Goshen News, Goshen, IN

October 31, 2012

Shipshewana Quilt Festival organizer announce 2013 speaker


SHIPSHEWANA — Coordinators of the award-winning Shipshewana Quilt Festival recently announced Libby Lehman as the 2013 featured personality for the June 26-29 event.

Lehman began making quilts 40 years ago when her mother, Catherine Anthony, signed them up for a basic class. Over the years she has evolved from a traditional handworker to one of the leaders in innovative machine stitching.

Lehman’s studio art quilts have won many awards and appear in private, corporate and museum collections, including VISA International, Fairfield Processing Corp. and Cogen Technologies. She also is the author of “Threadplay with Libby Lehman” and her quilts have appeared in many books and international publications.

Lehman’s quilt “Joy Ride” was chosen as one of the best 100 American Quilts of the 20th Century. In addition to making quilts, most of her time is spent teaching, judging and lecturing in the United States, as well as internationally.

Lehman lives in Houston, Texas, her native city, with her husband, Lester.

“Being a studio art quiltmaker has given me experiences and opportunities I would never have had otherwise,” Lehman said. “I am very grateful for the chance to share my quilts with others in the hope that they will touch a chord somewhere in kindred souls.”

For more information on the Shipshewana Quilt Festival, visit www.shipshewanaquiltfest.com or call 866-243-9434.