Thursday at International Quilt Festival

I am home! Yesterday was a sleep late, take it easy kind of a day. I did get my quilts out of the suitcases for some relaxation and un-creasing… The DVR was full so I began a new embroidery project which I’m excited about.

But before we get to that, let’s start catching up…

We left things in Houston after preview night which was Wednesday. Australian quilter extroadinaire and all round lovely person, Pam Holland has been posting wonderful pictures from the show floor which you can see on her blog I am Pam Holland. Take a look!

I was up very early on Thursday morning to collect a machine from the BERNINA room and headed to set up for the Machine Quilting Forum. The line went right down the corridor.

Here’s my table, ready to go for my Walking Foot Quilting demo.IMG_3744 (1)Once the doors were opened the seats filled up quickly.

There were eight teachers, including me. We started with a seven minute presentation each about ourselves and our quilting journey, and then everyone went to their station and the attendees were split into eight groups to spend fifteen minutes with each teacher.

The first fifteen minutes went far too quickly but I did much better the second time and by the third group I had it right…It seemed like everyone had the same problem. Every group got fifteen minutes of instruction, just not exactly what we had planned!

Sharon introduced herself and showed me a picture.

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Do you recognize it? It’s the After April Showers quilt that was published in the Spring edition of Modern Patchwork! Sharon made it as a present for a special baby. I loved her color choices and it was so exciting to know that someone had actually liked my design enough to use it…

We took a picture together to celebrate!IMG_3758Eight demos later and thirty seven DVDs purchased the forum was over and I put everything back in my bags. I was ready for a sit down in the teacher’s room before I headed out again.

Time for my wool appliqué class. We had a great turn out and the ladies did some super work.IMG_3765 I always intend to take lots of pictures but my intentions are not always realized!

The International Quilt Association‘s Annual General Meeting is held on the Thursday of Festival and once I had cleared up and stowed my bags I set off to attend the meeting, It’s not very long and it’s always informative so I was glad to be there to hear the latest news.

Next up was Quiltapalooza! Always a fun party. Flat Stanley was in attendance.

Did you notice his pin?

After our boxed dinners there were some silly games, including a dress up competition… This was our table’s effort.IMG_3773

Most definitely adorable?

This year’s theme was a pajama party and there were prizes for all those who had made their own pajamas. Costumes came in all styles…IMG_3796There were SO many door prizes and an amazing raffle but I was on a table of losers! We won absolutely nothing… No problem. We had fun and that was the whole point of the evening. Today’s featured image (the picture at the top of today’s blog post) shows everyone still smiling at the end of the evening.

Thursday was busy day but wait for Friday…


  1. Sharon Coleman said:

    Catherine, it was a joy to meet you. So exciting to meet the designer of a quilt I made! The added bonus was finding you were my teacher in my class Friday afternoon. The class was very informative, but more than that you made it such fun! I wish you well in your teaching career and look forward to taking another of your classes.

    November 3, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Sharon. I love my life. I’m living the dream right now!

      November 3, 2015
  2. Cheryll Ludwig said:

    Wow! Can’t believe what fun we had in your classes. You took the fear out of trying something new. I have been working on the clam shell pillow since I got home. Can’t wait to finish this project and take it to show and tell at our block of the month meeting. Thanks again for a great class.

    November 3, 2015
    • catherineredford said:

      Thanks Cheryl! Don’t forget to send me a picture of your finished pillow.

      November 3, 2015
  3. Rita Johnson said:

    How fun to read about your adventures… almost as if I were there!

    November 3, 2015

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