Meet Kate Park
VP of Fundraising
Introduce yourself to us, (i.e., how long have you been quilting, do you have a day job, do you enjoy other hobbies)
Hi! My name is Kate Park, and I have been sewing since I was 15. A neighbor was selling her sewing machine at a garage sale, and my Dad helped me get the 1950s Janome New Home (and its wooden table) home. I have been sewing ever since. I love to knit, read, travel, listen to music. Quilting is a new passion – 2015. In my day job, I am the Executive Director of Friends of the Dallas Public Library, the non-profit that raises money and awareness for the Dallas Public Library system.
How long have you been a member of DMQG, what/who inspired you join our group, are you a member of another guild as well?
As I started becoming interested in quilting, I got on Meetup and found DMQG. I joined the DMQG in late 2015.
What is your current board position?
VP of Fundraising
What other roles have you had with DMQG?
Do you do social media?
@francestricot - Instagram, @bonniepurl - Twitter
if so do you have an instagram handle, or would you welcome other members to follow you on Facebook?
Yes please! Anticipate a lot of sewing, knitting and bookish posts.
Tell us about your favorite quilt/sewing project.
I am currently working on a project that I am calling a “Batch of Sleuths”, which a modified Elizabeth Hartman pattern with a Nancy Drew theme. I am also loving our Milky Way Sampler BOM. It is so much fun to try a new technique, and I really like foundation paper piecing!
What inspires you to create?
I have always loved working with yarn, beads, fabric and paper. In my working life, I sometimes work on a grant proposal or a project idea that may or may not get funded or come to fruition for over a year - if it happens at all. I love what I do for a living, but I have to admit being able to cut fabric, sew it together and create something new, functional and beautiful is so fulfilling.
Are you a Fan girl/boy (i.e., is there a quilty person you love and enjoy stalking their work)?
Since we hosted Carolyn Friedlander last year, I have been become a fan of her quilts and fabric.
Do you enter quilt shows?
I have not yet, but please send good, quilty thoughts for 2018. (:
Have you made friendships through DMQG? Tell us who they are, we would love to know.
Doris Kennedy was the first person who I met at our monthly meetings. She has, like so many of our members have, been so generous with sharing their knowledge, skills, and encouragement. I have genuinely enjoyed working with our Board. What an incredible group of inspiring women. Also, I am grateful for the friendships that I have made at Saturday Sew with Sam Simmons-Clark, and Dee Merrell. And at Handwork Monday – the mother daughter duo of Cathy and Chelsey Fields – are wonderful.
When you complete your quilts what becomes of them? Give away? Keep? Sell? Show?
I will admit to being a keeper. But I hope to work on some charity quilts soon…
In what room of the house do you sew? Tell us about your sewing/quilting/crafting space.
Having recently moved, I am fitting into a smaller space, but I have all of my books and patterns together. All of the fabric and yarn is pretty well organized. I sew at desk and am about to invest in a small table that I can use as a cutting table.
What is your current fabric obsession (color, line, style, etc.)?
I am always drawn to blues and greens, so I am trying to work outside of those color ways. I cannot wait to see Riffle’s Alice In Wonderland line. I am a huge Liberty fabric fan. And I am loving the new Friedlander line. (Big surprise.)
Favorite quilting blogs?
Purl Bee, Gen X Quilter, She Can Quilt and Diary of a Quilter
Why modern quilting? As a quilt artist, what more would you like the Dallas Modern Quilt Guild to do to encourage/inspire/educate quilters?
I love traditional quilts. My grandmother was a quilter, and my Dad, whom my Mom lovingly calls “Quilt Boy”, collects and preserves quilt tops and has a local quilting circle quilt them. But modern quilting speaks to my love of clean lines, and revitalizing the traditional with newness. I love modern and creative takes on traditional designs.
|Me and supportive of my hobbies significant other, Chris.|
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