Where We Create Part 1-Visit to Cathy’s Quilting Studio

March Meeting at Cathy’s Home

One of the Fiber Guild 2012 goals is to share “Where We Create,” with a to visit the workshops/farms of each member. We began this circuit of member homes at webmistress Cathy Clark’s home, located on a hill overlooking Gallipolis and the Ohio River.

Mr. Toad’s car from “Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures”, FAC Children’s Theater April 2012

Cathy is primarily an art quilter, but also produces traditional baby quilts, as well as painting and puppet theater props. Recently, she created the scenery and some of the larger props for church and children’s theater productions.

First quilting area in TV room, only 6′ x 9′

Several years ago, Cathy’s quilting activities covered 3 rooms in her house–separate areas for sewing/quilting , cutting and ironing. The sewing area at the end of the TV room was only 6′ by 9′, with very little space for storage of fabrics and supplies.

New studio with piecing/quilting, cutting and pressing stations

A year ago, she and her husband converted a bedroom/storage area into a dedicated quilting studio that also serves as a painting studio and prop workshop. This area has a mid-arm quilting machine, large work table for cutting fabric, a 6′ x 8′ design wall and multiple storage units.

Although she still pieces in the earlier quilting area, she can set up a small table in the new studio for her portable sewing machine. The work table, Cathy’s re-purposed dining room table, is on casters and can expand from 4′ square to 4′ x 6′ to allow batting to be sandwiched between backing and the completed quilt top.

The mid arm quilting machine, a Tin Lizzie 18, is a sit down model where the quilter moves the quilt by hand, rather than moving the machine over the quilt mounted onto a 10′ floor frame. This is more practical for Cathy. It takes up much less room and allows Cathy to work on several projects at once. It is easy to quickly move one quilt aside to work on another.

The room has excellent lighting–cool white bulbs in the overhead light as well as in the goose-neck floor lamp. Morning sun coming through the windows gives a warm glow to the room. Storage units include two Sauder cabinets, two antique chests and an Eastlake highboy dresser.

Shown N Tell

The group had a wide variety of items to share–including heritage costume jewelry and buttons, hand spun yarn, knitted and felted accessories and clothing, and a favorite tech object, an IPad. Check out the slide show below!

FAC Silent Auction Wall Hanging

Marlene, Cathy and “The Gathering”

Cathy and Mary reported on attending the French Art Colony’s Silent Auction Fundraiser, held at the Gallipolis Moose Club April 7. They went to see the fate of the 2′ x 4′ wall hanging donated to the FAC by Guild members. The process of making the wall hanging will be featured in a later post.

New Orleans cuisine

The upstairs meeting rooms of the Moose Club were decorated for Mardi Gras, with lots of tinsel, bead necklaces, and masks. The buffet table featured New Orleans style foods—Yumm! All those attending were given a mask and beads to look the part of revelers.

Silent Auction bidding

The winning bid–$250!

Bidding for the hundreds of donated items was fierce, in some cases. During the evening, guests wandered around the perimeter of the buffet room, looking at the goods on the tables and walls and writing their bids for those they wanted to take home. As the evening wound down, the attendees were notified of the countdown to the closing bid: 10 minutes….. 5….4…..3…..2…..1       Bidding closed!

The group of friends who purchased “The Gathering” in memory of a friend.  They presented the wall hanging to Jodie McCalla of  BTS, a newly opened business in Gallipolis that provides computer programming to the armed forces. Cathy and Marlene, center: Jodie behind Marlene.

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About apohfibg

I am the headblogger for the fiber guild. I consider myself an art quilter and enjoy using various fibers and fabrics.
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