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How to Quilt with Cathy Izzo

Learn about Cathy Izzo, one of Howcast's quilting experts, in this video.


Hi, my name is Cathy Izzo. I am the owner of The City Quilter, a shop in Manhattan for quilters. We sell fabrics, notions, rulers, everything you need to make a quilt. We have lots of books, patterns and lots of inspiration. I didn't really have any retail experience when I started, but I knew I wanted to be surrounded by beautiful things, beautiful fabric, beautiful quilts, and I am. I love it.

I also love the fact that there are always new things to learn. We have lots of classes and I am constantly picking up new techniques, new forms of quilting. One of the best parts of my job is getting to pick out fabrics for the store, and I see thousands of fabrics every year and have to choose which ones we should buy. That's sometimes difficult because like every other quilter, I want them all.

One of the things we started doing here at The City Quilter is designing our own fabrics. We have six different original prints that only we carry and we've designed these fabrics because we know people want to take home a piece of New York when they leave and these are things you won't find anywhere else and people really appreciate that.

What I really would like to convey is the utter joy I feel when I start quilting, whether it's designing a quilt, piecing a quilt, quilting a quilt. I really do enjoy most of the processes and when I am finished, it's an absolutely indescribable feeling.

I got into it because I was in the television business and I felt that at the end of the day I just wasn't feeling a sense of satisfaction. I wanted a tangible product I could feel, something that would last, that I could give to people, that I can hang on my walls and I found it with quilting. Even though I didn't know how to sew. I was totally hopeless and really didn't learn how to sew until I was in my thirties . I learned to sew to be able to quilt. That's how much I wanted to do it, and I just never looked back. I've had the most fun ever, fingering out what quilts to make next, what fabrics to use. It's just a joy in my life. I can't imagine my life without it.

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