Doris Goins has been a sewing enthusiast since childhood.  Her many years in 4-H brought about a love for sewing which has been an invaluable education throughout her life.  She graduated from Wright State University, Dayton, OH as a school media specialist and in a few short years went on to Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and graduated with a master’s in library science.  For 22 years she served as a librarian in both school and public library positions.

In 1992, she began hand quilting small wall quilts as a stress reliever from the workplace.  Then in 1996, she left the world of books and began concentrating full-time on her passion for quilting.   She has successfully operated her longarm machine quilting service, Loving Stitches, since that time.  She enjoys making both traditional and art related quilts.  Her quilts and those of her customers have received awards in many local and national shows, but she especially enjoys working on her entries for the Hoffman Fabric Challenge each year.


To further her education about quilts, Doris attended the National Quilting Association Judging Seminar which whetted her appetite to continue her research on quilting techniques.  In 2005, after passing both the written and oral exams, she was awarded certification by the National Quilting Association as a Certified Judge. In 2008, she became certified to judge Masterpiece quilts for NQA.  Doris judges quilt shows both on a local and national basis.


Doris and her husband, Ned, live in rural Kendallville, IN where wildlife is abundant.  With the arrival of grandchildren, they look forward to spoiling the little munchkins and then sending them home to their parents. They both enjoy reading, gardening and attending estate auctions. 

 Judged Events
2016 Eastern Iowa Heirloom Quilters, Cedar Rapids, IA
2015 Statler Users Group and Representatives (SUGAR), Kansas City, MO
2014 & 2016 Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, IN
2013 Bluegrass Quilt Festival, Shepherdsville, KY
2013 East Cobb Quilt Guild, "Georgia Celebrates Quilts," Marietta, GA
2012  Quilting With Machines, Huron, OH
2012  Goodtime Quilters Show, Circleville, OH
2012  National Quilting Association, Columbus, OH
2011   Minnesota Quilters Show, Minneapolis, MN
2011& 2012, 2014  Elkhart County Fair, Goshen, IN
2010-2012, 2014-2015   Shipshewana Quilt Festival, Shipshewana, IN (juried show)
2010   Red Power Roundup Quilt Challenge, LaPorte, IN
2010   West Virginia Culture and History Center, Charleston, WV
2009   Beaver Valley Piecemakers Quilt Show, New Brighton, PA
2009   Hill ‘N Hollow Quilters Guild, Mountain Home, AR
2009   Arizona Quilters Guild, Mesa, AZ
2009 & 2010   Innovations Machine Quilting Conference, Tacoma, WA
2009, 2011-2014   Cal-Co Quilters Guild Quilt Show, Battlecreek, MI
2008   West Michigan Quilt Guild, Grand Rapids, MI
2008-2009   Crown City Quilt Guild Show, Bryant, IN
2008, 2010-2013   Essenhaus Quilt Show, Middlebury, IN
2007-2009   Machine Quilters Showcase, Overland Park, KS
2005-2008, 2011 & 2013-2014  Sauder Village Quilt Fair, Archbold, OH
2007, 2008 & 2012   Machine Quilters Exposition, Providence, RI
2007-2008   Swiss Days Quilt Show, Berne, IN
2007-2009 & 2015 Kaleidoscope of Quilts XIII, Sylvania, OH
2007, 2010, 2012, 2014 Red Bud Quilters Show, Anderson, IN
2007   Little Marvels Quilt Show, Grabill, IN
2006-2007   Callithumpian Quilt Show, Decatur, IN
2006-2009   Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, IN  
2006-2007   Lake Farmpark Quilt Show, Kirtland, OH
2006   Three Rivers Quilt Festival, Fort Wayne, IN  
2006   String Along Quilt Guild, Valaparaiso, IN  
2005-2006   Maumee Valley Steam and Quilt Show, New Haven, IN
2005 & 2011    Indianapolis Quilt Guild, Indianapolis, IN

Education
2008   Qualified to Judge Masterpiece Quilts, National Quilting Association, Columbus, OH
2005   Certified Judge by the National Quilting Association, Columbus, OH
2003   Judges Short Course, National Quilting Association, Peoria, IL
1978   MLS Degree, Indiana University School of Library and Information Science, Bloomington, IN
1974   BS Degree, Anthropology and School Media Specialist, Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Publications
Tew, James, "Neighbors", News Sun, KPC Media, Kendallville, IN, May 18, 2015
Hansen, Klaudeen, QuiltArt  Engagement Calendar 2015, American Quilters Society, 2014.
KPC Media Group, "EmpowHer," October 2013, p. 10-11
Certified Quilt Judges Quarterly, “Judging Garments”, August 2010, p.6 -11and February 2011, p. 4-5
Unlimited Possibilites, “Unlocking the Mystique of Quilt Show Judging”, November 2007, p. 32
On Track!, “”Biography of a National Quilting Association Certified Quilt Judge,” Summer 2007, p. 16
On Track!, “Taking the Mystery Out of Miniature Quilts,” Summer 2007, p. 13
Certified Quilt Judges Quarterly, “Machine Quilting Definitions”, August 2007, p. 3
Certified Quilt Judges Quarterly, “Resource Recommendations”, May 2007, p. 1
Certified Quilt Judges Quarterly, “Discussion Question”, February 2006, p. 6
On Track! , “Hoffman Challenge”, October 2004, p. 14

Awards (selected)
Hoffman Fabric Challenge
Home Machine Quilting Show
Indiana Heritage Quilt Show
Machine Quilters Showcase
Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
A Mountain Quiltfest
National Quilting Association
Pacific International Quilt Festival
Shipshewana Quilt Festival
Three Rivers Quilt Festival

Exhibitions
2013  "Expressing in Quilting and Fiber Arts,"  Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, IN
2013  Featured Artist, Yoder Department Store, Shipshewana, IN
2013  "Artistic Expressions," Jeffrey Krull Gallery, Ft. Wayne, IN
2012   "Color Journey," NQA Certified Judges national traveling exhibit
2010   Botanical Conservatory, Ft. Wayne, IN
2009   “Creative Threads Fiber Arts Show,” SoZo Art Studio, Kendallville, IN
2008   “Textile Artists: Ways of Seeing,” Jeffrey Krull Gallery, Ft. Wayne, IN
2006   Featured Artist, Three Rivers Quilt Festival, Fort Wayne, IN
2006   Featured Artist, RSVP Quilt Show, Auburn, IN
1997, 1999-2007, 2011-2012 Hoffman Challenge traveling exhibit

Memberships
2016 - present National Association of Certified Quilt Judges
2004 – present   Northeast Indiana Fiberartists
2000 – present   Hoosier Machine Quilters, charter member
1998 – present   International Machine Quilters Association, charter member
1995 – present   American Quilters Society
1995 – 2015       National Quilting Association
1994 – present   Indiana State Quilt Guild
1992 – present   Noble Nimble Thimbles Quilt Club
Loving Stitches
Machine Quilting Service  ~  NQA Certified Quilt Judge  ~  Quilt Lectures and Workshops
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