Catherine Whall Smith . . . just read “Cows Help with COVI-19 Treatment – No Bull !”

Because the fabric around the hay bale image has printed bottles of milk, I decided to

name “Hay . . . KYD#11” – “Cows . . . Got Milk and Plasma!” to remind us that Cows Help With COVID-19 Treatment, No Bull – You can    read the entire article here;

Briefly, it turns out, cows may play an important role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. These aren’t just any cows. They are cows that have been given genes from the human immune system that make antibodies. SAB Biotherapeutics is in the business of making what are known as polyclonal antibodies. These are a collection of different antibodies that a body makes to ward off a specific invading organism.

Why a cow? The antibodies circulate in the animals’ plasma, and you can get a lot of plasma from a cow – between 30 and 45 liters of plasma every month from each animal”.

But, while we are waiting for the cow stuff – wear a mask! Could it get any simpler – “Just Wear a Mask” – For now, it’s better than a vaccine that we don’t know when it will be ready to use. It’s so easy!

BEING REMEMBERED:  On September 18, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87 due to complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. And although the Notorious RBG is no longer here, her inspiring work and words remain. “I would like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.”

UPDATE:  2020 SAQA AUCTION is still happening. Today (at 2:00 p.m.) is $150 day for Section #2 – check it out Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio




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Catherine Whall Smith . . . admits she has a lot of BIAS!

“Hay . . . Keep Your Distance #6” – needed a lot of BIAS binding and a REAL name – so because of the scissor images in one of the fabrics – (see detail below) it has been named “Cutting Hay”.






The hand quilting is done, so now it is time to audition the binding. Picture below left shows cutting the 2 inch binding. I always cut my own BIAS bindings so that I can get the correct size for the edge. I also decided to include a small piece of my “corona virus” fabric in the bias binding.



Eventually the bias strips are stitched together and pinned to the edge of “Cutting Hay” and machine stitched in place.  The bias strip is folded back, basted to form a finished edge, and hand stitched to the back of the piece. One more task done!

SAQA Benefit Auction UP-DATE: Total raised so far including Diamond Day is $36,150. You can learn more about the SAQA Auction at .  I’ve been eyeing #109 – “Imagining Escape” by Candance Hackett Shively – I think it speaks to how many of us are feeling.    “Stay Safe . . . Wear A Mask!”

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . “Where’s Hillary and “Here’s Hillary”- where are they now!

Before the 2008 Election, I started working on a 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 below was appropriately titled “Where’s Hillary”*, all of our former presidents were pictured on this piece – but where was Hillary?

“Where’s Hillary” DETAILS





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 which for this piece is 71 rows – each row is 48 inches long – I multiply 71 x 48 = 3,408 inches. Then multiplying by 13 giving me an approximate total vertical stitch count of 44,304. PLUS, a vertical section on the bottom of 7 rows across the 54 inch width. (54 in. x 7 rows x 13 = 4,914)

So, 44,304+4,914=49,218 hand-stitches in “Where’s Hillary”!

Another thing I am Counting: – the number of days till the November 3rd ELECTION.

So what are you counting?

* “Where’s Hillary”– PREVIOUS blog posts on this piece: Catherine Whall Smith thinks . . . RED is my new favorite color, Posted on September 28, 2016  and, Catherine Whall Smith . . . is getting ready for the final PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE 2016 Posted on October 19, 2016

UPDATE:   SAQA Benefit Auction DIAMOND DAY is today!       1 – OVERVIEW –   2 – BROWSE ITEMS –   3 – LINK TO REGISTER  –

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is counting the Days – how about YOU!

Yes, I’m counting the days till the 2020 Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. on-line auction. This annual Benefit Auction is SAQA’s premiere fundraising event! All proceeds support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. Plus, your purchase helps increase the recognition for art quilts and the artists who make them.

With almost 500 beautiful (12H x 12W) artworks available for bidding, there is something for everyone to enjoy! The 2020 reverse-price auction is divided into three sections with a new section open each Monday. Section 1 (Sept 14 – 20th – 166 pieces) – Section 2 (Sept 21 – 27th – 165 pieces) – Section 3 (Sept 28 – Oct 4th – 165 pieces)    Bid prices start at $750 per quilt and drop each day at 2pm EDT until they reach $100 on Saturday.  CHECK OUT:

Below are a few examples: See more at (My piece is #79 “Please Join Us”)


#198 – “VOTE ” – by Maria Shell



#346 -“Thread Painting En Plen Air “- by Jenny Perry


#274 – “Mirth” – by Diane Melms



So what are you counting?  Maybe the 60 days until the November 3rd  election.  . . .  Stay Safe . . . Wear A Mask!      Smith Stitch Studio !


