A quilter for almost 50 years, Cathy Fussell works out of her home studio in Columbus, Georgia, where she produces both hand-quilted and machine-quilted pieces. She makes traditional quilts, art quilts and modern quilts, and she salvages vintage quilt tops. Cathy often collaborates with a family member during the design phase, she sometimes exhibits work in shows, and she occasionally teaches a class. She is constantly evolving as a quilter.

In 2011 Cathy retired from a 28-year career teaching literature and composition, first at the high school level and later at the university, where for the last eight years of her tenure, in addition to teaching, she directed the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians. Since her retirement almost six years ago, Cathy has been able to devote herself full-time to her quilting, and she particularly enjoys incorporating literary themes into her quilts.

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  • "Desert Sunrise" -- Juried into American Quilter's Society Quilt Week, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 2014.

  • "North Alabama Hillsides" -- Juried into Modern Quilt Guild QUILTCON, Austin, Texas, February 2015.

  • "William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Graphic Novel Version" -- Juried into Studio Art Quilt Association's Southern Accents exhibit, Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, Melbourne, Florida, Summer 2015.

  • "North Alabama Hillsides" -- Second Place, Handwork, Modern Quilt Guild QUILTCON, Austin, Texas, February 2015.

  • "North Alabama Hillsides" -- Juried into American Quilter's Society Quilt Week, Paducah, Kentucky, April 2015.

  • "Abby's Quilt" -- Juried into "Celebrations," Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild's Annual Quilt show, Roswell, Georgia, March 2015.

  • "Livi's Goat Quilt" -- Juried into "Celebrations," Bulloch Hall Quilt Guild's Annual Quilt Show, Roswell, Georgia, March 2015.

  • "Satsuma" -- Juried into Quiltcon 2016, Pasadena, California, February 2016.

  • "MAKE MORE QLTS -- U and I can do it!"  -- Juried into Modern Quilt Guild Showcase 2016: International Quilts, International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas, November 2016.

  • "MAKE MORE QLTS -- U and I can do it!" -- Juried into QUILTCON 2017, February 2017, Savannah, Georgia.


  • "Spinning Yarn," SouthArts. Crealde Arts Center, Winter Park, Florida, Fall 2016.
  • "Caught and Loose," Quilts by Cathy and Coulter Fussell, Campus Gate Art Gallery, Young Harris College, Young Harris, Georgia, October 2016.


  • At the request of The Congressional Club, Washington, DC, designed and made "Apollo Splashdown Revisited -- Homage to Alma Woodsey Thomas," presented to First Lady Michelle Obama, The Congressional Club's Annual First Lady's Luncheon, Washington, DC, May 12, 2016.


"Cathy Fussell -- For the Love of Quilts," interview by Brenda Stevens, Art Currents Magazine, December 2015.

"Quilting -- The Ultimate Recycling Project," by Mary Lyons, Columbus and the Valley Magazine, April 2014.

"Cathy Fussell: A Quilt for the First Lady," by Brenda Stevens, Art Currents Magazine, June 2016.

"Local Quilter Makes Alma Thomas Piece for First Lady," by Tim Chitwood, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, June 2, 2016.

"Tales of Tradition," Orlando Arts Magazine, Orlando, Florida, September-October 2016.

"'Spinning Yarn' at Crealde Celebrates the Visceral Appeal of Traditional Southern Art," by Richard Reep, Orlando Weekly, December 7, 2016. 

"10 Designers and Artists over 60 to Follow and Support," by Erin Abbott Kirkpatrick, DESIGN SPONGE.