Catherine Whall Smith . . . KNOWS it’s BORING, but found more Treasures!

As I work on the hand quilting of this piece, I realize how much I enjoy seeing it’s top (shown below)

Rather than the Back – which is pretty BORING!

Though a lot of my Art is only quilted from the back of the piece – for this piece I decided to do a lot of hand quilting by following the design lines on the quilt top. The “Back Pain” series incorporates skeleton images. My plastic skeletons were pinned to a black design panel, photographed and printed on Treasures; which I order from – Homespun Hearth 15954 Jackson Creek Parkway Suite B # 564 Monument CO 80132 htto:// . Depending on the size I need, I can usually print 3 – 8 of these images on a single sheet of printable fabric.

Time for a studio break to see some Fiber Art

1 – Join me for the Art Center East 2nd Annual Fiber Arts Exhibit – 709 Hartford Turnpike Vernon, CT. Opening reception, Saturday, February 4, 2023, 2:00–4:00pm. Awards will be announced at 3:00pm. Exhibit Dates: February 4–February 25, 2023 Gallery Hours: Thursday–Saturday, 1:00-5:00pm. (860) 871-8222. “Cut, Stitch, Sew” and “Transfusion . . . in TWO PARTS were juried to this show. Juror: Kate Themel

2 – Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT- 2023 – Annual Members and Elected Artists Exhibition – February 3rd – March 12th, 2023. My piece “Binding with Books” will be shown at this venue.

3 – CAFA + MEMBERS SHOW is now ready to view! – January 28 – March 4, 2023   SEE THE SHOW –     Catherine Whall Smith   – Elected Member Back Pain Fiber/Artist Photo 43 x 44 in  

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . NOT SURE how it happened – the skeleton images!

My “Transfusion” series, which started many years ago – has now become my “BONES” series. The first of this series is “PAIN in my BONES” (70H x 66W) (shown below) – it is a a revisit of my piece “Pain” which was shown at – Materials: Hard & Soft Exhibition, at the Greater Denton Arts Council in 1993.

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The skeleton image that I photographed for the newer version continues to be an interesting image. I have many of these plastic skeletons that we use to decorate our home each year for Halloween. My photos of these images (see below) are digitally printed on a product by Dritz called “Treasures”.

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Shown below “BACK PAIN” was the next piece in that series.

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I have one more quilt top that is almost done, and one in the the hand quilting stage. – So What’s next??? Maybe time to relax in a warm bath!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . Studio Up-Date #3 – ALMOST done!

Yes, almost DONE! – But something is off. Creating in the visual moment means I can adjust my art on my design wall. It goes something like this; I’m almost done and I see an area that “needs something”. Maybe, if I were a painter I assume I would get out my palette to make my piece visually “right”. BUT, with fabric a different process. Once I cut into the 95% finished top – I have to live with the results. SO, moving forward – below is a picture of the slashing line I completed with my scissor, in order to insert a piece of red and white fabric. It looks like this;

Which makes me think I have created the “Right amount of Wrong” as I mentioned in an old blog post. – Catherine Whall Smith . . . wonders what is the “Right amount of Wrong” Posted on August 7, 2018 . Below is the line sewn into the top – so I am just about ready to start putting together the back, middle batting layer, and this top to start the hand-quilting process with the green “Soft Comfort Thimbles” that arrived in the mail today – Happy New Year to me!

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Catherine Whall Smith – studio UPDATE #2 – Hand Quilting in a 14 inch hoop.

Below is a detail image of my latest “Transfusion” series piece. I have learned a lot since executing #1. As I hand quilt sections of this piece, in my 14 inch hoop, I am struck by the smaller “PARTS” of this piece. Here are a few examples.

To me, each PART is an interesting design on it’s own merit. Though my design process is always about the whole piece, I am pleased that each PART can stand on it’s own and make a pleasing visual statement. So WHAT do you see??

