Who We Are

C&T Publishing - Stash Books - FunStitch Studio - Kansas City Star Quilts


It all started with an impulsive promise back in 1983. When quilting teacher Roberta Horton told quilt-shop owner Carolie Hensley that she wanted to write a book on Amish quilts, but hadn't found a publisher yet, Carolie quickly said that she and her husband Tom would publish Roberta's book. The Hensleys launched C&T Publishing from their garage, with a catalog of exactly one book: Roberta Horton's An Amish Adventure

Click ahead to today, Carolie and Tom Hensley have turned the business over to their sons Todd and Tony, who are assisted by a staff of more than 50 employees. Meet the StaffC&T Publishing's catalog includes more than 1000 titles in print and over 300 products to inspire creativity.

C&T Publishing’s list of authors includes many winners of the coveted Silver Star and virtually every other major quilting award. These brilliant authors envision new styles and invent new movements. 

C&T Publishing has become the industry leader for providing exceptional books and products to the quilting, sewing, needlearts, and fiber art markets throughout the United States and internationally.

C&T Publishing’s staff and authors live their mission statement every day...Innovate. Educate. Create.

Our Imprints:

Stash Books: Stash Books’ focus is to deliver great content from authoritative, trend-forward authors that promote the love of fabric and sewing. Stash titles are offered at lower price points and boast inspirational photography and beautiful, clean graphics. 

FunStitch Studio: FunStitch Studio books strive to instill a love of handmade in the next generation and encourage kids to “Stitch Your Art Out,” as the tagline goes. The titles in this imprint aim to be both inspirational and educational, including the basics like sewing, quilting, and embroidery, but also emphasizing the importance of building skills while having fun creating.

Kansas City Star Quilts: In July 2015 Kansas City Star Quilts became part of the C&T Publishing family. The American Midwest has been dubbed the heart of quilting country, and Kansas City is no exception. KCSQ has published more than 300 quilt books for quilters. Star Stitch comprises books and patterns for cross stitch enthusiasts.