Getting Settled

Slowly making progress and finding room for my fabric and books.

Well, it has been a hectic few weeks. I had forgotten, after 17 years just how exhausting moving can be plus we are 17 years older! However we did it and are now happily enjoying unpacking, sorting (again), throwing out (and recycling) and putting away. Plans have been made with an electrician (never enough plugs to support our electronic world in a 145 year old house!), a plumber (we need a set tub in the basement for the winery - we do have our priorities!) carpenter (to fix a bit of sill rot, install a floor in the attic, new back door etc) and the oil tank needs replacing (we have been through one oil spill, never want to do that again!). They are drilling, draining and installing a fibreglass tank today. We are getting there, Insulation next and hopefully a lovely little propane fireplace.

Finding room for my treasures - Margi Hennen's dolls are back in residence.

My sewing room is a work in progress. Peter has made and installed my new sewing table and a new cutting table. I have yet to christen them, they are still covered in stuff to be put away. The room is bigger then my old one, I will miss the ocean view but I have always wanted a designated cittung table, at the right height and free of clutter (we'll see how long that lasts!).

Ben thinks he is helping!

My books were spread out before, over several rooms and bookcases. Now I am able to have all my "how to" books and my quilt history books in one place. My children's quilt story books (I have about 150 in my collection) will have to go to the "library. Fortunately the small bedroom came with floor to ceiling book shelves.

Another treasure from my childhood, it is interesting what we hang onto. Pluto still works!

The bi-annual Mayflower Quilter's Retreat at Pictou Lodge starts in a week. This will be our 14th! Hard to believe that an idea I had almost 30 years ago is still going strong. We are so grateful to everyone who attends (almost 60 quilters each year), to the teachers who come and share their knowledge and skills and to Pictou Lodge who bend over backwards every year to feed us delicious food, make our beds and put up with the fun we have!

 Ben found the perfect place to curl up, in with my quilts, my (maternal) Granny's quilts and a quilt my great aunts made for my paternal Grandparents. I only found out recently that there were quilters on my father's side of my family. Guess I was destined to be a quilter.