Contact: Cathie Hoover


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My name is Cathie Hoover. For almost 25 years, I've been quilting and designing wearable art for myself, my family, and for others. I love the sharing my quilting skills with novice and experienced quilters all over the world, and I enjoy traveling to any location to do so.

cathie hooverOver the years, I've just about done it all in the world of fabric, quilting, and wearable art. My specialties include all types of machine appliqué, decorative machine embellishment, wearable art design, and a wide range of piecing and quilt construction techniques. My credentials include a Home Economics degree and textile skills honed over 44 years of sewing. Whatever your skill level, one of my goals is to help you realize your potential as a fabric artist.

Another of my goals in a workshop situation is to empower each student with enough knowledge and confidence to continue experimentation beyond the classroom. I encourage each student to strive for their own unique style in quiltmaking and/or wearable art.

The descriptions that follow are my currently offered workshops and lectures. For further information, please email or call me with your questions. I look forward to hearing from you!

- Cathie Hoover

Latest News
The quilt pictured below will be used as a fund raiser for the Association of Pacific West Quilters. The title of this quilt is "Cowboys".

cowboy quilt


There are 30 artists committed to making fiber arts pieces to celebrate the charm and history of lighthouses here on the Central Coast. The exhibit will be curated by Iris Frank, Patty Kennedy, and Nancy McDowell. Lighthouse Fund Raising Opportunities to benefit the docent restoration projects will be available at several shows during 2011. See their website @ www.lighthouseartquilt.com.

lighthouse quilt


"The Color Red." - NEW!
A humorous slide lecture. From a very young age, I loved the color red. View slides of my childhood spent in England and Morocco and over the depth of a lifetime of quiltmaking – see how the color red has worked its way into my work without any conscious effort on my part! An introduction and example to discovering your own personal color preferences. A few quilts and wearables will be shown after the slides.

Retrospective Trunk Show - A truly moo-ving experience. Utilizing Holstein cows in my designs was a natural for me even before moving to Moo-desto. The graphic black and white patterns on these cows and their gentle nature appeal to me.

During this presentation that includes 21+ years of original work, quilts are shown, and garments are modeled by volunteers. Each article is described in detail using a humorous, and relaxed commentary. Any questions you might have about techniques, materials used, and trade secrets will be answered!

Accept The Challenge! - A slide lecture.
Learn to say "yes" when you are asked to participate in a challenge that will lead to growth and increase your comfort zone. While showing slides of original quilts and garments, I share personal experiences that led to their creation. Design solutions to challenges are discussed. A few special pieces on hand for your group’s examination!

Cow over the moon Quilt for QSS

Download Cow Moon .pdf for Bernina QSS members


Six hours in length, with 20 students maximum (negotiable) to enable all of your members to benefit from my "hands-on" teaching style. See the schedule at right for specific dates.

intersecting rings

Intersecting Rings - 1 day

Click here for a sample.

dottie the cow

Moo-desto Cow Block for the Cure - 3 or 6 hour workshop 

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s Floral Bouquet Medallion Quilt
1 day  Click here for a sample.
tech small Technique Sampler - 1 day
Click here for a sample.
Tricks of Machine Applique
1 day Click here for a sample.
star sample Create a 17" Eight-Pointed Star Quilt With Machine Reverse Appliqué - 6 hour
Click here for a sample.
3 star sampler

Eight-Pointed Star Quilt - smaller version than above
3 hour
Click here for a sample.

An Innovative Approach to the Schoolhouse - 1 day
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Make a Wild & Crazy Quilt With Curves - 1 day
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Wearable Art Vest - 1-2 days
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Secrets of Designing Quilts & Wearables - 3-6 hours
Discussion will revolve around my approach to designing quilts and wearables with piecework and appliqué – a slide-based program with time for each student to do a thumbnail design. (no sample)
Tricks Worth Knowing & That No One Ever Taught You
3-6 hours
Learn the tried, true, and simplest methods of perfect mitered binding corners, binding finish, binding in a “flash,” quilt sleeve construction, and the simple drafting of several quilt blocks.(no sample)

2012/2013 Rates
(6 hours maximum instructions per day)
20 Students maximum per workshop

6 Hour Workshop: $650
3 Hour Workshop: $500
45-90 min Slide Lecture: $650
Any Trunk Shows (1-1.5 hours): $650
(Current IRS mileage allowance to/from your location or Sacramento Airport, plus daily parking if applicable)


koi quiltNow Available! Wild & Crazy Quilt Pattern with Acrylic Templates!

