Cathy Busch learned her first sewing-related skills after school in a small town in Ohio. She would spend time with a neighbor, Mrs. Miller, who was a seamstress. Mrs. Miller didn’t teach her how to sew; Cathy’s job was to string buttons! “She must have had every button in the world,” Cathy says. “She would hand me a double-threaded needle and a tin of buttons. At first I would just take a button from the tin and put it on the string at random. Later I’d sort the buttons by color, by shape, or by the number of holes…Even after I realized that as soon as I left she’d cut the string and return the buttons to the tin, I still enjoyed developing new sorting systems for stringing the buttons.”
It’s no surprise that this early experience was a precursor to Cathy’s Education and Mathematics Degrees. She tried her hand at several crafts, and almost accidentally decided to put some counted cross-stitch blocks together. She asked the local church ladies to help, and before she knew it, she was a first-generation quilter.
Like many of us, Cathy was soon quilting in addiction mode, finding ways to combine her love of mathematics with this creative outlet. She’s drawn to adapting traditional pieced blocks to create unique quilt designs.
As Cathy’s quilting knowledge increased, her natural teaching instinct took over. Her workshops are designed with a technical component, but she strongly encourages participants to explore their creativity.
Although Cathy has written several articles, Newfangled Piecing is her first book. You can find it HERE.