Classes & Lectures

I taught at Pieceful Heart Fabrics in Lisle, IL. for ten years and then at Quilters Quest in Woodridge for three years. Please contact me for private or small group classes in the Chicagoland area.

I travel internationally to teach. I have taught for AQS and Quilts Inc. at their shows. I would like to come visit you at your guild or shop. I would also be happy to join your group on retreat for a fun and creative few days!


I offer an inspiring and entertaining yet informative lecture, Lessons learned while quilting. I use professionally shot photographs projected on a screen for a really good look at my quilts and bring a selection of items for even closer examination!


A second lecture, The language of flowers, is also available for your enjoyment. It includes a wide variety of quilts featuring flowers, many of which are beaded and embellished. Learn the meanings our ancestors ascribed to different blooms and consider why the giving and receiving of quilts is so special to many of us.


I have a range of classes suitable for your group, all taught with attention to detail and a sense of humor!


Steps to Successful Free Motion Quilting

Discover the magic of free motion quilting. After drawing our patterns on paper we’ll put the feed dogs down and begin stitching on pre-made quilt sandwiches in a relaxed, no criticism allowed setting. Try lots of different designs to find your personal favorites. This class is designed to give the beginning or hesitant machine quilter a confidence boost, ready to return home and practice. As seen on my DVD Modern Machine Quilting: Free Motion



Walking Foot Quilting- Beyond the Ditch

Learn how to finish your quilts on a domestic machine while enjoying all the control of your walking foot. We will start with a brief discussion of preparing your tops for quilting including marking and basting. Then we will make stitched samples of different styles including modern grids, matchstick quilting and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine’s work to inspire you to go home and turn your tops into quilts. As seen on QATV series 1400/ QA International Quilt Festival Scene 2014/ DVD Modern Machine Quilting.



Hand Embroidery and Beading for Quilters

This class will teach basic hand embroidery stitches, with and without the addition of beads, making fringes and tassles, and beaded edge treatments, all in one class.



Folk Art Stitching.

Start by learning, or being reminded of, some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler and then learn some novel embellishment techniques to add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!



The Wool Applique Experience

Learn the techniques required for successful whip stitch wool appliqué while working on a small piece that can be finished into a needle case or pin cushion. Use beautiful embroidery stitches to embellish and add further dimension to your project.



Wrapped In Scraps

Learn to make a beautiful bowl or table runner from clothes line and fabric on the sewing machine. We’ll start with the basic no fuss techniques, then choose your project and start stitching. Go home with the skills necessary to start your next fabulous piece. As seen on QATV series 1300/QA Holidays 2014



Happy Scrappy Improv Quilts

Have you looked at Modern Improv Quilts and not known where to start? Bring a bag of scraps, a neutral solid and your happy thoughts! We’ll look at a few examples, discuss some techniques, including adding narrow strips and gentle curved piecing, and get to stitching. Make one, and maybe two small wall hanging size quilts ready to take home and quilt.



Beginning English Paper Piecing

Learn the time honored technique of English Paper Piecing using pre-cut card templates. Stitch a simple flower and appliqué it to a background ready for a small pillow or mug rug. You will be introduced to some traditional and more innovative quilts to inspire your next project. Use hexagon paper to draw out your design and be ready with an ideal take along activity. As seen on QATV series 1300.



English Paper Piecing- Clamshell Pillow

If you have some English Paper Piecing experience and want to try something more challenging try this little clamshell project. Make a pillow top using pre-cut paper templates and your favorite fabric scraps. This is a lovely hand work project your friends will admire. As seen on QATV series 1400.



All classes can be adapted for different ability levels. They are suitable for a 5 hour class. Some can be taught as a less detailed 3-hour class. Please ask if you have seen something else on my blog that you would like to try!!


Pricing guide
For 2017 my basic guild lecture fee is $300 with all day workshops at $500. Reasonable travel/accommodation expenses will also be the responsibility of the organization making the booking. Some classes have kit fees payable to me on the day of the class.

In 2018 I will be charging $350 for my lectures and $550 for all day workshops.


Please note I am willing to adjust my fees for smaller guilds and other groups. Contact me.