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is ready to Rejoice, Relax, and Rejuvenate!

Rejoice! Yep, after about 6 MONTHS, I finished “Hay . . . Keep Your Distance” #12 . The graphic typewriters remind me that after I take a little time to Relax it is time to start working on a 2021 calendar with the images from this series and some of my computer and journal entries that document our Pandemic.  According to my notes I started this series in early March 2020 – though I didn’t know it would turn into a series.  Each piece led to another and another and after #5 I decided that I would go for TWELVE!!

So Far #1, #2, #3, and #4 were shown on the MMOA AT HOME page:

#4 was selected for the virtual MMoA AMERICANA: 64th Annual Themed Regional Exhibition!

#2 was selected for the virtual CAFA’S 109TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION –

#7 and #8 were included in the Gallery 53 textile show “The Fabric of our Lives” (Today, and tomorrow is the pick-up for the pieces in that show.)

#4 will be traveling in January 2021 to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell , Mass.  and then in April – May 2021 on to Highfield Hall, in Falmouth, MA. the show titled “Edges” is a SAQA MA/RI members juried show.

Where will #5, #6, #9, #10, #11, and #12 go – who knows! After a short period to Rejuvenate, I will feel ready to start pursuing show venues for these pieces.



NOTE: TREE UP- DATE – As you can see that tree that remained after the top broke off during a March 2020 storm is now being removed.  The woodcutter worked his way up cutting branches along the way and then worked his way down cutting large sections and pushing them to the ground. Amazing amount of strength and skill!

“Stay Safe! Don’t climb trees! Smith Stitch Studio



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Catherine Whall Smith . . . in the garden waiting for the “LOCUSTS to COME”!

Really, Not Really – LOCUSTS! Shortly after getting our electric power back I received an email from our First Selectman Bill Rose, indicating that now we needed to be on the look out for mosquitoes carrying the eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus.  Oh boy, what next?” Sounds a little biblical – but HAY we will get through this.

Our vegetable garden took a hit – hot, dry, etc.  I tried to think back to previous posts when everything was green, lush and I would sit outside stitching.  I even have a painting by Artist Barbara Lussier of doing just that;

To see more of her art visit

Studio Up-date: “Hay . . . Keep Your Distance #11” is almost ready to come off my design wall. This piece has a coffee theme, with coffee beans and coffee cups. The printed fabric around the hay bale shows small bottles of milk.  Hmmm, does milk still come in glass bottles?  I remember when our children were school age and Mountain Dairy would deliver glass bottles of milk to our home. Schools will be opening soon, if not already – a little scary! “Research has coalesced on a few key points about what types of settings increase the risk that an infectious person will pass the virus on to others. The closer you are to someone infectious and the longer you’re in contact with them, the more likely you are to contract the virus. Being indoors is worse, face coverings reduce the amount of virus projected, but aren’t total blockades.”

STAY SAFE ! . . . Smith Stitch Studio



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Catherine Whall Smith . . . POWERS BACK time to stitch!!!

  OUR EVERSOURCE ELECTRIC POWER returned late Saturday, August 8th, 2020 – so time to get back into the studio. Working on #11 and #12 of the “Hay . . . Keep Your Distance” series.  Fortunately during that time I was able to continue hand quilting – no power needed to do that.  If you lost your power – what did you do when your electric power returned?

STUDIO UP-DATE: Working with brown printed fabrics for the last two pieces in the “Hay” series.  Number #11 on the right includes printed milk bottles, cups of coffee, coffee beans, and as usual a few pieces of the Karen Lewis “Kite Tails” fabric – below is a small section of #12 on my design wall.


My plan is to design a large final piece #13 that includes all the fabrics in this series. Size?? To be Determined!!



Check out the Award Winners at the Virtual Gallery 53 Textile Show –

Stay Safe . . . Wear A Mask – Smith Stitch Studio


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares the VIRTUAL CAFA show, and the REAL GALLERY 53 Show.

So, I’m a little late on Friday’s blog post.  – – Like most of Connecticut – we lost power on Tuesday, and may not get it back till next Tuesday. Below is the information that I had planned to share;


2020 – Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts – This “virtual” exhibition has been posted on the CAFA website starting July 18th through September 5th, 2020. My piece “Hay . . . Keep Your Distance” can be seen in the virtual Mixed category. Fellow Artist Phyllis Small’s piece “Making Tracks” can also be seen in this category.

