Welcome! My name is Shelley Cavanna – self-taught quilter, teacher, textile and quilt designer, and the owner here at Cora’s Quilts. My hubby and I have two beautiful, rambunctious, hysterical boys, ages 6 and 7.5 … so in between all the dirt, plank-walking, flying dragons, quilt-fort building, legos, and endless piles of laundry, I manage to sneak in a little bit of quilting, designing, and writing.
We make our home near Sacramento, California, in the foothills of the beautiful Sierra Nevada. Aside from adventuring with the boys, I’m an avid reader, lover of good wine and dark beer, collector of fabric, and … dare I say it … a budding knitter. My love of crafting was definitely inherited from my mom and my granny, and I’m happy to have this little corner to share my thoughts and projects.
I’m a self-taught quilter and was bitten by the quilting bug in 2007 when I bought my first sewing machine. I quickly discovered that quilting was in my blood, and opened my first independent design company under the banner of Poplun Designs. In 2013, we decided to re-brand and re-opened as Cora’s Quilts.
So who is Cora, anyways? In truth, no one! I’ve loved the name ever since I discovered “The Last of the Mohicans” – both the book and the movie – in high school. It was one of my top two baby girl names, even though my hubby wasn’t so crazy about it. Since we had two boys, we never had to have that argument … and since Cora doesn’t exist in person, she exists in thread, instead!
I have a passion for modern, intricate, mosaic-inspired quilts. 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, muli-tasking quilter in mind. Construction is broken into small segments – perfect for those of us who have to start and stop frequently – and include concise instructions and 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!