Quilt Show - Expo Couverte

Quilt Show  - Expo Couverte
From July 28 to August 1 2014 Saulnierville NS

Sunday, July 20, 2014

The show is on.....

next week and I am looking forward to meeting all our visitors to the quilt show from near and far. 
The working team is all in place and ready to greet everyone who comes to Expo-Couverte/ Quilt Show    

 The array of fabulous art work displayed for all who visit is a sure sign God works through the artists.   
Absolutely breath taking!  

Here is the official poster.
Show dates ;
July 28, 29, 30, 31 from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm and  August 1st from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm 
                                                        Admission $5.00 per person 

and for anyone in our area or away who want to put their art on display do not hesitate to e-mail me. We will be registering the quilts on Sunday afternoon at the
 Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) church 
from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm  
FYI:  Acadian Security Services will be on hand throughout the show. Cameras are installed all over the church where the quilts will be housed for a week.
The quilts are to be picked up after 4:00 pm on Friday August 1st 

   Please come and introduce yourself to us we would love to chat about quilting.
The Guild and other individuals will have articles for sale at the show.   

Saturday, July 12, 2014

T'is the Season for "Busy"

.............even with the guild meeting closed for the summer months there are lots of activities going on. I can't believe it has been so long since I posted on my blog... 

Before we did close up at the guild we were honored to be filmed for a documentary on Acadian culture by the  
                                        Histoires francophones Inc.

Sound and camera couple were happy to be photographed.

Our Juniors were the highlights 
of the filming as they showed their talents at hand quilting .

After a lovely "last supper" together for the season  
(which I forgot to take pictures ) 
we ventured off on a road trip  
for a fabric shop hop. 
Off to Avonport 
for a fun day of fabric shopping .

With the busy times I still get time to sew and I did finish my BOM. 
Spring Bouquet . 
I stippled the whole thing and I really like the effect it gave the quilt. A true vintage look. 

I have not taken my vacation yet so in the evening I like to relax by the fire pit with this guy!  
 A few s'mores on the open fire.... Yummy! 

 The major part of the busy times is concentrated to getting ready for the

Starting July 28 to August 1st. Open from 10:00 am  to 8:00 pm every day except Friday the show closes at 4:00 pm.
Admission $5.00 per person. 
There will be about 200 quilts on display, lottery and  articles for sale. 
It is a fun week for the many volunteers who come to help at the show as we get to meet beautiful people from all over Canada and Europe as well. 
I will have pictures .    

Friday, May 23, 2014

A new recipe

A new healthy recipe ;
Oatmeal Chocolate Peanut Butter, No-Bake Candy Bars 
Yes! they are healthy.

1 cup peanut butter
2/3 cup honey 
½ cup coconut oil (no substitute)
2 cups oatmeal oats (not instant) 
1¼ cup mini chocolate chips 
3/4 cup dried cranberries 
In a medium sized saucepan melt together peanut butter, honey 
and coconut oil.
Remove from heat and add oats, chocolate chips and dried cranberries. Stir until combined and chocolate chips are melted.
Spread into 9 x 13 pan. 
Refrigerate until hardened about 1 hour. 
Store in refrigerator. Yummy !

These are so delicious and I believe part of its good taste comes from the beautiful and yummy honey I used  ......
The Neary Apiary as in Karen Neary's bees.  

Simple to make with minimal ingredients that are healthy 
 Did I mention they are delicious. I think this will be the key snack food in my refrigerator this summer.

Speaking of summer some signs are evident in the back yard that it is coming   
The pool was filled and hubby is busy cleaning, purifying  and heating the water.  
The Adirondack chairs are out, the lawn grows like crazy with all the rain we have had, the black flies are out with a vengeance, and the smell of Bar-B-Q is the aroma all over the neighborhood. 

 and to add to a happy day.....  I've got mail
 from Kimberly Jolly... Yes! that's right  Fat Quarter Shop 
My next project... 
 Bertie's Year. 12 months of cute wool appliqués and 
Kimberly has all the fabric to make the blocks .
 Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter 

                                      Bertie's Year Woolies Flannel Fat Quarter Bundle by  Maywood Studios

Then there is the 
Woolies Flannel Dark Brown Houndstooth Yardage 
for all the blocks' background. Now I am ready to cut and get these blocks ready . It will be the perfect project for the summer spent on my patio, or while travelling and vacationing.  

