From Naperville to North Dakota

It’s been a busy week! I’m writing this from my hotel room in Grand Forks before I get on a plane later today to return home again for a few days.

Last Tuesday was the annual Riverwalk Quilters Guild Small Quilt Auction. There were almost 80 quilts and other stitched items up on the block. They were all hung ready for viewing by the time I arrived. What a lovely display!img_0313Everyone makes a special effort with the refreshment table so members can sit and visit with their guests before the action starts.img_0316And then it begins. Our professional auctioneer entertains the crowd as each item is paraded for closer inspection.img_0317Two hours later everything was sold.

My little Crimson Tate mail holder quilt went for the bargain price of $35. I also donated the hand embroidered rooster mini quilt I stitched last year. dsc02252It made over $100  for the guild.

And yes, I did a little shopping. I bought Valli’s quilt! Here’s a picture she took of her quilt, Here we go Loopty Loop.14682052_10207227824395356_9081087004711227106_oMade in Valli’s inimitable style with amazing attention to detail I was delighted to take it home with me.


In other news,

I spent time getting ready for my upcoming trip to Houston. My Bold Hand Stitching as the Quilting Line is full. I thought an extra sample would be good so I stitched this one…
img_0312I used 12 weight perle cotton for the quilting and a variety of stitches that go all the way through the  three layers to stabilize and embellish.img_0306And then it was time to add the last few things to my purple suitcases and head to O’Hare early on Friday morning.img_0319I’ve had my trip to Grand Forks on the schedule for a long time and I was finally on my way, flying to Fargo on a direct flight to be picked up there for the hour drive North.

Just under two hours after leaving the gate in Chicago we were coming in to land. img_0322This part of North Dakota makes Illinois look hilly!

The adventure continues…


  1. Chris said:

    I enjoy reading your travel diary, Catherine, and appreciate the pictures. I hope to actually meet you someday! I really admire your embroidery!!

    October 24, 2016
  2. Kara said:

    As always, you’re embroidery is perfect and so inspiring ~ ~ maybe someday I will ~ ~ I love seeing all of your work (and the Loopty Loop quilt is sooo fun!).

    October 25, 2016

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