|We love going to Quilt Market in Houston each October. We love the exhibit hall filled
with gorgeous displays of fabrics and quilts. We love hearing about the latest sewing machine technology. We love seeing all the great people we know in the
business side of the quilt world.
At the most recent Quilt Market, our managing editor Jean Nolte and our partner Dean Pieters kept insisting we arrive early to the Bernina Fashion Show.
We should have found their insistence odd, but we didn’t. We were also clueless when ushered to seats alongside the runway. When Quilts, Inc. president
Karey Bresenhan began describing this year’s Michael Kile Award winners as quilters who have taught quilting in every state in the US except Alaska, we
thought, “Wow, that’s a lot like us!” When she went on to say that the recipients had written a quilting book that sold over 500,000 copies, we began to
realize Karey really was talking about us.
This award was created in honor of the late Michael Kile, owner of The Quilt Digest Press, a Quilt Market exhibitor, and a former member of the Quilt
Market Advisory Council. Members of the council select each year’s recipient from people in the industry who share Michael’s commitment to excellence
and who have made contributions that will have a long-lasting effect on the quilt industry.
The first award was given in 1991, to Marti Michell. The only other time business partners rather than an individual have received the award was 1995, when
Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan of Possibilities were honored.
We were completely surprised and very pleased that others in the quilting industry chose us to receive this special award!