Oh My!

Christy, Marcus, Molly and Andrew

I have a lot of catching up to do! Two weeks in Calgary visiting our son and family combined with visits to three wonderful Calgary quilt stores (I know there are more but that is all we could manage!) plus the amazing quilt show at Heritage Park plus Lynette Anderson's wonderful trunk show at Traditional Pastimes. The list goes on and on. So may pictures to download, process and edit then sort for Flickr!

This lovely display greeted us as we walked into "Out Of Hand" in Calgary

I missed my Mahone Bay Quilt Guild's 14th annual Dessert Party with an "Extraordinary Quilter" and 2 workshops. Our Guild started this event 14 years ago and this was the first one I have missed. From all accounts it met with expectations and those who took the workshops really enjoyed them. Pictures are here and here

I got back just in time to attend my Cove Quilters bee and see the grand unveiling of our last challenge "Lotsa' Dots". Everyone really did a wonderful job with this challenge. Mine is still a work-in-progress, the first one (of 8) I have missed the deadline. I hope to get it done for our Guild meeting Monday.

Some of the store samples at Traditional Pastimes of Lynette's patterns.

I was so pleased that we were able to time our visit to be in Calgary when Lynette Anderson would be doing a trunk show at Traditional Pastimes. I booked my ticket even before we had our plane reservations, just in case. Lynette was born in England but lives in Australia now, on the Sunshine Coast where she has a wonderful shop called Little Quilt Store. Lynette had just been in Portland, Oregon at Quilt Market and had brought with her lots of wonderful quilts, both old and new to share with us. About 40 eager quilters sat around the store and we could easily see Lynette's quilts up close. It was wonderful. Her deigns are whimsical and endearing, beautifully stitched by hand and by machine. She was a gifted story teller and we hear great tales of her dog Hugo who is featured in some of her quilts.

I also loved her Christmas quilts. For someone who lives in such a hot climate at Christmas, she certainly captured the feeling of Christmas. It was great to hear that she changes her decor at home for each season and holidays. Her very supportive husband Vince did a great job as her "quilt sherpa".

I came home with the pattern for this sewing kit. Can't wait to get started, the tiny EPP hexagons are going to be a challenge for sure! Be sure and visit my Flickr Photostream for lots more pictures from Lynette's trunk show.

My very patient quilt sherpa Peter, waiting at Out of Hand.

The three quilt stores I went to are all so very different. Out of Hand is still one of the best - Deirdre's use of space is amazing, every nook and cranny is filled with treasures. I had to go twice this time to see and enjoy it all.

I loved this quilt, Pies and Tart - bought the pattern, a Sue Daley Design! Pieced by Nan Tuer and quilted by Arlene Hidahl at Cairnhill Studio.

The pies and tarts are EPP (English Paper Pieced). This could very well be a wonderful project to take to work on at my bee, a hand project to have on the go for quiet times when hand piecing is most enjoyed.