State Coordinator

Kathleen Jones

I started sewing at a very young age, mostly clothes and crafts with the help of my mother and grandmother.  I started quilting about 20 years ago when I was still working.

I retired in 2013 after 40+ years as a University Administrator including 16 years as a University Registrar.  One of the many benefits of retirement has been time to quilt, and  I have made many quilts, most for family gifts and for fund raising  items for local organizations.

My husband and I have been married over 48 years, and we have two daughters and six grandchildren.  My husband retired from a University extension/teaching position.  He also served for 30 years in the Iowa Army National Guard, retiring as a Colonel.

I am involved in two local quilt guilds and also help tie quilts at a local church for distribution to those in need.  I chair a local Quilts of Valor group that is organized within our larger quilt guild.

My first Quilt of Valor was for my father-in-law who served in WWII.  I collaborated with another high school classmate and we awarded seven Quilts of Valor at our 50th class reunion last summer.  More recently I have been working on QOV tops for awards within the State of Iowa.  I have awarded a few quilts to individual veterans, and it is such a thrill to see their joy when they are honored with the quilt and the ceremony.

April 2018