“Quilter Shares Passion with Community”
Cabin Arts Celebrates 25th Anniversary Sharing the Fine Art of Quilting
Linda Whittenburg grew up sewing and quilting, taught by her mother. It was a family affair, and now, for 25 years, she has passed on that knowledge to anyone who steps through the door of Cabin Arts’ quaint 1850’s log home near downtown Burlington, Kentucky.
Before Cabin Arts became her passion and profession, Linda was an art teacher at Simon Kenton High School and the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati. When the cabin situated directly in front of her husband’s business became available she seized the opportunity. Though the log cabin had been deemed almost unsalvageable, Linda and her husband spent every spare moment restoring it. Finally in December of 1992 the doors of Cabin Arts opened to weekend customers looking to purchase arts and crafts from a plethora of local artists. By the next summer, Linda had resigned from teaching art and opened the quilt shop full time.
Linda continued her passion for teaching art by offering classes at the shop. In describing her philosophy, Linda referenced giving a man a fish versus teaching a man to fish. “If you give someone a quilt, that’s nice. But when you teach someone to quilt, they have a craft for life and an activity that results in something beautiful.”
Many people, like Linda, enjoy creating things for friends and family, so when customers come in, they’re often making a quilt as a gift for someone else. Linda really enjoys that aspect of quilting, saying, “The gifts we so often remember or appreciate most, someone made. They put in time and effort to bless a new baby, a young couple at their wedding, the college graduate.”