Catherine Whall Smith . . Join Me-May 21st 2022 @1pm

The “May Quilt of the Month” made and hand quilted by CWSmith using images of Ruth Snow Bowen and her home.

Quilt Talk /Exhibit – Ruth Snow Bowen – Chaplin Quilt Maker


SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 21st, 2022

TIME: 1:00 p.m.  – 2:00 P. M.    Admission FREE

PLACE:  Chaplin Public Library – Chaplin Street Chaplin, CT 06235

Join Chaplin resident Catherine Smith as she shares her on-going research of 

“The Quilt Lady” one of Connecticut’s most prolific quilters, Ruth Snow Bowen.

On view will be Ruth’s last quilt #269 – “Grandmother’s Flower Garden”.

Ruth Snow Bowen (1/4/1895 – 10/10/1983)

In addition find out what Ruth’s family did on a daily basis as recorded or “tweeted” by her mother, Laura M. Snow in a series of diaries.

(January 1, 1934 – December 31, 1938)

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Please bring any items, quilts, and interesting facts that you may have related to Ruth Snow Bowen or other Chaplin Quilters.

Please share your quilt stories!

Questions:  Contact Cathy Smith – Phone: (860) 455-0270 (land line – no texting);

or, Email :


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . knows it SPREADS!!

I just recently realized how many people in countries outside the U. S. have viewed my Fiber Art. A quick check on my Blog Statistics showed that during the Pandemic in the past two years people in 42 countries have read my blog and viewed my art. The countries include are Australia, Austria, Argentina, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Bangladesh, Ecuador, Czech Republic, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Singapore, Spain, St. Martin, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, including Alaska, and Vietnam. I wonder what they thought.

Another event that will also be all over the world is the SAQA Auction – you can start bidding on Friday, April 29th 3pm EDT. The Spotlight Auction is an annual event that takes place at every SAQA conference. Donated pieces are sold through a silent auction at the conference banquet. But now it’s gone virtual and everyone – even YOU – can bid! A record-setting 328 pieces of artwork are available for bidding. All pieces can be previewed on Handbid – where you can register for the event and select your favorites. Each piece is mounted on an 8″ x 10″ mat with a 4.5″ x 6.5” opening and placed in a clear cellophane sleeve. Note that the digital image may vary slightly than the actual piece. PLEASE read the Spotlight Auction FAQs first!

NOTE: If you want to see an ART show in person check out the Monson, Massachusetts Art Council 2022 – 28th Annual Spring Art Exhibition & Sale! “Shapes. . and Colors!” Weekends April 23 – May 8-Noon – 5pm. at the House of Art, 200 Main St, Monson, MA 01057. Below is my piece in this show. “Back Pain” (Transfusion series #10).

Stay Safe! Smith Stitch Studio –

Don’t forget to CELEBRATE “National Zipper Day” on Friday, April 29th, 2022.


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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares AQE – What fun!

If you didn’t get to Art Quilt Elements 2022 this past week-end, well, here is the link to the art quilts in this show;

And below I shared my journey to complete my piece – “Cut Stitch Sew” 60 H X 96W.

Back to “Normal” I just visited our local library and hung the April Chaplin Bicentennial Quilt of the Month along with the (12H x 12W) Fiber Art of one of the Historic homes on Chaplin Street. For April I picked The “old” Parsonage @ 60 Chaplin Street and hung my quilt “Storm Coming on Rte 66″(28H x 35W). This quilt is part of my “Balancing Acts” series – I took the photo image in this quilt while on rte 66 in Hebron Center, CT and digitally printed it on treated cotton. This piece is machine pieced and hand quilted, no pattern.

