Last Sunday, I took a drive out to Brigus, Conception Bay. There had been a promise of some sun but that didn't happen. However, I did get some nice photos around the community. My concentration was on closeups as I was thinking hand embroidery. I can see using dyed cheese cloth for the rocks with lots of embroidery threads and other embellishments. What do you think? As you can see, that's what I did in this commissioned piece of the red fishing shed. It worked quite well.
Today we took a trip around the bay. Ever since The Grumpy Goat Gallery opened a few years ago in Upper Island Cove, I've wanted to make a trek out there. I wasn't disappointed. They have a lovely shop and gallery. I even met Rose and Sophie (two pet goats) and Blanche the cat. It's a good thing I like cats as Blanche decided to make a jump onto my shoulder. She was caught just as she was going to land! I thought I had a photo of her but sadly, I didn't.
We had afternoon tea in their newly opened Crabby Cat Coffee Shack. My blueberry scone was delicious!! If you want an afternoon tea and sweet, I suggest you pay this little spot a visit! The scenery along the way is a big plus too. Lots to see!
Here's a few photos from their place. Everything is just so colourful and fun!
Three of the quilt guilds in our area have worked very hard during the last year to get Australian quilter, Gloria Loughman, to visit our small part of the world. Thanks go out to the ladies on the workshop committees. It took a lot of work to coordinate with Gloria to add us to her visit to North American.
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to take one of the workshops but I did attend the Trunk Show on Friday evening. Gloria is a wonderful speaker and I enjoyed her talk and display of art quilts. Her use of colour is just fantastic! I was talking to a number of my friends and they highly recommended doing her workshops. She does offer a course on Craftsy if any of you are interested. You can access this course directly on Gloria's website. Just click on the thumbnail on the left hand side. Gloria has also published three excellent books.
I hope everyone has a great Labour Day weekend! We will be exploring the Cabot Trail here in Nova Scotia so I hope to get some great photos.
As promised, here is the finished "Wonky Houses" Advent Calendar wall hanging I made for my granddaughter who lives in Chicago. I waited until I got to Chicago to finish the piece with her. She had fun with all the buttons and then showed me where to sew them. We have a video of that so she can see us working on it when she's a big girl. One thing I forgot to do was put gold lame behind the candles on the tree. Guess it won't get done this year. Maybe sometime in the future but it really doesn't matter, she likes it as it is!
I discovered a great quilt shop at Avonport, NS called Avonport Discount Centre Fabrics. Several of my quilting friends mentioned this quilt shop to me several years ago but I had forgotten about it. It is quite close to where we are staying so that is a plus. As I pulled up to the building, I noticed a large tool shop next door. Very convenient for those husbands who sometimes tag along.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. I explained who I was and a bit about my art work, web site and blog. As a result, I was given permission to take as many photos as I wanted.
Shopping carts are near the door for your convenience. I didn't bother to take one as I figured I wasn't going to get that much. Boy, was I wrong!
This shop has everything a quilter needs! The fabrics, books and patterns are fabulous with reasonable prices. It was hard to make a decision!
Quilters visiting Nova Scotia, this is a shop to visit!