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 twenty-first century quiltmaking through the lenses of women's studies, fandom and anthropology. I am studying American quiltmakers under 45, 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


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

2000 Brigham Young University, BA in English



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


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