History of the OLD PARSONAGE – “On March 3, 1836, a committee was formed to procure a house for a parsonage.  The committee members were Darius Knight, Jared Clark, and Jonathan H. Ashley.  Another committee was formed on August 31, 1836. The members were Darius Knight, John Ross, James Utley, Jared Clark, and Orin Witer.  It was decided that the minister would pay 6% of cost of rental.  The land was purchased in 1837, from Luther Ripley, for $17.00, and the parsonage was erected on it.  The cost was $1400.00 and the rent $84.00 per year.  Erastus Dickinson was ordained as pastor in 1837, at a salary of $500.00.”  (page 12 The Chaplin Congregational Church Chaplin, Connecticut – Historical Home Tour June 1970). Eventually the old parsonage was sold and became a family home as it remains today. Stay Safe . . . . Smith Stitch Studio

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares that National Quilting Day is Saturday March 19th, 2022 – here’s how to CELEBRATE!

TO CELEBRATE “National Quilting Day” – HOW about a trip to the Mystic Museum of Art , Mystic CT to view the quilts in Quilt National 2021. SHOW DATES: March 18th – April 17, 2022
Galleries are open Monday – Sunday, 11am – 5pm Admission is free!
Masks are required in Museum galleries and studios

My piece “Transfusion in TWO PARTS” (60H x 72W) shown below can be seen in this show along with the rest of the Fiber Art in “COLLECTION B” by the following Artists – Mary Arnold, Pat Budge, Beth Carney, Nancy Cordry, Cheryl Costley, Nancy Crasco, Helen Geglio, Valerie Goodwin, Betty Hahn, Jean Howard, Mary Anne Jordan, Barbara Kanaya, Jill Kerttula, Misik Kim, Carol Larson, Jane Lloyd, Jeanne Marklin, Judy Martin, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Melody Money, Dan Olfe, Gabrielle Paquin, Arturo A. Sandoval, Catherine Whall Smith, Cécile Trentini, and Sandra L.H. Woock. As you view each piece take in the artists thoughts from the shows catalogue. Here are a few, Cheryl Costley, Marco Island Florida, “Building Unity” (60 x 57) “To create unity while maintaining variety is always a challenge in art. So it is in life as well.” Jeanne Marklin, Williamstown, Mass. “Tree Wounds” (46 x 40) “The impact of global warming on trees “What are you doing to us?”. Jean Howard, Auxvasse, Missouri, “Harlem Renaissance Dance” (71 x 48) was inspired by a visit to an exhibit of Harlem Renaissance Art.

You can also view my piece on line in the Art New England Artist Directory

While at the MMoA you will also be able to view “More Than Hot Type“, a special printmaking exhibition in collaboration with the Providence Art Club (PAC) of Rhode Island, More Than Hot Type showcases PAC’s group portfolio of 25 innovative prints targeting contemporary social and political issues, environmental concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the legacy of printmaking itself.

So Enjoy the DRIVE! Maybe I will see you there. Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio!

Please visit my website to view more of my art and to read my studio up-dates.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares the March Chaplin Bicentennial “Quilt/Home of the Month”

Today I was able to change out the Quilt/Home of the Month at the Chaplin Town Library. Below is the quilt and the information on the signage that hangs with my quilt “Heating Up the Hay”.

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51 Chaplin Street, Chaplin, CT

Our daughter Tiffany and Christopher Bray attended Chaplin Elementary school (now the Chaplin Town Library/Senior Center) and went on to graduate from our new elementary school on Palmer Road. Chris’s mother, was always there to support any and all Chaplin Elementary School PTO fund raising activities.  Plant Sale, Spaghetti Dinner, Classroom Basket Raffle, etc. she was there to help in any way possible. She took over the head position to obtain and distribute food to the volunteers who participated in building the very first play scape at the town’s newly built school.  The installation took all day on a Saturday and we all were so excited to see the smiling faces on the school children when they arrived by bus on Monday morning.

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NOTE: Several years ago, there was a major renovation on this home. Thus the new exterior color palette, as shown in the 12 x 12 mounted piece. Previously it was a white with green shuttered house like the earlier look of the houses in the Chaplin Village.  This past year to keep the front area tidy, several goats were brought in to graze to “their hearts content”.  From our side porch we spent several hours enjoying the site of the munching goats! ! !