FROM CAFA:  “Despite all of the upheaval, uncertainty, and the new concept of an exhibition presented in a virtual format, there was a tremendous outpouring of affirmation and unity that came forth amongst the CAFA community. The influx of entries was rather unexpected; an impressive intake of 643 original works, 310 talented artists, and a show of complete loyalty and support for this long standing art organization. These artists are to be commended for their unyielding display of self-expression and complete love and respect of their own talents.

This year’s show is a reminder of what we can create while living under unusual circumstances. 160 pieces of remarkable works representing a great range of subject matter and mediums, individual style and clever implementation. Works celebrating the human spirit, nature in all its finest forms, the subtle and bold use of light, the stillness in a sensitively captured still life, subdued and gregarious color combinations. All of it displayed side by side, no two the same, mixed but unified — the way it ought to be.

AND – THE GALLERY 53 -Textile Show 2020: “The Fabric of Our Lives” is an open entry show co-sponsored with Studio Art Quilt Associates Connecticut Region (SAQACT).




On Exhibit: August 8 – August 27, 2020
​This show is a wonderful opportunity for you to view a REAL SHOW of Fiber Art created by many of the members of Connecticut’s SAQA.   Don’t miss this one. Please check out their website for images, I think they should be posted this week.

NOTE: When you visit GALLERY 53 to see the real show you are required to wear a mask when you enter their Gallery and Amazing Store.

Stay Safe . . . Wear a Mask!                      Smith Stitch Studio

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . had the “OMG” moment!

Fiber Artists are always  saying “I need to or I just cleaned up my studio” True to form, I say the same thing and sometimes I do it.  On Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 I actually did clean ONE draw in my studio. It had lots of Black and White fabric scraps. Some of them from my “Marriage is Seldom Black and White, but many shades of Grey” quilt. 

This quilt was in the 2014 Windham Textile & History Museum’s – “Inspiration Quilts – Then & Now” – 25th Anniversary Show 1989-2014. Other fabric scraps were from a diptych titled “What Size Were You?” shown in “Line Dances: Quilts by Catherine Whall Smith – 
A 20 year Retrospective 1991-2011 ” exhibit in 2012 at the UConn Library and Dodd Center.  Each scrap had no real value right now – to small, etc. – but then I saw this piece (see below)

It was what I now call the “corona virus” fabric. Which quilt was it from – “Marriage” or “What Size”? – So I hunted through the quilts rolled up and stored in part of my 3rd floor studio – took out the “What Size were You” quilt. And, THERE it was – the “Corona Virus fabric” – (detail shown below) sooooo this fabric could be at least 10 years old!!If I knew then what I know now.  Looking back is always interesting. Recently, someone posted on Facebook “Mask it . . . Or Casket” referencing the 2001 campaign, which did work, to get people to wear seat belts titled the  “Click it . . . Or Ticket” program.   Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . on a road trip was listening to “Hamilton” when she saw this!!!

So, I finally got my act together and with the wonderful help of Amelia Ontario of the Mystic Museum of Art, I was able to pick up my pieces from the (now closed) “Six by Six” show.  I did the usual, listen to “Hamilton” on my car radio – getting very emotional as I heard the amazing and beautiful words of each song. One in particular  – WHO LIVES, WHO DIES, WHO TELLS YOUR STORY – put me into our present pandemic mode. So many stories of so many wonderful people . . . May their stories be TOLD. – – As usual I drive the back roads and of course anticipated what the white marshmallow bunny would be wearing.  I was not disappointed – Heart Eyeglasses and a BIG THANK YOU – tells it all.

THANK YOU to all the front line workers – who are fighting and dealing with the pandemic.     And to Dr. Fauci who tells the story of the numbers of the Corona Virus.

In the mail yesterday, I received my two Fauci dolls, that were ordered several months ago. Josh Livingston of  New England Toy in Simsbury CT shared that through the sale of the dolls they raise $10,000 for the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center COVID-19 Fund.


STUDIO UPDATE: I decided to use only BLACK with WHITE printed fabrics for numbers 9  and 10 of the “Hay . . . Keep Your Distance” series.  From my fabric stash I pulled some wonderful printed images to tell the story. The two pieces are lined up side by side on my design wall.  I still have to resolve the bird section on the left. 

My thought was to not “social distance” the birds as in previous pieces but to just line them up side by side and see the outcome.  Kind of the strategy that some of our states seem to be taking!!!!!!    Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio




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