Lou Flessner was born on the High Plains of Nebraska, into a German community with a strong quilt making tradition. In the summer of 1977 he moved to Fredericksburg, Texas and met well-known artist Enid Collins who inspired him to quilt and became his teacher. In the last ten years he focused on making denim blankets for those who are passing through life transitions. He presently lives in Lawrence, Kansas and is a member of the Kaw Valley Quilt Guild.
In addition to quilting, Lou joins men from many traditions throughout the world in working to restore the Men’s Rites of Passage. He is also active in the global revival of the practice of pilgrimage. He has completed four pilgrimages: a motorcycle ride from Texas to Tierra del Fuego and walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, the Via Romea from Hamburg to Rome, the Vie del Sud south from Rome, and the Via Egnatia from Durres, Albania to Thessaloniki, Greece.