Catherine Whall Smith . . . thinks one is over and one not yet!

The SAQA Benefit Auction is over and so far they have raised $83,050. Hopefully you were able to purchase your favorite, but there are still more in the SAQA Store. The remaining 72 pieces are available for $100. Check them out at https://events.handbid.com/auctions/2021-saqa-benefit-auction/items AND click on Available Artwork.

If you are in Connecticut during the long Columbus Day (Indigenous Peoples’ Day) week-end and need a destination, the ARTicles store in Danielson will be open Friday, and Saturday. – – Fiber Artist Joan Blade Johnson and I have filled one of the ARTicles rooms with our art AT: https://www.facebook.com/lynnsarticles/posts/1945872942254833 AND: https://www.facebook.com/lynnsarticles/posts/1940875786087882

The show will end on Saturday, October 9th, 2021. Enjoy! Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio https://catherinewhallsmith.com/

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is pleased with the numbers!

Though I think we all will agree that we are not pleased with the Covid vaccination numbers as the infection rate and numbers rise – but, there are some numbers that are worth sharing. The price of Art Quilts that were SOLD at Quilt National 2021. Here they are; $2,500, $6,000, $4,500, $3,000, $2,900, $4,000, $3,800, $4,700, $1,800, $3,000, $2,500, $7,000, $2,800, $3,800, $4,500, 5,500, $3,700, $1,500, $4,500, $2,500, $3,000, $8,500, $2,025, $30,000, $4,000, $2500, and 4 pieces SOLD as PURCHASE PRIZE awards. CONGRATS! to the artists.

If you are looking for something smaller (12H x 12W) in an Art Quilt why not check out the SAQA 2021 Benefit Auction. The biggest fundraiser every year for SAQA is also a great opportunity to pick up small quilts (12 inches square) by exciting art quilters at reasonable prices. The auction runs September 10 to October 3. Go here to see the 470 quilts and register to bid. For Section #1 – Go to https://www.saqa.com/auction-section1 . One of my favorites in section#1 is shown below.

#189 By Susan Polansky “Heart and Hand”

So what are you waiting for – CHECK OUT the SAQA Auction.

TIME is Running Out!

Stay Safe . . . Get Vaccinated . . . Wear A Mask!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is getting ready for the online SAQA 2021 Benefit Auction – September 10 – October 3, 2021

IT’S BACK!! – The annual Benefit Auction is Studio Art Quilt Associate’s premiere fundraising event! All proceeds help 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. You make your purchases on line – no need for a mask.

The biggest fundraiser every year for SAQA is also a great opportunity to pick up small quilts (12 inches square) by exciting art quilters at reasonable prices. The auction runs September 10 to October 3. Go here to see the 470 quilts and register to bid. The quilts are divided into 3 groups. For each group, bidding starts at $750 and drops every day after, down to $100. Not to confuse you, but any quilt in the bunch can be snapped up preemptively on September 10 for $1,000. (You don’t have to be a SAQA member to bid.) Check out Susan Allen’s “Echoes of the Past” #283 (below) up for bid during the first week.

NOTE: September is National Sewing Month!

WHO KNEW! On September 21, 1982 at the request of the American Home Sewing & Craft Association, an industry and trade association supporting the sewing and craft industries, President Ronald Reagan, proclaimed September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” For more information, visit https://www.nationalsewingmonth.org/ .

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . invites you to the opening of the 2021 CWA Annual National Open Juried Exhibition

EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday, August 21 – Friday, September 10, 2021

LOCATION: Arts Center East, 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066

OPENING RECEPTION AND AWARDS: Saturday, August 21st 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

NOTE: All visitors, staff, and volunteers are required to wear masks when inside the building. Thank you for helping keep the community safe! . . . Smith Stitch Studio

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is getting ready for the Friday, August 6th Quilt National 21 Artist Lineup.

It’s always important to share one’s artistic journey. On Friday, August 6th, Diane Melms, Pat Pauly, Kit Vincent, and Catherine Smith will share just that. These four artists have pieces in the Quilt National 2021 show. Since June 25th twenty Quilt National artists have shared their thoughts, studio, and expertise.

CHECK OUT THIS LINK https://dairybarn.org/quilt-national-21-artist-talks-qa/ TO REGISTER for this FREE EVENT. Fridays 11 am – 12:30 pm EDT.

Hope to “see” you there. Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is Celebrating the “Fourth of July 2021” by being THANKFUL!

If you check my Shows & Publication link https://catherinewhallsmith.com/portfolio/juried-shows-and-publications/ you will see that I have been in a lot of Art shows since 1983 when I started to record my journey in Fiber Art. BUT, I have to say that Quilt National is a venue that I must thank as they are doing an amazing job of getting the word out there. A recent Newsletter post by Meg Cox “Quilt Journalist Tells ALL June 2021” shared a little more about this prestigious show.

