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Kathleen Rountree 

quilts and fiber arts

about  . . . . . 

The unique wall quilts crafted by Kathleen Rountree are born of a partnership between history and art.   Antique tablecloths, napkins,  and bed linens serve as the palette on which she creates. Beginning with an ancient tablecloth, a pillowcase, or a simple cotton doily, she repurposes and enhances these items into intricate and inspirational wall quilts.

In the process, Kathleen becomes a partner with the artist who painstakingly embroidered on the linen when it was new, sometimes more than 100 years ago.  The new details trigger a transformation in which a piece of table linen, originally meant for a functional purpose,  becomes something that draws admiration from viewers as they study the intricate details and gorgeous designs created by not one, but two textile artists.

People frequently ask "where did you find these wonderful antique linens?"   "Well," she responds, "some come from my grandmother's linen chest.  And the rest?  Well, I find them on - well, you know -  eBay !"

Kathleen also makes bed quilts, modern quilts, and kids charity quilts, but it is her linen quilts that are being increasingly featured in shows, festivals, and museums.  She enjoys sharing her works with others, and is available to give trunk shows, lectures, or workshops.  Kathleen is also an experienced quilt judge, and enjoys encouraging the artistry of quilters and designers through this venue.


Kathleen Rountree is a classical musician, a University professor, and a higher-education administrator.  She has performed across three continents as a concert pianist and chamber musician, and has served as a University Dean and Vice President.  She is also an  internationally-noted fiber artist and quilter.   Her work has appeared at and won prizes at important national and international shows, including:

  • Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival
  • Savannah Quilt Fest
  • Road to California 
  • QuiltWeek Paducah, Daytona, and Savannah
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival
  • The Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza
  • Houston International Quilt Festival

As her works are becoming more well known, they appear in museums and galleries, including a solo show at the McLean Textile Gallery in McLean, Virginia in 2021, and an invitation to mount an Artist's Gallery at the Birmingham Festival of Quilts in 2020 (unfortunately canceled due to COVID).    She is active in festivals and competitions, both as a participant and a judge, on both the East and West coasts of the US.  

Kathleen lives in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina,  with her husband and two cats.  

Programs, Trunk Shows, and Classes

(in person or by zoom)

"From Grandmother's Linen Closet", trunk show, 90 minutes.

"Design Decisions without Stress", 5-6 hour class.  

"Perky, Precious Pin Cushions" -  antique, embroidered table linens, pieced and decorated into a very cute pincushion, mug-rug, or journal cover.  Everybody LOVES this class !

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