Monday, March 30, 2015
Week #13: Quilter #13 Kate Basti
Hello there! I’m Kate Basti, and I’ll be your captain for the next week here at 52Quilters. First off, how awesome was this idea?! To have 52 quilters from around the world, all with different strengths, techniques and insights, to share their love of quilting with the rest of us each week — it’s just fantastic! Bravo, Chris, for coming up with such a wonderful idea and putting it in motion.
So a bit about me… Well, I’m originally from a small, rural town in central Indiana. I grew up in an early 1800s farm house (without a farm) filled with antiques and, to be honest, really uncomfortable furniture. As a kid, I didn’t know any better, but as an adult I realize I basically grew up in a museum. My parents tried to fill the house with period pieces to match the age of the house. One of their many collections: antique quilts. So while I didn’t grow up around quilters, I was certainly exposed to quilts from a very early age.
I’m married to a wonderful man, Eric, whom I met on a DC Metro train. He’s originally from DC, and I was in town for a week-long visit. That, my friends, is fate. After living in DC and working a crazy job at an advertising agency in Georgetown for a few years, we looked at a map and picked a town as close to the center between our two families as we could. Columbus, Ohio. So we packed our bags and relocated. Neither of us had jobs lined up. It was a total leap of faith, but a good one, and since then, we’ve added our trusty almost-four-year-old sidekick Jane.
I’m a graphic designer by trade, but when my father died in 2012, my priorities in life shifted entirely. I suddenly felt a real need to raise my child full-time, so I quit my design job and became a stay-at-home mom. I’ve loved (almost) every minute of it. And soon she’ll be starting school, so in our spare time, my husband (a web developer) and I are preparing to launch our own design agency. It’s been a dream of ours for many years.
One of the perks of being a stay-at-home mom is that it allows me time to sew each day. While my daughter enjoys her “quiet time” each afternoon, this mama enjoys sewing time. I started sewing in 2009, but for years kept it very simple. In fact, I wouldn’t say I truly branched out with my sewing and quilting until last year. (More on this and how I got started sewing in my next blog post.)
What I’ve found is that sewing and quilting keep me sane. I’ve always been a maker. I enjoy working with my hands. When I’m working on a quilt, playing with gorgeous fabrics and crafting a tangible, practical, beautiful object, I’m able to tune out the chaos of life. It does something for my soul and my mind that I can’t quite explain. But I’m guessing most of you understand exactly what I’m saying. Don’t you?
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Post by Kate Basti - Week #12: Kate lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Though a graphic designer by trade, she's currently a stay-at-home mom. When she's not chasing after her feisty kiddo, she enjoys sewing, knitting, cooking and baking. She's not ashamed to admit her addiction to Instagram and all things colourful. And shiny. Follow her on instagram@katebasti