And the 2015 Quilters Hall of Fame inductee is…

We’ve been keeping a secret for many weeks. Now that the exciting news is officially official, we can ditch the hush-hush and shout it out loud:

The Quilters Hall of Fame inductee for 2015 is…


Congratulations, Mimi!

The mission of The Quilters Hall of Fame is to celebrate quilting by honoring the accomplishments of people who have made outstanding contributions to the world of quilting. You can learn more about the organization here.

Mimi started out with a dream to write a single quilt book—and she could have easily stopped there. That first book, Happy Endings, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and is Martingale’s best-selling book of all time! But Mimi went on to write 16 more books and to become a master appliqué teacher, inspiring quilters around the country for more than 20 years.

From A Quilter's DiaryMimi’s first love has always been appliqué. She made her first quilt—featuring Sunbonnet Sue and Overall Bill—for her son in 1974, and is now appliquéing quilts for her grandchildren. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Mimi is a “founding mother” of the Baltimore Appliqué Society. She teaches a yearlong appliqué class in her hometown.

Here’s what Mimi has to say about her induction into the Quilters Hall of Fame:

“I am thrilled and honored to be the next inductee into the Quilters Hall of Fame next July. The best part is that for almost 40 years I have been doing something that I love…quilting! I am truly proud of the books I have written with Martingale, and I have loved traveling around our wonderful country and meeting quilters in my classes. For most of my students it all starts with one little hand-appliqué stitch and grows into a fabulous quilt! If you’ve enjoyed my books or taken a class with me, come join me at the Quilters Hall of Fame in Marion, Indiana, next summer…it’s going to be the trip of a lifetime!”

Want to learn techniques from a Quilting Hall of Fame teacher? Check out these books by Mimi:

Books by Mimi Dietrich

You can learn more about Mimi in these posts:

How to applique (from an applique icon)
How to appliqué (from an appliqué icon)

Get the step-by-step technique from a master

SO many ways!: finishing binding on quilts
SO many ways!: finishing binding on quilts

Popular tutorial: you’ll never forget how to fold binding on a corner again

Re-creating the star-spangled banner
Re-creating the star-spangled banner

Mimi tackles two-feet-wide appliqué motifs!

You can visit Mimi online at

We send our heartfelt congratulations to Mimi for receiving this honor from the Quilters Hall of Fame. Our gratitude goes out to her for partnering with us over the years. Thank you for continuing to inspire us all!

Do you own any of Mimi’s books? Have you taken a class with her, or met her at a guild meeting or show? Leave your congratulations and share your stories of how Mimi has helped you as a quilter in the comments!

32 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Thanks, Martingale for sharing this exciting news! This would never have happened without my wonderful books published by Martingale…..and my love for my students! The big event will happen next summer….you are all invited!

    —Mimi Dietrich on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations! 🙂 My first Mimi book, wasn’t a book.. a friend gave me the Bed and Breakfast calendar.. which I still hang up, so I can enjoy the pictures.. and now I own the e-book so I can make one or more of the quilts 🙂

    —Carol Kuntz on August 19, 2014
  • The quilt that started my journey as a quilter, and in fact drew me into this wonderful craft in the first place, was seeing an aunt & cousin work through Mimi’s book "A Quilter’s Diary…" I bought the book, worked through the planning portions, and one block at a time started my quilt. I had no other instruction, at all, and no local quilters to help me along, just me & Mimi’s book. That quilt is now finished and on my queen sized bed, and is still my most loved quilt though I’ve since made many more.

    Anyone who can write so well, and so clearly, that a complete and utter, never touched needle & thread before that day, beginner can follow along with just the book, and produce a gorgeous quilt out of it…..anyone who can do that definitely deserves the honor of being in the Quilter’s Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Mimi, and my heartfelt thanks to you as well.

