Kathie Ratcliffe

Fiber Art
Nine Patch Studio
15575 Second Street Waterford, VA 20197
Waterford/Leesburg, Stop #12

Star of Bethlehem, Variable Star borders. Cotton fabrics. 13
Star of Bethlehem, Variable Star borders. Cotton fabrics. 13" x 13". 2015.

Artist Statement

I create miniature quilts inspired by traditional 19th century designs. Each miniature quilt captures the essence of an actual 19th century American pieced quilt or quilt pattern. These quilts, often preserved in museums or private collections, are priceless expressions of early American creativity and design.

Each quilt tells a story, reflecting the original quilter and her world. I am drawn to the geometric designs and rich colors of early pieced quilts and often add my 21st century spin. Some works are quiet and elegant, others boldly abstract and surprisingly contemporary. All share a connection with the most dynamic and fascinating century in American quilting.

Sunshine and Shadow. Cotton fabrics. 8
Sunshine and Shadow. Cotton fabrics. 8" x 8". 2015.
Bear's Paw. Cotton fabrics. 8
Bear's Paw. Cotton fabrics. 8" x 8". 2015.
Flying Geese. Cotton fabrics. 9.75
Flying Geese. Cotton fabrics. 9.75" x 9.75". 2015.
Mathematical Star. Cotton fabrics. 10
Mathematical Star. Cotton fabrics. 10" x 10". 2015.
Heart to Heart. Cotton fabrics. 8.5
Heart to Heart. Cotton fabrics. 8.5" x 8.5". 2016.
Abstract #2. Cotton fabrics. 8
Abstract #2. Cotton fabrics. 8" x 13". Miniature quilt merging classic artistic concepts with traditional 19th century quilt patterns: Fractured Squares (Crazy quilt variation), Mariner’s Compass, and Flying Geese. 2016.
Square Dance. Cotton fabrics 8.75
Square Dance. Cotton fabrics 8.75" x 11". 2016.
Wild Goose Chase. Cotton fabrics. 8
Wild Goose Chase. Cotton fabrics. 8" x 8". 2016.
Ohio Star. Cotton fabrics. 7
Ohio Star. Cotton fabrics. 7" x 9". 2016.
Studio interior
Studio interior
Studio exterior
Studio exterior

Offering on tour: Miniature quilts, framed or mounted ready for framing, and giclée prints. Quilting demonstrations. Refreshments.

Waterford/Leesburg Stop #12

Directions to Nine Patch Studio:

From Route 7 (Harry Byrd Hwy), exit onto Route 9. At first traffic light, turn right onto Clarkes Gap Road (Route 662). Three miles to Waterford, take the first left onto Factory Street, which becomes Second Street at the sharp curve. Third house on left after the Second Street Schoolhouse.