Charm Quilts (EZ by Wrights, 1997) and was a contributing pattern designer and writer for Great Lakes, Great Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2002). Her work has been featured in Quilter's Newsletter Magazine, Quilting Today, Professional Quilter, Quilt Professional, and Traditional Quiltworks. She was the local planning chair of the American Quilt Study Group's, 1999 Seminar and ran the Northern Michigan Quilters Getaway from 1991-1997. She has also judged quilt shows and contests. Currently she is involved (through the Great Lakes Quilt Center and the Alliance for American Quilts) with the development of the Quilt Index,a comprehensive on-line research tool and reference work that will provide access to information about North American quilted bed coverings http://www.quiltindex.org/  . Her work as the Quilt Collections Assistant at the Great Lakes Quilt Center at the Michigan State University Museum includes updating their website, organizing the on-going Michigan Quilt Project documentation effort, assisting (and occasionally curating) quilt exhibits and helping to manage the 500+ quilt collection. Because of Beth's work commitment to the MSU Museum, she limits her travel to the Midwest. You may contact Beth at quilts@museum.msu.edu  or the Great Lakes Quilt Center's website, http://museum.msu.edu/glqc/index.html


 Carol Elmore is an AQS certified appraiser of quilted textiles. She's been making quilts for 30+ years and gives several lectures on quilt history including one her husband called "The Life and Quilts of Ida Stover Eisenhower", appraising, and collecting (especially textiles featuring dogs). She also lectures on the history of aprons using examples from her collection of 50+ aprons. She does workshops on quilt dating, hand piecing, and making Scottie block quilt collectibles.

Carol is a librarian and has a master's degree in library science. She works as a librarian at the Veterinary Medical Library at Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. Carol can tailor her lectures to meet the needs of guilds, historical societies, civic groups, and museums. She has given lectures and workshops in Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Nebraska. Carol also does quilt show judging and has judged in Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. She would be willing to travel.

For more information, visit her web page or E~mail Carol at c-elmore@cox.net


Bettina Havig is a quiltmaker, teacher, lecturer, judge, quilt historian, appraiser and consultant. She has been on the programs of Quilters"™ Heritage Celebration, Quilt America, Quilters"™ Unlimited Showcase, and American Quilters Society Annual Show, The National Quilt Festival, Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza, Williamsburg Quilt Festival, and Quilts Across America and has taught for guilds throughout the US as well as in Germany, England, and Scotland. She has served as consultant to EZ/Wrights on the development of a new product for quilters. In addition she has served as competition judge for many of these same events.

Her work has been featured in such magazines as "œQuilters"™ Newsletter", "œQuilt", "œLady"™s Circle Patchwork", and "œQuilting Today", and The British Patchwork and Quilting magazine. . She was the designer of the 1999 "œAmerican Patchwork and Quilting" Sampler Series. Her quilts have been invited to and been exhibited in many national quilt shows.

She has authored five books: Missouri Heritage Quilts, Amish Quiltmaker, Quilts of the Booneslick Trail Quilters"™ Guild, Amish Kinder Komforts, and The Carrie Hall Blocks. For more information, visit her web site or E~mail Bettina.


Kathy Kansier has been a quiltmaker since 1974. She is an AQS Certified Appraiser and a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers - Quilted Textiles. Kathy provides lectures and workshops on hand applique, finishing techniques, crazy quilts, Victorian purses, quilt history and Amish history. Guilds often combine her services for lectures, workshops, appraisals and quilt show judging. When appraising for guilds or shows, Kathy donates a portion of the fees to the sponsoring guild. Kathy lives in Ozark, Missouri and is available to travel. For a complete listing of her current lectures, workshops and fees, please contact Kathy at: 417-725-6502 or ozarkquiltmaker@aol.com.


Nancy Kirk offers lectures and workshops on antique quilts, quilt restoration, crazy quilts and more. She is the owner of The Kirk Collection, a business specializing in antique fabrics and quilts, designs a line of Civil War reproduction fabrics and embroidery designs for Cactus Punch plus quilt designs for QuiltWoman.com. She is also president of The Quilt Heritage Foundation which sponsors the Crazy Quilt Society, The Quilt Preservation Society and the Quilt Heritage Conference. She travels nationally and also leads quilt cruises and tours. Visit her website at  for current classes and prices.


Catherine Noll Litwinow began her love of quilting in 1980. She sees quilting as a connective thread to the past and a record of the present for the future. She holds memberships in AQS, NQA, AQSG, IQG (serving as president and program chair), and MVQG (as "œher" storian). Catherine has taught FACS and quilting classes at Scott Community College. She has given lectures at National, State and Local levels.

