11/7/2018 1:29:00 PM Quilter and Mechanic:
Byron resident is a woman for all seasons
By Gretta Becay
"If it can be done with a needle and thread, I'll try it," joked Jamie Kouba on a brisk autumn day as she explained some of the many quilting projects she has completed through the years.
Her artist's eye is readily apparently in the perfectly colored fabrics in the quilt "Amalfi Memories" which won second place in Wall Quilts, Appliqued Quilts, sponsored by AccuQuilt at the American Quilter's Society Quilt Week - Fall held in Paducah, Kentucky where the National Quilt Museum is located.
The American Quilter's Society is the largest quilting membership organization in the world.
Kouba used a technique called painting with melted crayons on the fabrics of the quilt to get the unique colors in the piece. The piece is machine quilted, machine appliqued and free-motion machine embroidered.
The theme behind the wall hanging is a trip she and her family took to the Amalfi Coast of Italy and the Italian theme can readily be seen in the piece.
Kouba first started quilting when she was 13, in the Creative Clovers 4-H Club. Her mom, Sharon Dunford, taught her to sew and she took up quilting at the same time. Since then, Jamie has made hundreds of projects from pot-holder sized quilted pieces to queen-size quilts used on her bed.
That's right. Even her prize-winning quilts are used to keep the family warm.
Read the rest of the story in the print edition of the Byron Review.