Hi all! It's great to be
back with an interview with the very talented Kathy Doughty of
Material Obsession fame.
Kathy and I had a nice chat (via email—Australia and the United States are not entirely
compatible for phone calls) about bands, kids, places we've lived, oh, and
Kathy's books, quilts, and
blog are filled with gorgeous fabrics and stunning photography. She taught me to look at my stash in an
entirely new way, often with dynamic results!
What are you working on now?
My studio is
full of projects! On one wall I have a quilt using my current fabric
collection with Free Spirit called
made with frames of 2 1/2" hexagons and big medallion prints… on
another wall I have a small work in progress using Liberty Fabrics and 1" hexagons! In a corner is a quilt inspired by an antique quilt made by Mrs.
Hannaford, a quilter from long ago in Australia. On my cutting desk are
five new Creative Grid rulers that I am aching to play with, and in the TV room
are the final blocks of
Bride and Bloom, a block-of-the-month sample I am
making and need to finish!!! If I keep thinking I’ll come up with more
Do you have a favorite quilt you've made?
Yes… well actually there are several that I refer to as my
favorite, sort of like
Sophie’s Choice. When we make a quilt it is
filled with the desire to express an idea, and it is hard to decide which is
more important. However, I’d say
Gypsy Kisses, a foundation-pieced
Wedding Ring–style block that defines my aesthetic, but I also love
which is in Mixing Quilt
. It is a hexagon quilt that I started when I learned I had
breast cancer. When I look at it I see my strength and ability to
persevere despite obstacles.
Do you have a favorite quilt you own (not made by you?)
Once, many years back, I “taught” a group of crazy quilters we
referred to as Cut Loose. They were traditional quilters looking for new
ideas, and we had a blast working together. I’d set a challenge, and they
would all go and make a quilt in a month. Together we made a quilt in the style of Gee’s Bend, and I love that for the memory and the style.
What's on your Quilter's Bucket List?
Time. I want to wake up, walk in my studio, and sew with
wild abandon to my favorite radio station, Triple J. No deadlines, no
objectives, no restrictions… just me and my glorious stash.
Anything non-quilt related on your bucket list?
Practicing yoga every day.
And just for fun, here's some lightning round questions about
how you quilt:
Barefoot or shoes?
Quiet or music/movie/tv/podcast?
Salty or sweet?
Self taught or schooled?
Planned or scrappy?
Perfect or done?
Done… I hate even the word perfect and all it implies.
Kathy, thanks so much for your time. Your quilts and your story
are truly inspirational!
Heather Kojan is a quilt teacher, lecturer, and author living in Baltimore, MD. She's the founder of the Baltimore Modern Quilt Guild and a contributing author to Classic Modern Quilts. You can read more about her quilting life on her blog www.heatherkojan.com.
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