I’m packing for a trip to Bloomington Normal to visit the Hands All Around Quilt Guild. I’m leaving just after lunch and I’ve got bags everywhere. I really do hope that I will get more organized with practice. My stuff seems to be taking over the house…

In the mean time I have had a good week. I have added three trips to my schedule, had a quilt accepted for publication AND heard from Quilts Inc. about Houston this year (seven classes, two samplers, a forum and team leader in the Iron Quilter Challenge) . It seems like everyone has realized that a month has already gone by. 2016 is here to stay!

I managed to meet a deadline by getting up early on Monday to sew the binding on my little Explorations piece. This isn’t a terribly flattering picture…IMG_5270 (1) It’s 18″ square, made using some of those flying goose units I was stitching in Temecula. I quilted it using a combination of walking foot straight lines, a free motion feather and just a little hand stitching in #8 perle cotton.IMG_5271 (1)I called it The Long and Winding Road… I’m never quite sure what’s around the next corner!


I have printed out my maps for my trip. I’ll set the GPS in the car. I’ll let you know how it goes…



  1. Carolyn g said:

    Hands all around quilters are looking forward to your visit. Iam looking forward to seeing you too!

    February 4, 2016
  2. Sheila Osbrink said:

    Looks great!

    February 4, 2016
  3. Connie Peterik said:

    amazing the personality this little block took on with the quilting!

    February 4, 2016
  4. Donna Koenig said:

    Love the quilting!! Lovely…

    February 4, 2016
  5. Karen said:

    I love your quilt. Wonderful combination of details.

    February 5, 2016
  6. Nancy Somers said:

    Catherine, having a great time learning and laughing with you at Hands All Around Quilt Guild. And as a visitor to this guild, “Thanks to everyone for making me feel so welcome and part of the group. I sure wish I lived closer.”

    February 5, 2016
  7. Nancy Somers said:

    Catherine, the guilt above has such a lovely look with your different methods of quilting! I am learning a lot from you.

    February 5, 2016
  8. Linda Hiatt said:

    Lovely quilting, you are great inspiration.

    February 6, 2016

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