A new Special Exhibit Booth at Road to California 2018 will feature quilt patterns to purchase and to peruse. Titled, Quilts Anyone Can Make, the booth will include patterns designed by Kenna Ogg, of Madison Cottage Design.
Kenna lives in Boise, Idaho. In addition to being a quilt pattern maker, she also has a background in photography, weaving and knitting. How did she pick quilt making from all the arts she is involved in? Kenna told Beyond the Reef, “Quilting picked me. One day, while unemployed, I was out shopping in a quilt store (A Quilter’s Dream) and foolishly said, “I can help” and, well, need I say more.”
Her design room at home consists of an old JC Penney table (her dad was a retired Penney man, had the table for years and now it belongs to Kenna), a Pfaff tiptronic 2040 sewing machine that she has had for years, and a bulletin board shaped like a nine-patch. Kenna loves listening to music while she works. She has a 50-disc CD player that she plays everything from Bruce Springsteen to Dean Martin, Tracy Chapman, David Cook, Barbara Cook, Patti Lupone, Patti Scialfa, and George Strait.
Madison Cottage Design was started 6 years ago. It is a wholesale only business. Most of Kenna’s quilts and patterns have been at various quilt markets, either in her own booth or other fabric vendors.
The booth at Road to California will be located next to the Road to California booth in the main ballroom. Matt Reese and Stevi Graves came up with the idea to showcase a pattern designer like Kenna. The booth will give a more complete sense of quilt work rather than just bits and pieces. Most of the patterns will be easy to make from mostly fat quarters. Says Kenna, “Some may look more complicated than others but they are all very simple to do.”