Getting OUT of the STUDIO – Not to be missed! I do a lot of hand quilting – which I can do anywhere and it gets me out of my third floor studio – SO on Monday afternoon (December 19th, 2022) at 2:30 p.m. I will be hand quilting as I watch the UConn Football team in the Myrtle Beach Bowl. GO HUSKIES!!! Stay Safe – Smith Stitch Studio

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares the December 2022 Bicentennial Quilt of the Month.

The December 2022 Quilt of the month is titled “Marriage is Seldom Black and White . . . but Many SHADES of Grey” Original design – by Catherine Whall Smith (Hand Quilted)

Since many marriages occur in a church I decided that this quilt would be perfect to pair with the Chaplin Congregational Church c. 1814.  The church sits across the street from our home and we have seen many, many weddings throughout the years at this church.  This quilt includes photos of the many weddings that I was a participant. As a flower girl at my aunt’s wedding; a bridesmaid for a college sorority sister, the Maid of Honor at my sister’s wedding, and as a bride at my own wedding.  My parents wedding photo is also included.

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As the church congregation grew and more room was needed the church was moved 50 feet forward on large rollers to it’s present location.  The two story addition on the right was added in 1987.  

The Lincoln House (shown below) has had only a few owners since being built around 1825.  The most notable owner was Jared Lincoln, a former Chaplin town clerk and postmaster.

May You Have a Happy and Healthy Holiday!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . considers the fabric dots – Studio Update #1.

Even though I purchased the red with white dot fabric to be used as a background design, the more I looked at it the more I realized that the evenly spaced dots would form a perfect vertical line on my new studio piece shown below. Here is what it looks like so far;

At this point there is alot of hand applique to be done to properly attach the curvy dotted fabric (shown above) that I’ve started to use in my pieces related to our bones.

A fabric with lots of big black dots will be cut into squares with a single dot in it – like this shown on the left;

I usually let the fabric inform it’s placement in my art. Rather than me coming up with a design and them finding the correct fabric. I’m always interested in creating eye movement across the surface of the quilt – moving from left to right, etc.

Please look for future up-dates as this piece continues to GROW! at

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is busy in her studio!

Hope everyone had a “Happy Thanksgiving” and is enjoying the “left-overs”. Which reminds me of my fabric scrap “left-overs” – from all of the pieces that I created for my “Transfusion” series. Here are a few photos of what’s happening on my design wall.

A MESSY process, but it works for me as I work through the visual of each section of each piece. My plan (at this point) is to create 3 individual sections that will be joined by small sections of the Karen Lewis “kite tails” fabric that I have used in all the pieces in this series. Size TBD – this first section will probably be 36H x 36W.

I’ve printed lots of images in various sizes of my skeleton photo – but I just auditioned a few of them and realize I need to print more – just slightly smaller to fit the dotted strips that I will be using in the second section. So Stay Safe! Enjoy the “Leftovers” food or fabric related!!! Smith Stitch Studio!

NOTE: This week, I will be hanging the final “Chaplin 2022 Bicentennial Quilt” and two small fiber Art pieces; one of a home on Chaplin Street, and one of the Chaplin Congregational Church and will up-date my blog soon .

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . wonders “Did YOU do it!”

So did you get that extra hour of sleep after setting back your clocks??? Getting one extra hour for me usually means an extra hour in my studio. Though I should probably use the extra hour to finish up the last of my Chaplin House series. But, I felt the urge to start another piece in my “Transfusion” series. The fabrics have been waiting in a plastic container for a few weeks now – so it is time to start throwing fabrics on my design wall – and create the “unknown”. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

UP-DATE: Chaplin Public Library: “Where’s Hillary” shown below is on display along with a (12×12) of the Merchant Shop, a composite structure with a back wing that was originally a merchant shop.

Before the 2008 Election, I started working on this piece that I thought would celebrate the nomination of Hillary Clinton as the Democrats Presidential candidate. History changed my focus when Barack Obama became the nominee. Thus the completed piece shown above was appropriately titled “Where’s Hillary”*, all of our former presidents were pictured on this piece – but where was Hillary?

