Quilts are like good friends. They age with you, yet never lose their warmth.


Lerlene Nevaril has been interested in needle arts since the age of 5, when her grandmother taught her to make doll clothes on a treadle sewing machine. She went from there to making her own clothes, and then to knitting, embroidery, and needlepoint. In 1979 she picked up a copy of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine and has been quilting ever since.

A desire to have someone else to talk quilting with led her to organize a quilt guild in Sioux City, Iowa, and serve as its first president. In 1988 she served as a Regional Coordinator for the Iowa Quilt Research Project.

In 1996, with a business partner, Lerlene opened Heart and Hand Dry Goods Co., a quilt shop in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1999, Heart & Hand was one of the ten shops featured in American Patchwork and Quilting's Quilt Sampler magazine.

Lerlene published her first book, Hidden Block Quilts in 2002. She left the quilt shop in 2003 to free up time for more traveling and writing. She wrote Crowning Glories, another Hidden Block book, in 2005; and Over Easy: Creative Ideas for Pieced Quilt Backs, in 2006. Her latest book is Midnight Quilts, 2012.

Lerlene has appeared as a guest on Simply Quilts with Alex Anderson, and has taught and lectured at shops and for guilds from Minnesota to Colorado to Florida. She taught at the 2004 Houston Quilt Festival, and has had several quilts published in McCall's Quilting Magazine.

Lerlene currently lives in Oklahoma. For more information on her teaching schedule, lectures, and classes, contact her at lnevaril@cableone.net.