    The Reader on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations, Mimi!! My first book was your "Happy Endings" book. It was the catalyst to making my UFO’s into quilts loved by children at the local hospitals children’s ward. Unfortunately, since we moved to Maryland last year I have not been able to find my beloved book. But I will keep looking because there is always something new to learn whenever I open the book. Thank you for being you and loving to teach the rest of us how to quilt.

    —bobbi makuch on August 19, 2014
  • Enjoy the moment, Mimi, you are an inspiration to all who strive to quilt. I am proud to know you and have gained confidence from your teaching and love your great humor!!!!

    —Sharon Koscinski on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulation Mimi. Your quilts and books are just wonderful.

    —Marsha Nelson on August 19, 2014
  • Yes I have Mimi’s Happy Endings …. and I am in a panic if I can not locate this book. I now have a special place for it. Ii am not kidding, it is true. As a backup I also signed up for her class on Craftsys so I will alway be prepared.

    Congratulations Mimi
    Really awesome lady. 🙂

    Judy in Phx, AZ

    —Judy363905 on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations Mimi! I’ve been lucky to have taken classes with Mimi…..she is a wonderful teacher and person. Through her I fell in love with appliqué also. All my daughters wedding quilts were made from one of Mimi’s books…I have so many of them and Happy Endings is still a favorite. Congrats again Mimi….you deserve it!!

    —Cathy Slater on August 19, 2014
  • I have her Quilter’s Diary Book. Nice to see who’s the Hall of Fame winner this year! Congrats!

    Mary C in WA on August 19, 2014
  • I was lucky enough to work on the Star Spangled Banner project with Mimi last summer. What a truly nice, helpful and down to earth person she is! Listening to her talk to the kids who came in to "add a stitch" to the flag I was aware that she was already encouraging and inspiring the next generation of quilters. Congratulations, Mimi — this an honor that is very well-deserved!

    —Judy W on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations over and over again. Happy Endings has been my Bible on finishing my quilts forever. I love this book.

    —Chris on August 19, 2014
  • Congrats! Happy ending looks like a way I could work odd blocks into a quilt. I don’t own any of Mimi’s books.

    —Linda Christianson on August 19, 2014
  • Mimi, I just completed your Craftsy class "Finishing School: Edges and Bindings." It was a great class and even though I have been quilting for several years, I learned new things. Congratulations on your Hall of Fame honor. It is truly deserved.

    —Virginia in AK on August 19, 2014
  • Mimi so deserves this nomination! I have taken her year long class and so loved learning from her! She is a great teacher and a wonderful person!

    —kathy ockuly on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations, Mimi! Love your books! Your Craftsy class on bindings is a delight to take. Thank you!

    —Suzi on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations to Mimi
    I took her class at Crafty’s and it was very informative.

    —Connie Rodriguez on August 19, 2014
  • My congratulations to Mimi. She is a great quilting instructor and very deserving of this award. I have taken her Craftsy class on Happy Endings. I learned a lot and enjoyed the class. I do own some of her books as well.

    —Ruthie on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations to Mimi! Well drserved.

    Mimi has helped by showing how to be a great writer. Quilting does not always lead to intersting reading, but she has a way with words that I love.

    —Lynne on August 19, 2014
  • I am not a quilter – just a friend from elementary school who has observed Mimi grow in many art forms only to find her love in quilting and appliqué. Her creations are beautifully brilliant – just like her- a beautiful person in every area of her life. Congratulations Mimi. I am very happy for you.

    —Sheila Rousseaux on August 19, 2014
  • I think I own them all–or most anyway. I was privileged to take part in one of Mimi’s year-long Baltimore album classes. It was during that year that I lost my mother and she cried with me. After that, I became part of Mimi’s Graduate Class until the hubbs got a new job in CT. I had to leave her but never in my mind. I was so homesick in CT that I wrote Mimi an email, begging (and really beyond my control) for the pattern for an angel that I had seen at her house. Our gal! She sent me her new book–complete with angel pattern. I was still a bit homesick but less so, knowing that my Baltimore roots would serve me well. So many stories that I could tell. She will always be my teacher, my friend and my hero. Congratulations!!!!!

