Robin Kingsley

 Robin is teaching one evening class using her wool appliqué techniques.

 How many years have you been quilting?  

Officially I am not a quilter but a “needleworker” for 45 years! (shocking).  I have made quilts plus quilting up my embroidery designs for Bird Brain Designs, but my real love is embroidery and wool appliqué.  Both so relaxing an enjoyable.

What motivated you to start quilting?  

At the beginning of my career as a home economist, I was fired because I was pregnant with my first child (try that now).  For something to do, I taught myself how to embroider and  began to embroider anything that didn’t move for the up coming baby.  That passion turned into my vocation, a wonderful occupation!     

Where have you traveled in your quilting teaching career?  

Bird Brain Designs has taken us all over the west coast for retail quilt shows plus Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas & Kentucky

Who is your favorite author?  

I love adventure/mysteries by Patterson, the Kellerman’s, the Burke’s, father and daughter and so many more…can’t choose just one.

What is the last book you read or are reading

I just finished “Angel’s Tip” by Alafair Burke

What is your birth order, only child, first, second, third, or ? 

I am the first of 3 daughters.  My sister, Tina (the youngest) is my best friend and partner in Bird Brain Designs.

Where did you grow up? 

 I was born in New Jersey and at the age of 3 moved to California’s bay area and have lived both in the southern California as a small kid and then northern California for the rest of the time.

Where did you go to college?

I graduated from University of California, Davis with a BS degree in home economics

Do you have children – grandchildren?  

I have 2 terrific kids, Jeffrey and Jennifer.  Jeffrey has 2 kids, Anika 8 years old and Zane 6 years old.  Jennifer has 5 year old, Milo.

Do you have any pets? 

Mackenzie, my wire haired fox terrier is now my“new child”.  She goes with me everywhere including our shows. 

What is your favorite food?  

Hey, way too hard to pick anything out as my favorite!  See’s Chocolate comes to mind, though.

Do you have any other hobbies besides quilting?  I love to putter around in my garden.  Pulling weeks and “heavy” stuff is not so fun anymore but that is what a gardener is for!  I just planted a terrific cactus garden complete with a metal cactus sculpture, rocks and broken pots…..that is fun gardening!  Another passion is hunting down and collecting vintage needle

What would be on your “bucket list” (like the movie) if you could do anything and money was no object

Our travels with Bird Brain Designs has taken us to so many great places and we have had some really wonderful experiences.

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  1. Dounut Queen

    I am so looking forward to taking another clasee from Robin Kingsley! Last year was the first class I had ever taking by Bird Brain Designs and I am hooked!

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