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Kelly Watkins

In-Store Instructor

Location
South East Virginia (willing to travel)
Phone
570-249-4585
Email
bobbinsnbarbells@gmail.com

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I have been creating for as long as I can remember. My Mom taught me how to make my first quilt when I was fourteen. I’d like to say I fell in love with the process then, but truthfully I think she was the one who had to finish the quilting and binding. I took a break from sewing for a few years, as it isn’t the cool thing to do when you’re a teenager. But picked it back up in my early twenties, mostly making purses and other small crafty items. When we decided to move from Pennsylvania to Virginia Beach in 2017, I was determined to make a quilt for both of my nieces and my nephew. Two sampler quilts for the girls and a bargello for my nephew, free motion quilted with a simple stipple. I was happy with the results, especially for my first try, but I wanted to learn more. This time I was hooked.

Many hours were spent scrolling through social media to find inspiration and tutorials. And then I stumbled across the Sew Steady You Tube channel, binged watched over a weekend, and placed my order for the Fun & Fancy Set. I love to be able to put every stitch in my quilts from the first to the last, and my rulers help me to do just that. They have enabled me to break out of my walking foot box. Sometimes they are the only tool I use to quilt, sometimes they are used as more of a framework for my free motion quilting.

In 2018, I took a position as an Educator at a sewing shop, eventually becoming the Education Director. I have taught everything from piecing to specialty quilting techniques, but ruler quilting is probably my favorite thing to teach. I love to see the spark of inspiration and creativity when my students “get it”.

After getting my Personal Trainer and Nutrition Certifications, Bobbins & Barbells was born, a quirky combination of quilts, strength training, and practical nutrition advice.

Kelly is currently the Education Director at Tidewater Sew Vac. The have six stores throughout southeast Virginia.
Check out Kelly’s Classes HERE.

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