Hello everyone! It's been a long time.
I have been home for a few days from Nova Scotia but I've been so busy unpacking etc. that the blog has been put on hold until now.
The Quilt Canada conference in Halifax was wonderful. The local organizing committee did a great job of presenting a conference that people will remember for a long time.
I only saw the Invitational Show and the National Juried Show as I was kept pretty busy with the teaching. Both shows were so inspiring that I just wanted to lock myself away and sew. Anne Morrell Robinson had a quilt in the NJS that was so beautiful and whimsical as well as being a tribute to a Anne Robinson from about a hundred years ago. Anne MR made a quilt from the same design using very modern fabrics and it was just amazing. Anne also showed a quilt that was on the them of sock monkeys that I just fell in love with.
Unfortunately, there wasn't an opportunity for the teachers to get together at all and sadly, there was no Teachers' Lounge provided this year. What a shame as it really is a great thing to meet the other teachers for networking but also for problem solving. Luckily there weren't too many problems to be solved.
We had a great day! There were students from all over. I had two or three in this workshop from the far north. I was a little worried when I saw the lecture hall classroom but it actually worked very well.
Day 2 brought the "Fireside Log Cabin" workshop. It was held in the same classroom so I was familiar with the boards and machines. We had a great time in that workshop. You wouldn't believe the variety of fabrics that everyone came with!! Fabric envy!! The blocks were lovely so I can't wait until I start receiving the photos of the completed tops.
Saturday night was the closing banquet held at the Cunard Centre on the waterfront. The food was delicious, service great and the entertainment a Nova Scotia musical presentation second to none.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the evening was a large screen showing photos of people during the conference in workshops. What fun to see what everyone was doing!
I was very lucky to be able to stay an additional 4 days in Nova Scotia visiting with my good friend and fellow teacher, Barb Robson. We took a trip to Avonport Discount Fabrics where I spent my allowance big time but got some great bargains. The best part is that they mail it home for you!!
Monday night we went to the Mahone Quilters Guild closing dinner. I am fortunate to be a long distance member of this group. Wednesday our bee met to reveal our challenges.......
Our new challenge is to create a 12" square quilt based on a book that had an impact on you in some way. Now there's a challenge!!! There are so many directions you could take.
All that creativity made us hungry so we sat down for a delicious lunch of salads, salmon and rhubarb dessert. Barb decorated the table in honour of the Queen's Jubilee.
Friday and Saturday I'll be teaching at Greenwood Quiltery. Drop by and see my show in the gallery. They have gorgeous fabrics so bring your wallet too!!