At that time I also tried to document my stitching by approximating the number of hand stitches in each piece.  Basically I do about 13 hand stitches per inch – so measuring the piece (48H x 54W) and counting the rows side to side – I came up with approximate total stitch count of 49,218 hand-stitches in “Where’s Hillary”! After making “Where’s Hillary” – years later for the next presidential election I decided to create “Here’s Hillary”.  I imagined it as a true RED, WHITE, and BLUE patriotic piece. The color RED has taken center stage. And then there are those RED lips talking, talking, talking like the debates – what are they saying. “Here’s Hillary” (shown below) hangs in the Library along with a (12 x12) of the Old Store @ 46 Chaplin Street.

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Another thing I am Counting: – the number of days till the November ELECTION.

So what are you counting?

Finally this quote by the editor of Art New England hits home ” I will close with a reminder to vote in November. Vote as if the democracy of the United States depended on it . Oh wait it does. And after voting wear that “I Voted” sticker proudly.” Tim Montgomery publisher pg. 15 Art New England Sept/Oct 2022.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is looking forward to the Bicentennial Talk – “Chaplin Homes in Fiber Art and Photos”

Saturday, November 5th1:00 pm at the Senior Center

Presented by Catherine Whall Smith and Bruce Raymond

In celebration of Chaplin’s bicentennial, join Chaplin residents Catherine Whall Smith and Bruce Raymond to view Bruce’s photos of Chaplin homes, doors, and nature, and learn how Catherine renders photos into her fiber arts.

Catherine Whall Smith is a quilter living in Chaplin, CT. She designs her quilts through the process of discovery — discovery of the relationships of fabric, pattern, color, and a limited variety of shapes. All of her art quilts are traditionally hand quilted. To learn more, visit her website at

Bruce Raymond is a photographer living in Chaplin, CT. He can often be seen walking or biking through Chaplin with his camera around his neck.

Join us as we explain our process and techniques used to transfer photos to fabric and paper. As well as a “TEST” – WHERE is this DOOR?

For more information, please call the library at 860-455-9424 or visit the website at

The library and senior center are located at 130 -132 Chaplin St. in Chaplin, CT.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is heading to the Windsor Art Center, HOW about YOU!

Lots going on to share, but first my auction piece “Coffee With Friends” by SAQA Member Glen Parks arrived! It makes me happy and I am looking forward to visits with friends to celebrate this piece.

This week-end I plan to head over to the Windsor Art Center for the Opening Weekend of:“Sewn Stories, Shared Lives” by two SAQACT artists Carol Vinick and Linda Martin. Saturday/Sunday, October 15,  10am – 4pm  &  Sunday, October 16  11am – 4pm
Meet the Artists from 11am-1pm on Saturday & 1-3pm on Sunday.


Artist Talk – Stories Behind the QuiltSaturday, October 22,  10:30am – 12pm

Movie Night:  Friday, October 28 at 7pm  How to Make an American Quilt

Fabric Collage Workshop:  Fish or Face  Saturday, November 19,  10:30am – 12:30pm

Participants will be instructed on creating a fabric collage inspired by their image or an aquatic creature.  Limit 10.  Fee $35 plus $10 materials fee payable to the artists.

Gallery hours – WAC – Thursday, 6 to 8pm; Saturday, 10am to 4pm; and Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

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AND on SATURDAY, October 15th, I will be sharing my insights on “Working in a Series” at The GHQG 2022 Annual Gathering “Oh the Places We Will Go” sponsored by the Vernon Nutmeg Quilters – 10:00 am – 3:00 pm at Illing Middle School 227 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester, CT. I’ve packed up a variety of my Fiber Art from my “Transfusion” series to display and will enjoy sharing what I’ve learned over 40 years of working on this art form.

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