Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame – Class of 2011

Carol Hood


Carol Hood is the 2011 Friends Favorite Inductee, meaning she received the highest percentage of “yes” votes from Friends of Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.
Carol was instrumental in organizing the Heritage Quilt Study Group at Sharlot Hall Museum, Prescott, in 1992. Carol continues her involvement with this group, especially in organizing and participating in annual quilt documentation days. They have documented over 700 pre-1940s quilts through this project. As part of educating the public, Carol presents lectures and trunk shows on antique quilts around the state.
Carol has received numerous recognitions for her quilts in local, state, and national quilt shows. She received a first place recognition in the Group Quilt category at the American Quilter’s Society Show and Contest, Paducah, Kentucky, the highest recognition she’s received. Her quilt “Cherry Basket” was published as a pattern in American Quilter Magazine in 1994. It was also selected for publication in America’s Best Quilting Projects published by Rodale Press in 1996
Carol has served in multiple leadership positions with Mountain Top Quilters, Prescott, including Block of the Month Chair, Treasurer, and Vice President.
When the play The Quilters was being staged at the Prescott Fine Arts Stage, Carol helped with the construction of a 9 foot by 12 foot quilt, showcased in that production
In accepting her recognition, Carol thanked her family for supporting her quilting activities, sometimes at the expense of a clean house or a timely dinner. She also expressed appreciation to Friends of Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame for their votes making her the Friends’ Favorite inductee.
Sponsored by: Rim Country Quilt Roundup, Payson


George D Butler  April 13, 1923 – May 16, 2012


George Butler, a retired entomologist, took up quilting in his retirement at age 77. George has made his mark on the quilting world through his dedication to creating quilts for charitable causes.

Most of George’s quilts are made from found or recycled materials, many purchased on regular visits to thrift stores. He uses emergency blankets as his batting because of their heft and durability. Supporting various charitable causes over his ten-year quilting career, cut short due to illness, George personally made and donated over 2,000 quilts. George and the family stopped counting at that number!

Not satisfied with just his personal efforts, George strongly encouraged his home group, Nimble Thimbles, a Chapter of Arizona Quilters Guild, to engage in making charity quilts too. His encouragement and example led to over 200 quilts donated to various charitable groups each year for seven years.

George has educated the public about quilting through talks about his work at a variety of community groups. He was featured, along with his daughter, quiltmaker Wendy Butler Berns, in Quilter’s Newsletter magazine in 2004. Although now sidelined by illness, George still regularly attends Guild meetings, encouraging the efforts of others

Two of George’s grandsons, and his wife, Judith Slentz, assisted George in accepting his induction recognition. In her remarks, Judith said, “George insists that his quilts must be serviceable and be able to withstand being ‘peed’ on.” Those in attendance laughed heartily!

Sponsored by: Quilt ‘N Sew Connection, Prescott Valley


Lynn Kough


When Lynn G. Kough moved to Arizona with her family in 1996, she was already well-known in the quilting world as a respected author, teacher, and lecturer. As an Arizonan, she only increased her involvement in the quilting community.

Lynn is a tireless volunteer who does not seem to have the word “no” in her vocabulary. She served on the Board of Directors of the National Quilting Association from 2003 – 2007, including as its President from 2004 – 2006. She served on the Board of Directors for Arizona Quilters Guild from 2008 – 2010, including being its President from 2009 – 2010. Additionally, she was a Founding Board Member of Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame from 2007 – 2009.

Extremely knowledgeable about quilt show management, Lynn served as the Annual Quilt Show Director for the National Quilting Association from 2002 – 2004, also acting as that show’s Vendor Coordinator from 2002 – 2009. She also chaired the Arizona Quilters Guild Show from 2000 – 2003.

Lynn serves the quilting community as a professional quilt judge, judging quilts locally, regionally and nationally. She has published articles and patterns in American Quilter and The Quilting Quarterly magazines. She continues to teach classes locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally on a variety of quilting techniques and skills.

In accepting her induction into Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame, Lynn suggested that she was born under a “lucky star.” She believes herself lucky to have found and married her soulmate, Alan; to have been blessed with two wonderful daughters, Anne and Kathryn; to have had the opportunity to travel for and discover lifelong friends through quilting. Arizona and the Arizona quilt community is lucky to have Lynn, her volunteer efforts, and her many talents which enhance quilting in our state

Sponsored by: Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Executive Committee


Nancy Landan


Nancy Landon has owned and operated Cactus Quilt Shop in Tucson since 1997. Her shop entices and empowers the beginner while satisfying the needs of the advanced quilter. It was noted that Nancy has assembled a team of top-notch, award-winning quilters offering classes through her shop. She lectures, offers trunk shows on vintage and antique quilts, provides expert advice on the care and restoration of vintage quilts, and regularly hosts appraisal days at the shop.

Under the trade name Cactus Cat Patterns, Nancy designs and publishes quilting patterns. Her original designs are southwest-inspired or adaptations of vintage patterns. To commemorate Arizona’s Statehood Centennial, Nancy developed “The Goldie Richmond Project,” a reproduction quilt based on Goldie’s work, as a block of the month class. The class offering enjoys the participation of 60 Southern Arizona quilters.

Nancy is an award-winning quiltmaker. She has received numerous ribbon recognitions for her quilts.

Her involvement in the quilting community extends to quilt-related organizations. Nancy has twice served as President of Tucson Quilters’ Guild, first in 1996-1997 and again in 2006-2007. She served as President of the Arizona Quilt Shop Association from 2001 – 2005 and as President of the Southern Arizona Quilt Shop Association beginning in 2005 and continuing to the current year.

In her acceptance remarks, Nancy thanked her husband and Cactus Quilt Shop staff for their support of her work and efforts.

Sponsored by: HJ Trophies & Awards, Phoenix