ELAINE QUEHL, Quilt Artist, Teacher, Dyer, Designer

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Greetings from Nova Scotia, Part 2

After several days of rain forecasts it finally did begin to rain tonight in Nova Scotia. I don't mind at all since I have had four more lovely days than what the Weather Channel predicted. The Mayflower Quilters Retreat began yesterday at the beautiful Pictou Lodge. The pictures on Pictou Lodge's website do not do the place justice. It is remote and beautiful.

Each of the teachers at the retreat has their own little cabin. This is mine.

At 8 a.m. this morning I opened my cabin door to head for breakfast at the main lodge and was greated by this sight.
My class, a 3-day free-motion machine quilting class, with 15 students, is taking place in this gorgeous classroom. That is the Northumberland Strait just outside our windows. I am afraid I am spoiled and ruined for good ... can any classroom ever live up to this again?

Here is a shot of the three teachers teaching at this year's retreat. On the left is Jane Sassaman from Harvard, Illinois (just outside Chicago). In the middle is Daphne Greig from Vancouver Island (North Saanich), and on the right is me.
All the attendees appear to be having a fabulous time, the food is great (planked salmon tonight) and each night before dinner the cash bar opens. Fortunately the weather has been so good that everyone spills out on the patio

Once again I am taken by the friendliness and warmth of Nova Scotians! Wish you were here.


  1. Open bar? LOL, I sure hope you forget about that perfect workshop setting before you get to our little island=) Hope you are having a fab time.

  2. Wow what a wonderful place! You're right - I'm sure it will be hard to go back to a 'regular' classroom after this!

  3. OMG Jackie, can you tell I don't drink very much! I didn't fully realize that "open bar" means the alcohol is free!!! I thought it just meant that the bar opens! So I figured out after your email that I created a wrong impression. Just to set the record straight, it is a CASH BAR.


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