Kathy is a multiple international-award winning quilter specializing in appliqué, quilt design, domestic machine quilting and English Paper Piecing techniques. She started sewing and embroidering as a young girl, laying the foundation for the life-altering discovery of quilting two decades later. Over the past twenty-five years, quilting has grown from a hobby into a full-time creative career.
Kathy lectures and teaches all over Canada at guilds, shops, and quilt shows. Kathy has been a guest-artist in residence at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy, a quilting cruise instructor with Quilt Seminars at Sea, a guest on The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, and a frequent faculty member at Quilt Canada. Kathy is also a Canadian Quilters’ Association Certified Quilt Judge.
Kathy’s quilt designs have received recognition in Canada as well as internationally. Her quilt Instruments of Praise earned the 2011 Bernina Machine Workmanship Award from the American Quilter’s Society and now resides in the U.S. National Quilt Museum as part of its permanent collection. She was honored to receive the 2011 Founders Award from the International Quilt Association and the 2013 Best of Show from the Canadian Quilters Association for her quilt Flourish on the Vine.
Her most recent quilt For Such a Time as This has received multiple awards, including the AQS Best of Show at 2018 Fall Paducah QuiltWeek and the CQA/ACC Best of Show at Quilt Canada 2019. The quilt has inspired a block-of-the-month series of patterns and her first fabric line with Northcott.
Kathy is the author of Sewflakes: Papercut Appliqué Quilts (C&T Publishing, 2007), Flourish on the Vine Pattern Pack, Instruments of Praise Pattern Pack and she has released other patterns in print and online. Her work has been published in magazines, including Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks and on the covers of Quilters Newsletter, The Canadian Quilter, and The Professional Quilter magazines.
Kathy is the owner of an ecommerce business at kathykwylie.com and is a Canadian distributor for Apliquick, Hugs’n Kisses, and Bohin products. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Kathy now divides her time between her country home in Muskoka, her city home near Toronto, and life on the road as an itinerant quilting teacher.