My love for quilting has brought a world of enjoyment my way over the past many years. I’ve spent countless hours scouring quilt shops (yes there is an app for that…several actually), caressed a multitude of fabric, taught classes at quilt shops, sold self-designed patterns at a quilt show, joined in international swaps and attended numerous quilt shows…and most importantly, met the nicest people. Quilters have generous hearts, intuitively listen as friends, share their coveted scraps with a smile, trade ideas and appreciate each other’s hard work and talent.
I spent 33 years working in public education….as a preschool special needs teacher, a 5th grade teacher, a Director of a Preschool Special Needs Department, an Assistant Principal and completed my career as an Elementary School Principal. Though I retired in June of 2013, the lore of the classroom setting and the opportunity to learn something new continues to excite me.
My favorite topic to teach, however, is quilting. I enter each classroom setting with the hope of gaining new perspectives through the eyes of my students, always on the lookout to take home a new technique or idea. Combining my knowledge of curriculum writing, my training as a teacher evaluator and my love of quilting, I have begun a small business, Quiltings By Kathy, focused on designing patterns encompassing a wide variety of techniques and materials.
Landscape quilting is my passion. As I look through the lens of my camera, I envision how I might recreate the view using fabric and mixed media techniques. I prefer to paint my own fabric, whether it be using Pebeo Setacolor paints, Shiva paintstiks, Derment Inktense blocks or adding detail and shadows with colored pencils and markers. “Quilt as desired” no longer makes me shudder as I used my years in education to devise a systematic approach to building free motion quilting skills. In addition, I am always looking to use authentic materials in an interesting way.
I’ve collected ideas, techniques and yes, a sizeable fabric stash, for what seems to be forever….but then behind every quilter is a huge pile of fabric…and that’s the pile that’s obvious!