a long winters nap

…and part of the spring as well!

Thanks to all of you who have been in touch and gently reminded me my blog was way out of date. I’ve been hibernating, but now I’m back with a bit of a different  look, hope you like it!

It’s been a busy winter actually with a bit of travel, a bit of teaching and quite a bit of making.

Most recently I made a quilt for the Cherry Blossom:Textile Translation exhibit at the Silk Purse Gallery in West Vancouver and it was accepted! It’s hanging there as I type.

The image isn’t great but it’s a tricky thing to photograph and get all the stitching to show.

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It 2 layers of semi sheer cotton organdy, paper blossoms painted and drawn on a drawn branch all held together with loads of hand stitch.

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In the detail you can see the printed text in the original paper showing through the pink paint and pen I added.

Edwina Mackinnon and I were in Portsmouth, England this Friday past. We had the pleasure of delivering a presentation to the Quilters Guild, thanks to our sponsorship by Mettler threads. Edwina spoke on Sand, Sea and Stitch which covered her wonderful work with indigo and potassium permanganate. I chatted about line… one of my favorite subjects!

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We had a great time there and enjoyed meeting  so many fellow quilters. Thanks to the ladies who took great care of us! and the tech fellows who got the pictures on the screen.

It’s good to be back!

Bye for now, Catherine





  1. Lovely to see you back blogging and the Cherry Blossom quilt is beautiful. The writing on the paper adds so much interest. Glad you had a good time at the AGM. It was good to see you at the Bramble Patch and I really enjoyed the class – Raven will be finished soon!

  2. Thanks so much to you both, glad you like it, cherry blossom is becoming a recurring theme for me.
    I’m looking forward to seeing your Raven take flight Maggi. See you soon, Janet.

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