Monday, August 26, 2013

It's Not All About Quilting...

Have you noticed I was a little absent from Blogland during the month of August? I had scheduled a few posts in my absence but I didn't do much reading of blogs or commenting. Why? Because we had traveled to Calgary, Alberta to attend the marriage of our daughter to her new hubby. On a glorious summer day, family and friends filled St. Joseph's Church  to celebrate the marriage of Alison and Jared. Introducing Mr and Mrs...


DD and SIL(yes, I can now use that abbreviation!) were surrounded by love with every step they took. I admit to many tears that day, especially when DD and WH had their Father-Daughter dance...


The song they chose to dance to was "I Loved Her First" by Heartland. It was such a perfect song. To listen to this amazing tune, click below...and keep your Kleenex handy...


What a time we had out West! In addition to a fabulous week of wedding celebrations, we had a family reunion with Mom, Me, and Sisters Three, plus hubbies, lots of children and a few more Western relatives.

We also enjoyed amazing hospitality by DD's new in-laws and extended families.In fact, the men of the two families bonded very quickly with hammers and nails as they, SIL and friends, started the construction of a new garage for the happy couple. Woodworker Hubby was in his element! 



I also had a wonderful afternoon in Calgary with my blog friend Sue who blogs at Chickadee's Country Cottage Crafts. I had met her for the first time in April when I travelled out to Calgary to help DD choose a wedding dress. This time Sue met me at a mall and the two of us traveled to a wonderful quilt shop called Traditional Pastimes. I've been there before and love it. Both Sue and I filled a few bags with fabric goodies and patterns. Sue lives in High River, a community that was devastated by the flooding in late June. You can read her first hand account HERE. Because of the flood clean-up, Sue hasn't had much time since to sew or quilt, but the afternoon spent at the quilt shop did its trick...it inspired!

The quilt shop is very involved with the Quilting for Calgary campaign which is collecting quilts for those impacted by the Flood of 2013. After the campaign was announced, I quickly mailed out this quilt top that I had made during the 2012 Blogger BOM.

Quilting for Calgary requested that the quilts be lap size so this was the perfect size. I added the backing, binding, and label to the package and shipped it away.Volunteers out West were then given the tops to machine quilt, sandwich with donated batting and bind. The deadline is September 1 and daily updates to their Facebook page show an enormous amount of support is still pouring in. 

After the wedding, WH and I rented a car and traveled to Kimberley, BC for a golf holiday with sister and her hubby. Don't even ask about my golf score...



We finished our vacation with a trip through the mountains, spending time in Banff before we overnighted in Canmore. We arrived in Banff around lunch time on Thursday so quickly settled in for a cold one and a fabulous meal at St. Jame's Gate Irish Pub in Banff before we did our touring. Can you believe that I also found a tiled quilt on the floor of this place? There were several quilt arrangements throughout the front room, with this one located close to the door.



After a few hours of sightseeing and walking along the Bow River Trail, we headed to overnight in Canmore. Here was the view from our balcony...

We flew home Friday, overnighted at an airport hotel in Halifax, arriving home in Cape Breton on Saturday afternoon.

It was a fabulous adventure from start to finish. It was even more special to arrive home and find this postcard in my mail! This little piece of art was sent to me by Linda, who lives in Halifax and blogs at Scrapmaster. Thank you, Linda, your work is exquisite!



After a day of unpacking, I managed a quick trip to my sewing corner and started Part 6 of the Quilts by Darlene's Mystery quilt. My goal is to stick with this project until it's finished. Will keep you posted!



Phew...I didn't intend to write so much! If you're still with me, thanks so much for reading along. Till next time, it's a great day for quilting!


41 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely wedding, your daughter is so beautiful in her dress!!

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  2. Congratulations to the newlyweds. Sounds like you had a wonderful time out west.

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  3. Cute couple! What a joy for your whole family. :)

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  4. What a lovely couple. Sounds like a very lovely time in Calgary. Hope life doesn't seem dull after all of your August fun.

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  5. Great post... so much beautiful sharing! Congratulations on your new addition to the family! It looked like a wonderful time was had by all!

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  6. What a gorgeous couple! Her dress is so beautiful. You must be so happy. Your trip sounds amazing. I hope to hear lots more about it when we get together. So glad you liked my little postcard. They are such fun to make.

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  7. Congratulations to the couple and it sounds like you have had a wonderful month Lesley!!

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  8. Congratulations to the new addition and they look like a very happy and loving couple. Sounds like you had a wonderful month.

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  9. What a gorgeous couple; looks like everyone enjoyed themselves. Great quilt that you sent to the flood victims; someone will be very happy to receive it.

