Every year, the Nebraska State Quilt Guild presents awards to groups and/or individuals that have made significant contributions to the art of quilt making in the state.

The award categories are:
Hall of Fame – Lifetime achievement and significant contributions to the heritage and lore of quilts and quilt making in the state of Nebraska.

Golden Thread – Consistent efforts and great contributions to the art of quilt making in the state of Nebraska.

Silver Thread – Recent achievements and contributions to the art of quilt making in the state of Nebraska.

Radiant Star – “Outstanding Deed Well Done”

Variable Star – Celebrates the diversity of quilts in Nebraska and recognizes a noteworthy individual contribution to the heritage of quilt making in the state of Nebraska.

Friendship Star - Bringing Friends Together! This is an automatic award given to the chairperson(s) of QuiltNebraska and awarded the same year of the convention that they chair; the countless hours of planning and coordinating and endless list of tasks to make our conventions wonderful and a memorable time. No nominations are required.

Outstanding Nebraska State Quilt Guild - This award is designed for a Quilt Guild in Nebraska that performs above and beyond the regular duties of a Quilt Guild. They must perform an ongoing special project(s) or a one time major project to better their guild and their Community. A nominating Quilt Guild must be in existence for at least 5 years. It can be different community causes supported, but something that is done every year. At least one nomination letter must come from the community group that the Guild is bene ting. Rather than a medal to the winning Quilt Guild, a plaque will be awarded. A Guild may only receive the award once and commit to continuing support to their community.

Use this form to nominate someone for an award.


2017 Awards Report

The 2017 Radiant Star award went to Terry Paulsen for all her hard work for QNE 2016 and making samples for her local quilt shop.

Joyce Kingsley received the Variable Star award. She rarely misses her guild meetings and has made many Quilts of Valor for Veterans in her area. She also visits the 4th grade class and helps them make a small quilt. She is also a Team-mates member.

LaVonne Dunetts received the Golden Thread award for all her work at Threads Across Nebraska. She makes many charity quilts for Hospice House, Habitat for Humanity and Camp Carol Joy Holling, just to name a few.

Denise Waibel-Rycek, Rita Weber and Leslie Martin received the Friendship Star award for all their hard work for QNE 2017.

Dr. Carol Falk was a Hall of Fame recipient. She believed there was room in quilting for many different talents from simplest to hardest and traditional to contemporary. She passed away in 2009 and two of her quilts have been accepted to the International Quilt Study. She was also a member of the James Gang.

Outstanding Quilt Guild, a new award this year, went to the Panhandle Quilt Guild. This guild has a membership currently of 93 and has organized two QNE’s. They have two retreats a year plus  five to six Saturdays a year with meetings in the morning and workshops in the afternoon. They meet in different towns as members travel over 60 miles to attend.

Thank you to all the Awards Committee for working on this project and selecting the award recipients from all the nominees.

Submitted by Shirley Spence, Awards Chairman






The 2017 Award Winners


Hall of Fame 

Dr. Carol Falk was posthumously inducted into the NSQG Hall of Fame.

Golden Thread 

LaVonne Dunetts (with NSQG President Janet Wilson)

Radiant Star

Terry Paulsen (with NSQG President Janet Wilson)

Variable Star

Joyce Kingsley (with NSQG President Janet Wilson)

Friendship Star 

Denise Waibel-Rycek, Leslie Martin, Rita Weber

Outstanding Quilt Guild 

Outstanding Quilt Guild, a new award this year, went to the Panhandle Quilt Guild.

