By Kathryn Greenwold Lynn and I have been friends for about 10 years and have collaborated on two quilt pattern books. Our creative partnership works because in many ways we are the same. We are inspired by the world around us, find joy in life, work for peace and justice within our community, and are devoted to our family and friends. However, it also seems to work at least in part because we are so different in our approaches to quilting. Lynn focuses on precision, paper piecing, miniatures, and details. I love traditional quilting, but rarely focus on precision piecing. I especially enjoy the freedom of art quilting, use of non-traditional materials, and experimenting with new ideas. We balance each other which keeps it real for both of us.
Lynn and I decided we wanted to share a little more about ourselves and our approach to quilting. So far on this website we have mainly shared images from our books and patterns, but we have each made a plethora of quilts, wall hangings, and textile art which reflect who we are as individuals and as artists.
"My quilts, patterns, and textile art span a wide range of styles. I still love to make traditional quilts with the challenge of recreating a part of our quilt history. In contrast, I love to work with unusual art materials and textiles making art quilts and framed textile pieces. The freedom of design is exciting. I have always been interested in space exploration, geology, and landscapes. Much of my creative inspiration comes from these interests. Sol pictured to the left is my response to the paintings of Sol LeWitt. I used 20 pre-cut solid fabric strips for the colors. The challenge in designing this quilt was calculating the angle for cutting.
Burgoyne Surrounded was my first published pattern. I streamlined the piecing to make this tedious traditional pattern easier to piece and more accurate in block construction.
As I have explored the history of quilts and quilting, I took the AQS Appraisal Skills Course and apprenticed myself to one of the Certified Appraisers for a period of 3 years. I also studied judging quilts through the NQA program. I now offer appraisal and judging services as well as teaching, designing, writing, and custom quilting.
The work, Pine Bush Forest Floor, is one of a series of forest floors I have made using cotton, wool and silk rovings, real lichens and bark, handmade flowers and leaves, bark paper and other found objects. They are made to be laid on a table or floor, as if you are looking down at the forest floor. The elements included here were inspired by the Pine Bush, a unique habitat in the Albany, NY area that is home to the Blue Karner butterfly and other rare flora and fauna. "
Read more about Kathryn in her Bio on the About Page.
And now let's hear from Lynn on her personal approach!
"In 8th Grade I made my own dress for the graduation ceremony. Since then sewing has always been my hobby. Quilting, however, came to me in a blizzard, when the school where I was teaching in Hoboken, New Jersey was closed for an entire week. It was then I learned about the power of creation using little bits of fabric scraps and a plan, however simple. In these 20 years since then, I have taught both music education and quilting to students of all ages and skill levels.
My recent focus has been on collaboration within the arts. Any time two or more work together on a project, great things are bound to happen. Working with Kathryn on our books and the development of KayLynn Designs has led to greater creativity in my designs. The results have been not only fun, but also added to my feeling that “the possibilities are endless” when it comes to artistic collaboration.
For my personal projects, I often draw inspiration from art and architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright’s windows were the inspiration FLW, a pair of small quilts. Stained glass and the work of artists like Dale Chihuly often inform my design ideas. Miniature quilts are one of my passions. It’s a challenge to take a standard pattern and make it smaller. It also allows me to be “green” by using up leftovers from other projects in these small creations.
To the right is a miniature New York Beauty that was inspired by the Schenectady (NY) guild’s raffle quilt one year which was a standard size New York Beauty. Note the tape measure (12”) on the left hand side of this picture. Each block is about 2” square and over 150 tiny pieces were pieced to create this quilt.
For this next quilt, the "squiggles" technique was learned from a local art quilter in the winter of 2011.
Layers of fabric are sewn with a free-hand drawn design and then cut away to reveal the gorgeous colors below. The piece was completed with appliqué fibers sewn to cover the seams and free-motion quilting to accent the other design elements. This technique leaves lots of room for creativity and surprise."
To learn more about Lynn, visit her bio on the About Page.