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Show 2303: Kathy Doughty - Free-Form Organic Appliqué & Twisting the Traditional Wedge

Featuring: Kathy Doughty

Posts On: July 29, 2018


Alex starts the show with help for those who fear finished appliqué. Fast, easy, and very doable techniques are sure to inspire the timid to take the plunge. Her charming Holiday Stars Quilt is the perfect project to test your newfound skills.

American born fabric designer, author, and Australian quilt shop owner, Kathy Doughty, is firmly rooted in tradition, but her use of bold-colored, texture-rich quilts bring classic patterns into our modern times. Kathy shares tips for showcasing large print fabrics by placing them in a 16-piece wedge circle border. Varying the center print results in some unexpected and interesting results.

Inspired by the nature of her Australian surroundings, Kathy has begun working in a more organic method, which translates well to her appliqué. Kathy’s fun and easy viewing templates, as well as her method for making organic undulating bias stems, take appliqué to a whole other world.

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Kathy Doughty

From Chapter One:

Alex shares a wide variety of ways to prepare and your applique on her Holiday Stars Quilt.

Click here for pattern.

From Chapter Two:

Alex and Ricky introduce Kathy Doughty and learn how as an American living in Australia she found that quilting was a way to connect with her new found community. They talk about her quilt shop, Material Obsession, and take a look at her quilts.

From Chapter Three:

Kathy wants to honor earlier traditional quilters by using classic quilt blocks with her design esthetic and print fabrics. She demonstrates how to use a wedge ruler to create a 16-piece wedge circle with a center appliqué block.

From Chapter Four:

Kathy shares her technique for creating an organic finished appliqué vase of flowers.

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#11 AlexAnderson 2019-08-08 12:43
Karen - Currently I am using my 80 weight QS thread always always on the bobbin...for everything. I'm kind of having a love affair with it. As for the bobbin spools on top, I just put it on my vertical spool holder and it worked just fine. thank you for the question
#10 Karen S Martin 2019-08-07 13:22
I'm interested in knowing how you use a loaded bobbin thread as your top thread on your machine? Also, what do you use as the bottom thread then, Alex?
#9 Nuttykin 2018-08-15 08:53
Thank you so much for sending me the link to your shop so I can order the RNK Precision Turning Tool. I ordered it this morning!
#8 Leighway 2018-08-10 14:40
What a truly talented woman! I appreciated this show for the level of exposure to her design thoughts. And, I'm glad to see new ways to use Kaffe fabrics.
#7 NuttyKin 2018-08-09 08:29
Loved this show. I have seen the RNK Precision Turning Tool on another of your shows. And there was a link to a list of tools in Amazon on that show. The tool is unavailable on Amazon. I don’t have a local shop that sells it either. I would really like one but cannot find it anywhere.
#6 RebeccaVT 2018-08-03 10:45
LOVED this show so very much. Glad you found Kathy and shared her with us. Her style really speaks to me.
#5 Lulululu 2018-08-01 12:32
Nice show, but I have to say that I was sorry to see you dismissing needleturn appliqué in favour of much more time consuming methods buying all kinds of gadgets , and facing, starch etc. Perhaps you should have Nancy Chong on your show to do needleturn applique. Of course there is a learning curve but less so than other methods and much cheaper and certainly less time consuming. I love needle turn after I took a class with Nancy some years ago. It was the best.
Also the British way of pronouncing appliqué is incorrect according to the rules of pronunciation and I am British
#4 lbarnes 2018-07-30 07:19
Fantastic show. I have seen Kathy at QBL (Quilting by the Lake) in Central NY State. An annual quilt workshop with national and international makers teaching classes and workshops the last 2 weeks of July.
#3 topazgypsy 2018-07-29 20:03
Great show... love the use of bold prints... Alex your tips were awesome as always.
#2 Marilyn Dickson 2018-07-29 19:17
Really wanted to hear her talk about her big stitch around the appliqué. Think she also does some straight line machine quilting. Lots of great ideas.
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