Mary Stori of Brodhead, Wisconsin, has been named 2004 Quilt
Teacher of the Year by The Professional Quilter magazine. The
award was announced in the Spring issue of the magazine.
Nominated for this award by her students in recognition of the
quality of her teaching and the enthusiasm she generates for the world of quiltmaking,
Mary has been teaching quilting for the last 10 years. Although she teaches many subjects,
including wearables, hand quilting, wholecloth, trapunto and story quilts, Mary most enjoys
the challenge and look of beaded embellishment.
Other nominees for this prestigious award included Marilyn Belford,
Chenango Forks, N.Y.; Shelly Burge, Lincoln, Neb.; Roxanne Carter, Mukilteo, Wash.; Laura
Cater-Woods, Billings, Mont.; Marge Edie, Seneca, S.C.; Louise Girard, Burlington, Ontario,
Canada; Linda Hahn, Manalapan, N.J.; Mary Huey, Willoughby, Ohio; Julie Huffman, Lenore, Idaho;
Libby Lehman, Houston, Texas; Marjorie McWilliams, Woodland, Calif.; Diane Monde, Lancaster, N.Y.;
Jo Morton, Nebraska City, Neb,; Karen Musgrave, Naperville, Ill.; Liuxin Newman, Wahroonga, New
South Wales, Australia; Melanie Normann, Howell, N.J.; Julia Pfaff, Richmond, Va.; Jane Sassaman,
Chicago, Ill.; Pat Sloan, Herndon, Va.; Lura Schwarz Smith, Coarsegold, Calif.; and David Walker,
This is the 18th year the award has been presented by The
Professional Quilter, a quarterly business journal for serious quilters. Teachers,
who are nominated by their students or employers, are judged based on the answers to
a questionnaire. The criteria include commitment to development of fine workmanship and
personal expression of students; involvement in and contributions to the field of
quiltmaking; and professionalism, including personal code of ethics and serving as a role model.
Judges for the 2004 competition were Dixie Haywood, a teacher,
writer and award-winning quiltmaker; Jeannie Spears, former editor of The Professional
Quilter and Quilter's Newsletter Magazine; and Linda Schmidt link to her list of articles,
2003 Quilt Teacher of the Year.
The Spring issue of The Professional Quilter includes
profiles of all the nominees. Copies are available from The Professional Quilter,
22412 Rolling Hill Lane, Laytonsville, MD 20882;
cost is $8.25 ppd. ($8.66 in Maryland).
Nominations for the 2005 Quilt Teacher of the Year award
should be sent to Teacher of the Year, 22412 Rolling Hill Lane, Laytonsville, MD
20882 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the name, address and
phone number of the nominee along with a short statement about why she or he is an
outstanding quilt teacher. The deadline for nominations is Dec. 1, 2004.