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Sew Much More

Welcome to the Sew Much More Podcast!  The interviews here are with creative business owners, mostly in the Custom Window Treatment, Soft Home Furnishings, and Upholstery industry, but also with others that are sewing related or business related.

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Dec 11, 2016

The podcast is sponsored by;

Scarlet Thread Consulting

The Workroom Channel


Caterina Meadows, of Pate Meadows Designs will make you laugh!

Before the label “strong willed child” was so widely used, there was “hardhead”.

Caterina wears the label hardhead proudly but sometimes considers “passionate” to be a

more politically correct description. She lovingly accuses her parent’s of creating a

monster for telling her from the time she could sit up “there’s nothing you can’t do”. If

you’re told something long enough – it’s embedded forever! Sometimes, however, that

tends to make life miserable for people around you.

Caterina is most known as the Meadows of the dynamic duo Pate Meadows Designs and

ShowHome Patterns. Way before PMD, Caterina knew she never wanted to go to

college. Her goals were always:

1) Marry her high school sweetheart, Danny – which she did – two weeks after

graduating high school,

2) Get a job in a big office - did that - her typing skills were way above average so as

soon as she graduated high school she was hired as one of the youngest administrative

assistants for Bradley, Arant, Rose and White (huge – huge law firm)

and 3) Buy a house – “A” house has turned into – 11 over the years. Only 1 of the 11

required no renovations – that’s because she and Danny built it.

Working with her hands, Caterina describes - is a type of addiction – whether it is

crocheting with her grandmother, sewing, typing, or laying hardwood flooring.

After her first child, Haley, was born she quickly realized she never wanted to set foot

back in an office again. Typing, although she loved, required being tied down in a

cubical all day. And for her A personality it was torture to endure. So the day she left –

albeit terrifying to give up the nice salary – she has never looked back.

Her accomplishments (with the help of Leigh Pate, Doug Pate, and Dan Meadows and

too many others to list so far have been:

• 1986 to 199(?) Caterina’s Customs – custom fabrication of anything sewn.

“there’s nothing I can’t do” was my motto

• 199(?) joined workrooms with Leigh’s Window Fashions to alleviate the stresses

of owning single person workrooms

• 1995 – Pate Meadows Designs was incorporated and went on to become one of

the most highly sought after custom fabrication team in the Southeast

• 1996 – Big year! Show Home Patterns was born and also partnered with

Southern Living Magazine on the first Lowe’s Idea House.

• 1996 – 2007 – Primary fabricators for Southern Living Idea Houses

• 1997 – 2000 – Pattern development for Southern Living Curtain Patterns

• 2002 - Developed the Show Home Hardware

• 2004-2005 – Purchased and renovated the condemned McLellan building in

Historic Downtown Bessemer

• 2005-2015 – McLellan building was home to PMD and host to many WCAA

mettings/educational seminars. Several local high schools made it a recurring

field for students in Family and Consumer Sciences classes as well as the Design

students attending Birmingham Southern and Samford Colleges.

• Technical support and sales rep for ShowHome and Southern Living Patterns

• Keynote speaker for many seminars over the years including The Family and

Consumer Sciences Teachers Association, Regional and Local Sewing

Conferences as well as other motivational gatherings for students of all ages

• Seminar Speaker and Vendors at IWCE, CHF, IWCE and WCAA Education and

Trade Conferences.

• 2009-Present – Contributing Editor for the Fresh Style and Material Matters

columns in Southern Lady Magazine

• December 2015 – Leigh retired and Caterina took on the entire business and

moved it to Franklin, Tennessee.

So in a nutshell, the many hats worn by Caterina include but certainly not limited to:

Daughter, wife, mother, best friend for life, instigator, business owner, teacher,

cheerleader, home renovator, janitor, sales person, trouble maker, seamstress, customer

service, technical support, landlord, entrepreneur, trail blazer, pattern designer, promoter

of the “craft” of sewing, custom workroom, lover of life, but most important - master