About Me

I made my first quilt more than 30 years ago. Much of the time since then has been spent making traditional quilts which served to hone my technical skills. These quilts proved to be the perfect creative outlet for a stay at home mom of four. I had my first quilt published in a national quilting magazine in 1995. Since then I have had more than 40 of my works published in various quilting magazines.

In art quilting, I work  toward using the techniques I have learned to produce something entirely new.  The creation of these pieces is a means to explore an idea and the quilt itself becomes the culmination of discovery.  Many pieces are records of spiritual growth and revelation. Sometimes one idea cannot be completed in a single quilt and a series is born.

It is not my desire to tell a complete story but to allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions. I hope that my work causes the viewer to stop and ponder, to wonder a bit, to ask questions, to see something meaningful beyond the surface.  I believe a truly beautiful piece of art will not only capture the gaze but will stir the spirit as well.

I still make MANY traditional quilts and have been heading back into that direction again lately. I also enjoy the funky modern quilts that have appeared nearly everywhere the last few years.

I began long arm quiltinga few years back, mostly so I could complete more Quilts of Valor faster. I have a passion for covering our brave vets with hand made quilts.

I guess you could say, I like it all!

 You can e-mail me  at Sew4given AT aol DOT com.


19 Responses to About Me

  1. Karen stadler says:

    Can you tell me where the pattern is for #7 QOV?

  2. Janet Owens says:

    Katy can you tell me where to find the pattern for your woven number 7. I would love to make one for our local wives.
    Thank you,
    Janet Owens

  3. Cody Willingham says:

    Hey I seen the trans am quilt you made for your son I believe it said and I was wondering if you might have a pattern you’d sell or something. My Nana does hand stitched quilts and shes always wanted to do this quilt for me. If you will email me Trapchamp68@gmail.com Thanks!!

  4. Kelly Durden says:

    Good morning! I’m looking at your website and I was wondering where I can find a pattern for your QOV number seven. It’s gorgeous!

  5. Suzanne Roberts says:

    Hi Katy

    I follow your blog daily. I love watching how quickly you complete Quilts and hearing about your grand kids too. I moved from MA to Kalamazoo 2 yrs ago so I guess I feel a connection being a Michiganer now! Loved the tiny cabin in your last post. Would you mind sharing the name of the campground?

  6. Janet Travis says:

    Would you please tell me the size of your room? We are thinking of moving as our Son’s are grown and live on their own now. I have a long arm that currently is set up only to 8ft. it can be 12ft. I have a quilters sewing table from Horn of America and their cutting table. two book cases for fabric and several large plastic drawers of scrap fabric (separated by color) quilt batting roll which fits under my LA on a rod. I can’t seem to figure out how much room I need as I take up two rooms in our house now. I want ti hire a space planner but I really don’t think they understand the needs of a quilter, Can you help me? and answer how you figured out how to arrange and find enough space for everything? Janet, I don’t have a website. I do not quilt for hire, but make many for charities and QOV. Obviously, it is my therapy!

  7. Diane kovar says:

    I found one of your quilts on Pinterest and I am desperate to make it for a friend. It’s the patriotic quilt. Red border, piano key red and white inner border, appliquéd Eagle in the center. Is there any chance I can buy the pattern??

  8. Linda Smith says:

    Greetings Katy!
    A while ago I posted your Log Cabin quilt photo into my Log Cabin board on Pinterest.
    I had no clue that it would be seen by others.
    Now I have to let you know that I’m getting notices often that your quilt has been posted
    to other peoples boards.
    Good for you!
    An excellent photo and layout – congrats!

  9. Melanie says:

    Hi Katy,
    Just wanted to drop by and let you know that I nominated you for “one lovely blog award”. I enjoy reading your posts. keep it up.

  10. My second comment to you today, Katy. I started out years ago collecting antique quilts, which lead me to start quilting with the support of a good guild. I quickly decided that I was not challenged by following a pattern. So I just “did my own thing”, basically art quilts. I tried to express an idea and used whatever techniques that required, even free motion with metallic thread! That was in the 1980’s. After many life changes I am no longer able to hand stitch, but love color, so I am doing mostly Project Linus quilts for kids using lots of precuts and just having fun. I am a new blogger this year and hope you will check out Paula B Quilts. I will be following you on email.

  11. Myrna Hamilton of Shell Knob Mo says:

    I would like more about the sunflower quilt top is it full size or bigger

  12. Julie Thomas says:

    Hi Katy, You commented so nicely on my new blog, so I stopped by to say hi! Julie

  13. Anna says:

    Hi Katy, I love your confetti quilt and was wondering if it is an original with you. If so, could I have permission to use it and sell the quilt I make. Thanks
    ArkAngel Creations

  14. Hi, Katy – I saw from my blog stats that someone here had mentioned my name, so I thought I would say hello. I like what you’ve said above about using your knowledge and skills to move off in new directions. That’s what’s kept me afloat ever since I started quilting. I think we can safely call ourselves “conceptual artists,” don’t you?

  15. katyquilts says:

    Thanks Dale! I am changing it now!

  16. Dale Anne says:

    I just noticed on your blog roll that you have my old blogger link…
    I switched over to WordPress last year – still call it My Creative Ramblings

  17. barnyoka says:

    Hi, Katy – I saw from my blog stats that someone here had mentioned my name, so I thought I would say hello. I like what you’ve said above about using your knowledge and skills to move off in new directions. That’s what’s kept me afloat ever since I started quilting. I think we can safely call ourselves “conceptual artists,” don’t you?

    Anyway, it’s very nice to meet you – nice blog, too!

    Dena Crain

  18. One word on irons–I have a Sussman, a professional iron. These irons are very heavy and gravity fed, that is the water bot. is hung 3 ft. overhead. Mine is at least 12 yrs. old with no problems. The disadvantage is that that make s it stationary. It’s easy to clean. No spitting!
    Peggy McGeary

  19. Mandi says:

    welcome to blogging! I’m going to add you to my feed reader so I can come back when you’ve posted pictures.

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