Gone Quilting in Powell River

We had a very successful visit to Powell River, the top of the Sunshine Coast. And, it WAS very sunny!!! We had a full house at Community Living Place with a variety of quilting skills and projects on the go. I taught 4 quilters not to be afraid of curved piecing while they made their Maritime Beauty table toppers. They were genuinely surprised that curved piecing is fairly easy if you use pins and go slow.

The Maritime Beauty is designed by Canadian quilter, Karen Neary of SewKarenlyCreated.

The quilt to the right —> is Melinda’s

<– the quilt to the left is Doris’. She used a dark background in place of the light. So many ways to make a quilt your own.

<– this quilt is Jody’s. Everyone making this quilt also learned to make bias binding for the curved edges of their quilts.

The novice quilters from our last trip to PR finished their quilts, learning how to sandwich, quilt and bind. Lots of smiles and “when are you coming back” inquiries. Others brought quilt pieces from their “long been stashed in the UFO pile” to get help with finishing. They too went away feeling like they accomplished their goal and would actually complete the quilt.

One participant started working on an I Believe in Blue quilt with the enthusiasm only a quilter and hockey fan can bring!

When the day was done it was time for a nice cold beer while settling in to watch game 2 of the Stanley Cup final. What an intense game that was. Alexandre Burrows scored 11 seconds into overtime to win the game 3-2. What a wonderful way to end the day! This is where we wandered down the street to a neighbours home and found five more hockey fans willing to sponsor a quilt for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. Oh What a Night!! All in all there was a lot of satisfaction putting up the sign “Gone Quilting.”

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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