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Hello!  I'm an artist and quiltmaker living in beautiful Bend, Oregon.  I cannot pass a day without exploring my creativity.  I sketch, paint, knit, and sew by hand and machine. My work is influenced by animals, the environment, books, modern design, traditional quilts, and folk art.  Check out my first Etsy shop (KristinShieldsArt) to find original paintings, greeting cards, and textile art.  I have a second Etsy shop (KMSHandmade) for my handmade blank art journals and fabric bags.  You can also find me on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

When not working in my home studio I may be found exploring with a camera and sketchbook in hand. I love to travel far and wide and have many new places on my bucket list as well as old favorites.  I am an animal lover and have a special fascination with birds.  You'll find realistic and fanciful versions of these creatures often show up in my art.  I even have a Master's degree in Avian Sciences, so it's something that runs deep.

I live with my husband and our adult son. We currently have 2 pets: 14 year old ShihTzu Scrabble and parakeet Max.  I also have a grown daughter who's in grad school in California.  It's a busy life!


2019, Honorable Mention, Abstract Category, Road to California Quilt Show, Ontario, CA
2018, Judge’s Choice, Mid-Century Modern Category, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
2018, 3rd Place, Modern Quilts, AQS, Grand Rapids, MI
2017, Judge's Choice, QuiltCon, Savannah, GA
2016, Judge's Choice, Mid-Century Mod, QuiltFest Oasis, Palm Springs, CA
2016, 1st Place, Small Wall Quilts- First Entry in Paducah, AQS Paducah, KY
2016, 1st Place, Small Quilts, QuiltCon, Pasadena, CA
2015, 3rd Place, Mid-Century Modern Category, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA
2015, 1st Place, Wall Quilt- Modern Category, AQS Chattanooga, TN
2015, 2nd Place Modern Quilt Category, Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland, OR

Featured Work

2018, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, Ca, Rhythm of the Rails
2018. American Quilters Society, Grand Rapids, MI,  Tranquility
2018, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, 70s Child
2018, Simply Moderne Magazine #13, Rhythm of the Rails
2018, Simply Moderne Magazine #12, Waiting for Sanity
2018, Modern Quilt: Designs of the New Century Touring Exhibit (Waiting for Sanity)
2018, Quilt Surface Design Symposium "See My Voice" exhibit (May 18- June 29, 2018), Ross Art Museum at Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, OH  (#hashtagsofourtime, Only One Earth, She Persisted)
2018, QuiltCon, Pasadena, CA, Rhythm of the Rails and Arches and Tunnels
2017, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, Waiting for Sanity and Celia's Raven
2017, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, Walking the Dogs and Wild Abandon
2017, Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century by the Modern Quilt Guild, Riane Menardi, Alissa Haight Carlton, and Heather Grant, Waiting for Sanity and The Spectrum of the Ordinary
2017, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles group exhibit, Waiting for Sanity
2016, Modern Quilt Guild website article by Heather Grant, https://community.themodernquiltguild.com/resources/what-modern-quilting, Fruity Star-Crossed Strings
2016, Modern Patchwork Magazine, Love in the Digital Age
2016, Simply Moderne Magazine, Modern Improv Sampler and The Spectrum of the Ordinary
2016, QuiltCon Magazine, Love in the Digital Age
2016, American Quilter's Society Magazine, Love in the Digital Age
2015, Quilting Arts Magazine, Smarter Than the Average Bird
2015, Free Range Triangle Quilts by Gwen Marston and Cathy Jones, Little Tree in the Big Snowy Woods, Aussie Medallion, High Country Winter
2015, 1000 Quilt Inspirations by Sandra Sider, The Moon Above Sees It All
2014, Minimal Quiltmaking by Gwen Marston, Minimal Purple and Iris Dreams
2014, The Men Behind the Quilts Calendar, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Welcome to the Neighborhood collaborative quilt with The Undercover Quilters.
2013, Featured Quilter, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, Sisters, OR
2012, Changing the World: Quilts from the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, The Volckening Collection
2012, Generation Q Magazine Summer 2012, Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative 10,000th quilt