Road Trip to Powell River

We had one sewing day in March due to schools being closed for close to 3 weeks. Having two grandchildren aged 4 and 6 to look after tied up my quilting/travel time. We did however get to the top of the Sunshine Coast, one of our favourite destinations. Why is it a favourite? We always come away from our sewing days energized by the support and camaraderie of the quilters. But there is something about the smiles and requests of “when are you coming back” that make the 6 hour trip worth every mile we travel to get there. For those who don’t know, Powell River is an inclusive community. Maple Leaf Quilters is also an inclusive community. While in Powell River we rent space at Community Living Place (CLP) and gather with anyone who wants to quilt or sew (keeping with our 10-12 group size.) This time up we had a group of 7 with 3 helpers.

Larry & Rachel

Larry is a long time quilter. He and Rachel are working on his Split 9-Patch that he started last October when we were last in Powell River. As you can see this is a tandem job, Larry runs the foot controls and watches the needle so he knows when to stop. Larry loves quilting and has found a great new partner to assist him so he doesn’t have to wait for Joan and I to return.  I wrote about Larry’s love of quilting, art and hockey in “It Takes a Team” back in June 2011. He plans on making another Canuck Place Children’s Hospice quilt once the playoffs begin. Go Canucks Go!!



Maraget & Anne

Margaret started working on her Split 9-Patch during sewing sessions at CLP. You should have seen the looks when I told them they would now have to cut apart all those beautiful flowered 9-patches. :) That’s the fun part! I had sent pictures and explained via the telephone what they needed to have done before March 24th. They did an awesome job getting everything ready and we found great border fabric and backing in the vault of fabrics donated to the program. Just a little more quilting on the borders, some binding and Margaret can enjoy this beautiful flowered quilt.


George with his Batman quilt


George has taken up sewing…again. In the past he’s made pajama pants, slippers and pot holders. He loves Batman and this fabric was perfect for him to get inspired to make a quilt. George started working on this project a couple of weeks prior to the workshop.  This was George’s first time attending a quilting day and he was able to get his quilt top assembled and apply the batting and backing. He will tie this quilt and look for more fabric to begin another quilt.

So much was accomplished this day. Melinda’s Maritime Beauty was quilted and bound and Sandy got her sleeve and binding on a beautiful Dragonfly wall hanging. Judy started work on a quilt for her son getting most of the blocks assembled. Jody completed several Dresden plate blocks, all appliqued by hand! It was nice to see someone else enjoy doing hand work as much as I do.  Powell River may be a few hours travel but we so enjoy the people living in the Pearl at the Top of the Sunshine Coast.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

Larry, Margaret & Val

2 Split 9-Patches

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