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CHAPLIN LIBRARY HOURS: Monday 10AM-6PM; Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday – CLOSED; Wednesday 10AM – 6PM; Friday 2PM – 6PM; Saturday 10AM – 1PM.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . shares the February 2022 “Quilt/Home of the Month”

The quilt that I decided to hang at the Chaplin Public Library for February 2022 with the 12”x12” square of the William Ross Library is titled “Tribute to Truitt” (44H x 46W).  This piece was first shown in 2010 at The Connecticut Women Artists, Inc. 81st Open Juried Exhibition at the John Slade Ely House in New Haven, CT. The back label indicates that there are over 54,300 hand quilted stitches in the quilt.  This quilt pays tribute to artist Anne Truitt who created powerful, profound works.  Her books “The Day Book” and “Prospect – The Journal of an Artist” contains Anne’s reflections on her rich life as artist/teacher, mother/grandmother, and wife.   Thus, the three figured images at the top of the piece.

Below is what I wrote about the William Ross Library c. 1911 @57 Chaplin Street

When our children were growing up we made many trips to the William Ross Town Library building.  It was approximately 180 steps to the front door from our home at 44 Chaplin Street. At the time there was no running water in that beautiful building. So during the children’s story book hour – the Chuk family at 61 Chaplin street offered up their bathroom – just in case!  – One more example of how those living in Chaplin were always willing to help. The new owner of the William Ross Library has been busy saving this building.  Master carpenter, Peter Jakowski was put in charge of this project.  Peter, a former resident of Chaplin, has worked on many of the homes in Chaplin.  And we all thank him for his expertise.

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is waiting for the “WHITE STUFF”! (and it’s HERE!)

While I am waiting for the “WHITE STUFF” I decided to share a few UP-DATES

1 – MIXMASTER: Juried Members Exhibition – ON VIEW January 30th – March 16th, 2022
Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT. Initiated to support and recognize contemporary art, MIXMASTER provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their most recent work, done in the last three years. Selected works have been judged by Kyle Harris, Director of Peter Blum Gallery in New York City. OPENING CELEBRATIONSunday, January 30 – 1:00 – 3:00 PM. My piece “Waiting for What!” has been included in this show. If you or anyone you know would like to view a livestream, there is that option. Click this link to register and receive a Zoom invitation:

2 – “LOCAL COLOR – A Connecticut Welcome” at the Guilford Art Center, Guilford CT – ON VIEW – February 4th to March 5th, 2022. – Two pieces from my “Hay . . . Keep your Distance” series – “Love Letters as the Numbers Grow” and “The Mighty Oak Leaves” can be seen in this exhibit. SAQACT member, Gina Frank shares the details . CLICK on to view all of my HKYD pieces.

3 – The Mystic Museum of Art, Mystic, CT – Quilt National ’21 – ON VIEW – March 18 – April 17, 2022! A portion of QN 2021 (which includes “Transfusion . . . in TWO PARTS”) will be displayed along with the curated “Collection B.” More information to follow. Here’s the link:

Depending on how much “WHITE STUFF” we receive this week-end I plan to attend the Mattatuck Museum Opening either in person or via Zoom – or home stitching. How about YOU!
STAY SAFE . . . Smith Stitch Studio
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Catherine Whall Smith . . . welcomes in 2022!

Happy New Year 2022! Off to a great start – spent many hours in my studio in 2021 – finished the top of “Transfusion . . . Back Pain” which means I have alot of meditative hand stitching time ahead of me. Only to be interrupted by visiting some up-coming shows.

