Podcast Episode #44: Kathy Doughty


Kathy Doughty on the Crafty Planner Podcast

When I was walking to a Schoolhouse Session at Fall Quilt Market, Latifah Saafir introduced me to Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession. Even with the mad dash to get to my next lecture, I instantly fell in love with her smile and fun energy. There is no way you could have told me then that meeting Kathy would have such a profound influence on my creative journey. I knew about Kathy’s amazing history in this business including her store in Australia called Material Obsession, her many books and fabric lines from Free Spirit Fabric. What I did not know is the generosity, kindness, and inspiration I would receive from our conversations.

Well known for her love of color and modern interpretations of traditional quilts, Kathy and I talk about a range of topics including how she always wanted to be an artist while growing up and the experience of following the love of her life to Australia. She talks about her collaboration with Sarah Fielke and the evolution of her creative process. I love when she talks about the promise of joy with each new project and her fabric crusade for the love of brown. She gave me the permission to be “me” and so much more. Even though I have re-listened to our conversation several times already, Kathy’s words inspire me. I know we could have talked for several hours or days. I hope you enjoy the episode.

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Notes from the Show:

Swatch Watches

Amy Butler

Adding Layers, Color, Design & Imagination by Kathy Doughty

Triple J Radio

Rosalie Dace

Kaffe Fassett

Sherri Lynn Wood (and my podcast with her)

Follow Kathy:

Material Obsession Store

Kathy’s Blog

Kathy’s Instagram Account


This episode is sponsored by Sewtopia, Fat Quarter Shop and Free Spirit Fabric.

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Comments 5

  1. Wow, what a fantastic interview with Kathy Doughty. Every time I hear Kathy speak or have a chat with her at a quilt show it is an absolute joy. She is such an inspiration, beautiful free spirit and so generous with sharing her energy and ideas. We are very blessed to have her here in Australia. Thank you Sandi for bringing this interview to the airwaves. You mentioned you could have talked for hours or days. I would have listened for longer too!
    P.S I tried to leave a 5 star review on your podcast platform but because I have already left a 5 star review before it seems I can’t leave another one? Not sure if that is my web dyslexia or itunes rules?! Thanks as always for your podcasts, they deserve 10 stars

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