My quilting story probably would begin -“I Was Born This Way”.
My mother was a nurse and a very practical woman. Her sewing was mainly sewing clothing and knitting was for sweaters and hats. My older sister and I would each
get a doll for Christmas, and the next year our mother would make clothes for those dolls. She had a wonderful button box and a basket full of trims, ribbon, lace and ric
rac. I began hand sewing doll clothes long before I could use her sewing machine.
My father was a teacher and had summers off. We spent summers traveling the United States. My sister and I spent hours entertaining ourselves in the back seat
of that old Chevy with crayons, paper, scissors and glue.
I majored in art and earned a teaching certificate. After college, I spent several years teaching elementary art before I got married and had two daughters.
My first quilt was made because I needed a bedspread. I knew nothing about quilting.
I buy lots of small pieces of fabric because the more fabrics in a quilt the better. I will use dotted swiss, sear sucker, corduroy and wool. I have never seen an ugly
piece of fabric. I think if colors look good together in nature, they will probably look good together in a quilt. My fabric collection contains 30’s fabrics, civil war,
contemporary, florals, plaids and stripes.
I love to add yo yos, buttons and ric rac…when it works.
I admit I am “quilty” as charged.
Kathleen Bond Gallery