Kathy Menzie was born in Kentucky. Her mother was a talented seamstress, and she taught Kathy how to sew and inspired her to take on larger projects. Phases of making drawstring bags and doll clothes progressed to garments as she got older. Her early start in sewing fostered a lifelong love of creativity in a number of creative pursuits, including knitting, jewelry making, and stained and fused glass projects. Kathy eventually moved to Topeka and worked as Chair of Washburn University's Mass Media Department. It wasn't until she was nearing retirement that she decided to take a class in quilting. She was sure it would be something enjoyable, as she has always loved choosing and playing with fabric. When she finished her first traditional quilt, she knew this was the creative endeavor she had been looking for all her life. She sewed several traditional quilts and loved the interplay of the fabrics and the way the designs came together to form intricate patterns, but she began craving a new challenge. A friend gave her a book on landscape quilting. This new way of seeing and working with fabric caught her imagination and started her on a series of quilted landscapes. Her first fine art quilt was of aspen trees. The design taught her the joy of creating quilted scenery. Using her own photos (and borrowing a few from friends), Kathy began exploring how to adapt photos to a fiber medium. Navigating this new process provided Kathy with the challenge she was looking for, and slowly any scene became a possible quilt. Some of Kathy's favorite scenes to stitch are the Kansas countryside and photos from her travels across the country. Kathy finds the people she meets on her travels a source of inspiration, especially when visiting new fabric stores. Fellow quilters often suggest new ideas or techniques that help her take her art to the next level. Kathy uses raw edge machine quilting to create her landscapes. Kathy's canvas is also her palette, so choices with fabric and threadwork are how she brings out the details in her work. She often spends hours cutting out tiny pieces of fabric for grass, flowers, wood siding, or even shingles. Certain textures also call for unique materials, such as yarn, pearl cotton, used dryer sheets, and even mesh produce bags. In one of her earliest quilts, Kathy thought it needed one more detail before it was finished, and added a red cardinal. She like how it enhanced the design, and the cardinal has now become her signature. Some people say a cardinal represents a spirit that returns as a comfort. Kathy thinks the cardinal may represent her mother, back to grace her sewing.