{ABOUT CATHY}

My family heritage is held together with woven threads.

When I was 5 years old I would work on quilts with my grandmother Esther, sorting fabrics, picking out the shapes and lay them out to see what would look good.  She used a treadle sewing machine and had no use for those fancy electric ones. That is where I made my first quilt which was for a doll.  She had a passion for textiles and would finger them, hold them up to see how they flowed.  I learned some valuable lessons about choosing fabric and how to draw a pattern.  She didn't buy patterns but drew her own.  Most times she would look at you and grab the scissors and just start to cut.  

 

My mom Betty sewed because it was economical and it showed her love.  She made drapes, clothes, doll clothes and taught me how to use the more modern tools. 

 

Both of these great woman instilled many life lessons and much of them were over fabric and food.  Here you will learn about the fabric side of my journey.

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Grandma
Esther Hiett Gully

Mom

Betty Gully

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The love of sharing and creating have been combined in a new effort - Quilt Designs.  Estola Bee is named after the woman who have influenced my creativity. 

  • My Dad's Mom Esther (Est)

  • My Mom's mom Viola (ola) - She passed when my mom was an infant but her genes of being a strong woman, excellent math teacher and stepping outside of what was expected to do what she loved has been shared by family and diaries. My Mom and I have strong likeness to her.

  • My Mom Betty (Bee)

  • My Daughter Heather B. (Bee) - She designed the logo and created the name.  Her middle name starts with B and as a child there were several Heathers so we nicknamed her HB.  She is talented, creative, loving, caring and everything a mom would want in a daughter.

There is also a nod to my Dad who always encouraged me to do what I love.  He was a bee keeper and would teach anyone who asked the skills to keep bees, work with wood or anything else he could share including life lessons.