Meet Kay Bell, “Borderline Quilter”

We’ve been fortunate to be able to share the lovely work of Kay Bell with our readers on several occasions. As it turns out, she’s had articles in the magazine in March 2014, 2015, and 2016!

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Kay lives with her husband on a hill farm in Scotland on the Scottish side of the border with England. They farm sheep and cows and breed one or two foals each year. Between her farming duties, longarming for hire, and making her own award winning quilts she is quite a busy lady! Her family is heavily involved in the local tradition of the Hawick Common- Riding, a border festival which celebrates both the capture of an English Flag in 1514 by the youth of Hawick and the ancient custom of riding the boundaries of the common land.The rich history of the Scottish Borders area that she lives in clearly influences her work.

Kay Bell, "Inner Circle-Flower of Scotland"
Kay Bell, “Inner Circle-Flower of Scotland” one of Kay’s award winning quilts

 

Her attention to detail is simply amazing.

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“Celtic Basketweave” from Kay’s article in the March, 2015 issue of MQU
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She even demonstrated how to make it two sided!

 

Through careful design and workmanship this is also a reversible quilt.

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Detail from another of her award winning quilts, “Subtle Differences”. Kay shares how she made this quilt in the March, 2016 issue of MQU.

 

Kay has won awards for both her own work and quilting she’s done for hire. Here she and Coriene De Hass receive a prestigious award for a quilt that Coriene made and Kay quilted.

Receiving the Visitors Choice Award, Festival of Quilts 2015, Kay Bell, Coriene De Hass, Vivien Finch, President of QGBI and Jonathan Burton from Upperstreet Events small
Receiving the Visitors Choice Award, Festival of Quilts 2015, Kay Bell, Coriene De Hass, Vivien Finch, President of QGBI and Jonathan Burton from Upperstreet Events small

 

This time of year is particularly busy for her family as they support family members during the Common Riding. This year they are part of the support crew for their grandson, Kyle.

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Kay’s grandson, Kyle, participating in the Common Riding

Kay’s one of a kind quilts are always a delight, and I look forward to seeing what she comes up with next!

 

One Response to Meet Kay Bell, “Borderline Quilter”

  1. Jim – Thank you so much Sherri! You are too kind. God indeed receives all the glory! I’m so glad you caught the website / blog live. I’m still in redesign mode so it’s not always available. I have more tweaking to do before &#2f08;of2icially” going live, so if you come back and can’t access the website that’s why. Thanks again Sherri!

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