I come from a long line of creative women. I am so fortunate to have several quilts from my great great grandmother dating back to the Civil War. Her twin brothers both fought in the war. Sadly, one for the North and one for the South. She made a Log Cabin quilt and put the fabric from both brother's uniforms into the quilt. I like to think she was trying to reunite her brothers in a quilt pattern that is symbolic for "home". Who knows her true reason? This heritage and her needle skills have always been an inspiration to me. My great grandmother and grandmother and my mother have all been creative women. My mother made a great deal of my sister's and my clothing. In the 1960's they were the latest fashion and wild colors! No words can express the joy we had in those duds.

I also made my children's clothing, even down to making my son's jeans when he was a small boy. This led me into starting an outdoor clothing company. It grew to 3 retail stores, an online store and corporate apparel business. I worked in the warehouse with the women sewing the garments. Many days found me on a sewing machine right alongside them as that was the part of the business I truly enjoyed. After 22 years I have retired.

I decided to return to my roots and to the fine needle arts of quilting. How can one explain the deep passion for quilt making? I think it can be summed by the heritage of many people over so many years. The intricate detail of patchwork and the actual quilting stitches. The heirloom that will be treasured far past one's lifetime. Fabric and thread will always be a part of me.

I split my time between South Carolina, Colorado and Nantucket. My main studio is in South Carolina. My quilts have been exhibited in Nantucket Airport in Massachusetts, Shelburne Museum in Vermont, Houston International Quilt Festival 2015 in Texas and Chicago International Quilt Festival 2016 in Illinois .

- Katherine