Previous Award Winners

  • Hall of Fame

    Ernest Haight, Grace Snyder (1986)
    Mary Ghormley (1987)
    Nebraska Quilt Project (1990)
    Louise Howey (1991)
    Sara Dillow (1994)
    Quilt Preservation Project (1998)
    Ardis and Robert James (1998)
    Lois Gottsch (2000)
    Paulette Peters (2002)
    Mildred Parker (2003)
    Patricia Cox Crews, Ph.D. (2006)
    Brenda Groelz (2008)
    Shelly Burge (2009)
    Dianne Duncan Thomas (2012)
    Sandi McMillan (2013)
    Peg Pennell (2016)
    Colleen Minnick (2016)
    Dr. Carol Falk (2017)
  • Golden Thread

    1987 
    Wanda Dawson
    Agnes Kleier
    Joan Waldman
    1988 
    Lois Gottsch
    Alice Torpin
    1989 
    Paulette Peters
    Louise Howey
    1990 
    Dororthy Boettner
    Sara Dillow
    Jan Stehlik
    Patty Kennedy
    Carol Uebner
    Mildred Parker
    1991
    Shelly Burge
    Sue Volkmer
    Bertilla Conroy
    St. Joseph Villa Auxiliary
    1992 
    Diane Deahl
    Eleanor Hunnel
    1993
    Sandra Anderson
    Marion Fosler
    Brenda Groelz
    1994
    Bea Bauerle
    Hazel Meyers
    Eleanor Roberts
    1995
    Dianne Thomas
    1996 
    Joan Waldman
    Marjean Sargent
    1997 
    elinor peace bailey
    1998 
    Susan Seidel
    Lois Lant (posthumously)
    2000
    Jean Ang
    Jean Ford
    2001
    Mona Jeanne Easter
    Em Jorgenson
    Judy McClure
    Bonnie Miller
    Stella Schaffert
    2002
    Alice Nekuda
    2003
    Sandi McMillan
    2004
    Esther Kleinkauf
    Mary Richling
    2007
    Carol J. Falk, Ph.D.
    2008
    Sheila Green
    Carol Kusek
    Pat Sears
    2009
    Chris Wiegers
    Jo Morton
    Linda Maloley
    2010
    Janice Lippincott
    2011
    Fay Kliewer
    Omaha Quilters Guild
    2012
    Peg Pennell
    2016
    Nancy Knuth
    2017
    LaVonne Dunetts



  • Silver Thread

    1987
    Judy McClure
    Cheryl Nelson
    Chris Dahlman
    Judy Zinn
    1988
    Sara Dillow
    Shelly Burge
    Diane Harris
    1989
    Brenda Groelz
    Pam Haas
    Dianne Thomas
    1990
    Janee Dlugosh
    Mona Jeanne Easter
    Mildred Fauquet
    Fay Kliewer
    Janet Kugler
    1991
    Janet Phillips
    Jenny Raymond
    Mary Milligan
    Pinky Clemens
    1992
    June Vogltance
    Kathy Murphy
    Jean Ang
    Janet Bamesburger
    1993
    Lynn Greer
    Katie Wilson
    1994
    Pat Anderson
    Nancy Dissmeyer
    Kari Ronning
    1995
    Bonnie Kucera
    Elaine Martin
    Peg Pennell
    1996
    Nan Rippe
    1997
    The Corny Bunch
    Laura Franchini
    Sharon Rexroad Ericson
    1998
    Shirle Chaffin
    1999
    Janice Lippincott
    Denice Henrickson
    2000
    Jenny Raymond
    Julie Prescott
    2001
    Sara and Byron Dillow
    2002
    Lana Jo Reffert
    Ann Bade
    2003
    Roxann O’Hare
    2005
    Leah Sorensen Hayes
    2010
    Connie Olson
    Louisa Renchen
    2011
    Elizabeth Sterns
    2012
    Amanda Benz
    Jan Hibbs
    2015
    Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson
  • Radiant Star

