It's been a busy week since I returned from my travels. I've been to the shop to volunteer/work and a few times to meet up with some of my quilty friends so I had the chance to take a few pics on several occasions. Here is what you see from the door of the Artisans Collective Gift Shop:
The shop is essentially one large room that you enter through the Port Hastings Museum. The museum is almost the first thing you see when you enter Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. You cross the Canso Causeway, enter the traffic circle, and the museum/shop is on the right as you go around the rotary towards Route 19.
One of our key features is having a double bed which displays our quilts, changing every few days when a quilt sells or just because.
Our main attraction for quilt lovers is our wall of quilts. We have a corner set up with racks for the quilts. Again, the display changes when quilts are sold or when quilts are added. Our artisans are a busy group so new items are constantly being added to inventory.
One of the walls holds the brightest quilts, some more modern than traditional.
We have another corner near the front door which changes often as well! The wine glass quilt was so popular the first one sold immediately so the quilter brought in another!
13 local artisans, a daughter and a few husbands contribute to the collective so there is quite a variety of items.
If you plan to be in the area, please drop by. Send me an email at lcarruthers3atgmaildotcom and I'll try to be there when you come through.
When not at the shop, I did manage to find my sewing room. I was thrilled to be able to add the final maple leaf borders to this quilt.
This quilt was a joint effort by the St. Mark's Wednesday morning quilters. We made a variety of 6" finished maple leaf blocks, reds and earth tones, brought them in, and used a pattern called Autumn Jewels by Renee Peterson to arrange them. The pattern is in McCalls Quilting September/October 2010.
We auditioned a few fabrics for the sashing and background and played around with the placement of the blocks.
My friend Barb sewed the centre and the first border together and I added the outer maple leaf border. It was so rewarding to hang the finished flimsy on the line!
This is a very special quilt that we made to use for the Quilt of Valour-Canada program. It will be hand-quilted this summer at the Celebrating Quilting at the Causeway Quilt Show and Sale that takes place at St. David's Historical United Church in Port Hastings, a few steps away from the Artisans Collective Gift Shop from August 10-16. Hours are 10-4 each day of the show. During the show, this quilt will be put on a quilt frame. Local quilters and visitors to the show will have the opportunity to quilt it and by the end of the week, we anticipate the quilt will be ready for its binding! Please mark the dates on your calendar and plan to come by. The show and sale starts on the 10th with drop off, set-up, and doors opening all that day!
Its a great day for quilting!