Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Time flies when you are having fun!

Time flies when you are having fun!  Fabric and Fun...my two favourite "F" words! lol
 In my last post I told you about all the upcoming fun things that were on my plate for March and April.  First, my freemotion quilting class at Patch Halifax.  It's always super fun to teach excited beginners at Chris' awesome modern fabric shop.  If you are ever in Halifax I hope you will make sure to drop by and see all the wonderful fabrics that she has for sale.  I am a bit addicted to Patch! The class went well and the ladies all went home inspired to finish up some projects.

After that it was time to get ready to head to White Point Resort for the 2nd annual Maritime Modern Quilt Guild retreat. My lovely little guild.  What a wonderful weekend by the sea.  Of course, wherever you are in Nova Scotia you are never far from the sea. The weather was a bit chilly but that can't be avoided in NS in April.  I had a lovely king-size room all to myself and I enjoyed that so much.  Even had a jacuzzi in my room!  I finished sewing up the top of the wedding quilt for my nephew and sewed together a runner made from a charm pack. For the backing of the wedding quilt  I will be making and taking a pile of heart blocks to the wedding to be signed by the wedding guests and then incorporating them into a the backing.  It will be a while before I can show you what it looks like because I am trying to keep it a surprise.  The food, the friendship, the service, the beautiful sewing room, everything was perfect as far as I was concerned and I hope to return next year.

I spent a fabulous quilty weekend in Port Hawkesbury, just across the Canso Causeway in Cape Breton.  A 2 1/2 hour drive for me. My super awesome  friend, Miss Karen Chase of Sugar Free Quilted Designs, was sweet to tag along with me and be my support.  I get distracted easily and need someone to keep me focused and organized when doing my classes and trunk shows and Karen was the queen of that!  My free motion class was attended by 10 lovely ladies who were absolute beginners and fearful of FMQ and it was my pleasure to help them overcome their fear and set them on the road to finishing up their quilts.
  The following day I was pleased to present my trunk show to almost 90 mostly traditional quilters at the Annual General Meeting of the Ocean Waves Quilt Society, an umbrella group of 11 guilds, So I got to meet quilters from all over the island as well as nearby communities on the mainland.
 I was tickled to be introduced by my sweet friend and guildmate, Lesley Carruthers, The Cuddle Quilter

Miss Lesley the Cuddle Quilter
She brought a tear to my eye with her glowing remarks in her introduction.  I was so taken I think I may have forgotten to formally thank her.   My sweet friend, Karen of KaHolly surprised me by showing up at my class.  She lives on beautiful Isle Madame in Petit De Grat, which is a 25 min. drive from Port Hawkesbury.   I was mighty happy to have her in attendance as she helped me out with machine issues and lots more.  And she also helped out at my trunk show by video taping the entire thing.  I can't wait to see how it turned out.  I also had the chance to visit Karen's home on beautiful Isle Madame.  Thanks so much to Lesley and Karen C. for being such wonderful quilt holder uppers. 
Thanks to all my quilty buddies for being there for me and helping make my visit a success. Could not have done it without you.  Love you all!!  
Here's a few shots of some of the quilts on display at the Ocean Waves Quilt Society AGM

Hope you had a great time quilting today.


  1. What a great post! You have definitely been a busy bee, and I was thrilled to welcome you to Port Hawkesbury! You did an awesome job at the workshop and the trunk show...lots of delighted quilters all around! Great pics to bring back the memories.

  2. Wonderful post Linda, my only regret is I missed the whole thing 😯 I am sure your students were really impressed with your class , you are an awesome teacher and the trunk show , well I know that blew them all away . So glad both Lesley and Karen were there to help you out .

  3. It sounds fabulous!! Glad the class went well, and then a retreat on top of that! How great that you were able to spend time with your blog buddies too :-)

  4. Wow, you sure have been busy! Congrats on what sounds like a very successful weekend in C.B. You're a brave soul to have your show videotaped- not sure I could watch myself :) What's next for you? You're on a roll!

  5. Linda, this is such an incredibly well written post! A quilter, a blogger, a teacher, a writer! There is no end to your list of talents and accomplishments. Thank goodness you share it all so others can learn and grow and appreciate the world of quilt making. It was a memorable weekend and I had so much fun. I was so proud of you, Lesley, and Karen, and I rode that high for a couple of days! I'm still in awe of how Lesley got up there and addressed that room full of women, giving you such a wonderful introduction! I think there was standing room only! You've had a couple of fun-filled quilty months! XO

  6. Enjoyed reading your post Linda.. you have been very busy teaching , showing your beautiful Quilts and spending time with your friends.

  7. Wonderful post Linda. You are amazing. Wish I lived closer so I could attend the retreat and the guild.

  8. Great post and photos! So glad you had a great time with quilty friends!

  9. Sounds like you have had a great time. xx

  10. Loved seeing the update. It's great to see you spreading your wings and doing so much.

  11. It sounds fabulous!! Glad the class went well, and then a retreat on top of that! How great that you were able to spend time with your blog buddies too :-)



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