“Quilts are only eligible for entry into the prestigious biannual Quilt National show if they have not been previously exhibited, which means that when the show opens, there is always a genuine sense of excitement. In addition, work must be recently done. As a result, the 2021 show feels not only new but also current, with many of the pieces directly or indirectly inspired by the past year of Covid and chaos. (You’ll find photos in this list of winners for the show, HERE: https://dairybarn.org/quilt-national-21-prize-winners/ . There were 747 quilts submitted for the 2021 show by 388 artists from 6 continents. The 84 chosen quilts were made by quilters from 25 states and 13 foreign countries. Nearly a third of the artists were voted by jurors into the QN show for the first time, another way to keep the show feeling fresh. (So grab that special drink), relax and check out link to a slideshow from the Quilt National website that takes you through the entire exhibition, so you can see each piece as it is displayed.” Meg Cox

In addition, this Summer the folks at the Dairy Barn are also offering virtual artist talks every Friday from 11 am to 12:30 pm EST, with 4 artists spotlighted for each session and plenty of time for questions. Go here to see the line-up and register for the free talks. which will run through August. This is definitely one of the silver linings of the pandemic, having fresh opportunities to see art and interact with makers. Join me, Diane Melms, Pat Pauly, and Kit Vincent on FRIDAY, August 6th at 11:00 a.m.

Sitting and Studying my Design Wall
Happy Fourth of July Week-end 2021 . . . Stay Safe Smith Stitch Studio!

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Catherine Whall Smith. . . thinks Steve did a great job!

There is a lot to celebrate today – it’s Connecticut’s “Hang-A-Quilt” Day; and Juneteenth is now a Federal holiday – the annual celebration commemorating the day when the last enslaved African-Americans were informed that they were free.

Below is a picture of my husband Steve hanging my two pieces. LEFT is “Heating Up the Hay” (c. 2010) and on RIGHT is “Where the Red Moon Rises’ (c. 1991). I think the color of both pieces looks great, even though they are over 10 – 30 years old. So which quilt will you be hanging today? Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares the BACK!

Since a lot of my hand quilting is completed using the design lines on the back of the piece, I thought I would share the back of my piece in Quilt National 2021 – “Transfusion . . . in TWO PARTS” (61H x 71W). Using the printed design on this vintage fabric I eliminated any pencil lines that might compromise the fabric. It took many months to hand quilt this piece. The enlarged image below shows the lines of hand-quilting. To see the quilt front and my video about the piece go to; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkt7tArAL7E . Enjoy!

Note: This year The Farmington Valley Quilters, Inc. will be sponsoring Connecticut’s Hang-A-Quilt-Day on June 19th (rain date June 20th). You can participate by hanging a quilt outside your house; on your garage, clothesline, fence, tree or chair. Post a PICTURE ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH #CTHangAQuiltDay. I usually hang a quilt on my side porch, maybe I will hang two quilts this year! So go find that quilt and hang it!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . will be at the virtual QUILT NATIONAL 2021 on Friday, May 28th at 5 pm.

If you are looking for something to do before the long Memorial Day Week-end then please consider joining the Quilt National 2021 virtual Watch Party and Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 28 at 5pm. Check out their website https://dairybarn.org/QN21/ and sign up for the event which will stream live on YouTube! Follow their channel to join the party where you can watch and comment live. (p.s. To see my piece “Transfusion . . . in TWO PARTS” in person, I plan to travel to Athens Ohio for the closing events on September 3rd and 4th, 2021.) Here is the link on YOuTube to my Artist Talk on my piece;

Though I won’t be in Ohio for QN21 this week-end, I might be able to visit Vernon, CT – Art Center East to view “A Picture is Worth a 1000 Words”. This all media show includes two of my pieces ; “Waiting for What” and, “At Ramone’s . . . on the Phone”. View this show at the Art Center East gallery or on line at https://artscentereast.org/1000-words/. Closing Reception: Saturday, June 12th 2- 4 p.m.

NOTE: Things add up. You learn one skill. Then another. You finish one project. Then another. OVER TIME, your accomplishments add up to form an impressive feat. Happy Memorial Day Week-end!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . NBMAA Auction pieces – finally!!!

CHECK it OUT! During 2020 – so many shows went virtual – but now it looks like we are heading to that NEW NORMAL. The New Britain Museum of American Art is reinstating their Art Auction – so check it out. https://one.bidpal.net/nbmaaonlineauction/browse/all Friday, May 07, 2021  —  Sunday, May 16, 2021. I have two pieces in this on-line auction. “How Did This Happen” can be viewed at this link: https://m.facebook.com/NBMAA/photos/a.10158904486030528/10158904398495528/?type=3&source= .

AND “GOLD HAY #5” can be seen here: https://m.facebook.com/NBMAA/photos/a.10158904486030528/10158904397555528/?type=3&source=54 . This (23H x 23W) piece inspired me to complete the larger piece “Gold Hay #6” (60H x 60W) shown below;

Enjoy the up-coming Mother’s Day week-end. I keep thinking about this quote “Sometimes I open my mouth and my Mother comes out!”. I wonder what she would say about what’s happening in our country. Born in 1913 she had a very full life, 4 children, a loving husband, intelligent, avid gardener, many many friends and the ability to sew and sell you anything. UP-DATE: Art Center East – New Hours: Thursday – Saturday 1pm – 5 pm. Check Out https://artscentereast.org/artist-members-exhibit/ and VOTE for your favorite three pieces from three different artists!

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