Bernina® of America presented the company’s annual Quilt Leadership Award to Marianne Fons and Liz Porter during International Quilt Festival in Chicago in April. Marianne accepted the award from Jennifer Gigas, director of training and education at Bernina®, just before the Bernina Fashion Show began.
According to company president Martin Favre, this award “honors the outstanding contributions of a few very special people who enhance the quilt industry by promoting the art of quilting and by sharing with others their own enthusiasm and love of the craft. Marianne and Liz’s impact on the quilting industry continues to gain momentum, and we happily honor all that they do.” Others who have received the award are Karey Bresenhan, Georgia Bonesteel, Caryl Bryer Fallert, Libby Lehman, and Alex Anderson.
“We were quite surprised by this great honor,” commented Marianne. “Both of us say a big thank you to Bernina® for choosing us!”
As part of the award, each of the women received a beautiful Swiss-made music box.