Utilize your stash of dots, stripes and large florals; embellish with rickrack, and assorted goodies. Go "crazy"! Includes complete instructions plus 6-piece acrylic template set.

Only $25.00 U.S. plus tax (CA residents only) & shipping.


Teaching Schedule




11th- Trunk Show, "The Best of Machine Techniques Sampler"" Pajaro Valley Quilt Association, Aptos, CA

13th- One Judge's Opinion - What Do Judges Look For When Judging? PVQA, Aptos, CA


Email for dates available

16th-21st- Attendee at Empty Spools Seminars, Asilomar State Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA


Email for dates available

8th-15th -6th Annual Harmoney Quilters Retreat, Harmony, CA

22nd - "The Best of Machine Techniques Sampler", Tokay Stitch "N" Quilte Guild, Elk Grove, CA


Email for date available

12th - "Meet the Teachers", SCCQG, Carson, CA


Email for date available

Studio time


Studio time

22nd-26th - 2nd Annual Retreat at Sammis' Compound, Pacific Grove, CA


Email for dates available

Studio time


15th- Judge quilte show of Coastal Quilters Guild of Santa Barbara & Goleta, Goleta, CA

16th- "Retrospective Trunk Show of Quilts and Garments", South Bay Quilter's Guild, Torrance, CA

17th- "The Best of Machine Techniques Sampler", South Bay Quilter's Guild, Torrance, CA


Email for dates available

Studio time


12th- "Accept the Challenge", lecture, Glendale Quilt Guild, Glendale, CA

13th- "Accept the Challenge", lecture, Valley Quiltmakers Guild, Canoga Park, CA

14th- "Floral Bouquet Medallion Quilt", Valley Quiltmakers Guild, Canoga Park, CA

15th- "The Best of Machine Techniques Sampler", Glendale Quilt Guild, Glendale, CA



Quilt Awards


Best Use of Embellishment, traditional category, KOI, Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA.

1st Place - traditional wall mixed; Los Burritos, "Road to California", Ontario, CA

2nd Place - traditional small one person; Los Burritos, "Minnesota Quilters Annual Quilt Show", Duluth, MN

Most Humorous of Show - Los Burritos, "Best of the Valley", Tulare, CA.

3rd Place - Pink & Green, "Road to California", Ontario, CA.

1st Place - wall hanging, machine quilted;INTERSECTING RINGS, Best of the Valley, Tulare, CA.

2nd Place - small, machine quilted; WILD and EZ CURVES; Best in the Valley, Tulare, CA.

2nd Place - crib/juvenile/lap/wall; INTERSECTING RINGS, 29th Quilt Celebration, Rockome Gardens, Arcola, IL.

Best of Class - small, machine quilted, innovative class; INTERSECTING RINGS. Marin Quilt & Needle Arts Show, San Rafael, CA


1st Place; Pieced, machine quilted, traditional; 21st CENTURY RINGS, Marin Quilt and Needle Arts Show, San Rafael, CA.

1st Place, Traditional Small, 21st CENTURY RINGS; Best of the Valley, Tulare, CA.

2nd Place, Traditional Small, 21st CENTURY RINGS; Road to California, Ontario, CA.

Best Use of Embellishment, traditional, 21ST CENTURY RINGS; Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA.


Honorable Mention, traditional, NORMAN’S QUILT, Marin Needlework and Quilt Show, Marin, CA.

1st Place, small quilt contemporary, NORMAN’S QUILT, Best of the Valley, Tulare, CA.

Wearable Art Awards


1st Place – embellished, wearable art vest; BARCELONA CACOPHONY, Best of the Valley, Tulare, CA

1st Place - embellished vest; BARCELONA CACOPHONY; Marin Quilt & Needle Arts Show, San Rafael, CA


Best Traditional Technique, VINEYARD CHALLENGE vest, Judge’s Choice, Schweinfurth, NY. NQA judge Genie Barnes.

Best of Show, BAD HAIR DAY vest, Best of the Valley, Tulare Museum, Tulare, CA.

2nd place, VINEYARD CHALLENGE vest, Marin Quilt & Needlearts Show, San Rafael, CA.

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