Irma Gail Hatcher is a former elementary school teacher turned master quilter. She has created numerous award-winning quilts, some of them taking her more than a year to complete, and has published countless books on the craft. She has amassed countless honors, including the status of Master Quilter by the National Quilting Association, making her the only Arkansan to earn this distinction. In 2002 she was selected as one of 30 quilters in the world to have three of her quilts in an exhibit held at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival titled "30 Distinguished Quilters of the World." Produced by the Historic Arkansas Museum in collaboration with the Arkansas Arts Council and their Arkansas's Living Treasures award.