Classes & Lectures

Classes & Lectures

I taught at Pieceful Heart Fabrics in Lisle, IL. for ten years. I am now teaching regularly at Quilters Quest in Woodridge, IL. Please contact me for private or small group classes.

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 have many quilts to bring with me and show during the lecture.


A second lecture, “The language of flowers,” is now ready for your enjoyment. It includes a wide variety of quilts featuring flowers, many of which are beaded and embellished.

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

“You too can free-motion quilt”
Designed to give the beginning or hesitant machine quilter a confidence boost as they develop their skills and abilities in a one-day class (5 hours of instruction)



“Add that extra bit of style”
This class will teach basic hand embroidery stitches, with and without the addition of beads, making fringes and tassles, and beaded edge treatments in a one day class (5 hours of instruction)



“The Wool Applique Experience”

Bring your own project or start a new one using Catherine’s own design. Learn a basic whip stitch to sew your pieces down and then add embroidery and bead embellishments to make your piece unique. (5 hours of instruction)



“Wrapped In Scraps”

Make decorative and useful bowls and table runners on your sewing machine with clothesline and fabric using Catherine’s no fuss technique. Everyone goes home celebrating their success!! (5 hours of instruction)



All classes can be adapted for different ability levels or as a less detailed 3-hour class.

Another  great alternative is my very popular African Folklore Embroidery lecture and workshop, details here

Pricing guide
In 2014 my basic guild lecture fee will be $200 with all day workshops at $400. Reasonable travel/accommodation expenses will also be the responsibility of the organization making the booking.

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

Recent Posts

Half Way Through April Already!!

It’s been too long since I caught up… I was going to get to it and then I got a cold… The cold is now gone and I’ve run out of excuses…

So here goes!

The Wooly Bee in Batavia (postponed from February) was a lot of fun. The ladies produced a list of embellishment stitches they wanted to brush up on and we worked our way throughout them… from drizzle stitches to turkey work, with all sorts of challenges in between.

Some of them kept talking while they had their pictures taken,

DSC07662 and some posed ever so nicely.

DSC07664 DSC07665 The ladies treated me very well. I hope I will be seeing them again before too long.

The segments on QATV series 1300 are continuing to be aired. Here I am making yo-yos while Pokey watches carefully.



Then I was off to Morris to the Pieces From the Heart Quilt Guild. It was easy to find my way south to Morris but once there…? I’m not sure who decided that pretty street signs were the way to go but they are impossible to read while keeping up with the flow of traffic… After a while I just turned right and lo and behold I’d chosen the right street! NO judgement involved I assure you.

The ladies gathered ready to listen(?),

DSC07679 I set my goodies out,

DSC07680 and we all learnt a  little about The Language of Flowers.

Here are the quilters examining the quilts after my talk.

DSC07682 There was some colorful show and tell to enjoy.

DSC07692 Getting home was easy peasy! I had a lovely note from the program chair afterwards. The quilts are all now relaxing on a spare bed before I take them to Sandwich on Monday!


Next up was Riverwalk‘s philanthropy sew-in. I took a few minutes off from stitching pillowcase seams to snap a few pictures. This is Sandy, smiling at her machine.

DSC07746 We completed well over 100 pillowcases for donation. Here are just a few.

DSC07749 PAQA was the next day. As usual there was lots to inspire and instruct. Roberta had taken a fancy to my table runner design at the retreat and made a similar one in her own color palette.



Meanwhile, back at home I have been working on all sorts of things that I have to keep to myself at the moment. It is very difficult for me to keep my own secrets secret. If you tell me yours that is one thing, but mine… Oh well. For now this will have to suffice to show you that my sewing machine has been humming and my rotary cutter trimming…



I entered my quilt The Long Winter in a quilt show last night, 45 minutes before the deadline… but I think Spring is finally here!


The daffodils survived the snow last Monday. A promise of things to come?

Happy Easter!

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