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All supplies bought for the classes are 15% off.

We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any class with less than 50% enrollment.  Refunds will be given.


Let’s Get Spatial: Map Quilting with Timna Tarr

Timna Tarr Map Quilt of Holyoke, MA

When: Saturday, August 12th, 12-5 pm
Where: Location TBA
Fee: $95.  All materials purchased for class will be available in store for 15% off.

To reserve your spot, you may pay for this workshop on our website (link below) or in store. Space is limited.

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Have you ever wanted to commemorate a special place? It could be your alma mater’s campus, a vacation spot that’s been in the family for generations, the neighborhood you live in, your town center, even a memorable mountain hike or canoe trip. Whatever speaks to you in terms of place, you can replicate creatively. Using a map to guide you, and adding elements (e.g., texture, color, value and composition) that bring it to life creatively, you can capture that place in a way that speaks to your heart.

Over the course of this workshop, you will learn to make a wall-hanging-sized quilt from a map of your choosing. Pick the spot — use Apple or Google Maps or a paper map — and enlarge it to the size you desire. You’ll want to have it zoomed in enough to have the important (to you) details, but not so large it becomes cluttered and/or unwieldy in size. 24”x36” is probably the maximum.

Special skills learned include comfort with improvisation, use of color theory and composition choices that can heighten impact, problem-solving, as well as use of fusibles in pictorial quilts, raw-edge appliqué, use of bias tape (and creation of bias tape as well). Cate will hold a special follow-up workshop for anyone who needs extra time or help finishing their map if needed.

Bring basic sewing supplies, your machine (or rent one for $10) a large paper map of a location you would like to replicate (large enough to have some good details but no more than 24”x36” max) and a willingness to experiment and play. More detail on supplies needed will be sent upon registration and extra supplies will be made available the day of the workshop as well. If you need to rent a machine, sign up extra-early to be sure we will have one available for you.

Timna’s advice on choosing a map? “I have found that the more detailed the map is, the more I like the finished project. My maps that cover about 4-5 miles in each direction are my favorites in terms of detail. I like working with city maps, but I have also seen very effective maps done of more rural areas. The most important thing is to make sure that the map has a few design elements to focus on: streets, parks, and bodies of water are excellent focal points….If you have any questions about the image you’re considering, I am happy to take a look and give feedback via email at”

Come join us and mark your place in this world!


Sewing Camps: Ages 8-12

We have 4 weeks of summer camps coming this summer!

Students may participate in any number of weeks they would like. If you would like to do only one week, you may!

The 4 weeks are split up into two-week sessions. The first week is “Learn to Sew”. Here, the basics are covered, with projects that may include a pillow and a tote.

The second week is “Fashion Design”.  In this session, students then learn how to make one, or all of the following (time permitting), a knit top, pajama pants, or leggings.


Camp Session Dates:

All camp sessions are Monday – Thursday, 1 PM to 4 PM.

Session 1:

July 10th – 13th, Learn to Sew

July 24th – 27th Fashion Design

Session 2:

August 7th – 10th: Learn to Sew

August 14th – 17th:  Fashion Design


Each week-long camp session is $180.

If you have your own sewing machine, it is $160.

Any other kits or materials needed will be available at a 15% discount.

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School of Sewing

School Of Sewing Book Cover

When: Starting Up Again Soon!  If you’re interested in taking this class, contact us with your August/September availability!

Fee: $150 + book and supplies

Ages: 16 and older

For those who are not ready to tackle quilt blocks or the outfit of their dreams (or even a set of curtains,) the School of Sewing is the place to be.  Taught by Cate Boeth, the only pre-requisite is that you attend a private $20 Meet Your Maker session with your/our sewing machine and staff at Cate’s Sew Modern.  From there, you will be ready to go!

Over these six sessions, we will use Shea Henderson’s text, “School of Sewing” as a reference.  You will learn to make basic items that are meant to prepare you to pursue  quilting, garment sewing or home decor work.  Text and project kits will be available at a discount. 50% enrollment required for class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will receive a full refund.

Projects & Materials: (we offer 15% off materials purchased for any of our classes.)

Session 1: A half yard of a Kona solid.

Session 2: Pillowcases, you’ll need a pillowcase kit.

Session 3: Drawstring bag, there’s a kit for that, too.

Session 4: Aprons, 1 yard for main apron body and 1/2 yard for pocket and strings.

Session 5 & 6: Zip It Pillow, 3/4 yard for pillow, 1/4 yard for binding, 1/2 yard of fusible fleece, 22″, all purpose zipper.



Make-Your-Own Uptown Tote with Riley Boeth

When: Sunday, July 16th, 10-2 PM.

Fee: $50 + materials.  All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

In this workshop, we will be making the Uptown Tote by Amy Ellis patterns. This is a great starter bag for those wanting to delve into purse and tote making.  The tote’s finished dimensions are 6″ deep by 14 inches wide, and 11″ tall, with an inside pocket perfect for your sunglasses or keys!

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Snappy Slippers & Travel Bag Workshop

Snappy Slippers and Travel Bag

When: Sunday, July 23rd, 10AM to 4PM

Fee: $65 + materials. All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

It’s Christmas in July! Start your holiday gift-giving early by making these cute & comfy slippers with a travel bag!

This 1-day workshop will be taught by Robin Wolek. Robin is an experienced teacher & member of sisters in cloth, an art-quilting group based in Shoreline CT since 2001 that brings in accomplished artists for exhibits & works on teaching new art-quilting techniques. She has been sewing for 20 years and her quilting is her specialty.

