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About Cathie

Throughout my life, I've done just about everything with fabric, including dressmaking, knitting with fabric, quilting, and quilted wearable art. I earned a B.S. degree in Home Economics from Chico State College in Chico, CA. I studied tailoring, pattern drafting, and added a year of weaving to my knowledge of textiles.Cathie and Matt

My specialties are:

  • All types of machine applique, including fused and non-fused either finished with satin stitching, blanket stitching, or soft-edge treatment.
  • Reverse appliqué by machine finished with blanket stitch or decorative stitch. My special method is refined and one that I find more useful than any other appliqué method.
  • Machine embellishments with decorative stitches, laces, braids, and especially rickrack.
  • The use of brilliant color and color combinations in all quiltmaking techniques.
  • Combining printed fabrics of all types and styles with each other while keeping the identity of each fabric visible and vibrant.

I was selected to be a Fairfield Fashion Show Designer four times (1993, 1994, 1995 1998) and a Bernina Fashion Show Designer five times (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008). Although I am thoroughly enraptured with quilting, quilted wearable art remains a passion.

Since 1988, I taught quilting workshops and gave lectures at large and small quilting venues throughout California and much of the United States, including Hawaii.


A few of the events I have taught for over the last 20 years:

  • Christine Porter's, "Cabot's Conference." Quilting retreats in the Bristol, England and Wales, and in the Lake Country, England (1995, 1997, 2000).
  • Maria Peters', "Quilters Days," in Winchester, England. (2003)
  • Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar State Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA (1995, 1996, 2004, 2005)
  • American Quilters' Society in Nashville, TN and Paducah, KY (1999, 2005, 2006, 2008)
  • Road to California, Ontario, CA (1998 and 2009)
  • Norman Who? Quilt Retreat, Port Townsend, WA
  • National Quilting Association, Charlotte, NC (2002)
  • International Quilting Association, Houston, TX, and Long Beach, CA (2006, 2008, 2009)
  • Quilting in the Tetons, Jackson, WY (2003)
  • Empire Quilt Guild, New York City, NY (2004)
  • Nebraska State Quilters' Guild, Lincoln, NE (2004)
  • Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA (2004)
  • Quilt Durango, Durango, CO (2005)
  •  Konza Quilters' Guild, Manhattan, KS (2007)
  • Georgia Quilt Council Spring Convention, Mansfield, GA (2008)
  • Alaska Cruise, Wearable Art Vest, Seattle, WA (2008
  • Indiana Heritage Quilt Show, Bloomington, IN (2009)

Judging Experience


  • Santa Barbara Valley Quilt Show, Santa Barbara, CA, quilt judge

"I've been to enough Quilt Show wrap-up meeting to officially declare you the Best Judge Ever! All very positive feedback regarding your role, Cathie." Barbara


  • Clark County Quilters, Vancouver, WA, quilt judge
  • Folsom Quilt and Fiber Guild, Folsom, CA, quilt judge
  • AQS/Hobbs Fashion Show and Contest, American Quilter's Society Quilt Show, Paducah, KY, Wearable art judge.
  • Mariposa County Fair, Quilts and Needle Arts, Mariposa, CA, quilts and textiles judge
  • San Mateo County Fair, San Mateo, CA, quilt judge


  • Pacific International Quilt Festival, Santa Clara, CA, wearable art judge


This photo was shot by my father out in the middle of southeast Morocco near Nazarene in the Southern Oases.

Berber men in Mid-East Morocco making camel hobbles with their feet and hands." Photo by: Joseph Shirar 1962


  • Quilters' Gathering, Nashua, NH, quilt judge with Anita Shakelford


  • Minnesota Quilters, Duluth, MN, quilt judge


  • Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters, Quilt Fest, Seattle, WA, quilt judge with Anita Shackelford and Barbara Olson; sole wearable art judge


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.

Bernina Fashion Show



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