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Show 2302: Cathy Franks - Creative Embellishments and Quilt Stencil Versatility

Featuring: Cathy Franks

Posts On: July 15, 2018


Alex and Ricky welcome back longarm expert and international award-winning quilt artist Cathy Franks. This powerhouse of exuberant energy shares a dizzying number of creative techniques on the longarm. You’ll never look at a cone of variegated thread again, once you see her embroidered and tulle-like flowers using a razor blade and tulle. Flower stems and painterly leaves appear, as if by magic, as Cathy manipulates bits of fabric and knitting yarn. And, did you know that by manipulating just one stencil, you can create dozens of interesting and unique quilting designs with just a twist and turn of the wrist? The creative ideas just keep coming as Cathy is guaranteed to keep you enthralled.

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PLEASE NOTE: Cathy’s audio on the first 7 minutes or so of Chapter 3 is a little thin. The levels of her audio are good,  it’s just the quality of her audio that was affected. You will not notice this until the show was stopped and her mic placement was fixed.  When the show continues at this point you will hear a quality difference.  (The mic had fallen inside her shirt.)


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Cathy Franks

From Chapter One:

Alex and Ricky welcome Cathy back to see what she has been doing since her last visit (Show 503). Cathy is a fearless longarm quilter who loves using a huge range of techniques and loves proving others wrong when they say ‘it can’t be done.’

We look at her quilts and longarm created jewelry works.

From Chapter Two:

Cathy shares a variety of unusual techniques for adding unusual and stunning embellishments to your work using the longarm. Many of her ‘what if’ renegade ideas come to her late at night, including the idea that variegated thread on a spool could recreate the look of machine embroidery.

From Chapter Three:

Cathy shares a technique for auditioning quilting designs on a quilt top using plastic wrap (bordered in colored duct tape) and dry erase markers.

From Chapter Four:

Circular designs can be daunting for many quilters. Cathy shares her method for pre-drawing out a design, which she calls a roadmap for inspiration and uses to help test the stitch path. She shares examples.

After Set:

Along with enjoying renovating and decorating her 4th house, Cathy has decorated two garage sale doll houses with a Christmas theme. In fact Christmas is a huge deal for Cathy. She spends six 12-hour days decorating the entire house for the holiday. A want-to-be decorator at heart, she also worked in stained glass for many years.

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#12 ClermontQuilter 2019-07-15 15:54
It would have been a "hoot" as Mary Ellen Hopkins woud say, to see Cathy and Mary Ellen together.
#11 Teddie 2019-03-09 16:24
Catching up on shows, and Cathy is a doll and so inventive.
I do hope Justin sees this, because I LOVED the opener. In the ‘71, a jr. in HS, I was recruited to join a professional softball team that toured the US. I politely declined because I was dating my future husband &, well, I wanted to keep dating ;) Anyway, Justin, when I saw you swing the bat in the opener, I said out loud, OMG, Justin! You really know your way around a bat! And then the confirmation came from Ricky that you play on a team. I was a shortstop too.
I love all your openings, Justin, but this is my all-time favorite. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️
#10 tinnytin 2018-11-13 21:11
She seems like such a sweetie. Watched the show all the way to the end!
Wish I could be an enthusiastic and giving teacher as Cathy. Seems like a fun class to be in.
Thank you for sharing fabulous ideas.
#9 aadamstree 2018-07-24 16:26
what cremacoat did she use to stabilize the pencil colors
#8 callenderquilts 2018-07-23 21:48
I found the bird in the drawing rulers: SF- DT09

Great show! I really enjoyed this one.
#7 quiltkiwi 2018-07-22 17:30
That was the best and most informative show you have had. Cathy Franks is fabulous. Thank you al.

#6 LeslieM 2018-07-18 10:16
A@GailT - I bought my bird ruler thru my Juki dealer. Hope that helps!
#5 GailT. 2018-07-15 16:06
I found a different QR website and found the bird ruler. The item number is MQT-BBC if anyone else is interest.
#4 imnrn4hearts 2018-07-15 12:48
I'm always intimidated when I free-motion quilt on my domestic machine - I'm still a beginner. I truly appreciate this particular show that makes me think outside of the box... or circle, triangle, or any other shape! It was a very inspiring show. Thanks!!!

#3 GailT. 2018-07-15 12:32
Best show ever. I immediately went to the Quilters Rule website and searched for the "bird" ruler. Couldn't find anything like it. Anyone know another name for it or another manufacturer of similar ruler?
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