Now that my daughter has her driver's license, and following the summer when the kids were back in school, I thought that I would have so much more alone time at home and that I would be able to crank out lots of quilts this fall. But this has not been the case.....
The months of September, October and November have been, and are scheduled to be, filled with many events that have taken me all over the surrounding area. Living in such an isolated, rural environment, has always led me to believe I lived in the middle of nowhere. Turns out I really in the middle of everywhere!
My baby Forest Friends quilt with Canadian Beaver block.
In August, I went north to Harriston, as a vendor during the International Plowing Match. I guess that was my warm up event for this Fall...
In September, I provided Trunk Shows in the east, in Burlington and Milton, Orangeville and Milton and also north to Barrie. And I participated in our local Fall Fair in Brussels.
This month I have been further east to Port Perry and WAY over east, staying overnight in Kingston, for a Trunk Show and Workshop. Later this month, I will be heading north to be a vendor for the Teeswater Gathering of the Guilds and then back east again to provide a Workshop in Guelph. Go Royal City Quilters' Guild!!!! See you soon!!!
|The red stars show where I have been - and where I will be going|
In this close up, you can see my home, signified by the little green house on the west side near Listowel, which is directly north of my old home town of Stratford. On Wednesday night, I had the very great pleasure of giving a quilt show for the ladies of the Stratford Quilting Club. For many reasons, this was a very special event for me.
Firstly, Wednesday was what would have been my dad's birthday. He passed away a little more than two years ago. And the empty spot that remains in all of my family's lives is still very fresh. Being as this event was held in my old home town, it was the perfect opportunity to invite my mother along to be able to see my quilts. She does not drive and hasn't been out to my house since my dad's passing. I come to town to visit with her, but my quilts mostly don't come along for the ride. My mom does not have the internet. So giving her the chance to see many of my quilts in person was a great treat.
Secondly, my sister, Georgina moved back to Canada from Milwaukee, WI around the same time as my dad died. And since she works in Stratford, I also invited her to come along to the show. Little did she know, she would be volunteered to help out. Not that she minded!
|My twin size Forest Friends quilt with American Eagle block.|
Thirdly, my daughter, Erin was invited. I did not expect that she would want to come along. But her basketball game that day was cancelled. So she sent me a last minute text asking me for directions to the hall. What a wonderful surprise! I was so happy to have all three of my favourite girls along for this show!!!
Erin kindly agreed to take on the role of photographer. This was also very much appreciated because I don't usually have anyone along who can help me get photos to show you here on the blog.
|Dog Gone Cute|
|My Pet Hamster|
|My baby MOD Bear Paw|
|My big MOD Bear Paw|
|And my Black Bird baby quilt that was sold the next day and is now on it's way to California. Those aren't CROWS! They're SNOWBIRDS!!!|
It was a touching show. I am so proud of all my girls! And thankful to have been able to have them all along with me for this event in my old home town.
A great big Thank You! so much to Barbara of the Stratford Quilting Club for your hospitality. It was so nice to see you again and to meet all your club members. Thank you for allowing me to bring along my three favourite girls!
Most of my shows and workshops have been scheduled by various quilting guilds across Ontario. But every once in a while, I am lucky to be offered to take part in an event that is open to the general public. In November, I will be visiting the Oakville Sewing Centre to provide a trunk show. And you are invited!!!!
The Oakville Sewing Centre has been offering sewing pleasures for the past 25 years, under the ownership of Linda Peel Devitt. Sewing has been her passion for her entire life and is evident with the 6000 bolt inventory of the most current, high quality quilting cottons, patterns and threads. That passion is also extended to a full line of Bernina and Janome sewing machines and accessories.
The Oakville Sewing Centre offers a full compliment of sewing workshops on quilting, sewing machine skills and specialized sewing skills. This is a one-stop shop for quilters and crafters.
Treat yourself to a Quilting Delight
Treat yourself to a Quilting Delight
Welcome Lorna McMahon
Creative Genius of Sew Fresh Quilts
Modern, Fresh and Funky
Trunk Show and Demonstrations
on Lorna's line of exquisite quilts
Saturday, November 26, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Fee: $25 plus HST (includes $10 voucher
for the purchase of one of Lorna's quilt patterns
to be used the day of the event)
The Oakville Sewing Centre is located at 488 Speers Road, Oakville, ON
And you can find their website here.
And I hope to see you in Oakville in November!!!