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Cathy Wiggins was born and raised in eastern North Carolina were she received degrees in mathematics and software engineering. Even though her education is in technology, her love has always been art and any form of creativity. During her years in telecommunications she continued to foster her love of art through taking numerous workshops on subjects such as sculpting, pottery, and all forms of painting. She eventually settled on using acrylic paints on paper as her medium of choice. Through experimenting and practice, Cathy developed her own style of painting where she would, through the use of value and layers of paint, interpret photographs on paper. She won numerous awards locally and nationally for her work and began teaching her technique to others.
Cathy began quilting in February of 2003 after attending her first national quilt show. The following year, her quilt was juried into the AQS Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky. Since that time she has won many national and international awards for her quilts and is teaching her design techniques.
Now Cathy has taken her quilting work a step further with her “Just for Fun” series of quilts. She creates quilts that are both whimsical and humorous. When asked why she has made this shift in her work, Cathy says, “I just want to create quilts for the pure fun of it. I want to create quilts that bring smiles to the faces of the viewers and designs that are ageless, things that remind us of our childhood.” In addition to writing articles for magazines and traveling nationally to teach, she is now writing books and creating patterns based on her award-winning quilts.
Cathy lives with her husband, Randy, daughter, Olivia, their dogs, Stella and Walter, and their parrot, Alex in Lake Gaston, North Carolina.