Cathie Hoover

Throughout my life, I've done just about everything with fabric, including dressmaking, knitting with fabric, quilting, and quilted wearable art. I earned a B.S. degree in Home Economics from Chico State College in Chico, CA. I studied tailoring, pattern drafting, and added a year of weaving to my knowledge of textiles.

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My specialties are:
  • All types of machine appliqué, including fused and non-fused either finished with satin stitching, blanket stitching, or soft-edge treatment.
  • Reverse appliqué by machine finished with blanket stitch or decorative stitch. My special method is refined and one that I find more useful than any other appliqué method.
  • Machine embellishments with decorative stitches, laces, braids, and especially rickrack.
  • The use of brilliant color and color combinations in all quilt making techniques.
  • Combining printed fabrics of all types and styles with each other while keeping the identity of each fabric visible and vibrant.
I was selected to be a Fairfield Fashion Show Designer four times (1993, 1994, 1995 1998) and a Bernina Fashion Show Designer five times (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008). Although I am thoroughly enraptured with quilting, quilted wearable art remains a passion.

Since 1988, I have taught quilting workshops and given lectures at large and small quilting venues throughout California and much of the United States, including Hawaii.

Lecture - Retrospective Trunk Show - quilts & garments

Thursday, November 16

A truly moo-ving experience. Utilizing Holstein cows in my designs was a natural for me even before moving to Moo-desto. The graphic black and white patterns on these cows and their gentle nature appeal to me.

During this presentation that includes 21+ years of original work, quilts are shown, and garments are modeled by volunteers. Each
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article is described in detail using a humorous, and relaxed commentary. Any questions you might have about techniques, materials used, and trade secrets will be answered.

Workshop - Reverse Appliqué Nine Patch

Saturday, November 18, 10am - 4pm. Set up at 9:30 am