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Further to my previous blog posting….


All the ladies who have been getting together for the past 10 years or so at the Quilt Shop are in a turmoil worrying about how we’re going to keep our group together and a couple of the ladies have some suggestions that just might work out.  We’ve all got our fingers crossed that something will be ‘just right’ and we will continue to get together on a regular basis.  At the very least, we could take turns being the ‘host’ and we could do hand work…but we hope that we’ll be able to find the perfect location that will allow us to continue our ‘wilts’.

Of course, I’ve been taking advantage of the wonderful sale that the Quilt Shop owner is having! So although it’s a sad time, it’s also an opportunity to score some bargains!  I’ve managed to pick up some lovely fabrics at really reasonable prices, so it looks like DS and DDiL will be getting that King-Size Quilt they’ve asked for – maybe for Christmas.  I’ve decided to repeat a pattern that I’ve already used once – something that I’ve never done before, (I like to always be starting something new) but I was so happy with the result the first time that I thought it would be interesting to tackle it again but using a completely different colourway.  This quilt is one of Pam Bono’s designs called “I’ve got the Blues”.  In keeping with the name, I made it for myself, using some of the blue fabrics from the Stonehenge collection.  For DS and DDiL, I’m going to make it using earthtones, which is what they requested.  I’m hoping it will be a success.  This is how it looks in the blue colourway.

We’ve just returned from a week long camping trip where we visited the historic town of ‘Barkerville’.  British Columbia readers of this blog will know what I’m talking about, and for the rest of you – it’s a really great place to visit!  A gold rush town circa 1858 or so, restored to look very much like it did back in the day, and with lots of people playing the parts of those early prospectors, store keepers, school teachers and preachers. 

Unfortunately, Barkerville in June is COLD.  There was still snow on the ground in places and our first day there we had a little bit of sun, a lot of wind, torrential downpours and even some ice pellets.  The streets were awash with water.  Mud everywhere.  These young boys didn’t seem to mind though.

But the bakery was open and I bought a lovely loaf of fresh warm sourdough bread (and some absolutely decadent pastries).  The upside of the miserable cold wet weather was there were no mosquitoes!  I believe in looking on the bright side. And I was very grateful for the old motorhome and its furnace at night.  The second day, the weather was vastly improved and the sun actually shone most of the time.  A most disreputable looking fellow tried to get us to ‘invest’ in his gold mine, but we all stood firm and decided his bucket of gravel that produced those three nice gold nuggets in the sluice box was probably ‘salted’.  He really liked having his picture taken and struck some mighty fine poses for anyone who had a camera.

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Comment by June Johnson/Wi on June 16, 2014 at 9:12pm

Beautiful quilt as is the panel hanging above the bed.

Comment by Barb/WI on June 16, 2014 at 7:20pm

Great photos!  Love that blue quilt.  I can't wait to see how it looks in earth tones.  I'm sure that will  really be stunning.  I'm usually drawn to those colors, so I just know I'll have quilt envy.

Comment by Rebecca Sundberg on June 16, 2014 at 9:49am

Ah yes, the one on the wall. One of my block of the month projects. I think I'll talk about that one in my next blog post as it takes a lot of explaining.  Stay tuned! :-)

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 16, 2014 at 9:38am

Your blue quilt was really very pretty, but I was fascinated by the one hanging on the wall!  Is that a specific pattern, or collection of patterns, or did you make that up as you went along?

Good luck to your group plans.  Definitely need to keep together; something will pop up for you, I'm sure.

Comment by Roxann on June 16, 2014 at 9:17am

Like Donna, my mom and I host a group of ladies for a "sit and sew" at our church in the fellowship hall on a Sat. 9-5 the second Sat of each month.  We all chip in $5.00 to $10.00 and give it to the church.  We always have a great day.   

Comment by Prairie Quilter Jan/NE on June 16, 2014 at 8:38am

What fun!  I love those old, historic towns.  

Beautiful blue quilt.  It will look great in neutral tones.  I admire you for tackling anything that has Pam Bono's name on it.  

Hope your quilting group can find a good spot to continue on.  

Comment by Donna Sykes on June 16, 2014 at 8:09am

I have a group of crafty friends and we reserve the fellowship hall at my church on a Saturday about every other month. We have plenty of room to work on our projects. We bring whatever tools/machines we need. Everyone pays $20 for the day and we make a donation to the church. Hope you are able to figure something out.
Your vacation sounds like a fun time. Your quilt is gorgeous!

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