Friday, 11 October 2013

Quilting Holiday Update part 2

Following. On from my previous post, we are still having a wonderful time here in Canada the weather has been wonderful with temperatures into mid twenties each day.
Wednesday saw us moving onto Quebec city where we had lunch in the panoramic rotating restaurant l'astral followed by a guided tour of the city
Thursday we had a tour around the isle of Orleans home to the firsts settlers before stopping at Montmorency Falls.
We had a talk by Quilters Guild Les Courtepointieres Appliquees about their yearly textile challenge and saw a display of their work
Today saw us return to Montreal we had lunch with members of Coortepointieres Quebec Quilts and a talk and display on freemotion quilting by Ms Pierra Vernex before a little retail therapy at Stylists & Complice a lovely quilt shop with a wide range of fabric and accessories.
Tomorrow we have a meeting with Montreal Modern Quilt Guild and a last look around Montreal to finish what has been the most wonderful week

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Quilting Holiday Update

Having a lovely time here in Canada, the scenery and colours are fabulous it's hard to describe.  We have been to some lovely places so far Montreal city, with visit to the Notre dame Basillica.
A little village called Hudson where we met with a lovely group called the Hudson village quilters who showed us some of their work and gave us a demonstration on needlepoint applique and Hawaiian quilting.
We have visited a quilting shop on the mohawk reservation and met with the owner who showed us some of her work and explained about their culture.
We then moved on to the eastern township's and yesterday met with the lennoxville quilters who were very hospitable. We had  a demonstration on the stack n whack tecnique.
We've also visited the abbey of st Benedict and a vineyard for wine tasting.

You can see some pictures over on quilters haven blog

Friday, 4 October 2013

I'm sew excited................

Tomorrow I am going on the Colours of the Fall Quilting holiday with Arena Travel
Quilting and the Colours of the Fall in Eastern Canada

and Karin Hellaby of Quilters Haven

Canada is a place that I have always want to go to and so being as it was my big birthday in May and with everything I've gone through this year with my illness I decided to treat myself.

I'm excited and really looking forward to it although must admit I am a bit apprehensive as I have never travelled so far and not done anything like this on my own before, I'm sure that once I get to Heathrow and meet up with Karin and the rest of the group I will have a fab time.

I'll update my blog when I get back with lots of pictures


Machine Embroidery Workshop

I attended a machine embroidery workshop this week at Quorn Country Crafts and as well as learning and playing with different settings on my machine we did a little Christmas wall hanging
The picture was embroidered onto fabric, then ironed onto a piece of Decoville (from Vilene), backing added with bondaweb then satin stitched all around, ribbon and buttons added at the end.