    —Patricia Hersl on August 19, 2014
  • I have several of Mimi’s books and I’ve taken her Craftsy class, which made me love her even more. She is a gifted teacher. Her passion for her art and her generous spirit definitely communicate themselves through her books and on Craftsy. So happy that she has received this honor. She is so deserving.

    —Bette on August 19, 2014
  • I have the Baltimore Quilt Basics book. The book is beautiful but I haven’t tried even one stitch.

    This gives me the desire to try applique. Even left handed.

    —carol on August 19, 2014
  • Congratulations Mimi, You stayed at my house a few years ago and taught
    some classes for Kaleidoscope in Sylvania, Oh. Love your work and have most of your books.
    I teach bindings and always recommend your book.
    Thank you and I hope you have many more years of quilting,
    Mary Clark
    Sylvania, Ohio

    —Mary Clark on August 19, 2014
  • I haven’t had the blessing of taking any of Mimi’s classes, but I own A Quilter’s Diary and Mimi Dietrich’s FAvorite Applique Quilts and love Vintage Memories because it has simple piecing that takes up most of the quilt and has a manageable amount of applique. Come to Charleston, SC!

    —Robbin Golden on August 19, 2014
  • I am a native Baltimoran…and met Mimi twice…in Washington, DC at one of the outdoor early meetings of the NQA guild…then again at a show in Columbia,Illinois.

    I have been appliqueing and quilting for years now and really admire the work Mimi does with her appliqued quilts. I have learned many tricks from her books and look forward to seeing more of her creations.

    Your honor as the new inductee into the Quilters Hall of Fame is well deserved….

    —Diane Mettler on August 20, 2014
  • Congratulations Mimi. You are truly an inspiration to those of us who love appliqué. I have your Happy Endings and Quilters Diary books. Now that I live in Indiana I miss seeing you at the Hershey show, so maybe I can catchup with you at your induction into the hall of fame!!

    —Toni Elliott on August 20, 2014
  • Congratulations. Not only is Mimi Dietrich a skillful quilter and prolific author and teacher, she is kind and generous. A small group of us turned up one morning to see the Album quilts at the Baltimore Museum of Art. There was no one available to show us around until Mimi arrived with a personal guest. Mimi graciously accepted a new role as docent and included our group in what was to have been a private walk-though. She was a wonderful guide and shared many insights and stories. Thank you.

    —Gail Morgan on August 21, 2014
  • Congratulations Mimi! Those of us who took your first Baltimore album class knew you would be famous someday. You’re a terrific teacher and wonderful person. So glad to have had you in my life. Indiana in July…hmmm, we’ll think about it! Thanks for all your inspiration thru the years.

    —Pat Mueller on August 22, 2014
  • I have Happy Endings, and I am grateful for its variations on binding. It was my go-to book when I wanted to add a flange(?) (that layer of fabric that flaps at the edge near the binding).

    —Bro AJK on August 22, 2014
  • Congratulations! Happy Endings is the book for me.

    —Carol on August 23, 2014
  • Mimi what a wonderful and well deserved honor. As a teacher and creative genius you are the woman! Your unique ability to draw in your audience is a gift. A well deserved honor!

    —Nancy Curtin on August 23, 2014
  • In 1978, Mimi taught me to sew stretch fabrics,(a new concept at that time), so I was able to make matching T-shirts for father and son, and swim suits for my then four-year-old and his best friend. In the 90’s, she designed a celebratory quilt for the Institute of Notre Dame High School, arranging pieces contributed by alumnae. Mimi has an amazing tiny, tiny, closet in her home where she must have 10,000 samples of fabric neatly folded and sorted. Mimi has a super husband, remarkable grown children, and beautiful grandchildren. Her life is like a beautiful quilt, and I feel lucky to be, maybe, one stitch in the fabric.

    —Eileen Lewis on August 26, 2014

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