Terry Clothier Thompson makes her home in Lawrence, Kansas and works in her new studio. There she teaches classes on dating quilts to small groups of women who want to know about the old fabric in quilts, their history and to educate quilt shop owners on how to be an informed seller of historical reproduction fabrics. Terry collects vintage quilts, clothing, quilt tops and blocks to teach her weekend FabriCamp© classes during the late spring, summer and early fall. The classes are taught on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but she also schedules a special four-day extended session, that includes a day trip to view other textile collections.
Terry has written three books for The Kansas City Star, Quilts Through the Camera’s Eye, Libertyville, and Four Block Quilts, and co-authored one, Quilts in Red and Green, with Nancy Hornback. They are currently working on a follow-up to Quilts in Red and Green that will be released in Spring of 2008.
Terry also designs reproduction fabrics for Moda. Her impressive collection of vintage fabrics c. 1790-1950 inspires her to create authentic looking fabrics for historical based quilts.
For fun, Terry grows flowers to press, then designs small still life pictures using old fabrics, lace and crocheted work. Two children, four grandchildren, and a sixteen-year-old stitch group that meets every week brings her shared friendship and support.
Born into the fifth generation of a Kansas pioneer family, she watched her grandmother and aunt quilt during visits to the family farm called Peace Creek. Her quilting began with the scraps she saved from a dress she made for her daughter, Shannon, in 1967.
Terry has been on the forefront of the current quilt revival. In 1973, she opened The Quilting Bee, a store devoted entirely to quilting – an anomaly at the time. The store was originally at 49th and State Line Road and later at Seville Square on the Country Club Plaza in Kansas City. It closed in 1984.
A lover of quilt history, Terry was a principal documentor for the Kansas Quilt Project and a co-author of Kansas Quilts and Quilters, published in 1983 by the University Press of Kansas.
Terry also designs and writes book for Peace Creek Pattern Co., owned and operated by Terry’s daughter and her husband Kent Richards. These books are about Terry’s pioneering family and the quilts of the 1800s-1940s period of America’s history. Terry designs marking tools for appliquérs.