Sunday, June 16, 2013

Sew Exciting 2013 Quilting Retreat

It's been a week since I got home from our Sew Exciting 2013 Quilting Retreat at Pearson College in Metchosin, outside of Victoria.  I've been many years before but the difference this year was that I was the Chair of the Committee.  We had a hoot!  Early on we decided on a "Wild, Wild West" theme.  The theme is evident throughout the weekend from table decor, to events.

Here is our committee (minus one member, Terry, whose son was getting married on the Saturday so she couldn't attend).

A fine array of cowgirls dontcha think??

And Linda was a very good sport.  She taught the gals how to line dance on Friday evening!

A good time was had by all.

Our classes were Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Mine was a 3 day class - One Block Wonder with cubes inserted (from the book "One Block Wonder Encore").

Here's the teacher's quilt (Mae Petersen):

I have quite a ways to go and my layout is far from final.  I'm just finishing the blocks and putting them on the design wall for stage 2 - shuffling and getting the correct layout.

Here is a link to my Picasa album from the weekend.


Until next time,


Sunday, June 2, 2013

And the quilt lived happily ever after...

This is a post about why it's SO IMPORTANT to label your quilts.

I made this quilt for my dear grand-nephew and it goes everywhere with him.

And recently it went to a concert with him and his family.  For some reason all blankets were confiscated at the entrancd to the concert.  I cannot fathom why.  Anyway, the quilt was left and could not be retrieved at the end of the concert.  At the time, I didn't know what was going on. 

Yesterday I got a call from a kind stranger.  Her name is Katie and she lives in Vancouver where my family lives and where the concert was.  She saw the quilt and figured it was special and didn't want someone picking it up (ie stealing it) so she picked it up with the purpose of finding its owner.  Wow.

And this is where the label part comes in.  I ALWAYS label the quilts I give away.  I always use my first and last name (rather than from "Great Auntie Mavis").  I always date them and put the name of the recipient on them.  Katie saw the label and googled to see if she could find me.  She found this blog.  And on this blog was a link to our bed & breakfast.  And on our B&B page is our phone number.  And Katie called me.   And I called my nephew and his family and gave them Katie's number.  They were SO relieved to hear the news that the quilt had been found.

So because of Katie's 'random act of kindness', this quilt will live happily ever after with the family it was intended for and I couldn't be happier.

Thank you Katie!

And THAT'S why we should label our quilts.  :o)