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Superior Stars: Cathy Wiggins

Posted: 16 May 2015 at 6 a.m.

Cathy Wiggins

Today we are spotlighting Cathy Wiggins’ beautiful quilt, Oscar.  Oscar won 2nd place in the Art-Painted Surface category at Houston 2014.


This fun quilt tells a story, which Cathy describes here:

“Oscar the dragon has been with me for a long, long time.  I knew he would show up on a quilt and this was the perfect chance to bring him to life.    He is the 12th quilt in my ‘Just for Fun’ series of quilts.  These quilts are designed to make people smile.  With Oscar, I wanted to create a book cover, complete with a leather binding and bookmark.  I wanted to supply images of Oscar’s life on the cover and let the viewer make up their own story.  This is my first venture into using leather in a show quilt.  The silver “book binding” is upholstery leather and Oscar is painted white muslin.  I knew the leather and muslin would shrink differently so I had to quilt each section separately and then join them together.


I have about 250 hours of design and painting, 300 hours of quilting and 50 hours of hand embroidery in this quilt.  I wanted to have a story where the dragon lives happily ever after with the princess and her knight in shining armor.

prince and princess

One of the biggest takeaways from this project is that I can use the same needle and thread combinations for quilting leather that I use on any other quilt top.  Oscar is quilted using Magnifico polyester thread.  The blue background and silver leather is quilted with silk.”

quilted leather

Oscar is amazing and we are thankful Cathy allowed us to share him with you today.  To view more of Cathy’s amazing work and follower her creative process, visit her Facebook page.

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  • 1. Mom C (17 May 2015 at 9:37 p.m.)

    I saw this at market 2014 and it is amazing! My grandson loves dragons and I took a bunch of pictures because it was so beautiful. Glad to know some more of the story. Thanks.

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