Blue Barn Quilt Co. is owned and operated by me, Linda Timms. I was born and raised a city girl but it was a dream of mine as a young girl to move to the country. Our family lives about 30 minutes west of Edmonton, Alberta by the North Saskatchewan River. And yes, we do have 2 blue barns on our beautiful farm!
I have been a quilter for over 25 years. What started out as wanting to make only one quilt has become a passion (obsession, depending on who you ask!) of mine.
I am wife to the talented builder of our brand new timber frame Shop (with lots of help from our kids!), mom to 4 wonderful grown up kids and Oma to my 2 (soon to be 3!) grandsons.
I bought my longarm quilting machine in the winter of 2016 and have really enjoyed being able to finish up a lot my own quilts. I now have a regular supply of Quilts that I help others finish too!
It is a blessing and joy to have quilting as such an integral part of my life. I have taught many family members and friends how to quilt over the years. Many hours have been spent learning with a wide variety of talented teachers like Angela Walters, Karen K Stone, Victoria Findlay Wolf, Jennifer Sampou, Carolina Oneto, Krista Hennebury, Tamara Kate, Tara Faughnan, and the list goes on!! I love to learn and am always seeking new opportunities to expand my knowledge.
Thanks for being here, and being part of the Blue Barn Quilt Co. Family!
Meet Kim Caskey
Education and Special Events Coordinator, BBQCo
Kim Caskey has been sewing and creating her whole life! She was introduced to sewing at age 5 by her mother and has continued with a passion for sewing for a further 50+ years!
Kim learned patience and techniques from her mom in those early years, which allowed her to sail through the fiber and fashion parts of Home Economics classes in Junior and Senior High. She learned to knit and embroider from her Grannie, learned advanced garment construction from her mom, and picked up cross-stitching, crochet, tatting, and rug hooking along the way. Following high school, Kim received professional training in dressmaking and tailoring, completing the NAIT Diploma Program of Tailoring.
Kim’s quilting study began with Earthly Goods Quilting (Premiere Quilt Shop, Edmonton, Alberta), in February 1992 and by 1994, she was instructing classes and workshops. She has devoted herself to the art of Quiltmaking and has taught for guilds and groups all over the world, thanks to her international quilting connection.
Kim began hosting Quilt and Textile Tours in 2014 (Celtic Quilt Tours) to Ireland, Scotland, France, Iceland, Wales, England, and Japan. She is looking forward to continue her tour experiences with Blue Barn Adventures to fabulous destinations such as France, Italy, Australia, The Netherlands…..etc.
Through these international quilt and textile tours, Kim has met quilters from all over the world, which has provided unique opportunities of collaboration for projects like the World Wide Whispers collection, and the Share Jane Global Collaborative quilt project.
“I am passionate about quilting and am grateful to have the opportunity to inspire others. My intent is to educate and enthuse in an atmosphere of fun and support. Students enjoy my relaxed way of teaching and appreciate my encouragement of confidence.
I have taught classes at basic, intermediate, and advanced levels to enthusiastic students all over the world. Students describe me as entertaining, positive, knowledgeable, and organized.”
When I started quilting I was lucky enough to be mentored by a great group of women who introduced me to many quilting and fiber art techniques. I was captured by the idea of applique and the ability to tell a story through quilting.
I enjoy the tranquility of hand applique and watching a story come to life stitch-by-stitch. I do both traditional and pictorial applique and was so pleased to have one of my quilts juried into Quilt Canada. I believe in continual learning, so I continue to explore new applique techniques and constantly challenge myself. I really enjoy sharing my knowledge with others.
Live a Great Story…Corey has been an artist in one way or another since he was a small child. Growing up in the small fishing village of Bellevue, 90 kms west of St. John's, NL, he was very lucky to be surrounded by inspiring natural beauty. Bellevue is a close-knit community of approximately 350 residents and is the quintessential example of “it takes a village.” As a child, Corey was part of the church choir and community concerts, spent hours outside exploring, building, creating, and finding the odd bit of trouble to get into.
In 1999, Corey graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Music (vocal performance) Degree and a Bachelor of Education Degree. He spent nine years teaching in the public-school systems in both Newfoundland and Alberta. Today, Corey sings baritone with Greenwood Singers, a semi-professional choir based in Edmonton.
In 2008, Corey completed a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Washington, Seattle. Upon completion of this program, he embarked to start a consulting company in the IT sector. In addition to IT consulting, Corey also co-owns ReGenesis (a medical practice) with his husband, Lloyd.
Needing an outlet for his creative side, Corey found quilting in the Fall of 2014. He was inspired to make his first quilt after seeing a quilt his Mama had completed. His Mama’s quilt was a pinwheel pattern that she built with love and passion. Corey has since been engaged across North America as a presenter, teacher, and lecturer. He recently was selected to teach three of his original patterns at Quilt Canada in Vancouver 2022, as well as numerous teaching and guest performances at guilds across the country. He is also a Sew Kind of WonderfulTM certified teacher.
Corey is thrilled to be part of the teaching faculty at Blue Barn Quilt Co. He’s excited to welcome you into the shop and the classroom!