Kathy Doughty has been the owner and Creative Director of Material Obsession a patchwork shop known for innovative design, since 2003. Originally a self-taught quilter, her eclectic style developed over decades of obsessive quilting guided by working industry experts.
In 2006, she co-authored the international bestsellers, Material Obsession One then in 2008, Material Obsession Two. As a sole author, she then wrote Making Quilts, Adding Layers and Mixing Quilt Elements before moving into her latest obsession, Organic Applique. Her books, published by C&T Publishing, explore using contemporary designs while encouraging quilters to enhance their own creative experience.
In 2013 Kathy introduced, A Wandering Mind, her first fabric collection with Leutenegger, an Australian textile company. She joined the Freespirit Fabrics design team in 2015. Her collections are inspired by the beauty of the natural and textile world that surrounds her. In 2021 Kathy Doughty will release her first collection for Figo Fabrics, Kindred Sketches delivering in May 2022.
Kathy spent her formative professional working years in NYC working in advertising before moving to the fashion district. Her next move was to SWATCH Watch USA where she was involved in the groundbreaking introduction of the brand.
She now manages Material Obsession with her husband John, a professional photographer. John has brought the brand vision to life in pictures for all the books as well as the website and marketing materials. The business values community and is an active supporter of QuiltNSW and local groups. In 2018 Kathy trained and became an accredited Quilt Show Judge. The shop services over 100 class participants monthly. The Material Obsession BOM program is sent around the world to 400 participants monthly.
Kathy, an American, now calls Australia home but enjoys frequent trips to the USA to teach in shops, at events and for guilds. Her three sons have creative endeavours of their own from making art to music. Her life is an open book on social media:
Facebook: Material Obsession
instagram: @matobsgirl or @materialobsession