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Kathy Doughty
Kathy is a passionate quilter and designer in Sydney, Australia
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Ever wonder how a fabric collection comes together? FreeSpirit Fabrics has just released my latest range, Celebrate! They asked me to talk about the design process and inspiration. You know me right?! I am Kathy Doughty, an American living in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at Material Obsession
Its times like these when we need to bunker down and think hard about what is important in life. I sat down with my hand work the other night and watched West Side of my all time favourite movies.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Material Obsession
I had the pleasure of learning from Bob James last year. We talked often about how quilts are often seen as domestic craft and not a real art form. His dream was to take our work from the class and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at Material Obsession
Its that time of year when we turn our eyes to the new season in the shop. It is also a time to reflect on the holidays and the gifts they bring. I have enjoyed the opportunity to wake when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Material Obsession
Lists aren't just for Santa Clause. We all need them to function. I have been avoiding all lists except for the one I keep going for my vote in the JJJ Hottest 100 or 2016. I keep making that one,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at Material Obsession
New Years favourite of all the year for the clean slate of new promises that rises within me. I've been sitting and staring down the driveway and just realized we haven't left the house for three days. Its been... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2017 at Material Obsession
Better late than never...this year we decided to do our annual SWAP day as a SWAP NIGHT! Sounds cooler! Next Tuesday 13 December we will be open until 9pm with bubbles and specials throughout the store and all classes will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Material Obsession
For me, confusion reigns. My mind is cluttered with thoughts rushing past and changing directions all the time. I frustrate my friends and family by deciding on one thing then suddenly changing it. Examples include furniture, times schedules, whats for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2016 at Material Obsession
Today is the first day of the rest of your life....often said and always true but today it feels a bit different. Today is one of those days following a long list of events and happenings that take place after... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Material Obsession
This year has been full of wonderful opportunities near and far to talk quilts in a wide variety of places and spaces. Please join me tomorrow for my last lecture of the year...The Quilt Study Group of NSW has invited... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Material Obsession
As a child I fell in love with the words of Dr Suess. From the Sneetches and Other Stories I learned about loving people that are different to me whether they had stars on their bellies or not. I learned... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Material Obsession
I know I've been missing in action here on the blog. Its a photo thing. I take my photos on my ipad and then there is no program to upload them. Anything that takes more than one step is at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Material Obsession
Recently I have been sent some photos from the recent Modern Wedge workshop in Noosa. It is heartwarming to get images of quilts that were started and are now finished as it means the participants were invested in the learning... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2016 at Material Obsession
Every once in a while our thought routine can shift just a little bit. Last week I found an article that explains "Mindfulness" from a neurological standpoint. I have to share it in hopes that if there is anyone out... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2016 at Material Obsession
Have you seen the latest issue of Simply Moderne by Quilt Mania? Inside is a great recap of the Quilt NSW quilt show last June...was that really 2 1/2 months ago? Also, I have started writing a series of articles... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Material Obsession
Long ago, people moved across the sea seeking freedom and a new way of life. Although there were hardships eventually they found their way in a land of opportunity. Open land, clean water, uncharted roads led to possibilities. The legacy... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2016 at Material Obsession
Traveling has its moments...good ones and bad ones. I have now been home for five days and the special moments of my travels float through my mind as routine resumes. People, places and things leave an impression that reshapes our... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2016 at Material Obsession
Travel. Hmm. Just when I think the lugging of suit cases and waiting in airports is going to drive me nuts I realize how much I love what I do. These trips interrupt life in a way I never saw... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2016 at Material Obsession
Hi, Remember me? I am currently on a three week workshop tour in the USA. It started in Sisters for The Quilters Affair and the The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. This event is a week that should be on every... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2016 at Material Obsession
Each year at the quilt show I hear with interest the phrase, "There's nothing new at the show." In today's world of immediate visual stimulation it is possible that we have seen snippets of things on line and made a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Material Obsession
It is that time of year again where all hands are on deck preparing goodies for the Material Obsession stall at the Sydney Craft and Quilt Show! We have lots of great things to show off this year so make... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at Material Obsession
After a long trip it is the simple things that mean so much. The designated "pick up" son at the airport with reports from holding down the fort. The gentle approach of the dog upon arrival in the driveway...tail wagging,... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2016 at Material Obsession
We are about half way through our workshop tour and have managed to balance work and play really well. The workshops are fun and hopefully rewarding for all as we break the code of what is expected and churn out... Continue reading
Posted May 4, 2016 at Material Obsession
Empty Spools at Asilomar was a unique opportunity to teach and enjoy the company of quilters! The self named group of my Love Birds workshop participants shown here are the "Doughty Rowdies". Each and every one of them brought their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2016 at Material Obsession
It is the day after the event...I woke to the thought that first I could stay nestled in the pillows for a bit. Then I started to go through the Rolodex of thoughts that were my memories of the week.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2016 at Material Obsession