I am so excited to be a part of the first UK Handi Quilter Academy. My goal is to open up a world of ideas and techniques to quilt antique linens, handwork and sentimental pieces from long ago. Let’s get those special linens out of their drawers and re-purpose them in our modern day life!

Who is Kelly Cline? First and foremost, a mom, wife, and grandmother. I have two grown daughters and three of the most adorable grandchildren. My dear husband of 40 years, Carl, will be my travel partner on this trip. He’ll most generally join us for meals, otherwise, I expect he’ll be touring Bristol. If I’m lucky, he may be hunting linens for me in the local antique shops.

I have been seriously quilting for 5 years. Having been a crafter and seamstress since I was a little girl, long arm quilting has become my passion. The obsession struck me while hand quilting an unfinished top of my grandmothers. Soon after that project I was introduced to the longarm. Since that first long arm experience, I found myself practicing on antique tops, napkins and handkerchiefs. As these were ready made, I treated the linens as if they were pieced or appliqued blocks. I was quilting for hire, but kept returning to these linens for my “joyful” quilting. As more and more people saw my work, I was asked to teach, share and talk about my quilts and my process. A few short years ago I taught my first class and have to admit I loved every minute of it! My greatest joy is watching others get as excited as I do with the transformation of a family heirloom. 

I will be teaching “Quilting Vintage Linens” on the long arm and sit down machines at Academy. I’ll first share my trunk show to give you some great ideas and inspiration. Even if you are not fully hooked on vintage embroideries and handwork, the class comes with a multitude of tips, tricks and techniques. We’ll do some free motion quilting, ruler play, and learn how to use Cindy Needham’s stencils. On Monday, we’ll have some relaxed fun with doodling and quilting. Within the last few years, I have become a Handi Quilter Ambassador, which has allowed me to teach and travel worldwide. What I have found to be the most rewarding in these travels are the countless friendships I’ve made along the way. I’m looking forward to meeting you! 

Kelly will be joined by Kimmy Brunner. Both of these exceptional teachers have been awarded Quilting Teacher of the Year in the USA. Head over to Pinhole Quilting – the new home of Handi Quilter, for more details and to sign up.

by Kelly Cline and Juliet Nice