1 – A new exhibit is opening at the Guilford Art Center on February 4. The exhibit consists of thirty-five pieces of fiber art created by twenty-two members of the Connecticut Region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The theme of this exhibit is “A Connecticut Welcome”

The pieces on display range from scenes of Connecticut, to people or events that welcome you in, to images or words that create a feeling of welcome or offer ideas of how to explore Connecticut. Each work was selected, or juried into the exhibit, by Anna Patalano, a painter with degrees from both Yale University School of Art and Tyler School of Art. The artists range from internationally known fiber artists to first-time exhibitors. The Local Color: A Connecticut Welcome color catalog is on sale now via Amazon. LOCAL COLOR: A Connecticut Welcome: An Exhibition of Fiber Art by Members of SAQA, Connecticut Region: Themel, Kate: 9798787283044: Books

SAQA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote art quilts – “creative visual works that are layered and stitched or that reference this form of stitched layered structure”. SAQA has over 4000 members – artists, curators, collectors and art professionals – from all over the world; 122 of them participate in the Connecticut Region. To learn more about SAQA go to

“Essential Worker” (40 x 30) by Clara Nartey
can be seen in LC#5

2 – The Mattatuck Museum Waterbury CT – “Mix Master at the Matt” Member show My piece”Waiting for What” has been juried into this show. OPENING January 30th, 1 – 3 p.m. closes March 6th, 2022.

3 – Art Quilt Elements 2022 Art Quilt Elements 2022 – Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA March 27-April 30, 2022. My piece “Cut, Sew, Stitch” – Transfusion #8 is included in this Exhibit.

4 – Chaplin Town Library – In support of Chaplin’s Bicentennial year 2022, each month I will display a quilt with information on one of the historic homes on Chaplin Street, Chaplin, CT. See below for January’s quilt – “The Molly Hubbard Quilt”. HOURS: Monday 10AM-6PM; Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday – CLOSED; Wednesday 10AM – 6PM; Friday 2PM – 6PM; Saturday 10AM – 1PM.

“Molly Hubbard” home in Chaplin , Connecticut
“Molly Hubbard” quilt on display at the Chaplin Public Library

So what are you welcoming in this year? Oh and don’t forget that mask.

Smith Stitch Studio . . .

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . knows Christmas is a time of “Sharing & Giving”

This week on Facebook a “Fiber Friend” Sandi Schrader posted the following “with a very heavy heart”. As much as I love quilting and everything that comes with it, it is taking up too much of my time. I am struggling to keep up with the everyday basics of looking after a house, cooking and maintaining my home, so something has to give. I will be getting rid of my stash.

Below is a list of what’s available. 100% top quality. Serious inquiries only, and please don’t insult me with low offers. Cash only. No trades!

Thanks for reading and understanding…

1. Dustpan and broom

2. Sponges

3. Toilet spray

4. Mop and bucket

5. Window cleaner

6. Vacuum

7. Dishwashing liquid

8. Laundry detergent

9. Fabric softener

10. Laundry baskets

11. Toilet brush and

12. Cleaning sprays

– – – If it was only possible to quilt EVERYDAY, ALL DAY!

So in the SPIRIT of Christmas please get vaccinated, get the booster, Wear a MASK! so you don’t SHARE those germs. Stay Safe . . . Smith Stitch Studio!

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year ! Enjoy the SNOW!

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Catherine Whall Smith . . . is getting the “She Shed” ready for AOS, Saturday, December 4th, and Sunday, December 5th 2021

TIME TO GET READY FOR AOS 2021 Hanging in the “She Shed” will be a variety of my pieces from various series.

The final week-end of Artists’ Open Studios of Northeast Connecticut will be Dec. 4 and 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dozens of artists in Ashford, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Danielson, Eastford, Mansfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Storrs, Thompson, Tolland, Willimantic, Willington, Windham and Woodstock will open their studios to show and sell their work. For a full list of artists and what dates they will participate,


“Gold Hay” series
“Herd Immunity”
“Tying Up the Hay” series
“Orange Peels”
“Public Transportation”

PLUS several of my 12H x 12W mounted pieces.

My home / studio is at 44 Chaplin Street, Chaplin, CT (across from the Chaplin Congregational Church). Chaplin Street also has a group of artists at the Chaplin Library/Senior Center and please visit Master Weaver Peggy Church at her Chaplin Street home.

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