Cathy Johnston's introduction into the world of sewing was neither fun nor productive. She found sewing and embroidery boring and never finished the first embroidered quilt top she started in nursing school in 1959.
Luckily for her grandchildren and many others, her desire changed when she was introduced to quilting. Friends encouraged her to make a quilt for her first grandchild born twenty years ago. When that was not a fun experience, she took a Sampler Class; she was hooked and never looked back. That first quilt has lead to many friendships being made, classes taken, and quilts finished. It also started a fascination with all types of quilting from basic 9 patch to Baltimore Album, thread painting, machine quilting, embellishing, beading, crazy quilting, hand piecing and quilting, needle turn applique, raw edge applique and painting on fabric. The one technique she will probably never attempt again is paper piecing!
Although paper piecing may not be her forte', Cathy has not let anything stand in her way of becoming a better quilter. She loves to learn new techniques and will travel almost anywhere to take a class. While she may not always use a new technique, she is happy to have another quilting method in her repertoire.
Cathy doesn't just quilt for herself or her family; she is a true ambassador for helping others through quilts. She started a Comfort Quilt group at her church. They make quilts for every baby or child baptized, for confirmation of young adults, for victims of violent crime and for anyone in need of a quilt "hug". In the Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild, Cathy has been a member of three Friendship Groups: Stress Knots, Art Quilts and Crazy Quilts. She also co-chairs the Hugs from the Heart Group in the Guild, which makes quilts for people going through a difficult time whether it is a death, an illness or a tragedy of some kind. Her other duties have included Historian, Fabric Swap, and coordinating Friendship Groups and mentors for new members.
At the 2015 Quilt Show, Cathy chaired the Service Quilts section. She brought in and displayed quilts that Guild Members had made for Quilts of Valor, Hugs from the Heart, Kids' Quilts and Hospice Quilts. She also set up a hand quilting area and a machine quilting area to show attendees what it takes to make a quilt. Cathy is always promoting the Guild and encouraging people to join.
Cathy's main focus in quilting is to learn and to teach others. She is always pushing herself to try a new method of quilting. One way she has done this is to belong to the Studio Art Quilters Association, American Quilt Society and other quilt related groups. As Cathy says,
“The biggest thing for me is anything to do with learning and expanding my quilt knowledge and experience. I cannot stress enough what it has meant to move out of my comfort zone and into the things I have been exposed to through organizations, publications, videos show, workshops, friends etc. “
If Cathy looks familiar it may be because you have seen one of her trunk shows. In order to expose as many people as possible to quilting, Cathy presents her quilts and a talk to groups in the area. Cathy Johnston is an excellent quilter and a true ambassador of quilting. The Heart of Ohio Quilters Guild is proud to have her as our 2016/2017 Featured Artist.
The Featured Artist has this honor for two years and receives a free Guild membership, a gift certificate to a quilt shop and a framed certificate. Her quilts will also be featured in the 2017 Guild Show.
Our past Featured Artists:
Virginia Baumann 2002
Renie Morin 2004
Tresa Keys 2006
Rae Howard 2008
Barb Whyte 2010
Ive Winsch 2012
Anne Russell 2014