About six years ago, Killeen resident Pauline Barret happened to catch an episode of “Simply Quilts” on the Home and Garden Television network. She was immediately intrigued and dove into learning everything she could about quilting.
“I said, ‘Huh, I could sew that,’” said Barret.
Apparently, she was right.
Barrett is now an award-winning quilter. Barret’s quilt “Black Beauty” won five awards at the Shades of Texas Quilt Show at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center last March. With any luck, she will add another award to her trophy case very soon. Her quilt “Curiosity” was recently accepted to compete at the 2012 Quilt Expo in Madison, Wis., which takes place in early September.
“It is a tremendous achievement to me,” Barrett said. “I didn’t go to any formal classes. I have no formal training. It was all trial and error. This is really thrilling for me.”
Shortly after catching that episode of “Simply Quilts,” Barrett invested in a $200 sewing machine and taught herself the art of quilting.
“The more I learned, the more I realized I needed to use quality equipment and quality materials,” she said. “My work started getting better and better.”
Barret said the type of quilting she does is called “fiber art.” She said the expo in Wisconsin is another chance to promote the art she fell in love with.
“I am extremely excited to bring recognition to something people don’t know about,” she said.