A fun-filled Monday with East Iowa Heirloom Quilters Guild

I have a long to-do list that just doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter. As fast as I check one thing off another two items are getting added. Still, I’m doing what I wanted to do so I’d better just knuckle down and get on with life…

Hence, I’m finally getting to my neglected blog. It’s been a week already since I spent the day with the East Iowa Heirloom Quilters in Cedar Rapids. I packed up the car and headed West on I-88 until it turned into I-80 and then just kept going until I needed to make a right turn at Iowa City onto I-380!

Monday morning found me in Marion at the American Legion Hall, setting up for the quilters who started arriving in plenty of time for the morning meeting.
IMG_9485Some members  wandered around checking out the displays but some found their seats and settled down to chat.IMG_9487The meeting started with some business. Melissa Collins was there to talk about upcoming classes at Delve MIY.IMG_9491It’s always fun to see Melissa at Market in the Frond Fabric booth and it was lovely to be have her in the crowd. I could spot her smiling face whenever I looked to the left of the room…IMG_9492It was a full house!IMG_9493The quilters were a lovely audience for my Lessons Learned While Quilting lecture and we laughed our way through…

The meeting finished with some Show and Tell.

This amazing piece is snow dyed!
IMG_9495This is the small version of a larger barn quilt that was about to get hung at home. I love the crow.IMG_9504

I spent the afternoon teaching a three hour version of my Walking Foot Quilting class. After a few problems with several walking feet we enjoyed a fun action packed afternoon. We were so busy that I didn’t take any pictures so you’ll just have to believe me that we had a full class plus a few and everyone worked hard…

I had a hour to get ready for the evening meeting and repack my bag for my Language of Flowers lecture.

It was a much more select group in the evening. I recognized several faces from the morning. IMG_9510Melissa had returned with her Mom and friend…IMG_9511Fun times!

Show and Tell followed the lecture again.

A quilt for SOS, the guild’s philanthropy group.IMG_9515Isn’t this one pretty?IMG_9522And one from a jelly roll.
IMG_9518I stopped in at Chick-fil-A on the way back to the hotel. I was that person in the elevator with smelly food. The cookie I had had before the meeting was not enough for dinner and a grilled chicken sandwich sounded like a good idea?

I slept well. I’ll fill you in on the next day’s adventures tomorrow!



  1. Sandy Hess said:

    Living your dream!

    August 29, 2016
  2. Linda Hiatt said:

    Glad you had a good time in Iowa with the EIHQ. A report from a friend (I saw her front and center in more than one picture) says you were a “wonderful” speaker. And friends that were in your class RAVED about the great class. Just want to share what the gossip is here in Iowa. 🙂 I live a few hours away from this guild but I know how active and well attended it is. Congrats on the rave reviews.

    August 29, 2016
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Linda! Always good to hear that people enjoyed my class.

      August 29, 2016

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