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  10. beautiful couple and I'm sure it was a beautiful wedding. Sounds like a wonderful trip

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  11. Thanks for sharing all your adventures - it looks like you had a marvelous time! Your DD was a lovely bride. I know you must be happy to have "new" family!

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  12. What a wonderful vacation...the bride is lovely! I always wanted to travel to some of these spots like Banff....Bucket list! Glad you are back!

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  13. Your baby girl is gorgeous and so is her dress! :D

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  14. Beautiful bride and handsome groom. Sounds like you had a lovely trip. Welcome back.

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  15. What a wonderful couple. Your daughter is stunning! It sounds like it was the perfect time for you and the family. Thank you for sharing!

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  16. I'd have used up a whole box of tissues hearing the words to song and watching the dance! Just perfect! You wore me out reading about your activities! Lol

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  17. So much goodness!!!!
    Your daughter is gorgeous....congratulations.
    So happy you had a wonderful trip.....at least you try to golf...I only go to the course to have lunch.
    What a wonderful surprise to come home to...cute postcard.
    I am so happy for your family time and girlfriend time...it is the best.
    This summer I got to hang out with my bestest friend and it was wonderful.

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  18. I enjoyed reading every bit of your post and the music is perfect for the father-daughter dance. Your daughter and sil are a beautiful couple.

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  19. Oh isn't it wonderful when our children find their forever loves and start out on a brand new life? Congratulations my friend!!! Your trip sounds like a magical time with friends, family and good times :*)

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  20. Ah, your bride daughter looks beautiful! Your trip looks and sounds wonderful. Now back to sewing and blogging! Have a great time.

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  21. It sounds like a positively wonderful August for your family. Congratulations to the newlyweds. Welcome home.

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  22. What a beautiful post... big congrats to the beautiful bride and her handsome groom... Dads & Daughters always emotional tines at their weddings...same in our family. Sounds like you have a very special set of memories to go along with your holiday.

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  23. Lovely post Lesley, so nice to see some wedding photos and to hear what you've been up to. It sounds like you had a fantastic time - and neat that you are back into your sewing :-)

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  24. All so wonderful. Congratulations to the happy couple. Now get back to work! LOL

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  25. What a happy couple and happy times for you and your family! Love that bright quilt! It will bring a ray of sunshine to someone who needs it! Very generous of you!

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  26. What a beautiful bride. Looks like you had a fun and inspiring trip!

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  27. Best wishes to the happy couple! What a wonderful time for everyone! How nice that you had so many wonderful adventures this past month. Now it's back to the business of sewing!!!

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  28. They make a beautiful couple and the happiness shows on their faces. It looks like you had a great time at the wedding and in your travels. Welcome back!

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  29. Congratulations to Alison and Jared , what a lovely couple ! It sounds like your trip was just perfect in every way , good to have you back.

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  30. Oh how wonderful! Congratulations to all of you for the start on a growing family. It sounds like a most wonderful time! Your daughter is just stunning. Wishing all you many happy, loving and fun years ahead.
    xx

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  31. Wow, what a fantastic trip. Your daughter is gorgeous!! They make such a sweet couple. I'm glad you are home and will see you next month! I'm so looking forward to our get together. That's a pretty clever postcard from Linda. She's amazing!

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  32. I'm not listening to that song Lesley - I cry every time I hear it! She certainly was a beautiful bride...I know you are so proud of her, and rightfully so. blessings, marlene

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  33. What a beautiful couple... congratulations and welcome back!

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  34. Congrats on the wedding:):) Your daughter looks so happy and beautiful!!! Hugs- S

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  35. What a wonderful month you've had! That song is a real tear jerker...sheeeesh Leslie! LOL
    Congrats to the happy couple and the supporting family!

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  36. Congratulations! Your daughter was a beautiful bride.
    It sounds like August was a great month for you.
    The yellow and green sampler quilt is beautiful. I'm sure it will be appreciated.

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  37. What a wonderful and exciting time you have had. Congratulations to the newly weds. Your daughter looked gorgeous and her dress was lovely. Best wishes for a very happy future.

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  38. Congratulations, Lesley!! What a gorgeous bride and groom!! Her dress was beautiful...and that song was perfect for a Father/Daughter dance!! Brought tears to my eyes!!
    P

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  39. It's so funny, they used to say that people, after many years of marriage, began to resemble each other...I laughed looking at our newlyweds, already seeing little resemblances between them...and now I see the same in yours! What a beautiful couple they are! Congratulations on your new son!

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  40. Lovely pictures Lesley, Alison was a beautiful bride her dress was fabulous!
    It was nice to meet up with you again, just the thing to take my mind off other things and back onto sewing, thank you for taking the time to meet me in your busy schedule that week, shame we didn't get to meet again in Cranbrook!

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  41. It looks like a lovely time with everyone very happy. Your daughter is beautiful and her dress is stunning.

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