Kathy McNeil, award winning Quilt artist, teacher, and judge.
6813 Totem Beach Rd~Marysville, WA 98271-9714
Walrusdesigns@aol.com The easiest way to reach me is by e mail. I check it twice a day. Thank you.
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Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, teacher and judge. Hand appliqueing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings.
These wall hangings are inherently and symbolically full of love and comfort. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work. Her quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections.
Every creative act begins as a connection between the artist and their world. Exploration of that moment of inspiration fuels the process of telling a story and making art. Results are never predictable, as the discovery is different each time. A mastery of techniques and design will be noted and appreciated by others, but will the magic that inspired the artist, reach out and touch someone else? When it does.... something big is shared.
Latimer Textile Museum, solo show 2011
Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum permanent collection.
Cannon Beach Historical Museum solo 2008
Latimer Quilt Museum- solo, 2011 and 2007
Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Solo exhibition 2006
LaConner Quilt Museum, 2006 "Three Perspectives"
Museum of the American Quilter's Society, Paducah, KY, Solo exhibition 2006
Gifts of Love 2005, “Power for Change” 2004, "New Quilts from Old Favorites" 2004
LaConner Quilt Museum, Solo 2004
Shelburne Art Museum, 2004
Edmonds Art Museum Solo, 2005
San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, 2001 Wide-angle exhibition
National Quilting Judge
Indiana Heritage 2008,
Road 2 California 2010, 2013
Northern California judging workshop and certification.
Kathy teaches in the US and Canada for Quilt Shows, seminars and guilds.
Quilt It 2013. Gathering Inspiration full page.
New Quilts from Old Favorites, National Quilting Museum book 2010 and 2011
The Quilter 2012. Featured artist.
Center fold Quilt Life/ December AQS 2012
Fon’s and Porter Magazine. 2009, 2011 Machine Quilting- January 2010 Quilting the Pictorial Quilt
Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine:March 2012 Photo Finish, April 2010 Front to Back Pictorial Quilting, December 2007 Featured artist 2002 December cover Photo, April 2007, May 2004, January 2004, December 2003, Photo Finish 2008
500 Art Quilts by Lark Books. 2010
American Quilter’s Society Engagement Calendar 2013, 2005, 2007
Quilter Magazine Photo finish 2008
American Quilter: 2007 Spring, 2003 Winter
Adoption Today, August 2006
Storm at Sea New Quilts from Old Favorites: Book AQS 2000
National and International Awards
More than a Memory - Honorable Mention AQS Paducah. 2013
My Venetian - 2nd place wall Mid Atlantic 2013
Audubons' Christmas- 1st place Place Paducah AQS 2012, Viewers Choice Award!, 3rd place applique Road to Ca 2012
More than a Memory- 2nd place Innovative Pacific International 2012
Jelly Snacks - Honorable mention Paducah AQS 2012
Christmas Piper- Grand prize- Quilt Ireland.
Natural Wonders. IQA Houston 2012 1st place Naturescapes, BEST OF SHOW RD 2 CA 2011, IQA Houston 2012, 1st runner up to Best of show. PIQF 2010, Judges choice Indiana Heritage 2011
Heron Happiness-3rd place AQS Paducah, Best Innovation in Design 2011 Indiana Heritage, 1st place Road to California wall applique, 1st pace applique Quilt Odyssey 2010
Milkweed for Monarchs. 2nd place wall quilt PIQF 2010
Panda Perfect. 2nd place Pictorial Road to CA 2011
SunFlower Duet- 2nd place New quilts from Old favorites National Quilting Museum
Feathered Friends-1st place Large Lancaster 2010 AQS
Pass it on- Best Machine Workmanship Denver National 2010, 1st place applique Indiana Heritage 2010. Best Pictorial Quilt Odyssey 2010, Viewers Choice, Quilt Odyssey 2010
Spring Rituals-Best Machine workmanship Denver National 2008
Crossing Calamity Creek- Best Pictorial Quilt Odyssey 2009, Best Pictorial Mid Atlantic 2010
Monkey Business at Grandma’s 1st Place Group. AQS Des Moines 2008
Take Me There 1st Place Nature-scapes Road to California 2009
Much Ado About Nothing -First Place "Mixed Techniques" Road to California, 2008
Finders Keepers- Best Pictorial, Road to California, 2008, People’s Choice LaConner Quilt Museum Festival 2008
Gone Fishin’- Best of Show Pacific International 2007, 2nd place Pictorial Quilters Heritage 2007
Courage- First Place Professional. The Applique Society show 2007, Best Wall Quilt: Quilt Odyssey 2006 Mixed Techniques,
Mayor's Choice Quilting on the Waterfront 2006
Sagacious Sisters-2nd Place ~ Group Category, American Quilter's Society Paducah Show 2006
Sometimes I Wish- Pacific International Quilt Festival, 2005 Best Wall Quilt
Night Before Christmas-Road to California National Show 2005 - 2nd place, The Appliqué Society Quilt Show 2005 - 2nd Place Place Vermont Quilt Festival 2005 -
2nd Place, Quilt Odyssey 2005 - 3rd Place Wall
Catrina’s Firebird-Pennsylvania National 2004 – Best Machine Quilting
Mother India- Pennsylvania National 2004 – Wall Quilts 3rd place
Ode to the Wind and Waves--AQS 2000 Storm at Sea, New Quilts from Old Favorites – 4th place
Memories of You and Me- Indiana Heritage Wall Quilt 2002 – 2nd place
Christmas in the Forest-- Mid Atlantic Quilt Show 2002 - Viewers choice Road to California Show 2002 - Outstanding full size quilt, 1st place
Tudor Romance, Innovations 2005 - First Place, Teachers Category, The Appliqué Society 2005 - 1st Place, TAS Viewers Choice 2005, Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine Heritage Contest. 2001
Quilts in Corporate Collections
Providence clinic - Everett WA
Mark Twain Museum and boyhood home - Hannibal, MO
Marine Mammal Center - Sausalito, CA
Falls Mill Museum - Bellvidere, TN