Bio

Born in Portland, OR

Lives & works in Lehi, UT

 

I began making quilts in 2003 using my grandmother's sheets. I still enjoy creating group quilts with friends, but my main focus now is making dynamic quilts that express my experiences and spirituality. After seven years co-founding and co-directing Utah County Modern Quilt Group, I switched focus to academia. My areas of interest are 21st century quiltmaking through the lenses of women's studies, fan studies, and anthropology. I am studying contemporary American quiltmakers, the Modern Quilt Movement, and the rotary cutter as a symbol of the quilt revival. 

I am also the mother of three teenagers and have been happily married for over twenty years. I am a cancer survivor and a birder. I enjoy cycling, BBC murder mysteries, the mountains, and chocolate cake.

Curricula Vitae

Education

2025 University of Leicester, anticipated PhD in Museum Studies

2021 University of Nebraska-Lincoln, MA in Material Culture & Textile Studies

2000 Brigham Young University, BA in English

 

Accomplishments

2021 Undaunted (2020) acquired by The Henry Ford Museum

2020 Research practicum for The Henry Ford Museum

2020 Recipient of the Frances J. Cronin Fellowship, UNL & International Quilt Museum

2019 Poster presenter at American Quilt Study Group Seminar

2019 Judge for Springville Art Museum's Annual Quilt Competition

Publications

2020, Sept 21 The Henry Ford Museum Blog Post, Growing The Henry Ford's Quilt Collection: The Modern Quilt Movement

Stay tuned for more!

© 2020 by Kristin Barrus