Kathy's Lone Star Quilt
by Kathy Julian
(North Bend, WA)
I began at the age of 19 as a newlywed, to teach myself how to quilt (using what I thought was a cute pattern sold off of a rotating rack in a fabric store). I obviously knew little about quilting, because I decided to make it king-sized, and to hand-quilt it. Five years and several grey hairs later, I had a decent-looking quilt that reminds me of my roots in quilting.
In the 28 years since, I still love to hand quilt when I have the time, but with homeschooling 4 kids under the age of 8, my time is a bit more limited. I steal moments in the evenings when the kids are in bed to piece and quilt my projects. I machine quilt most of my quilts and wall hangings, and just this spring, learned to long-arm quilt. I truly love to quilt, and on the days when the kids have me hanging from a thin thread, I find myself retreating to my spare room to "touch fabric", even if only for a few minutes. And, of course, I've learned to label ALL of my quilts so that someday, my daughters and sons can remember when and who made them, even if I can't :)