Kristin L Callahan
I have been quilting since I graduated from high school, many years now. My love of quilting started with an adult education class at Saugus High School taught by Agatha Romboli and Katherine Pescatore. I attended this class with my mother, Janet Nichols back in the late 1970’s early 1980’s. I still have the quilt that I hand pieced and hand quilted all those years ago.
Quilting has been a hobby and a creative outlet for me ever since. I've made many quilts for family and friends as wedding, baby and birthday gifts. I love to create my own quilts. In the past I even involved my mother-in-law Ellen Callahan in this creative process and know she would be proud of what I have accomplished.
I purchased my APQS Millennium long arm machine in the fall of 2006. It is a hand driven long arm machine with a stitch regulator and 18.5 foot wide table. I began my journey as a long arm quilter. I have my own web site www.klcquilts.com and my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been building my long arm business ever since. I have many satisfied and repeat customers from my local area. I have customers that belong to the Hammersmith Quilters Guild in Saugus, the Wakefield Crafters and Quilters, and Burlington Quilt Guild also a group in Winthrop as well as individuals with no guild affiliation. They have all been wonderful clients and many have become my friends.
I joined the Hammersmith Quilters Guild 5 years ago. I enjoy going to the meetings. I was Secretary for 2, 2 year terms and I now chair the Creative Quilt Works board (first year of another 2 year term).
I love to take quilting classes! I have attended MQX many times in the past and since 2012 I have stayed and taken as many classes as I can cram into 4 days. I was also a fan of the Quilter’s Gathering and the Mancuso World Quilt show.
I have taught sewing and quilting classes through Wyzant, a computer application that places students with tutors/teachers. I was asked to teach at Salem State College Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute program by a recommendation made by one of those students.
I taught a class I called “Quilting 101”. I laid out a 4 class schedule each including a brief lecture: quilt history, types of quilting and precuts, and each class had a hands on activity. These included 4 patch, 9 patch, half square triangles and quarter square triangles and sashing and borders. I also included variations such as the disappearing 4 patch, the disappearing 9 patch, and the elusive disappearing pinwheel. I got an excellent evaluation and was asked to return in the spring.
I have taken various other workshops and classes over the years. I have also been on several quilt get-aways with my guild and bus trips run by Rosemary Koch, from the Burlington guild up to the Vermont Quilt Show. I would love to go on a quilt cruise in the future!
I bought my first Sue Pelland Leaves Galore ruler at MQX after seeing her demonstrate it in her booth. Awesome demonstration!
Sue spoke at the Hammersmith Quilter’s Guild where I am a member and I took her Melissa quilt workshop at St John’s church with a quilting friend of mine and several other Guild members that same week. I purchased more of her supplies: rulers, chalk line, chalk, misty fuse and her book. I ended up making 3 quilt tops. One a donation, one a gift and the other is still waiting on a purpose.
I attended Sue’s mini 3 day workshop in Franklin, Ma in the fall and made 4 more quilt tops. I was impressed by how easy and how much fun this type of applique can be. I made the Hearts and More/Leaves Galore Techniques Rotary Cut Applique panels (both the heart/daisy one, and the dragonflies/butterfly one). I also made the Hope’s Diamond quilt, in soft grey Kaffe Fassett fabrics and the Drunkard’s Path wall quilt, with a piece of hand marbled fabric from my stash. I purchased Sue’s other book for this workshop and more tools.
The last class I took with Sue was at MQX, it was her Clam shell pillow class. I made it with bright Kaffe Fassett fabrics in reds, oranges and yellows. It is strikingly beautiful!
I am entering Sue Pelland’s challenge with the Kaffe Fassett Cameo panel. My first time ever entering anything outside of my Guild shows. I also hope to take the Sue Pelland Certified Instructor class in March and attend MQX in April again! I would love to teach quilting at my local quilt shop or perhaps have my own shop someday!