Sunday, May 16, 2021

Member Spotlight: Misty Benson

The May Member Spotlight is focused on KMQG co-Secretary, Misty Benson.🔦 Keep reading to learn more about Misty.

How long have you been quilting?

Since 2009

Who or what inspired you to start quilting?

I started quilting with my grandmother who had Alzheimer's. It started as a way to keep her hands busy so she could be calmer.

Tell us about the first quilt you ever made.

My first quilt was a Yellow Brick Road. I had only done garment sewing before so I prewashed all the fat quarters. It was a mess.

What is your favorite quilt you’ve ever made?

The pattern is a 4-Patch Posie and I made it with Alexander Henry dragon fabric with a 24" repeat. That quilt makes me very happy.

What kind of sewing machine(s) do you have?

My main machine is a Pfaff Performance 5.0 but I'm in love with vintage Viking Husqvarnas from the 70's. I have a 6430, a 6440, and a 6460.

What is your favorite sewing tool or notion?

That's a toss up between my hand turned seam ripper handle or my mini tart pan wrist pin cushion.

What are your favorite colors to use in quilts?

Blue, green, and purple.

Describe your quilting style in one word.


What other hobbies do you have?

Knitting, garment sewing (not alterations!) and embroidery. I've also dabbled in blacksmithing and Bladesports competitions.

Do you collect anything? (Other than quilting fabric, of course!) If so, what?

Needle minders

What is your favorite movie?

The Princess Bride

What is your favorite book?

A Wrinkle in Time

Who is your favorite author?

Neil Gaimen

Do you have a celebrity crush and who is it?

Toss up between David Duchovny and Bruce Campbell.

If you could have dinner with one legendary person, living or dead, who would you choose?

Amelia Earheart

What is your favorite food?

Butterscotch flavored anything

Coffee or tea?

Neither, I'm a recovering Diet Mountain Dew addict.

Sweet or savory?


What is your dream job?

If I could fiigure that out I might be doing it!

Where is your dream vacation destination?


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?

After I built the addition for a new, larger sewing studio and fully stocked it, I would move on to a fancy sports car.

Do you prefer the beach or the mountains?


When was the last time you did something for the first time?

I mounted a piece of quilted artwork on canvas.

Would you rather be able to run at 100 miles per hour or fly at 10 miles per hour and why?

Fly, because everything is closer "as the crow flies".

Want to learn more? Follow Misty on Instagram! Interested in learning more about KMGQ? We're on Instagram too and would love to see you there!