Before I went to Houston…

It’s hard to believe I’ve been to Houston and back and now it’s November 5th…

I guess I was busy and never got around to posting any pictures. What was I doing?

Well, I taught my Modern Mixx class at Pieceful Heart Fabric. I decided to try the Corn Rows quilt from the same book (Graphic Mixx from Atkinson Designs) and used it for the back of my quilt (or is it the front?)

I made a small sample strip of each block during the class and set them in a mango Kona cotton for the front (or back?).

I basted my quilt with the sampler on the back and quilted from the Corn Rows side. I did some straight lines and then added a feather design between them…

I think I’m getting pretty good at basting my quilts so that both sides are straight?


I had more practice with my next quilt! Here is a jelly roll quilt made from a Summerville jelly roll from Moda, set with two inch squares (finished) of a red Moda Bella solid.

I made a pieced back with squares of Summerville co-ordinates and some more of the red… I quilted  from the stripy side and it worked again!


Then there was a Machine Quilting 2 class at PHF. We had a fun Saturday adding loops and squiggles and other designs to our quilted sandwiches. Here’s one happy student!!

I was happy to be demonstrating on my new Bernina 530 that I had picked up from Gentler Times Stitching earlier in the week. Here it is at home in the basement, in use but awaiting a new properly fitting perspex insert for my table. It is on order!


We were back at Gentler Times  for Naperville Modern Quilt Guild and an extended show and tell of our  tangerine, aqua and grey pieces. Here are two pics I got before my camera ran out of power…

There were lots of super quilts made by our very creative members. We discussed our plans for the coming few months. I am looking forward to a mug rug exchange in December and the possibility of a sew-in sometime soon!

I had my little hexagon quilt I made last month and a larger piece I finished just in time to take…

I need a better picture, but if I wait until I take one it might be December before I write about our Houston adventures?

That was one of the projects I had decided MUST be done before I left town!

The other one was a McKenna Ryan project I had promised to make as a sample for PHF. I got it finished Tuesday evening so I took it over on Wednesday while I was running my errands. It’s called By the Light of the Moon. The monofilament thread was a piece of cake on my new machine! I am very pleased with it.

A look at the piece in its entirety…

and some close ups. (click on them to see them in their full glory, complete with hand beadwork)


Not long until Christmas now! I managed to do some shopping on the Craftsy web site for some fun gifts… Do my family need to be afraid? It’s not all fabric… or yarn… I won’t spoil the surprise with pictures.


Speaking of family, Jonathan was in town and Benjamin popped over for breakfast to see him.

James and Sarah couldn’t make the breakfast but they did bring Patrick over to meet me…

Yes, Patrick is a puppy, and so far he has been very well behaved. However, I haven’t made him a quilt just yet…

So there we are… a quick catch up, pics of Houston coming soon? I intend posting them before I go to Iowa City on Thursday. I will be teaching two African Folklore Embroidery classes and a fabric coil pot class at Home Ec. Workshop. I’m keeping busy!



  1. Cheryl Jones said:

    HI Catherine! What beautiful work, as always! Glad you have a new machine, enlarge your creative designs to even more wonderfulness. How did the Small Quilt Show go in October?

    November 5, 2012
  2. Stephanie said:

    Love the quilts and can’t wait to see you this weekend. Bring the puppy!

    November 6, 2012
    • catherineredford said:

      looking forward to seeing you too, but NO puppy!!

      November 6, 2012

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