There are 12 of us who make up the Artisans Collective, a group of women from the area who set up shop every summer in the Port Hastings Museum at the Causeway, the entrance to Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia. As one of the twelve, I take a turn once every 12 days to work a shift. My day was yesterday. Off I went with a smile, some sewing projects, my "new" 1964 Featherweight, and a portable table. You see, at this time of year, the number of visitors drops a bit, so there always seems to be a little time to work on a project or two. Seeing an artisan at work also seems to be a treat for the visitors who come into the shop so it's a win-win situation.
The number of visitors the shop will start to pick up again in a week or two because of the Celtic Colours International Festival, an annual event that attracts thousands of visitors to celebrate our rich Cape Breton culture. Music, concerts, workshops, crafts, food-it's all here for our visitors to see and experience. Our shop will stay open until the end of the Festival and reopen again for two weekends before Christmas,
Back to my day. I set up my FW in front of the patio door overlooking the deck. This also gave me a beautiful view of the Strait of Canso. I sewed along, listening to Cape Breton music, tapping my toes and heels, and jumping up to welcome the visitors who dropped by. The natural light was indeed a bonus so I pulled out my "peels" ( you can read about this quilt HERE) and started to sew.
In no time at all, I had finished 6 of the 8 rows that I need for the quilt. I'll work on the final two rows this weekend and then sew the columns of "leaves" to green stems. I figure the quilt will be a good size to cuddle in come the spring!
Do you recognise the quilt on the bed underneath the peels? It is my Cake Mix Celebration quilt.
We have a bed in the shop that is used to display quilts on. When people are interested in a quilt, if it is on a wall or quilt stand, we spread it on the bed so that they'll see how it looks. We change the bed often-either the quilt sells or we rearrange the quilts in the shop so that our repeat customers will see something different every time they visit. Yesterday I welcomed quilters from Ontario and PEI...there is always so much to be shared with fellow quilters!
This week I also finished all the machine applique on Country Homecoming. My last picture looked so faded in the sunlight, so I took another picture, this time in the kitchen. It is all ready to go to the longarmer next week. Flannels and homespuns always makes my heart soar!
Thanks so much for coming by today. It's a great day for quilting!