Rally Day 2020 Speaker
It is no wonder that Marti Michell is often introduced as a pioneer in the current quilt revival. In fact, in 1972 when Marti and her husband Richard started Yours Truly, Inc., a patchwork kit company, there was no quilt industry. Since then she has contributed in almost every capacity. A popular teacher, Marti travels extensively, having now taught in 49 states and 26 countries. Look through your library of quilting books and you’ll surely find one of Marti’s books. At last count, nearly 1.75 million books authored by Marti have been sold. Likewise, you undoubtedly have fabric, patterns or tools that she has designed in your collected sewing materials. Since 1995, the Michells have manufactured the From Marti Michell line of acrylic templates and specialty rulers for rotary cutting.
Furthermore, Marti’s influence in the quilting industry is enormous. During the Yours Truly years, 1972-85, Marti “discovered” and she and Richard published and promoted into early prominence, quiltmaker/author/teacher personalities such as Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, Harriet Hargrave, Mary Ellen Hopkins , Jean Wells, Susan McKelvey and Cheryl Bradkin. Marti is the recipient of two prestigious quilt industry “lifetime achievement” awards, The Silver Star (2004) and the Michael Kile Award (1991.)
Whether she is participating as a teacher, quilter, author, publisher, manufacturer, designer, consultant, judge or quilt collector, her enthusiasm for and love of quilting is always evident. Marti and Richard live in Atlanta, GA, but she was born and raised in Iowa. She received a B.S. in Textiles and Clothing and Home Ec Journalism from Iowa State University.