Evonne Cook has always been a crafter and began sewing in her 7th grade Home Economics class. Everything changed with her first quilt; the intrigue of cutting up the fabrics & sewing them back together into designs fascinated her. Evonne was a partner in a destination quilt shop before beginning her quilt pattern company, Clothesline Quilts. She loves replicating the feeling you get from the old quilts and treasures the opportunity to sew them with her own hands (and quilting friends, of course). Her quilt patterns concentrate on the vintage designs, traditional and the Civil War era. Her best fabric inspiration is antique quilts and her designs are taken directly from her own collection. With two Civil War series of patterns based on the battles and the generals, she enjoys sharing her stories with groups of quilters and history buffs wherever she finds them. Evonne grew up in Iowa and still lives on the family farm with her husband of over 35 years. She works from this environment where she gets inspiration from the farmland, antique quilts, and her fellow quilters. Visit her website at www.clotheslinequilts.com.
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Nancy Kirk started the Kirk Collection with her husband Bill 20 years ago dealing in antique quilts. They later added antique fabrics and provided vintage fabrics for movies and television shows such as Quantam Leap, Homefront, Forrest Gump and Titanic. They sold cotton fabrics from the 1850’s through the 1950’s to quilters for both restoration and making new quilts.
After starting a retail store in the early 90’s in Omaha, Nancy started a series of Quilt Restoration conferences and workshops to teach others how to restore antique quilts. They sold both antique and reproduction fabrics to quilters and costumers, and held the first workshops in conservation techniques for quilt restorers.
Her interest in crazy quilts led her to start The Crazy Quilt Society in 1997. The group met annually in Omaha each summer, attracting national teachers and members from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan.
Nancy has been appraising quilts and advising people on how to care for their heirloom quilts for the past 15 years. Bill and Nancy closed their retail store in 2000 and moved the business home. After Bill’s death from cancer in 2003, Nancy has focused her work on teaching, writing and producing DVD’s and CD’s.
She has designed two lines of reproduction fabrics for Benartex, three lines of machine embroidery designs for Cactus Punch and several patterns published by QuiltWoman.com. She is a popular writer for major quilt magazines and has lectured and given workshops for guilds across the country and major shows such as Road to California. Nancy appeared for four seasons on Simply Quilts on HGTV, speaking on quilt history and restoration.
She was the first Executive Director of the Tri-Faith Initiative which is building an interfaith campus in Omaha, Nebraska.
Nancy has two adult children, Ben who is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, and Jessica who focuses on computer graphics and animation.
She holds a B.A. from Antioch College and an M.A. from the University of Illinois.