MKH Quilts has fond memories growing up in the smaller towns in the Pacific Northwest. Originally from Challis, Idaho, a town of about 850 people, Mary enjoyed the close friendships formed at the local Community Church which was the smallest congregation in town. Her father made his living as a manager for the rural electric company while her mother stayed home raising Mary, her 2 brothers and a sister. “ I think having grown up in small towns was a good thing, as I was always close to my family, and the community,” Mary says.
In 1973, Mary's family relocated to yet another small town, Davenport, Washington. Her family joined the Presbyterian church, but Mary was having a tough time adjusting to a new town and accepted the Lord as her Savior while visiting a friend's church. She was 16 at the time and felt that event was an important change in her life. Later that same year, Mary and her sister lived in Spokane, Washington for the summer . During her time there, Mary found some wonderful new Christian friends at The Local Church. She later moved in with some of the girls and relates that “it was a wonderful experience as we really studied the Bible, and had church meetings almost every day. I think I would have followed a much different path without the church.”
During her high school years, Mary sewed many of her own clothes and made her first quilt. She recalls, “I enjoyed making that first quilt, even though it was hideous! “ It's difficult to believe that could ever be true when you look through Mary's Etsy shop. Here's a look at one of her favorites.
Quilting is a far cry from where Mary started out in school. After graduating from Davenport High School, she enrolled at Eastern Washington University, but realized she wasn't ready for a four year college and opted to attend Spokane Community College the following year and entered the Commercial Baking program. Being mostly a male dominated course, Mary was one of only two or three women enrolled. She graduated and acquired a job at Safeway where she worked for two years and was able to join the apprenticeship baker program. She traveled throughout the city as a “floater”, which was hard especially when she came up against some of the older bakers who “were not so nice”. Most of the bakers she worked with were receptive to her being female as long as she could hold her own with her skills. She later achieved journeyman status and decided floating was no longer desireable and got a job at Albertson's as a cake decorator when Safeway couldn't find a permanent position for her. She worked for several years with Albertson's, then worked 6 more at Fred Meyer until a mutual decision between Mary and her spouse landed her back in college to try something different.
In 1997, Mary was back in college, but this time looking towards a degree as a Registered Dietician. She changed her major and since 2001 has been enjoying her career as a Registered Nurse and says, “I am very happy I made the choice to go to school for nursing.”
Mary and her spouse have been married going on 32 years. They have 2 grown sons, 2 dogs and 3 cats. She enjoys spending time with her family watching movies, sewing, quilting, knitting and crocheting, as well as attending a jazzercize class 3-4 times per week. She also loves her pets.
After acquiring an actual sewing room to work in, quilting became Mary's passion. A friend, who is also Mary's massage therapist introduced her to Etsy. “I went online to see what it was about, and thought it would be fun! I love that someone buys my quilts and has them to enjoy in their home, and the money I make from selling quilts goes back into buying MORE FABRIC!!! I am a confirmed fabricaholic, so I had to do something to support it," Mary easily admits.
I'd say her addiction is well founded. Just take a look at some more of Mary's shop favorites.
When asked what she is passionate about, Mary had this to say, “my passions are again quilting, and knitting, but also caring for my family is really a passion. Being a nurse is a passion. And world peace and our troops coming home for good is a big passion! I pray for their safe return!”
This article was submitted by Leanna of Seams Victorian, Bits and Purses, and Teez Loueez.