The Coastal Quilters embrace Happy Scrappy Improv!

Friday found a full class of Coastal Quilters ready to go. At 8.55 everyone was assembled, plugged in and (mostly) smiling.
Time for a chat and a demo. Then the scraps started flying.

Cross block with tapering pieces? No problem.A stitching frenzy!
Stitch, cut, stitch…Our first gallery walk happened before lunch.Julie had taken the class with me at Road to California last year and was continuing on her theme.Kaffe Fasset fabrics for the win!Lunch was followed by more stitching. Time flies when you are having fun and before we knew it we had completed our little design discussion, alternate grid suggestions, some walking foot quilting tips and we were ready for a final walk around.Bright and cheery… and almost complete?Curves, wonky log cabins, cross block, four patches.I was happy. I think the stitchers were happy… even the ones that were doubtful to begin with. Remember, it’s like spinach… it’s good to try something new once in a while.

I’m excited to see some finished projects ladies!

One finished project that came to class was this clamshell pillow, started at Houston in November last year.Isn’t it pretty?

A super day, but not finished yet!

Oscar had made reservations for dinner and Linda and I set off to meet him in downtown Santa Barbara, just opposite the movie theater.I haven’t heard any good reviews for the movie they are showing but it’s certainly a beautiful venue!

Just time for one more look at the ocean.or two!Some deep breaths of that ocean air and then back to pack my bags, ready to come to the airport this morning.

I’m sitting at Gate One, ready for my flight home. First stop Phoenix and then on to Chicago.

I hope I come back again soon.

Santa Barbara, Linda, Oscar, Coastal Quilters you went above and beyond. Thank you!


  1. Julie Mock said:

    Great lecture and class, Catherine!

    June 10, 2017
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Julie! Good to see you again

      June 10, 2017
  2. Anne McKenzie said:

    Love Santa Barbara. Looks like a fun class

    June 11, 2017
  3. Rita said:

    Would love to have been in this class. Bonnie sent me to this blog.

    June 12, 2017
  4. Sandy U. said:

    Bonnie sent me here. I would really love to learn machine free motion quilting!

    June 13, 2017

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