Southeastern Quilt and Textile Museum
By Cathy Skrypek
Kay Barrow was born in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the youngest with one sister and two brothers. When she was three, they moved to Orlando, Florida, when her father joined the Army. Her mother taught her to crochet, embroider and sew doll clothes by hand. Kay made some of her clothes. She proudly proclaims she is 50% Scot, 25% Irish and 25% German. Always active, she took tap dance and ballet into high school.
She moved to Atlanta at 22 where she worked at the 1st National Bank and then for a construction supply company where she met her husband Dennis. They moved to her husband’s home in Roswell and had son Shawn, who was the 5th generation to live there.
In 1973 they moved to less populated Forsyth County. They loved the quiet and less traffic. Dennis set up microfilming equipment so Kay could work from home for the next several years. They were married for 26 years before he passed.
Kay enjoys tatting; she taught classes at the Extension Services. She joined the Homemakers Club, took some quilting classes and helped Jill Schneider form the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Cumming. She makes bobbin lace and is in a lace guild. She and her son are ham radio operators. She is a Scottish country dancer complete with the Buchanan Tartan Sash. She is also a member of the Cumming Playhouse singers, their librarian, sings in the Joyful Sound Ensemble at her church, has sung in church choirs and sang duets with her brother. She also handles the audio, lights and music at her church for the pre-schoolers and funerals. In her spare time, Kay is into genealogy and can trace her ancestors to 1740 Pennsylvania, but not to Scotland – at least not yet. She has determined she is 7th generation McMasters.
Kay prefers machine piecing, appreciates hand appliqué and has numerous UFOs. She has completed her very first quilt and it is purple! With the magazines and TV shows, Kay feels there is a resurgence of quilting. She continues to take classes to improve her skills. She is very excited about the Southeastern Quilting and Textile Museum.
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