Catherine Smith spent thirty years as a law firm administrator with a four year sojourn as a fulfillment manager in the direct mail industry. She is a lifelong seamstress and tailor and has been an award winning quilter for thirty five years. She has been awarded mayoral citations for her work in teaching quilting to the homeless and mentally challenged and has continued to teach quilting independently and with others and writes on the subject in articles and social media. She markets her custom museum quality quilts through her website nyquiltsmith.com. She is a retired member of the American Bar Association and the American Management Association. She has been recognized by her local senators for her community activism and championing of the causes of law and order and first amendment rights. Smith is a lifelong resident of New York City. She is a mother of two and grandmother of three.