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Cathy Franks

Location: Carmel, IN


Quilting Experience: 30 years

Cathy has been quilting for more than 30 years and longarm quilting almost 20. She is a dynamic teacher who shares her knowledge in a simple, but fun and exciting way.

She has won numerous ribbons, written many articles for magazines and taught nationally and internationally. Cathy uses many visual aids and samples so students can easily see the subject. Quilting leads to friendship and sharing.

Cathy is a self-taught artist who has a great hunger to learn as much about art and quilting as possible. She has appeared on many quilt shows including TheQuiltShow.com with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson, Linda Taylor’s “Linda’s Longarm Quilting” and the Quilt Central.

Quilting Tips: I always have an iron under my machine. I use mostly cotton batting and have found that this tip works great when I am floating the top of the quilt to the backing. First, run a basting stitch with your horizontal channel lock engaged. This line of stitching will be where you want the top of the quilt to start. Place the quilt top along this basted line. Press gently with a hot iron along the quilt top. The heat from the iron will cause the cotton quilt top to stick to the batting. Baste the quilt top together. Pressing the top to the batting will make it much easier to baste. Try it.

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