The weekend passed in a whirlwind of activities – The Saskatoon Quilters’ Guild had their big quilt show. This year I made sure that we took in all the activities and it all began with an early morning on Thursday. Hanging quilts was on the agenda. Colin and I joined the rest of the hanging team and their husbands. In about two hours the entire show (just under 500 entries) was hung and vendors were beginning to set up.
I had committed to scribe for one of the judges who is actively beginning her apprenticeship journey with the Canadian Quilters’ Association. It was a pleasure to see her in action examining the sections assigned to her.
Opening night Thursday was filled with awards and accolades for the organizers. Barbara Dawson was this year’s Featured Quilter. Her display was filled with wonderful past and recent creations. Just as last time, the flower arrangements were stunning. Debbie Barlow (yes, the talented quilter) created the breathtaking table and floor arrangements. She ensured that the theme of “Fanning the Flames” was ever present.
And here are a couple of my favorite people. Gillian and Allen are standing next to Gillian’s latest quilt. She created this wonderful quilt for her youngest grandson who by now has received his special blanket. Gillian and Allen were also our most gracious hosts for the weekend. We always enjoy spending time together and this weekend was wonderful. We didn’t spend much time visiting – every night we returned “home” we fell into bed for some well deserved sleep, ready to get up early and volunteer at the quilt show.
My presentations were well received. “Fanning the Flames of Creativity” is a new digital presentation that will be added to my line up of lectures shortly. Thanks to everyone who supported my talk by buying tickets and applauding! It was great to see so many familiar faces, meet new quilters and make new friends.
It was great to attend the Saturday morning breakfast and trunk show featuring Karen Jurek. She shared her quilt journey of many years. It was especially wonderful to see her newest work. Karen was one of my first design students when I taught the 10 month workshop near Calgary. Karen is also a fellow CQA/ACC judge and an award winning quilter from Cochrane, AB.
There is no rest for the wicked (isn’t that the saying?}. I am in Edmonton today, ready to start a week-long workshop with 15 adventurous students. I look forward to reconnecting with friends! Stay tuned and check back later this week to see what is happening in the class.