Carmel, IN

Cathy Franks

Cathy FranksCathy is an international award winning quilt artist for her innovative design techniques and quilting style. She has won Judges Choice, Best Machine Quilting, Best of Show, Viewers Choice and numerous other ribbons at these prestigious events. In addition, her work has been displayed in many national quilt shows in the U.S. as well as on exhibit in special displays and art exhibits.

Cathy has been quilting for 30 years, machine quilting for 15 years and long arm quilting since 1993. Shortly afterward Cathy began teaching all over the US and as far away as Norway.

Her work has been published in numerous quilting magazines, including international publications in France and Japan. Cathy’s work has been showcased on the covers of books and in special promotion publications.

Cathy is in high demand for her quilting talents and has been commissioned by such famous quilters as Brenda Pappadakis, Harriet Hargrave, Mary Ellen Hopkins, Kaye England, Jennifer Chiaverini, Nancy Odom, Cindy Walters and Pepper Cory. Cathy has also quilted for such famous people as President George W. Bush and Steven Spielberg.

Cathy has also been a guest on television’s Quilt Central and Linda's Long arm Quilting.

As a teacher, Cathy in infectious! She has a delightful, positive personality and the energy of several 2-year olds! Cathy is able to help each student understand the principles she is teaching; but more than that, she encourages each student so that they feel they can incorporate her techniques into their own quilting designs.

304 - Rock the Quilt NEW

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Class Type: Hands-On Longarm
Skill Level: All
Class Time: 8:00am - 11:00am
Class Fee: $80.00, Kit/Hand out Fee: $25.00

Class Description:
The top is done but not the quilt. The quilting design you chose will make or break the finished quilt. Which is better, a small or large design. Will it be lots of quilting or just enough to hold it together. Will straight or curve lines look better? To answer these questions, we will quilt the same block five different ways so you can see how the quilting design will work

Supply List:
notebook and pencil for notes, large Drawing pad, ruler for marking design area, large scissors to cut threads and fabric

Kit Includes:
marked fabric sandwich with 5 marked quilt blocks.

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351 - The Modern Quilt - Quilting & Embellishing NEW

Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Class Type: Hands-On Longarm
Skill Level: All
Class Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Class Fee: $60.00, Kit/Hand out Fee: $25.00

Class Description:
Jump on the latest quilting trend called modern quilting. I’ll show you some designs that may just make your modern quilt scream LOOK AT ME! But wait there will be more. Let’s take the modern quilt beyond just the quilting. I’ll show you how to paint with paints, printing with dyes, using fusible and piecing all these fabric to make a modern quilt.

Supply List:
If you have longarm rulers that include a circle or straight edge, please bring them. Scissors to cut thread and fabric, notebook and pencil.

Kit Includes:
marked quilt sandwich to take home

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410 - More Than One Way to Use Rulers & Templates NEW

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Class Type: Drawing/Design
Skill Level: All
Class Time: 8:00am - 10:00am
Class Fee: $45.00, Kit/Hand out Fee: N/A

Class Description:
Do you have lots of templates and don’t know how to use them? Did you know that there can be 7 or more ways to use some of the templates you have? Please let me show you how to do these simple steps to open up using these wonderful tools.

Supply List:
notebook and pencil for notes, large Drawing pad, ruler for marking design area, about 4 inches by 12 inches. Any rulers or templates you wish to bring.

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430 - Coloring

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Class Type: Lecture
Skill Level: All
Class Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
Class Fee: $40.00, Kit/Hand out Fee: N/A

Class Description:
So the quilting is done but it does not have the zing you thought it should! Try adding some color. I’ll show you how using paints, inks, embossing powders and pencils to add the spark you need. We will discuss color theory and shading to help you make the right decisions to add the look you want.

Supply List:
notebook and pencil for notes

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457 - You Can Do That on a Longarm

Thursday, August 7, 2014
Class Type: Hands-On Longarm
Skill Level: All
Class Time: 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Class Fee: $80.00, Kit/Hand out Fee: $25.00

Class Description:
You can do more with your longarm than just quilt! Please let me show you how you can add stunning embellishments that are easy to do. Do you have scrapes of fabric and thread lying around? Maybe a few silk flowers, yarns and ribbons that needs to be used? Take the useless to the stunning in this exciting class. You will have a small quilt to take home.

Supply List:
Large scissors to cut fabric, old towel to press on if you can bring one.

Kit Includes:
Marked fabric sandwich, threads, yarns, silk flowers, fusible and all supplies needed for class

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541 - Stacked & Stunning Borders NEW

Class 312 - Stacked and Stunning Borders with Cathy FranksFriday, August 8, 2014
Class Type: Demo Using Longarm
Skill Level: Confident Beginner
Class Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Class Fee: $45.00, Kit/Hand out Fee: N/C

Class Description:
Borders are the frames around your quilt. Cathy will show you how to create just the right kind of border that will add to the look of your quilt by using the divide and conquer technique. She will show you how to take any simple shape and use it 7 different ways. With the divide and conquer method, you do not need to resize any of the stencils you have. If you are afraid of the math involved in figuring out the border placement, Cathy will show you ways to forget the math and get the results that look great. Tons of design ideas for borders and sashing will be shown. These designs will be broken down step by step so you will be able to quilt them when you go home.

Supply List:
Pen, pencils and drawing pad

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560 - Thread Painting Two Ways

Thread Painting Two Ways with Cathy FranksFriday, August 8, 2014
Class Type: Demo Using Longarm
Skill Level: ALL
Class Time: 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Class Fee: $45.00, Kit/Hand out Fee: N/A

Class Description:
Thread painting can give your work that WOW factor. I’ll show you how to use thread to create line, shape, shadow and depth to your work. We will cover how simple changes in line can make stunning difference in the finished work. We will talk about how different thread weights and textures can add different looks to your work. We will explore blending threads to create an artistic look.

Supply List:
Paper and pen to take notes with

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