Designer Profile:
Kathy McNeil's Inner Child
by DAWN GOLDSMITH

Grinning otters, seals nuzzling their pups, quail grandparents welcoming a golden chickā€”all populate the quilts of Washington State fabric artist Kathy McNeil. Living on Puget Sound, she is completely in tune with nature and alert to the dangers threatening the environment. Her quilts reflect her concern. Last Dance in the Arctic, for example, features a poignant image of a mother polar bear holding her melting cub, a reminder of the bears' dwindling habitat (see page 90). "New findings paint a sobering picture for polar bears, whose dependence on sea ice makes them particularly vulnerable to warming temperatures," notes Kathy.

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