Happy Friday! Today’s featured quilter is Cathy from Blueberry Patch! Cathy has some great quilts to share today, and I love her use of color – I hope you enjoy getting to know Cathy better —

1. When did you begin quilting?
I actually began quilting seriously 25 years ago but stopped (kids and career) and then started again in a big way about 4 years ago.  My husband said I needed a hobby after our kids left the nest.  I took his suggestion to heart and became a very busy quilter!
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2. Why do you quilt?
I quilt because it is so much fun and is a great stress reliever.  I work full time as an elementary school principal and quilting is something that I do as a hobby because it is so different from my work!  I love to create.  I also love the online quilting community and the community of fabulous ladies at the Fraser Valley Modern Quilt Guild in British Columbia, Canada.
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3. What is your favorite quilting tip?
My favorite quilting tip would have to be if you are straight line quilting, always quilt in the same direction!  I love straight line quilting and I often get asked how I avoid puckers and distortion.  Go in the same direction!
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4. What was your inspiration for your Quilt Festival quilt? (picture above)
The inspiration for the quilt I entered in the Spring Blogger’s Quilt Festival, Proverbial Sunshine, was a quilt-along hosted by Krista from Poppyprint.  We used Denyse Schmidt’s Proverbial quilt pattern and I chose to spell “You are my sunshine” on my quilt.  I made it for my husband. The song is special to us.  And doesn’t it just make you want to sing?
I entered, “It Looks Like My Garden” in the fall Blogger’s Quilt Festival. (picture below) I had always wanted to make a value quilt after reading Katie Pedersen’s blog, Sew Katie Did.  I love the explosion of color and the contrast of values.  One of my dear friend’s named the quilt when she saw it in progress on my design wall.  I grow a lot of flowers!
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5. Do you sew other things?
I do sew other things.  I love making cushions, pouches and bags.  My daughter is a nurse and I make her a lot of scrub tops.  So fun!
6. Anything else you would like us to know about you?
I absolutely love fabric.  I love color!


Thank you for sharing Cathy! I’m so glad your husband encouraged you to take up quilting again!

Have a great weekend everyone –