Kathy Downie is an artist who has been sewing all her life and over the years has evolved from a traditional seamstress into a surface design artist specializing in wearable arts and quilts. Kathy’s knowledge of clothing construction and her excitement for quilting are easily recognized in her lectures, trunk shows, workshops, and designs.

Kathy found her passion for quilting in 1996 and since then she has taught and lectured about wearable art and quilting regionally. Her work appears regularly in juried shows across the country and has been exhibited nationally as well as internationally. Kathy is an electrical engineer, which she thinks aids in her ability to figure out new construction methods and the ability to explain new techniques in her wearable pattern line Downie Designs.

Kathy’s work is noted for its textures, unique techniques and elegant quilting. Fabrics, thread, fibers, and the world around her inspire her art.

Although she loves to work with all techniques, her favorite one is creating art using only one technique – wearable elegant quilting (some people say she started this trend).