Kathy Schmitz grew up surrounded by family quilts dating back generations. With a stash of fabrics to play with and a mother and grandmother eager to pass along the love of quilting, it was only a matter of time before Kathy followed in their footsteps. Her first quilt, at age 13, was simple; three inch squares pieced together and tied.
Kathy grew up in Oregon and attended the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland. In 2001, Kathy decided to make a career out of her love of art and quilting. She painted watercolors with a strong quilting theme and produced a line of greeting cards. From there she started a great design relationship with Moda Fabrics and has started her own line of redwork and quilt patterns.
Kathy is the author of Heart and Home: Unique American Women and the Houses that Inspire from Kansas City Star Quilts. She lives is Issaquah, a small town outside of Seattle, with her husband Steve and her two sons, Cory and Tom.