About Sew Charming Quilts
KATHLEEN REYNOLDS, Managing Director
Sew Charming Quilts was born out of a desire to see the beauty of the world translated through fabric, design, form, and construction. The owner, Kathleen, began her journey into quilting over 30 years ago as a young teenage mother by watching quilting and sewing shows on PBS, the likes of Nancy Zieman, Eleanor Burns, Marianne Fons, Liz Porter, and Shar Jorgenson.
She inherited many of her creative crocheting, sewing, and quilting gifts from her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Her great-grandmother, Arvilla, made it a point to create baby quilts for all of her great-grandchildren. Kathleen fell in love with quilting and wanted to pass on that tradition to her children. But as often does, life and the living of it can get in the way. Being a busy mom with a growing family of 6, the time for quilting became an on and off thing over the years. But, silently yearning, she managed to work it in as often as she could find the time. She taught quilting classes to third graders with two of her children, made quilts for family members, and always wanted to give more.
With her children grown, Kathleen has found time to jump-start new creative endeavors by passing these creative passions on to the next generation. She is working to give this love of quilting, creativity, and design to the world at large. Her husband of almost 40 years supports her addiction to fabric, her business, and all her quilting quirks. She is part of the Quilter's Guild of Dallas and the Plano Quilt Guild.
She is often heard to say, "So much fabric, so little time!"
DIANE MARTIN, Assistant Quilting Manager
Diane started her quilting journey in 2014 when she happened to wander into a quilt shop while on vacation. Soon after Diane went on a shop hop and discovered several local quilting shops in her area. Diane already had a background in clothing construction, but was looking for something new - a new challenge. The "bug" had bit. Between 2014 and the start of the pandemic, Diane had worked on maybe 2 or 3 quilts a year. After 2020, Diane became a piecing powerhouse! By the end of 2020, Diane had 37 quilts, table runners, and wall hangings to her credit and skill set. Diane found that her favorite parts about quilting is piecing, long-arming and hand binding joy.
Diane wasted no time sharing her love of the new quilting bug with her daughter, Lorelei. They often have little contests about fabric, pattern or other crazy quilting things. Building on new adventures, while stuck at home, Kathleen had put out inquiries to find a pattern tester/writer for her new quilting designs. Diane had already tested a few patterns at that point in time. Diane was scrolling down Instagram and found Kathleen's post and responded. The rest.... they say.... is history! Kathleen and Diane connected up in August of 2020, while Diane was still in Oregon. In March of 2021, Diane and her husband had decided to make the big move from Oregon to Texas, arriving in July in the heart of the heat of Texas. Kathleen had opened her brick and mortar studio by May of 2021. And they've been making quilting shenanigans ever since.