CQC General Meetings
The monthly general meeting schedule and information about the planned speakers is listed in the Upcoming Meetings section below. In 2022, the hybrid meetings accommodate both in-person and online attendees.
Next General Meeting is March 25th
Registration begins at 9:30 am
Meeting begins at 10 am
Waterstone Community Church
5890 S. Alkire Street, Littleton, CO 80127
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81571018794
Zoom Meeting ID: 815 7101 8794
Zoom Phone Number: 669 900 6833
CQC Board Meetings
All CQC members are invited to attend board meetings at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held via Zoom.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84831292270
Zoom Meeting ID: 848 3129 2270
Zoom Phone Number: 669-900-6833
MARCH LECTURE: TRUNK SHOW
10 a.m. Saturday, March 25th, 2022 Hybrid Meeting via Zoom and in person at Waterstone Community Church 5890 S. Alkire St. Littleton, CO 80127
I've had an interest in sewing since I was 10 years old. I fell into quilting after it no longer became lucrative for me to make clothes for my children or myself. Traditional piecing was my comfort zone, but then branched out into traditional cotton appliqué, then appliquéing with wool and enhancing it with embroidery stitches.
I love exploring art with pictorial quilts. My newest ventures are designing my first two quilt patterns, called Red, White, and Bloom, and Texas Strong.
I have taught Beginning Quilting at Saddleback College for Community Education in Mission Viejo, CA for two years. Teaching/speaking for guilds whether in person or Zoom has been a favorite experience of mine for the last 3 years.
I've also been fortunate to win multiple awards in our local Quilt Guild shows, Road to California, Nashville,TN, Grand Rapids, MI, and Paducah, KY. My quilts have been exhibited in Houston International Quilt Show, with one being a red and white quilt that was part of the "Ruby Jubilee" Quilt Exhibit at Houston 2014 and traveled for almost two years to different venues. Three of my quilts have been published in "Quilters Newsletter," "Quilt Mania," and American Quilter Magazines.
APRIL LECTURE: FOLK ART STITCHES
10 a.m. Saturday, April 22th, 2022 Hybrid Meeting via Zoom and in person at Waterstone Community Church 5890 S. Alkire St. Littleton, CO 80127
Catherine Redford was brought up in the Northwest of England and learned to knit and sew at an early age, keeping her family’s Barbie Dolls and Action Men well dressed. She attended University where she met her future husband, Steve. Knitting him a long “Doctor Who” style striped scarf and making needlepoint pictures gave welcome relief to the chemistry and microbiology courses demanded for Catherine’s degree in Food Science. They were married two weeks after she graduated and more than 40 years later have four married children and nine grandchildren.
Catherine moved to Naperville, IL from London in 1995. Before leaving England, she had been teaching cross-stitch and just had her first pattern accepted for publication. Buying warm coats for the Illinois winters and making new friends kept her busy for awhile and then in 1998, she discovered quilting!
She took her first class at Stitches and Stuffing in Naperville…there seemed to be a lot to learn! A quick study, only five years later, Catherine started teaching classes at Pieceful Heart Fabrics in Lisle, just 10 minutes from her home, until the shop closed in June 2013. A life-long learner, now her time is spent teaching and speaking at guilds and quilt shows around the country.
Catherine is a member of her local quilt guild, “Riverwalk Quilters Guild,” serving as program chair, vice-president, co-chair of “the Gathering” committee, and a 2-year term as president. She is also a member of the Fiber Art Divas, an art group that meets at Naperville Art League and of PAQA, an organization for professional quilt artists. In 2012, she co-founded the Naperville Modern Quilters Guild to further explore the modern quilt aesthetic. Catherine has appeared on Quilting Arts TV and is a regular contributor to several magazines. She is the author of two Modern Machine Quilting QATV workshop DVDs, and two books, Modern Machine Quilting (Interweave press) and Butterfly Stitches (C&T Publishing).
MAY LECTURE: FOLK ART STITCHES
10 a.m. Saturday, May 20th, 2022 Hybrid Meeting via Zoom and in person at Waterstone Community Church 5890 S. Alkire St. Littleton, CO 80127
It all started because I needed kitchen curtains and decided to make them myself. But that’s a whole other story.
I have been quilting since the late 90’s (that’s1990’s) after my friend Amy Fitzpatrick taught me the basics of quilting. And I thank “Simply Quilts” for all of the information and instruction that Alex Anderson and her guests provided. It felt like I was going to quilting school, and I tried not to miss a class.
There was one technique that I was immediately drawn to, and that was paper piecing. I thought it was so cool because of the intricate and accurate results you get. The only drawback was that it was really difficult to wrap my brain around, kinda like upside down and backwards. If you’ve ever tried it, you know what I mean. But once I got it, the results were quite exciting. Except, there were a couple of huge drawbacks…how to orient the next piece of fabric, and removing the paper. Regardless of the kind of paper I used, it still had to be removed at the end, which took as long or longer than the construction of the quilt!
So, I started thinking about how to make paper piecing simpler and faster. And I’m proud to say that in 2004, I figured it out. My "Sirota No More Tears Paper Piecing”© method is easier to understand and takes half the time of the old way of paper piecing.
My goal was to take the anxiety out of paper piecing and replace it with the joy of the process. Paper piecing is now fun, easy and quick.
The method has been so successful that I'm now part of the Mancuso Show Management faculty teaching all over the country. And...I've been a featured guest on "The Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Talk about coming full-circle.