A Tragic Year in Dayton is the Inspiration for Quilt Exhibition April 21, 2020 by cbjsews Previous articleWhat is Fine art Photography?Next article inspiration cbjsews Cathy Jeffers is an award winning art quilter from Centerville, Ohio. She begins with commercial and often uses her own hand-dyed fabric. A fusible layer (glue) is ironed on the back of fabric. She draws on the back of the fusible paper and cuts it out. She never uses a pattern and seldom even sketches out her ideas. Her style is quite intuitive. She decides on her design and then combines visually interesting colors and different patterns in fabrics to give her quilts a type of energy. She especially likes to create using fabrics with bold a feeling of motion. This motion, along with the juxtaposition each fabric patterns gives the quilt a more vibrant feeling. Many have commented that they can always identify one of her quilts. It s important to her that her quilts show the soul of the artist.Having been an art teacher for 35 years, she has studied color application and is influenced by children's art. Faces are one of her favorite subjects in her fabric designs. Her use of raw edge applique, fusible, layering, embellishments and a bold palette is common. She enjoys making nature scenes, and female figures flying, dancing, or being empowered. Her friend and mentor Jane Burch Cochran met at Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Columbus in 2005. Jane and Cathy exhibited in several shows together. Cathy started entering many shows in art museums, galleries and competitions after that. She exhibited in Quilt National in 2009. Her goal is to exhibit in every state of the U.S. and she already has about 15. Her quilts have appeared in several books and magazines. Cathy has a BS and MA in Art Education from Miami University. She taught art in public and private schools, an art museum, community art centers, the Dayton Art Institute and was an adjunct professor at Wright State University, where she taught Art and the Child to education majors. She retired from Dayton Public Schools in 2012.She does several art shows per year so her sewing studio is always busy. She is also and active writer on social media, and wrote the original article on art quilts for WikiHow, where her article has been read over 32,000 times. She was a recipient of the 2018 Culture Works Award for artists. She exhibits her work in galleries throughout the country and has several solo exhibitions each year. Her quilt “Graffiti Read Out” triptych was recently purchased by a prominent architect with international projects.