Greetings from Festival of Quilts!

Well here we are again. After a whirlwind  last few weeks it looks as if everything has come together. I am in England and looking forward to Festival of Quilts 2012!

The last 2 days have been wonderful, catching up with friends and of course getting ready for Festival. I am teaching a workshop a day so have been getting samples and kits ready for the students. I have screen printed one of my drawings onto fabric ( with the perfect shade of slime green) and the students will be experimenting with free motion stitching and a bit of text as well.

One of the best things about screen printing is how quick it is. After I  had all the student handouts and samples done I had an idea for a quilt or at least the beginnings of one. Edwina magically produced just the right piece of black fabric and I printed the panel below. I have the quilting ideas sorted out and plan to be working on it as part of our demonstration this weekend.

It has a way to go yet but I think it’s off to a great start.

We spent today setting up the stand and getting the displays and teaching area all in order. This year brings big changes ( even more changes!) for me. I am so pleased to be an endorsee of Mettler threads and this year I am on their stand at Festival, teaching and demonstrating some of my favorite techniques with my favorite threads. I am working alongside Edwina Mackinnon and we are both enjoying this new endeavor.

This is what it looked like when we started from this morning and it took the better part of the day to get things in order….

I didn’t take an image of the stand all dressed and ready to go, I ran out of steam by the end of the day and completely forgot.  But I am  planning  to take my camera to Festival every day and try to record a bit of whats going on so I can share the images.

If you’re coming to Festival and have a chance to drop by I would love to see you. Stand C-39 is where  I will be for the next 4 days!

Bye for now, Catherine




  1. Catherine, I was hoping that you would be in Birmingham this week. It sure looks good and I hope you post more photos so I can drool and wish I were there. Enjoy the activity ,work and the scene

  2. Hi Catherine, I just wanted to say thank you again for your wonderful workshop at the Festival of Quilts on Sunday. I can’t believe how much you squeezed into just one hour or how much we learnt! It was my first ever attempt at machine quilting and I was inspired by the techniques you showed us and the results we achieved. It’s given me a lot more confidence as I approach the quilting of my very first quilt!

    I also wanted to thank you because I wouldn’t have seen (or entered) the Mettler thread competition had I not taken part in your workshop – and I won!! It was a brilliant end to a great two days at my first ever FOQ and I am so excited about all the projects I can undertake with the 96 beautiful threads I now own!

    From a very happy quilter!


    • Hi Annette, I am so pleased for you! Congratulations on the win
      Thanks so much for your kind words about the workshop, I do feel a bit of a slave driver trying to cover everything you need to know in an hour, glad you enjoyed it.
      I am looking forward to seeing the projects you create with your new threads!
      Enjoy your win, Catherine

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