NEW Summer Event! We are proud to announce our 9th event for Summer of 2018. August 23rd – 26th, 2018. This event is structured exactly like our past Chicago, Atlanta, and Denver locations. Included in your registration fee, you’ll have the opportunity to take classes taught by extraordinary and influential women from the modern quilting/sewing world at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
I am a professional freelance textile designer and quilter living and working in Oakland, CA. I started to quilt around 2001 or so, using as my guide a reprint of the 1931 edition of 101 Patchwork Patterns by Ruby Short McKim. I had no idea such things existed as rotary cutters, plastic templates, freezer paper etc. I spent many happy weeks tracing around cardboard templates and cutting out my pieces with a pair of scissors. When I told a woman at my local quilt shop how my first quilt was going, she promptly introduced me to the wall of rulers, cutting mats and gadgets. Thus began a long love affair with my faithful rotary cutter. I still have her, she's worn down and a bit squeaky, but she fits my hand like we were made for each other.
Somewhere along the way, my love of quilting led me to school and on to a career in textile design, with clients including Michael Miller Fabrics and Pottery Barn Kids. I find inspiration in forms, shapes and the place where 2 seams meet. Color interaction is the key inspiration that drives me. It's that intuitive moment when you put two colors together, and then two more, and two more after that that I focus on. The explorations are endless and I strive to try to walk the line of discomfort and still make everything work together as a whole.
I draw a lot of inspiration from the simple bold geometry of antique quilts, the gorgeous bright colors from textiles around the world, and freedom and spontaneity found in unconventional and improvisationally pieced quilts. When I look at my current work, I see all 3 of these aspects represented. I like to use simple geometry, complex color interaction and find the line the exists somewhere between harmony and discord.
I’m Cathi, the hands and heart behind Gertrude Made.
I’m mumma to three young children, living the country life with my farmer husband in rural Western Australia.I learnt to sew under the watchful eye of my Nana when I was little. She was a patient teacher and a perfectionist and I am thankful every day for all the knowledge she imparted.
I have a passion for vintage fabrics and I love creating dresses that make ladies feel beautiful inside and out. I find joy in sewing, so when you wear one of my dresses, I hope you feel the love that goes into each and every stitch.
I joined the Ella Blue team in 2016 to release my first fabric line called Outback Wife. Ella Blue is an inspirational fabric house, thoughtfully developed by talented Australian designers. Using a thoughtful design process that takes well more than a year I committed to bring fabrics that you will love and cherish not only for their beauty, but also for the story and meaning behind them.
Registration Opens on February 12th, 2018 4PM PST | 5PM MST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
Regular Registration Price is $525
(Payment plan available with a $25 processing fee, no fee will be applied for full payment.)
Included in the Regular Registration Price:
- Open Social Thursday, August 23rd
- Shop Hop (To Be Announced) Thursday morning, August 23rd
- Lunches on Friday and Saturday August 24th and August 25th
- Classes with Tara Faughnan and Cathi Bessell-Browne
- Swag-olicious Swag Bag
- All day access to Sewtopia’s Sewing Lounge (Juki machines will be provided at a first come first serve basis to the first 50 people that register)
- Swaps and Challenges (participation is optional)