My name is Shelley Cavanna – quilter, teacher, author, and textile and quilt designer. My hubby and I have two goofy, rambunctious boys (ages 6.5 and 8) … so in between all the dirt, flying dragons, quilt-forts, legos, and endless piles of laundry, I manage to sneak in a little bit of quilting and designing!
We make our home near Sacramento, CA. When I’m not in the studio, I love hiking in the nearby Sierra Nevada Mountains or along the rugged Northern CA coast. I’m an avid reader and enjoy the occasional glass of Barbera from nearby Amadora County. I love yoga … despite being a little uncoordinated … and might even go so far as to call myself a halfway decent knitter!
My love of crafting was passed on and lovingly fostered by my Mom and my Granny … and I’m so happy to have this little corner to share my projects and crafty adventures!
I’m a self-taught quilter, bitten by the quilting bug in 2007 when I bought my first sewing machine. I had so much fun playing around with classic quilt blocks and puzzling out how to use pre-cuts to make them!
With a degree in English and quite a lot of experience with technical writing in my day job at the local university, stepping into writing quilt patterns was quite natural! I opened my first independent design company under the banner of Poplun Designs – the Croatian word for quilt – and in 2013 we decided to re-brand, and re-open as Cora’s Quilts!
So, who is Cora, then? In truth, no one! I’ve loved the name ever since I fell in love with The Last of the Mohicans – both the book and the movie – in high school. It’s a lovely nod to my Irish heritage and my love of historical novels!
I have a passion for modern, intricate, mosaic-inspired quilts. I love creating designs with layer-upon-layer of elements that weave in and out of one another.
I make it my mission to turn these exquisite designs into approachable patterns for quilters of all styles and skill-levels, living up to my design mantra, “Stunning quilts made simple.”
I know from first hand experience how precious a few minutes – literally!!! – of sewing can be, so my patterns are written with the busy, multi-tasking quilter in mind. Construction is broken into small, simple segments, and include clear, concise instructions with plenty of full-color illustrations.
One of my absolute favorite parts about being a designer is seeing the fantastic projects you create with Cora’s Quilt patterns! You can share your pictures on Facebook or on Instagram using hashtag #CorasQuilts.
Thanks for stopping by and happy sewing!