A New Year and a new quilt!

Happy New Year!

My 2014 was unbelievable (in a very good way) and I can’t hardly wait to see what 2015 brings. I have been choosing a word at the beginning of the year for the last three years. 2014’s was enjoy and I have been trying to make the most of every day as my dreams have been coming true! I’ve been thinking about 2015 and I think my word is anticipate, as in being ready for anything… We’ll see where that takes me?

I’ve been working away the last few days on a few projects. I finished stitching the binding down on this one at lunchtime yesterday and had it in the mail by 2.00pm. I’m sorry the pictures were taken in rather a hurry but I hope they give you a rough idea…

I’m calling it Village Life in African Folklore Embroidery. It’s nine different designs stitched and then included into my quilt. I used the hand printed Indian fabrics I bought at The Quilted Dandelion in Oregon last summer. Some of the embroideries were featured in my slot on Quilting Arts TV series 1300 filmed fifteen months ago. I’ve had the idea in my head for a while but it’s amazing what a deadline can do.

Here’s a couple of close-ups. My multi-colored chameleon with a little bit of wrapping, a woven eye and some silk ribbon inserted behind the cross stitch…


and a butterfly with lots of the wrapped woven circles on its wings.



The quilt will be included in a special African Folklore Embroidery Exhibit at Road to California. I’m trusting it will be warmer there than here. Just three weeks until I head out West for my first trip of the year. Southern California is always a great place to be in January.


  1. Lynn Bourgeois said:

    Thank you for sharing this lovely piece. Embroidery such as this is a feast for my eye. Happy New Year from Nova Scotia

    January 1, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Lynn, I love my hand work! Hope you are staying warm up there. Happy New Year to you.

      January 1, 2015
  2. Kara Jamison said:

    I thoroughly savor and enjoy this interesting and satisfying piece of art ~ ~ truly lovely. It must have been such fun to create! It cannot be briefly glanced over and put aside, but demands to be viewed and reviewed. thank you for the New Year’s feast. I hope you enjoy seeing it shown to advantage in CA.

    January 1, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Kara! It’s always fun when a piece I’ve been working on for a few years finally emerges.

      January 1, 2015

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