It's time for the September Member Spotlight. This month we're learning more about KMQG Education Coordinator, Sherry Kasper.
How long have you been quilting?
44 years, oh my goodness!!
Who or what inspired you to start quilting?
I starting sewing as a child-- first doll clothes and eventually my clothes. In 1978 quilts started getting more attention due to Good Housekeeping's Great American Quilt Contest, where Jinny Beyer's innovative Ray of Light won Best in Show and launched her career. That contest sparked my interest in using my sewing skills to make a quilt. When my husband and I moved to Colorado Springs as newlyweds, I discovered a quilt shop within walking distance of our apartment and signed up for a beginning quilting class.
Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.
My first completed quilt was a baby quilt for my daughter. I made it with four inch squares in primary colors and yellow gingham borders and tied it. Back in 1979 we had no idea of the gender of our babies before birth, so they were all primary colored quilts. She loved the quilt so much that the fabric shredded in many places. One time while visiting her grandmother with the quilt in tow, my mom made the quilt "a new set of clothes," another array of primary colored, 4 inch blocks.
What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?
My favorite quilt thus far is one is a flying geese quilt made in fall colors that I made for my husband in the 1980s. I machine-stitched the geese, hand-stitched the border fabric between the geese, and hand-quilted it. Why is this quilt my favorite? First, because he loves it, which makes me happy. Second, the color choices were not conventional; I substituted a peach for a cream background to the geese, and it works. Finally, it is technically the best sewn quilt I have made. The geese have points, and I still marvel at the hand quilting. My hands could not do the same today.
What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?
Bernina Virtuoso 153 Quilter's Edition
What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?
My sewing machine.
Who is your favorite fabric designer?
Whoever has the right color and design fabric I need for my project.
What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?
Having just looked over all of my quilts, it seems like I like jewel tones: turquoise, blues, reds, greens. But, I think some of those color choices reflect the fabrics available when I was making those quilts. Fabrics today are much brighter, and I think that aesthetic will appear in my upcoming quilts.
Describe your quilting style in one word.
What other hobbies do you have?
Hiking, reading and knitting.
What is your favorite movie?
What is your favorite book?
This question is hard. I have many favorites. Today I will say The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd..
Who is your favorite author?
Today I will say John Irving, but it could change.
If you could have dinner with one legendary person, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
Janet Yellen. Weird answer, but I am a female economist. I would love to talk about her journey as an economist in a very male profession and what it has been like to help lead the world economy.
What is your favorite food?
Coffee or tea?
Sweet or savory?
If you were a dessert, what would you be and why?
Anything made with dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is delicious, and, in moderation, it even has some health benefits.
What is your dream job?
Teacher, and I am so blessed, because I got to be a teacher.
Where is your dream vacation destination?
Any place with mountains to hike.
Which is your favorite season?
If you won millions in the lottery and had to selfishly spend it on yourself, what would you treat yourself to?
A trip to Italy in first-class seating on the plane and planned by someone else.
Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?
When was the last time you did something for the first time?
In 2018, I served as an economic advisor to a candidate for Congress.