Janet Carruth, of Phoenix, Arizona, along with her partner Laurene Sinema (Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Class of 2008), opened the first quilt shop in Phoenix, The Quilted Apple, in 1978. “The Apple” as customers and friends soon came to all it, became the center of all quilting activities in the area. Classes were held and the shop was the first to bring teachers with a national reputation to Arizona.
Janet was one of the co-founders of Arizona Quilters Guild, serving as the organization’s secretary for a number of years. AQG today is proud to have almost 3,000 members served by over 50 chapters in almost all corners of the state. Janet played a key role in the Arizona Quilt Documentation project. She served as that group’s treasurer and was the chair of the book committee. The work of that committee culminated in the publication of Grand Endeavors.
Janet is an author of quilt-related books as well, with one of her most-well-known titles Hooked on Hankies. A meticulous researcher, Janet has written and presented several papers to the American Quilt Study Group, several of which were subsequently published in Uncoverings that group’s annual research journal.
A giving and gifted teacher, Janet has taught quilting locally, regionally and nationally. She shares her passionate interest in wool textiles by teaching penny rugs and rug-hooking on the national level. These activities have led to teaching trips to England.
During the activities leading up to her induction into Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame, in her typical fashion, she was most concerned about how Emma Andres, who she knew and nominated, would be recognized. Coming to the podium to accept her own recognition, Janet carried a handkerchief given to her by Laurene and wore a pin from Emma. We’re pleased that Janet is side-by-side with these friends in Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame!