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Fabric shopping and a quilt show – a quilter couldn’t ask for more!

After many weeks of planning, I headed to Mahone Bay last Friday morning with my friend Jan  to look for pieces of wool for our latest wool embroidery project. On arrival, we knocked, called and stood outside the shop wondering what was going on – until a kind passerby let us know that power was out in parts of town for much of the day. So much for the best laid plans – very disappointing but we’ll have to try that shop experience another time.

On the way out of town, and after a stop at Woolworks (after all, we were in a shopping mood), we took a left turn instead of the turn right to home, and headed to see Lynn Jones. Neither of us had managed the April 8th meeting where Lynn provided the program.  I won’t bore you with the shopping details but one of us (not me!) feasted on precuts (of which there were many) while there. 

The main reason I am sharing this story was the tidbit Lynn shared with us – one that she noted during her program presentation! I thought this needed to be shared further than those who were at the April 8th meeting. My addiction to One Block Wonder quilts is no secret – and clearly Jan has one too since she taught more than a few of us how to make one. Lynn mentioned the One Block Wonder Design Helper web site – you will find it here.  For anyone who loves to make One Block Wonders, and especially for those who aren’t sure whether their fabric is going to work, this is a game changer – and it’s FREE!

So, I tried it on for size – and you’ll see the result below. I have a set of panels I picked up on sale in New Brunswick. I thought they might work for the One Block Wonder – and you can judge for yourself whether you agree. You almost don’t need to actually make the quilt – just playing with the kaleidoscopes is a lot of fun without the need to cut or sew anything at all. Now I  plan to audition other fabrics in my stash to see how they would look. This is a great rainy day pastime.  So much fun – or maybe I am easily entertained…

Also, while out and about this weekend, I checked out the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild‘s quilt show. It closes today, April 14, at 4 pm. It was a great little show, with quilts on every pew in an old church building in Dartmouth, along with a small boutique and some larger quilts in a staging area. The quilts were a mix of quite modern to somewhat traditional – and at least a few featured quilters we know very well from our own Guild. I thoroughly enjoyed it. While they don’t tend to post photo galleries on their website as we do, they told me that they will make wide use of social media to show the quilts they had on display. So, you might want to visit their web page here and link to the social media channel that suits you to see what was on display. And yes, postcards for our own show were prominently on display. Thank you to the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild for helping us promote!

Till next time.