About KwiltArt, and it's owner and designer, Kathleen Andrews................

My mother and grandmothers taught me many of the needle arts when I was very young. Almost 20 years ago, my sisters Maureen and Colleen, who had been quilting for years, encouraged me to make a couple of small, traditional style quilts. Quilting really didn't click with me at the time, until my Mom bought me a watercolor quilt book and a fabric kit for Christmas one year. The quilt artist in me came alive, and I found quilting to be creative and satisfying. I would not be where I am today without the wonderful encouragement of my sisters and my Mom.

KwiltArt has been in business since 1999. I design and write patterns, teach and lecture. I have been juried several times into the AQS Paducah Show and have also done a half hour segment on Kaye Wood's PBS television show "Kaye's Quilting Friends".

With a new quilt design, I never have a full vision of what it will look like when finished. I make pieces and blocks and play with then on my design wall until there is a good layout. Photos of each layout help me remember what has been done previously. I like designs with depth, dimension and movement. I then figure out the construction logistics, which is sometimes the toughest part trying to convey the exact steps for creation. I strive to have my patterns clear, understandable and easy to use.

My mission is to share my artwork and ideas in hopes of inspiring others to explore and open up to their own creative potential.