    1990
    Frankie Best
    Claudia O’Neill
    1991
    Jean Davie
    Judy Lane
    Brenda Groelz
    1992
    Marjean Sargent
    Jean Gausman
    1993
    Zelma Fobben
    Corelia Threet
    1994
    Jo Baxter
    Carleen Anderson
    Sandy Yoder
    Dianne Thomas
    1995
    Diann Sorenson
    Jenny Raymond
    1996
    Mary Richling
    Susan Richling
    Alberta Martens
    1997
    Roni Vapenik
    Nancy Dissmeyer
    Sandi McMillan
    Linda Winter
    1998
    Cindy Scheinost
    Jan Sears
    1999
    Beatrice Quilters Guild
    Sandy Anderson
    Kathi Kinnaman
    Connie Strope
    2000
    Mary Richling
    Cindy Erickson
    Jan Fry
    Fay Kliewer
    2001
    Sue Boyer
    Sharon Nejedly
    2002
    Merikay Gengenbach
    Jenny Raymond
    Gloria Hanna
    Sandy Hanson
    Brenda Kincaid
    2003
    Julie Burgess
    Jan Fry
    Jamie Scully
    Ann Reimer
    Jo Morton
    Susan Weber
    Sara Dillow
    Judy McClure
    Janet Kugler
    Katie Wilson
    2004
    Katy Miller
    Shirley Myris
    2005
    Janee Dlugosh
    Jeane Stark
    Diane Neff
    2006
    Sue Boyer
    Alice Nekuda
    Ann Walker
    2008
    Cindy Hansen
    Fay Kliewer
    Jo Morton
    Donna Stratker
    Pam Thomas
    Gail Zeller
    2009
    Peggy Bruns
    Sandy Kosch
    Cindy Scheinost
    Sandy Hanson
    Barb Engebretsen
    2010
    Lincoln Quilters Guild
    Merikay Gengenbach
    Sheila Green
    Marie Clark
    Emily Snide
    Katie Wilson
    2011
    Sheila Beins
    Linda Glisson
    2012
    The Mother’s Guild of Boys Town
    The Quilters Quilt Club
    2013
    LeAnne Killion
    2014
    Darice Cecil
    2016
    Janet Kugler
    2017
    Terry Paulsen
  • Variable Star

    1990
    Ruth Hanson
    Minnie Rachow
    Ruth Lippincott
    Mary Weaver
    1992
    Marilyn Maurstad
    1993
    Barbara Herder
    Mona Mueller
    1994
    Joan Biasucci
    Roni Vapenik 
    1995
    Esther Kleinkauf
    Carole Samples
    Chris Wiegers
    1997
    Sandi McMillan
    1996
    Rita Lukes
    Mary Alyce Grow
    1998
    Janie Borg
    North Platte Valley Museum Quilters
    1999
    Marilyn Ernst
    2000
    Dee Augustin
    Donna Stratker
    2001
    Marion Fosler
    2002
    Rita Jaworski
    2005
    Burnie Kratky
    Arlene Badgley
    2006
    Marilyn Debban
    Eileen Peterson
    2008
    Diane Swartzlander
    2009
    Sue Chafee
    Cathy Audley
    Sharon Clark
    2014
    Susan Brown
    2015
    Diane Volk-Harris 
    2017
    Joyce Kingsley

  • Friendship Star

    QNE 2009 (Lincoln, NE)
    Carol Brandl and LeAnn Frobom

    QNE 2010 (North Platte, NE)
    Fay Kilewer, Shirley LaVene and Barb Hinrichs

    QNE 2011 (Kearney, Ne)
    Sue Tillemans

    QNE 2012 (LaVista, NE)
    Patricia Varner


    QNE 2013 (Seward, NE)
    Sheila Beins, Susan Minchow, Maralee Meyer and Connie Phillips

    QNE 2014 (North Platte, NE)
    Terry Heessel, Sharon Nejedly and Kelly Thomalla

    QNE 2015 (Norfolk, NE)
    Deb Austin, Gloria Miller, and Sandra Kosch

    QNE 2016 (Lincoln, NE)
    Bonnie Kucera, Karen Ruwe and Kathy Murphy

    QNE 2017 (Kearney, NE)
    Denise Waibel-Rycek, Rita Weber and Leslie Martin





  • Special Recognition

    Mary Obrist posthumously (1990)