Catherine"™s work has been displayed in the Quad-Cities; Kalona, IA; Cedar Falls, IA; Waterloo, IA; Lima, OH; Lincoln, NE; Clarksville, TN; Indianapolis, IN; San Diego, CA; Austin Peavy University; and, Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. She has won awards from the Mississippi Valley Quilter"™s Guild and Iowa Quilters Guild. She has had quilts featured in the Oct. 1994 and Dec. 1995 "œQuilting Today," Issues 71, 79, 80 and 81 of "œTraditional Quiltworks, and the Fall 1995 "œCountry Quilts." Catherine is listed in "œWho"™s Who in Quilting in America" by AQS, has comments in "œBusy Quilter"™s Survival Guide," was a featured collector at Quilt America in Indianapolis, IN, and lead a round table discussion for AQSG. Her "Stars and Wishes" was selected for the Grinnell College, IA Master Quilts Exhibit.

Quilts, their stories, and quilt makers inspire Catherine. She helped with quilt registration and documentation for Iowa and Illinois Quilt Research Projects. She documented textiles at the Cody Homestead after receiving a grant from MVQG. She has course work in restoration, fabric dating, and quilt appraisal.


Chris Moline is an AQS Certified Quilted Textile Appraiser, quilt historian, quilter, lecturer and collector. Her lectures concentrate on the impact of historical events on women and their quilts. The format and length of presentations can be customized to meet specific needs for guilds, galleries, quilt shops, historical societies, museums and special events.

Additionally, Chris offers lectures on quilt care, project management and stash control. Her "Ugly Quilt" lecture is a real hoot! Workshops include quilt restoration, appliqué design and basic to advanced construction techniques. 

Chris is willing to travel; however, booking lead time is usually around one year, although special arrangements can sometimes be made. Contact her at:   1168 Hyde Park Lane, Naperville, IL 60565, (630)357-8055.


Karen Musgrave is a teacher and quiltmaker. In 2003, she was invited to present a paper and teach at the 4th International Textile Symposium in the Republic of Georgia. Her workshops resulted in reintroducing quiltmaking to Georgia. In addition, she is working with the American Embassy to document for exhibition in two Georgian museums the Georgian antique quilts and applique work with the Gee's Bend Quilts in 2005. Her lecture "Georgia on My Mind" combines history, textiles and her life changing journey to Georgia. References and workshops are also available.

Contact Karen at Karen Musgrave, 1226 Whitingham Circle, 1226 Whitingham Circle, Naperville, IL 60540-6928; telephone number 630-579-1024; email karen@freespiritdesigns.com


Gayle Pritchard's primary area of expertise is in contemporary quilts, with a focus on Ohio artists, although she is well-versed in other areas, as well. Her current book isUncommon Threads: Ohio"™s Art Quilt Revolution.  She is the curator of The Artist as Quiltmaker exhibition, in Oberlin, Ohio.  In addition, she has worked with Ricky Clark in co-curating Threads of Freedom.  She is the creator of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Quilt Project, which was featured in Ricky Clark"™s book, Quilts of the Ohio Western Reserve and has lectured about that project. In 2007 she was the recipient of Lucy Hilty Research Grant, American Quilt Study Group.

Gayle also teaches classes in quilt making, assemblage, book making, etc. all incorporated within the fiber medium.  E~mail GAPDesigns@oh.rr.com


Caryl Schuetz has been a quilt maker since 1974 and has been teaching quilt making, as well as quilt history, antique quilt identification and dating, display and care, and antique quilt reproduction style quilt making workshops since 1990. She is an American Quilter"™s Society certified appraiser of quilted textiles. She has taught American antique quilt study at Indiana University/Purdue University (IUPUI) and also lectures and teaches throughout the United States. Caryl is also a quilt photographer and has done photography for several book publications and for the National Quilt Association.

Caryl's workshops include: "ANTIQUE QUILT STUDY"; and "QUILTS SEMINAR"; she also teaches classes that focus on the proper recreation of an antique quilt.

For more information, you can contact Caryl at:  Caryl Schuetz, P.O. Box 68827 Traders Point, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46268, (317) 293-2466/Fax:(317)293-0555  E~mail Caryl Schuetz 


Barb Vlack is a teacher, lecturer, author, quilt maker, and quilt collector. Most recently she has been collecting vintage quilts and tops of the 30s. Her trunk show/lecture using these quilts is titled, "Quilts My Grandmother Didn't Make". Her collection includes examples of fine appliqué kit, utilitarian (read also "ugly"), and scrapbag pieced quilts. Barb's presentation offers a look at the multi-faceted history of the era in order to understand the background of the women who produced these quilts. 

Barb has an accompanying workshop for a medallion "Sampler for the 30s". Students in this class are encouraged to get into the spirit of the 30s by making the sampler with vintage or repro 30s fabrics. (Click on the thumbnail to the left to see the sampler up close.)

Barb is known internationally for her association with The Electric Quilt Company. She has lectured and taught nationally and internationally with her computer and projector capabilities. Other areas for lectures and workshops include borders and hand appliqué. Barb is available to travel. She lives in St. Charles, Illinois. Visit her web page or E~mail cptvdeo@inil.com


Marilyn Maddalena Withrow
P. O. Box 413,Checotah, OK 74426.  Visit her website for more information or E~mail mmw@marilynquilts.com