A Change of Career!

Hello all of you fellow quilters out there.  You may have noticed the Help Wanted entry a few weeks back.  Well, I’m the lucky person who is filling those shoes!

My name is Kathy Hannah and you’ll no doubt see my name around on the website, answering questions and posting information to the blogs.  I’ve been quilting now for over ten years and sewing for more than twenty.  My 18-year-old daughter claims responsibility for starting my quilting career because she wanted a quilt for her bed when she was 8-years-old.  It makes no difference that I remember it differently, she would still claim responsibility for it!  At this point, it doesn’t matter because I started with that simple quilt of squares and rectangles and never looked back!  Since then, my extended family jokes that you aren’t a member of the family until you’ve received a Kathy Hannah original because of my habit of giving quilts for Christmas, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, (well, you get the idea…. basically, I just need an excuse to make a quilt!)

This position at McCall’s Quilting is something of a dream job since quilting has been my one of my passions for the last decade.  Up until July, I had a much less fascinating career as a medical office manager and specialist in electronic medical records.  I will really miss the patients, but you can only imagine how much fun it was with all of the recent upheaval in healthcare and the general joy to be found in middle management.  However, I was pretty much convinced that I had to work here as soon as I walked through the door.  How could I not!  There were quilts hanging everywhere!  It was hard to talk to the people because I couldn’t tear my eyes away from all of the quilts!

Although it may have been a little hard to focus on the people the first time I met them, I have since learned that they are all warm and kind, and amazingly knowledgeable about quilting.  From the latest fabric line to a question about machine quilting, there is always somebody with the answer.  I feel like a child who is soaking up knowledge like a sponge!  (And loving every minute of it!)

The other members of my family include my husband of twenty years, my 18-year-old daughter, my 15-year-old son, and my 24-year-old horse (see picture below).  You will note that the only picture I am sharing is of my horse.  You are welcome to read meaning into that.  But really, when I asked my son for a picture, he said, “Dude, no way!”  When I asked my daughter, she said, “You’ve got to be kidding, right?”  When I asked my husband, he said, “Is this really necessary?”  But when I asked my horse, he was blissfully silent.  Now you know why I have a horse  icon smile A Change of Career!

Catch you later,


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Pride and Kathy

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4 Responses to A Change of Career!

  1. Betty says:

    Hi, Congratulations on your new job! Several of us at Stashbusters Yahoo group are disappointed that McCalls web site no longer shows the Spring Splash quilt pattern. Will it be returned to the site? Thanks,
    Betty M.

  2. khannah says:

    Betty.. I’d be happy to transfer the Spring Splash quilt pattern from the old site to our new one. I’ll let you know when it has been moved.


  3. khannah says:

    Betty, the Spring Splash pattern has been moved to the Patterns section of the new site.

    Happy Quilting,

  4. Leslie says:

    Howdy, I do know why you have a horse! I too have one, and she is own of my best friends. My first is our Lord Jesus, next my amazong husband who supports whichever phobby I want to chase on any random day (quilting or horses), and my beutiful Blessing that are my children come next, after them, I would say Belle (my mare) is the next best friend I have. (well between her and my sewing machine, LOL!) It is nice to see that I am not only one with two hobbies! Congrads on the job, I would be in bliss too if I were in your shoes! Maybe some day I will be there! Lord willing of course.
    Cograds, and God Bless you and your family,

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