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Kathy Doughty
Kathy is a passionate quilter and designer in Sydney, Australia
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Hello! Its been so long since I did a blog post that I forgot my password! However, I am back and really excited to be talking about my new book, Organic Applique. I wrote this book elated at having found... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2019 at Material Obsession
If you follow along with me at @matobsgirl or @materialobsession you might have noticed a few things keeping me busy this year!! The most common question people ask me is, "How do you do it all?" Answer...not sure but there... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at Material Obsession
Thanks! My brain was so full I couldn’t function until I got it out. Thanks for your comment. k
Toggle Commented Feb 11, 2018 on Life lessons at Material Obsession
Every once in a while we encounter people in places and our minds expand. Material Obsession just hosted one of these experiences and I am stuck in a moment of digesting what just occurred. We have hosted Kaffe and Brandon... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2018 at Material Obsession
I love this time of year. The slate has been wiped clean by the tick of the clock to a new day, new month, new year and all the hope and promises that come with fresh starts. Although I have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Material Obsession
Here is something I am excited about... Its a new release book by Maria Shell. If you don't know Maria sit back and have a read as she is an artist full of ideas, integrity and original thought. Have a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2017 at Material Obsession
Thank you to all the kind people that have contacted me about the blog. I feel missed which is nice. To be honest, I have always loved talking to all of you here so I am determined to get back... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2017 at Material Obsession
As a quilter, it never ceases to amaze me that there is so much to learn. Each step from selecting fabric to setting seams has layers of understanding that enrich the process. I am fascinated that even after 24 years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2017 at Material Obsession
Its exciting to have a four day weekend sprawling ahead and as the hours of this oasis slip away I find myself becoming more and more relaxed. The sun rose through the window and although I was awake it was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2017 at Material Obsession
I was standing at the grocery store check out with my mom. Oscar was 18 months old and I was about to return to Sydney after a 3 month visit with my parents in Ohio and I saw it...this yellow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2017 at Material Obsession
We looked at each other the other day and thought...two months of 2017 gone...poof! What the heck! There is always so much to do and so many things to talk about. Where to start? First I am really excited to... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2017 at Material Obsession
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