Kim Stenehjem

We seem to collect Kim’s in our guild, which is a good thing. All of them have served in various offices and committees. Kim Andrea Stenehjem (sten’ jum) was chair of the ISQSC several times, and is currently our organization’s treasurer and web manager.

Kim’s first quilt show entry was Bird and Blossom. It began as a pillow in one of Virginia Dambach’s applique classes in 1996, but soon grew to 84″ square. As the quilt show deadline approached, only the outline quilting was finished, not the background. But Kim added a binding and entered it anyway. She was surprised to win a 3rd place ribbon.

Kim has made plenty of large quilts, almost always for gifts for siblings, nephews and nieces, and now for grandchildren. In time, she became obsessed with crazy quilting, bead embroidery and silk ribbon embroidery. Not too surprising when you look at her very first “quilt,” however, was made when she was 11. It’s actually a felt bedspread for her Barbie doll. Those who know Kim’s passion for bling will not be surprised to see sequins attached!

There are several scrapbooks which record Kim’s quilts, their stories and their fabrics. Need I point out that she is a very organized person? Organization and planning are necessary skills for her day job as a producer at Prairie Public TV from which she retired in 2017. She received a regional Emmy for her documentary Homesteading and other award-winning documentaries include I Am A Person, Uganda: Sustainable Tourism, Steamboats on the Red, Prairie Churches and more.