Saturday, October 13, 2012

Making New Friends and What Brings Me Joy Pt II

Today I made new friends!  I attended our first workshop of the season (my first workshop with my new guild). What a great way to meet other members and other fellow quilters from nearby guilds.  I walked in, set my machine down (my first workshop with my new machine...not always a great idea but eventually I found the zigzag stitch), and introduced myself to the ladies at my table.  Ironically, not one of them was from my guild but we had a great time getting to know each other (meaning me getting to know them and vice versa since the three of them were already friends).  It often amazes me that any of us walk away with anything to show after a workshop.  It is a great social event!  Early on in the day I realized what I have been missing so much since moving from our home in is that sense of community and having other people that share similar passions.  I even found some fellow weavers in the crowd.  I left the day with some phone numbers, email addresses, and a new fabric store that I didn't know about...even a sewing play date offer.  YAY!!!

It was wonderful being able to participate in Kathy's class.  I mentioned before that I have volunteered in her class at CQA and what a wonderful and patient teacher she is.  I learned so much...first, you must keep breathing! I wish I could go back for tomorrow’s class on birds.

This will not become a UFO because I LOVE THIS TECHNIQUE!!!  This is my first attempt...

Thread Painted Sunflower with Kathy Tidswell

As you can see I still have work to do.  Maybe if I chatted less....forget it that would have been no fun!

10 More Things That Bring Me Joy
11.  Spools and spools of coloured thread
12.  Sewing machines that work
13.  A room full of women equally as passionate about fabric, thread and fibre
14.  Listening to my children laugh hysterically
15.  Walks on crisp fall days
16.  The smell of autumn apples
17. A husband willing to run me to quilting and spinning workshops
18.  Big Bang Theory
19.  A freshly painted room
20.  Learning something new! 


  1. Everyone should have sewing play dates :)

    1. I am so looking forward to a play date. I haven't had one in over two years. I think it is about time!=D

  2. Lovely post! I love sunflowers. :)

    1. So do I. I just finished it up and am quite happy with how it turned out. Still need to practice more but I do enjoy the process. Thanks for your comment =D

  3. So here's a question for you...Have you found any great fabric shops in the Halifax area? I have no idea where to go!

    1. This is a bit trickier. Many of the quilt shops here have closed down. If you are willing to drive, I go to Avonport Discount Fabrics up in the Valley. Awesome prices and a large selection.
      At a workshop I recently met someone that has a shop out near the airport. Let me find that info and I will send it to you.
      In Dartmouth there is Atlantic Fabrics. I haven't been there but I saw their booth at CQA and it looked like they had a large selection.
      I hope that helps.


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