kathyechter characterKathy has had a lifelong love of the fabric arts. Taught to sew as a child by her mother and knitting  by a neighbor, Kathy has continued to explore many different aspects of the fiber arts. Her journey of exploration has taken her through periods of traditional clothes sewing, heirloom sewing English smocking, home decor, quilt top piecing, quilting, and now, COMPUTERIZED LONGARM QUILTING. Kathy has a Bachelors Degree in Printing Management and a Masters  Degree in Management and Supervision. Her extensive printing background has provided her with an exceptional eye for color and design, perfect for quilting!

Kathy has worked in the printing field for the Department of Defense and the Internal Revenue  Service in Washington, DC, has consulted in the field of desktop publishing, and worked for the Dale  Carnegie organization. Her professional experience is very apparent to her students from over 125  classes and workshops, as she continuously receives comments that her class was the best they have taken. Students particularly love her professional class handouts.

When she decided to branch out into computerized longarm quilting, Kathy knew in orderCreative Studio Cert Instructor to maintain the expertise expected of her by her clients, she had to further her education in this new field. She continuously participates in longarm quilting courses through both Gammill and national longarm quilting conventions, where she learns the very latest styles and techniques.  Kathy became a Certified Creative Studio™ Trainer, the first in New York State, in November, 2008.

Kathy resides in Penfield, NY with her husband, two children, eight sewing machines, one GAMMILL STATLER STITCHER LONGARM QUILTING MACHINE, two quilting studios, and 2,492 yards of fabric in her “stash”.