ME & WORK:   Hey!  I’m a 60 year old retired/working part time art teacher and quilter. After 30 years of working as the art teacher at Morrilton High School and artistic director for the MHS Thespians, I retired. Two weeks later was invited to to teach part time at the Sacred Heart Catholic School in town.  I have been there for 6 years teaching art K – 12. Yes, I teach kindergarders. Yes, I have learned patience.

Me & Clubs:  For 30 years I did everything artiscally in Morrilton at school and for civic activities because it was expected. I could never join a club because I worked for the newspaper office at night and always had a weekend job. When I retired & went back to work,  my boss let’s me off now for my club meetings. AQG (Arkansas Quilters Guild): meets in NLR on the 2nd Monday night. CAQ (Central Arkansas Quilters): meets in Conway on the 1st Tuesday. Beaders : Close artistic quilt friends that meet and share on the 3rd Thursday.  Sit & Sew: Morrilton friends that meet at my studio on the last Thurs. night . Button Club: Button collector friends meet on the last Thursday of the month Second Saturday:  Carol Ann Wilbourn in NLR, AR has a sew day for friends Hearts & Hands: Barbara Green has a sew day at the Conway library on Sun.

19 Responses to About

  1. Jim,

    I couldn’t find your email on the site. Are you a member of the online group – QuiltGuy? http://groups.yahoo.com/group/QuiltGuy/ If you haven’t heard of QuiltGuy – we’re a group of all male quilters. We trade tips, fabrics, organize retreats, etc. Would love to have you join us.


  2. Carol Lewis says:

    Please let me know if Hill ‘N Hollow could use some of your pictures of the 2013 Quilt Congress on the Guild’s facebook page as an advertisement for the 2014 Quilt Congress. Thanks

  3. Mary Ellen says:


    I am trying to get in touch with you about a guild presentation next year in St. Louis. How do I go about reaching you?

  4. linda says:

    JIm, are you willing to give a program to the Bitsn’Pieces Quilt guild in St. Louis? Is this the best way to contact you for this inquiry? Thanks so much. Some of our members heard you at the Hannibal MO State Quilters event. Thank you, LInda Waugh

  5. Jeri Bordine says:

    Have you heard from or do you know anything about ok pow wow retreat at Wagoner Ok?

  6. Jeri Bordine says:

    Thank you for responding!

  7. Cathy Haynes says:

    Jim, I just saw one of your shadow boxes, an oval frame containing trinkets. I have an oval frame just like it that I got to display some jewelry, but I don’t know how to make a backing that will support the pieces, some of which are too have for just a piece of clothe.
    Can you tell me what you use to attach your stuff?

    • Jim Gatling says:

      I use Mat board like for mats in frames. I either use tiny wires and poke 2 holes with a big corsage pin or hot glue.
      I use the pin with the mat board over a piece of styrofoam or I separate the tables in the studio and do it between them.
      You can go to your framing store and buy velvet cover mat board if you want that look.

  8. Cathy Haynes says:

    Thanks a bunch. I don’t really understand what you mean when you say “I use the pin with the mat board over a piece of styrofoam or I separate the tables in the studio and do it between them.” Do you mean that when you poke the holes in the mat board you support the matboard from behind with styrofoam so you don’t bend the mat?

  9. Jim Gatling says:

    Yes, that is correct. That way you can pin and not wrinkle the mat board.

  10. Jackolin Vaughn says:

    Hi Jim, I emailed photos of my Irene Firman watercolor to you.

  11. Lysa Drain says:

    I saw your wooden Arkansas Razorback tissue box and was wondering if you made and sold them. I would love to get one for my 90-year-old grandma – she is a huge fan of AR – she would love it.

    • Jim Gatling says:

      Thank you for asking. I got that box several years ago. I did it for my god daughter’s dorm room at the UofA. She is my greatest fan of my wood burning. I’ll keep you in mind if I find another one to burn. Thanks!

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