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Bird Making Workshop with Cate Boeth

Sewn Birds on a Branch

When: Saturday, July 29th, 3 to 5 PM.

Fee: $25 – All materials are included.


In this quick & fun workshop, you’ll learn to make small birds out of fabric & stuffing.  These birds can be used as home decor on flat surfaces or on a hanging branch.

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Intro to Quilting with Maureen Anderson

4 Patch Wall-Hanging Quilt by Maureen Anderson

When: Starting August 5th.  4 sessions on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM.

Fee: $125 + materials. All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

Maureen Anderson, accomplished quilter, educator and 2016’s president of Shoreline Quilters’ Guild, will walk aspirational quilters through an organized and thorough orientation to quilting.  In this 4-session class, you’ll be able to fully finish a 26 x 26″ quilted four-patch wall-hanging.  You can also convert this pattern into a beautiful table runner if you’d like.

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Sewing with Knits (Without a Serger!) with Marissa Rozanski

Fancy Tiger Crafts' Wanderlust Tee

When: Sunday, August 6th, 10AM to 5:30 PM

Fee: $90 + materials.  All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

If you have ever felt intimidated by stretchy fabric, but want to be making comfortable stylish clothes for yourself, this workshop is a must!

In this workshop, we’ll be making the Wanderlust Tee by Fancy Tiger Crafts.  Through making this super comfy t-shirt, you’ll learn all the tips and tricks you need to sew with knits on your regular machine! All you need is a walking foot.

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Altering a Pattern

When: 4 Sessions on Tuesdays from 6 to 9 PM, Starting September 5th.

Fee: $120 + supplies.

Have you ever found that a commercial garment pattern fails to fit you properly? Is the bust too small, or the waist too large? Are you in between sizes? Do the shoulder straps fall down your arm? Are the darts way out of place, regardless of what size you attempt to make? Then this class is for you!

In Altering a Pattern, we will learn how to adjust a pattern to best fit you using several different techniques. Each session we will discuss different forms of alteration, and we will build upon what we have previously learned. We will all begin by working from the same pattern, and at the end of the class, we will alter a pattern you own or have used previously to fit perfectly.

Call us at (203) 421- 6853 or stop by the shop to sign up!


Fancy Fox & Hazel Hedgehog Pillow Workshop with Cate Boeth

When: TBD.  If you’re interested in taking this class, contact us with your availability!

Fee: $90 + materials. All materials are available in store at a 15% discount.

This is both a mini quilting project, and a class in home decor! This workshop will teach you how to piece and quilt a Fox or Hedgehog pillow front, and then how to assemble the pillow. You will go home with a beautiful quilted accent pillow, with optional eyeglass appliqué, and several closure options for removing and inserting the pillow form.

We completed our pillow with the zipper pillow technique from the School of Sewing book by Shea Henderson, which if you have taken our basics class School of Sewing, you know how to do! You may also use the technique in the pattern, which is without a binding.


Meet Your Maker!

Fee: $20 if you are enrolled in a class, or have purchased your machine from us.

$60 for outside machines.

This is a 1 hour sewing machine orientation for students new to their machine, or who may need to rent a machine from the shop for classes or open sews.  This session is a prerequisite to all classes if you are a new sewist, or feel that your skills with your machine are rusty. Bring your personal machine and the manual.

Call or email us today to set up a date & time for this 1-on-1 class!



Open Sew

When: Wednesdays, 5:30-9:00 pm

A free session where sewists can bring their machines (or rent one for $5). Open sews allow participants to take advantage of our cutting and ironing areas as well as the support of peers and available staff.  Not meant as a private lesson, we nonetheless honor the fact that community support is a critical part of building skill sets and that sewing can be isolating otherwise.

Come join others and jump-start friendships as well as skill-building.  Whether you’re starting a new project or trying to conquer an old “UFO” (unfinished object), your presence helps others and their presence supports yours.





Each class has a maximum enrollment of six students.  We reserve the right to cancel or reschedule any class with less than 50% enrollment.  Full refunds will be given if this should happen.

To reserve your spot, sign up online, call the shop during business hours at 203-421-6853, or stop by to pay.  We cannot hold spots without payment.

Cate’s Sew Modern provides pre-packaged materials for all classes — sometimes for additional discounted fee and sometimes included in the class at hand.  We always offer 15% off to students purchasing any items for our classes. Feel free to bring your own machine, or rent one for $5.

Additional classes/workshops in the planning phase include:

  • Light home decor—overview of curtains, pillows, etc.
  • More advanced home dec workshops
  • Weaving fabric
  • Managing curves in quilt piecing
  • Slow stitching—embroidery, hand appliqué, felting, etc.
  • Appliqué and reverse appliqué
  • Color theory and fabric selection strategies
  • Dress form making
  • Workshops to learn specific quilts
  • Machine embroidery “in the hoop”
  • Historical costume
  • Improvisational design
  • Creativity prompts
  • Parent and child classes
  • Parties

Please let us know if you are interested in something special and we will try to make it happen if we can find at least two other interested students.

We love to host special parties, be it fiber crafting events for kids’ birthdays, group quilt-making for wedding gifts, “Sip and Sew” nights-out with friends, or team-building sessions with co-workers.  Let us know if you want help planning.  We have a lot of ideas and would love to hear yours, too!