Quilt shows

Quilting, Quilting, Quilting!

Hello Friends.  I am noticing the leaves changing colour on the trees and slowly making a quilt on the ground below.  I have had a few hours here and there this past month to do some fall decorating.  I purchased some pumpkins, a few mums and a small bail of straw.  So I’m hoping that we have a few weeks to enjoy these beautiful seasonal flowers before all the plants get hit by frost.  With the nights turning colder, the mornings have been great for small outdoor discoveries.  A few weeks ago, the sunlight, dew and temperature all synced so that the spider webs in the trees glistened like veils of silk in the morning light. I couldn’t believe how many there were in the trees.  Mother Nature is decorating for Halloween!

Shortly after the long weekend in September, I embarked on one last summer adventure.  The three of us sisters, along with my nephew and eldest daughter, portaged into Great Mountain Lake in the interior of Killarney Park.  When I was growing up, my family had a cabin on the lake on the point just across from Great Mountain.  With the expansion of the Killarney Park boundary in the early 1990’s, the cabin and the sauna had to be taken down. Although the building are gone, the memories of many summer holidays are still vivid in our hearts and minds. I have not done any extensive portaging in years, so my muscle memory was not so vivid.  I am still feeling the miles of paddling and weight of the pack my back weeks later.  Massage anyone!



I haven’t just been gallivanting.  I was able to finish the top to my “miniature”.  Also, I have the last two table runners done for the November workshop.  The studio has been buzzing with the quilters returning for regular classes.  The Tuffet class has been a big hit.  Just have a look at how cute Deb and Marilyn’s tuffets turned out.  Way to go ladies! If you’d like to make a tuffet of your own you can get in touch with me for the particulars.




For the next two weeks I will be off visiting our youngest in jolly 'ol England (ok so gallivanting again... LOL). But, I have been busy prepping for the Storm at Sea workshop so that when I get back I am all ready to go.  If you are registered, and questions arise, I am available via email. There is still room so if suddenly your plans free up and you would like to attend, please email me and we can make further arrangements. Otherwise, I am back the 29th at which time you can give me a shout on the phone.  This week's Storm at Sea colour inspiration is Highlighted Hearts, see picture below:

I took a break from packing on Saturday to attend the Northshore Pins and Needles Quilters and Stitchery Guild Quilt Show in Espanola.  I love quilt shows!  It is just so inspiring to see how every quilter puts a little of themselves in each of the quilts.  Even though some of the quilts were the same in construction, each quilt appeared different with their individual colour choice and placement of value.  All were beautiful and the hard work and love that went into the show was evident. Here are some random pictures of some of the quilts that were on display.

That’s all for now as I’m going to give the house a quick lick and a splash before I leave for my visit.  Thanks for dropping by, stay safe, rake some leaves and maybe start a new quilt project. 



A Quilt Show with my best friend.

Hello Friends.  I had a wonderful day last Saturday.   My very dear friend and I went to the quilt show on Manitoulin Island.  We stopped at Cindy B's Quilt Shop on the way through Espanola, where we did a little shopping!   Then off to Manitowaning, to view some quilts.   The show was beautiful.  It sure was nice to chat with quilting friends I haven't seen for awhile, especially surrounded by quilts, our common thread that binds us.  The main feature was the Quilt of Belonging, which is breathtaking.  To think that one persons' vision has become something so beautiful and truly touching.  If you have not already done so, I recommend that you take the time to see this amazing work of art,  if the opportunity arises.  Here are a few of the blocks, pictures do not do them justice!

England,  my daughter lives here now!

England,  my daughter lives here now!

Ukraine, my husbands heritage.

Ukraine, my husbands heritage.

Finland, my family's heritage.

Finland, my family's heritage.

This quilt is 120 feet long!  I feel overwhelmed when I tackle a king size bed quilt.  Makes you think!

Now while I was visiting the venders mall, I went to say Hello one of my dear friends Linda, who owns the Needle Box quilt shop in Little Current Ontario.   Linda doesn't have a large shop but I seem to always find some special gem when I visit.  This day was no different.   I don't  have alot of spare time for creating decorative pieces for my house, so when I spotted this project it was in the shopping bag.  Leave it to Linda to have just what I needed for my fall decorations.

A no sew pumpkin kit.  A fat quarter folded around a foam tube.  The centre of the tube comes out and becomes the stem.  Decorate with a silk flower and Voila my autumn pumpkin decoration, and it only took me 5 minutes.  That's a project I have time for.  :)

Let me know if you have any 5 minute goodies you like to make.  We'd love to see you pictures.

That's all for now.  Thanks for dropping by.  Keep safe, stay dry and quilt on!