Before I get busy looking back at this trip I want to say that tomorrow, Friday 30 May I am doing a trunkshow talk and book signing at City Quilter in NYC. If you are in the area and intersted in coming along I'd love to meet you! Not sure if it is sold out but we also have the Modern Wedge workshop there on Saturday and Sunday!!!!
Our journey continues...blending memories and adventures.We made our way north and stopped overnight in Buffalo where my parents grew up. Amherst High was where they met, fell in love and started a long happy life together. I have heard many stories of this place and was surprised at the size as most things in hindsight are so much smaller than we imagine!
Some places feel like home because they are or were. Some places feel like home because the inhabitants make you feel that way and that is exactly what has been happening as we travel. We arrived in Brantford Canada at Red Red Bobbin to do Soul Searching and Modern Wedge with Louise and Jim and their people.
The best thing about this workshop i show varied the results are at the end of the day. I like to give out a lot of ideas and worry that I have confused everyone but in the end everyone gets somewhere and we are all happy!
Big Wedding has been hugely popular as has Vinatage spin, both in Adding Layers.
It was a super exciting day filled with great work and fun conversation. I had a great time and thought they all had made individual projects with flare.
The next day we started the two day workshop with Soul Searching. Louise and I had gone through her shop gathering up bolts of fabric for the participants that would stretch their "comfort zones." Louise has a great collection of fabrics in her cozy shop and all picked with love. Like me, Louise is likely to jump up and down when the perfect fabric is selected for the job! Kindred spirits we are!
Day two rolled around, the room filled with some new and some familiar faces and we got started working the concepts of Soul Searching. We started with the neutral sections of the quilt and to my amazement and complete satisfaction...they studied their efforts all day until we were all exhausted.
Again, it was nice to put names to faces from our mail out programs. This is a very nice part of the trip...to discover the people whose names pop up on the computer all the time!
Soon colors started to appear and we were on a roll.
I have to say John was a big help each day. He did slip out and take a few photos of the local area which was beautiful...fields plowed over rolling hills with criss crossing rows or harvested corn remains made lovely texture agains warm green budding stands of trees. We had a beautiful walk on a trail as the sun started to set in just the most peaceful of settings. Of course a few painted barns make a quilter happy and this one was at Louise's house!
The shop is in their house and surrounded by intersting pieces of art and hand crafted items. Everywhere there is something to investigate and we simply had a lovely time chatting with Lousie and Jim in the evenings.
As the last day drew to a close and we started to say our goodbyes I was struggling not to cry...what a surprise! Sincere thanks to all the lovely women that took the workshops at Red Red Bobbin and especially to Louise and Jim who entertained us, made us feel welcome and appreciated at every turn. I am also grateful for the concentration and efforts of all the people in the workshops that made great projects but managed to be kind and warm the whole time. Both John and I loved the experience.
Moving on each couple of days makes it all a bit of a blur but taking this time to look back feels good. It is nice to make quilting friends around the world. As we drove off we headed to meet up with a childhood friend that lives on my old street and in fact across the street from my favourite childhood home. As we headed down the "big" hill of the street I noticed it wasn't such a big hill after all! However, the neighborhood looked the same...it looked like home.
This is a site filled with memories of the beginning of friendships for everyone in my family that have lasted a lifetime. A home in a neighborhood of people that spent time together. As we walked the streets and remembered the mod squad and football games, people and events memories long forgotten came back to life in laughs.
Although we now look like the parents instead of the kids this was a fun night to share things that have happened over so many years. Again, a heartwarming experience with Jimmy and Caroline and a bonus visit from Maura! Short but full as we headed out in the morning for a visit with my brother. Jam packed hardly describes this trip but it is all good. Today we are in Cape Cod with yet another great group of quilters all bursting out in color and design! more later...k