Sunday, October 21, 2012

Creative Stitches in Cowtown

My daughter, Chantel and I made the trek to Calgary this week.

Look at those mountains in the distance.

The fall colors were amazing.

All our leaves fell off a month ago.

I was born  and raised in many places in Calgary(and the rest of the provinces)
so it always feels like home to me!!

I love everything from the mountains to the Tower!

Creative Stitches was at the Roundup Center on Stampede Park.

The quilt exhibit this year was 'Quilts of Valour' and was a viewer's choice contest.

Stonehenge's Oh Canada! sponsored it.

I have my own stash of Oh Canada! from my trip to Grande Prairie, Alberta.

They will be donated to the families of our troops.

This one was Chantel's favorite.

Two quilts were donated anonymously. These kimonos were one of them.

There were twelve in total to choose from.

This autumn colored one was my favorite.

This postage stamp one was beautiful.

A close up of the postage stamp!

One of the presentations we watched was about bordering your quilt by Bernice Bone of Rumpled Quilt Skins from Okotoks, Alberta.

I feel like I have seen this quilt of the ships before.

How about you, Colleen?

This was my favorite technique from the borders talk.

It is a double piped binding that the store offers as a class.

I am going to have to do some research on this technique.

We also listened to Debra Justice of Labours of Love. She does amazing heirloom sewing and I have attended her talks before.

This time she was talking about organizing your sewing room and had some great ideas.

This was her favorite ironing board cover because of the gridding and mat cleaner.

Thought I would give them a try!

 I got some socks!!

WHO can resist Laurel Birch??

Not me!

The grab bags of wonderfil thread were on sale. 


It was also a Scrapbooking Show so there were tons of pretty ribbons and such.

With inspiration to get organized, I purchased this at Ikea.

There were other things we wanted but they will have to be shipped!!

One of my favorite stores has always been The Sugar Pine Quilt Shop in Canmore, Alberta. 

They did not let me down. Great inspiration!

We also made time to spend some time with family.

This is my sisters, Tannis, me and Larissa when we were small.

Forty years later......

And this pose was not a set up... same order!!

And we each brought a daughter along!

 Michaela, Breanna and Chantel

Thank you to Aunt Julie and Aunt Simone for hosting our get together.

It was great to see everyone!

Chantel and I had a great time and left town before the snow hit.

 I am ready for winter!!



  1. I never realized before how much Chantel looks like Tannis. Glad you had a great time. Thanks for getting my thread.

  2. How lucky to take a class with Anna. I recently had a class on Kantha quilting with her here at Quilt Canada. That star could have some interesting possibilities. Say hello to everyone at Retreat. Sure miss that.


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