A little background on Kelly and Jukebox Quilts
Although I was educated in the science and art of nursing and worked as a high-risk labor and delivery nurse, I have always been very interested in textiles and art. I began quilting in 1988, and shortly after that began both my family and Jukebox Quilts.
I’ve designed a fabric line, many patterns for quilts, digitized quilting and embroidery motifs, and have written several books. I was a hand model and “stunt quilter” in the movie How To Make An American Quilt, have been on Home and Garden Network’s Simply Quilts three times and Alene’s Creative Living. I’ve created quilts used in television advertisements, books, and many magazines. I travel to lecture, judge, and teach internationally on crazy quilting, painting on quilts, and use of other pigments, quilting, and several other fiber art topics. In 2003, I took over as the curator of the Hoffman Challenge, a job I loved, as it provided me with a wonderful opportunity to use the many skills I’d acquired over the last several years, as well as the chance to interact with the approximately 600-800 competitors and hundreds of exhibitors, guilds, and shops who displayed this impressive and creative collection of quilts, garments, dolls, and accessories.
Shortly after retiring as the curator for Hoffman Challenge at the end of 2009, I was asked to curate a challenge and traveling display for the US Naval Aviation Foundation to celebrate 100 years of Naval Aviation.
This display was shown at air shows, military and aviation museums, and other events throughout 2011. After that,
I was a co-curator (with Patt Blair) of an exhibit of Route 66 quilts that is traveling for three years. These quilts are still shown at http://route66quilts.blogspot.com/
In 2010, my husband, Jim and I became the longarm dealers for a five state area. We currently carry Innova Longarm quilting machines and Juki sewing machines.
I have two great passions (besides that for my family):
I can’t wait to quilt every day, and I absolutely adore teaching others about quilting.
I promise that your group will find my enthusiasm contagious, and that quilters of any skill level will be inspired, will learn great techniques and will enjoy my sewing/quilting programs and classes.