Russell Day Gallery


A History of Quilting in America: 1835-1950
February 16 – March 13

Reception: Thursday February 19, 2015 from 12:30-2:30
Special Event: Saturday, February 21, 10am-2pm
 * Quiltmaking Demonstrations: 10am-2pm
 * Lecture on the Exhibit, Kathleen Kok: 11am-Noon

Kathleen Kok and the La Conner Textile and Quilt Museum

Kathleen Kok is the Curator and Collections Manager of the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, housed in the 1891 Gaches Mansion in La Conner, Washington. She graduated with a BA in Studio Art with a Fibers concentration from Western Washington University. As curator, Kathleen has designed the gallery space and installed over eighty exhibits of local, national, and international fiber artists. As Collections Manager, she is responsible for the textile, household, and library collections, as well as quilting-related ephemera and Mansion history.

Kathleen feels that one of the most fulfilling aspects of working for a small textile museum is the wide variety of work involved within the scope of her job. Recently her hand-quilting skills were utilized in the finishing of a dozen quilt tops by Josie Teeter Schlotterback, dating from 1890 to 1930, that had been gifted to the Museum by the Schlotterback family of Bellingham, Washington. A native of Whatcom County, Washington, Kathleen was born to Dutch immigrant parents; her father was a jeweler and her mother was a homemaker. Her father remodeled every home they lived in and her mother worked in a variety of needle arts. Kathleen followed in the footsteps of both of her parents, acquiring a lifelong passion for old houses and the fiber arts, especially quilts.