Throughout her life, Cathie has done just about everything with fabric, including dressmaking, knitting with fabric, quilting, and quilted wearable art. She earned a B.S. degree in Home Economics from Chico State College and studied tailoring, pattern drafting, and added a year of weaving to her knowledge of textiles.
Cathie’s 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. Her special method is refined, and one that she finds 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.
She 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 she is thoroughly enraptured with quilting, quilted wearable art remains a passion.
Since 1988, she has taught quilting workshops and gave lectures at large and small quilting venues throughout California and much of the United States, including Hawaii.
In July she will be showing us a Retrospective Trunk Show.
Cathie’s website is Cathiehooverstudios.com.
July 12 Workshop: Tricks of Machine Applique
Machine appliqué is my favorite method for creating my unique quilts and wearable art. This class features instruction in the appliqué techniques of: satin stitch, blanket stitch, soft-edge, and my original machine reverse appliqué. I will demonstrate and assist students in adjusting sewing machines for each stitch. Commercial aids for machine appliqué will be discussed. An excellent class for beginning and intermediate quilters!