Monday, October 19, 2015

Fabulous Fibrearts Festival

I just returned from a fabulous weekend at the Nova Scotia Fibrearts Festival, an annual event held in Amherst, Nova Scotia. For me, it was like Christmas! As I already mentioned to fellow Nova Scotian blogger friend Karen of KaHolly, who hitched a ride up to the Festival,  I had a wonderful weekend that was packed with so many highlights! I visited with my mom and two sisters who live fairly close to Amherst and shared time with two of the three of my fellow members of the Nova Scotia Quilt Bloggers Quartet, Linda at Scrapmaster and Karen at KaHolly, but unfortunately, missed Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World who arrived on a daytrip. 

I met up with fellow members of the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild at the colorful display of quilts at the Town Hall. Here are some pics of the amazing display that delighted visitors when they entered the doors of the Amherst Town Hall.




















When I could tear myself away from all the fun being had by the gals there from the MMQG, I participated in two days of machine quilting workshops offered by Linda Hubbard, who blogs at Stitch Lines. One workshop was entitled Machine Quilting 101 and the other was Walking Foot Quilting. I have been sewing and quilting for more years than I care to remember, but Linda's workshop provided me with a huge arsenal of new tips and tricks and machine quilting information that I plan to put to good use for years to come. I especially loved seeing the samples and demos of the huge variety of stitches that can be done on any domestic machine. Linda's work is meticulous and her bindings to die for! Linda has taught quilting classes for years and has judged many quilt shows, so I felt very fortunate to be able to attend her workshops and learn so much.

What else did I do? I enjoyed the Zonta craft fair and several quilt shows. The church was a little dark so I didn't take any pictures, but you can see a few of the quilts at The Fabric Cupboard's blog HERE. I bought some fabric treasures from Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium fabric shop located right on the main street of Amherst and the pop-up shops of Darlene's A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt Shop and The Fabric Cupboard. Who could ask for anything more? As I said, just like Christmas! 

Now I'm home and ready to quilt. Life is good and it's a great day for quilting, even with those little white flakes starting to cover the ground. Did I mention Christmas?

23 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful time. We had snow over the weekend, too.

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  2. Wow...it looks like there was a lot to enjoy there.

    Many places seem to be getting an early start to winter.

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  3. Thanks for showing those wonderful quilts...looks like you had a fun fun time!

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  4. So many wonderful quilts, thank you so much for sharing their pictures

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  5. Sounds like a perfect getaway!
    I look forward to seeing what you create after all of that inspiration. : )

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  6. Wow - what a busy and fun few days! sorry to hear about the snow, but you can just stay indoors and quilt to your heart's content!!

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  7. Sounds like a perfect weekend. So many quilts; thanks for the pics.

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  8. "Sew" much fun! Happy to see you even though for a short time. Love your pics!

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  9. Lucky you - I LOVE those kinds of getaways! Sounds like you had lots of fun!

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  10. How fun was that!!! Nice that you had such a great getaway!

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  11. Great pictures of the show , sorry I missed you but glad you had a fun time in your classes with Linda , she is a great teacher .

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  12. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Great pictures.

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  13. Dear Lesley,
    what a fun event and a lot of beauful quilts to see in teh pictures.
    We just had a documentary about Nova Scotia on television this morning. Listened to it while handquilting a little before work.
    Greetings,
    Sylvia

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  14. What a great weekend away Lesley. And you got to do workshops with Linda - I love her blog. What a great display of work - thanks for sharing the pictures. xx

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  15. Looks and sounds like you had a blast. Good for you!!!

    Thanks for sharing all the wonderful eye candy.

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  16. What a wonderful weekend! Seems a little early for snow? But then snow falling is pretty ... and a good excuse to stay inside and quilt!

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  17. Look at all that beautiful stuff Lesley....what fun! blessings, marlene

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  18. It was a grandiose time! Thanks for the ride down and the delightful conversation. Made the trip fly by. I'm glad you were able to glean some useful info from Linda's classes. Your work is already so beautiful, it's difficult to imagine it getting even better. Pretty soon, I'll be asking you for your autograph! Great post, Lesley, and lovely pics.

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  19. Lesley, thanks for your kind words. So glad you enjoyed both classes and found them useful. There is always more to learn, for all of us! It was a great weekend in Awesome Amherst! Funny to run into you in Moncton as well. You just can't beat Hines restaurant, it's a fav of mine from way back. Hope you delivered that hug to your sis! :)

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  20. Sounds like you had a wonderful time Lesley! How neat to meet fellow bloggers and also take classes!

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  21. It does sound like an incredibly busy weekend. But that's the way it has to be when there is so much to see and do. The quilt displays look wonderful.

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  22. there are all kinds of cool quilts in this post!!!

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