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A get together

Every year the Patchworks Pals from St Anne de Ruisseau and our guild get together for fun sewing days. In May they joined us and we all made 
an apron. 
Some came to hand quilt on our charity quilts .
The hall was buzzing with quilters ' high energies 

The day was filled with laughs, sharing and good food. Nothing is more fun than getting together with other quilters. And the aprons were all so gorgeous! 

I am still on a roll with my place mats. I made a set for a friend and 
 added a table topper   
 The fruit of the spirit is "Joy" And "Self-control "
    "Joy" and " Patience" 
"Peace" and "Gentleness" 
"Goodness and "Love" 
                                     And put all together... you have a set 

Prince Charles and Camilla were in the Maritimes and I noticed she had Nova Scotia tartan on her outfit. 
so I decided to make a table topper with the plaid for the guild's emporium and maybe a visitor this summer to our province.
This one I made because the colors were so bright and cheery, with the "dot"  fabric from Mrs Pugley's Emporium 

     Christmas décor was not forgotten so I made a few 
with a Christmas theme 
and some  Red Cardinals 

I did move away from the Spiral Placemats and started working on 
my Family tree quilt 
 This is the first block

 Then off to my "Words To Live By Quilt "
 Here is BOM  Block #3 Kindness .

 The new mystery challenge for the guild  is to make a quilt with a white or off white background and one other color, therefore the quilt is only two colors. At first I thought ohhh, I think I will skip this challenge as I am not fond of making two color quilts but then Paula, the member of the guild who puts out our Mystery quilt challenges, indicated we  could use different shades of the color. Now I am on the prowl for a pattern and set my project in motion for next year.   

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Having fun with wool!

When I first saw the wool appliqué projects, I said," Oh I don't think it is something I will get into. It is a bit too country looking for me." Well I must admit I have to eat my words because I am enjoying the appliqué with wool. I still see it as a primitive look but my daughters décors fit this category.
My first attraction was the quilt
 " Words To Live By "
 And I ordered the BOM from Primitive Gathering  
Here is Block # 2 
Of course once the block is finished you have to wait till the next month so I found this cute cushion pattern  
 made with wool appliqué 
in the Spring 2014  Primitive Quilts  Magazine.

I am also on roll with Place-mats  
Using the machine embroidery and layer cakes in my stash I am having fun   
trying out new designs.


Once in a while I like to venture away from large quilt projects and these place-mats are perfect projects for now.  

The guild's activities are winding down and the preparations have started for the
Quilt -Expo-Couvertes  
which will take place the week of July 28 to August 1. 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Is it spring yet ?

By the looks of my sporadic posting it does seem like I have been hibernating but, no, I have been busy. This winter even with its fierceness I have enjoyed the adventures it brought, both new and old. My sewing is always in motion and the guild was very active even though we had to cancel many Wednesday evenings due to bad weather. After many cancellations we did have our mystery quilt night and all you could hear in the  hall was 
Oh! AH! Wow! 
The challenge was to make a project using a square! 
Here are a few in the Mystery Quilt Parade:
 Yvette and Emma
 Rose Marie
 Nicole A 
And ... mine    
made with Kansas Troubles . The appliqué pieces were all pieces I had prepared when we went on a bus tour to St Antonio Texas. At the time I had no idea how I was going to use the appliqué pieces but it was fun sewing on the bus.  
It was a fun night with so much eye candy to see. 

The guild also celebrated its 3rd anniversary with an Open House. 
A very successful event with many visitors coming to see what we have been up to. We have a display for our projects we worked on, we have a quilt in the frame for people to hand quilt and we have various booths with members demonstrating different techniques.
Such as: 
 Wool Appliqué
 Beading and hand embroidery
 And the hand quilting 
We also have 
a pie sale. Yum! Needless to say they all sold !  
For lunch we served rappie pie. 
A fun filled day for sure. 

I am now counting the months I have left to work. I gave my letter to my manager indicating I will be finished December 31/2014. My feelings are mixed as I try not to look at it as an end. 
I have been working for 46 years in Health Care Services and now new adventures await.    

One of those new adventures ( which is not really new, but has been going on for 4 years)  is that I am following Theology courses with my husband who is preparing to be ordained a Deacon in November of this year. We have an excellent team working with us making this mission an exciting calling  we both rejoice in serving. 

This week-end I made Gerald
his first "Deacon Stole" 
 In the Green for "Ordinary Times"  
with the Celtic cross on the shoulder and inside the strap 
I had to embroider our "signature saying" that we have been using for 45 years. 
" je t'aime plus + hier, -  que demain " 
which translate into 
I love you more than yesterday but less than tomorrow♥