Sunday night I returned from a week of teaching around Ontario. It was a whirlwind! Just before I left I looked at the weather forecast and decided to have my snow tires taken off. Next time I decide to do that in April I will remember this trip. Snow and ice appeared in Midland and Barrie. But I am happy to say that it didn't affect my specific routes too much, but other people encountered some dangerous situations. I'm glad for the pair of gloves I popped in my glove compartment just before I left and for the snow brush I decided to leave in my car!
First stop was Shelburne, Ontario to teach a workshop for Cobwebs and Caviar. Shelburne is not too far from Orangeville. The store is an eclectic and charming one with quilting and sewing supplies on one side, and funky ladies wear and accessories on the other. I couldn't resist buying two polka-dotted infinity scarves :-), one in black and white and the other in red and white. The shop carries my full line of "Falling Leaves" fabric from Northcott, and has my "Poppy Passion" line on order. By now it may even be in the store.
The shop has a small classroom, so our workshop took place at the Shelburne Library. A couple of students sneaked out before I had the chance to take this photo. In the front row, second from the right, is AJ Cavey, co-owner of the store with her beautiful magnolia quilt. These quilts were all made with curves cut and piece free-hand. The applique is "liberated". Some of these works still need to be cropped and of course all of them still need to be quilted.
Here are a few details. Loved the splash of purple on the complementary orange background!
I also loved how this sunflower is spreading out in the lower right corner.
It was a fast-paced day so I failed to get the names of the makers. If you see your work here, please let me know and I will be sure to add credits.
That night it was off to Midland, Ontario where I spent the following action-packed day with the Georgian Bay Quilters Guild. We spent the day making hosta leaves.
In the evening I gave a lecture.
The next morning I was off to Barrie to give a lecture to the Simcoe County Quilters Guild in Barrie, Ontario. This is my second visit to their guild. Big thanks to Korleen and Adrianna for their help moving in and setting up and moving out, and to Korleen for the very touching speech she gave to introduce me. Korleen has been to my classes in various places, but especially Haliburton School of the Arts, for many years now.
I enjoyed a little free time that evening and the next day it was time to head to the Kempenfelt Conference Centre in Innisfil, just outside Barrie, for the Simcoe County Quilters Guild's retreat. By this time the snow had melted and the sky turned blue. This view outside was a big bonus!!
I taught for two days: "Fast & Fun Fused Designs"on Saturday and "Beyond Stippling, Part 1" on Sunday. Here are a few pictures of some finished and almost-finished designs.
Coreen Zerr from Nanaimo, BC was also at the retreat teaching and gave a lecture on Saturday night. Here is a photo of the trees students made in her class on Saturday.
I don't often do this, but I drove the 6 hours home after class on Sunday. Yes it was tiring but I wanted to be home to unpack and repack and dye more fabric. I am flying out to Timmins on Friday where I will be the guest speaker and workshop teacher at their show. I will be back Sunday night. In the mean time, I have unpacked, finished two weeks of laundry, am dealing with administrative stuff (shipping patterns, doing up teaching contracts, revising supply lists, communicating about upcoming workshops) and dyeing up a storm again because the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild's Festival of Quilts is coming up on Mothers Day Weekend and I need a good stock of fabric to sell!! Never an idle moment at this time of year. But I won't forget to appreciate and notice the beautiful spring weather we are having!!