Saturday, October 31, 2009

Long absence explained

The Creative Show in Toronto brings together creative people from all over Canada and the States. I was delighted that my Mother and two of her sisters and a friend made the journey from Alberta. Not much time for visiting at the Creative Show, there is always so much to see, and being the first Creative Show for one Aunt in particular, it can feel like overeating at an all you can eat buffet! The friend and first time Aunt went home right after the Show, I'm sure they are still digesting all they saw and learned!

Mom and the other Aunt stayed with me for the week after. What did we do...more shopping of course! We visited St. Jacobs and St George. These are two great destinations for quilt shopping! In a simple house on the corner in St Jacobs is a quaint little shop with the most beautiful hand quilted quilts. The proprietess shyly told us she didn't know how to quilt by machine, but I can tell you she excelled at her handwork! Reichards was the next stop, filled with inspiring colours and projects this was a treat for the eyes! After a delicious lunch and browsing the other great shops we made our way to St George and Lyn Bell Creative Studio. Even though we caught them as they were just closing they graciously allowed us to shop and I can tell you plenty of Alberta dollars were sprinkled over Ontario! We couldn't leave St. George without visiting the "Brown Dog" for an apple fritter and fresh ground coffee! We took another road trip a couple of days later and it was a treat to visit Northcott Fabrics. Mom thought it was amazing how they got the fabrics onto the bolts, everyone was so nice there and it was neat to see the behind the scenes of what we usually see in a fabric shop. We finished the day with a visit to Ruti's Needlebed in Mississauga. This shop truly has everything you can imagine, if you can't find it just ask the ladies behind the counter, they know their stock!
This is my Mom working on the Shattered Angles quilt they started in a class at the show, Aunty Sylvia is watching the embriodery machine work its magic.

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