The 144th Cowichan Exhibition is September 7-9, 2012. The last time I was at an exhibition was in August 2003 with my 98 yr old grandmother, Elsie Daniels. Granny used to say ALL my quilts deserved a ribbon…and most everyone elses too. In 2003 she asked me to put a quilt in the Vancouver Island Exhibition in Nanaimo. I was still living in Powell River at the time so had mom register the quilts. I made a weekend visit during the exhibition and wheeled Granny from home to Beban park…one of the few times she’d deign to ride in a wheelchair. I am so glad that I entered the quilts because she was so thrilled to see all 4 quilts with ribbons.
This year I gave my Mom & Dad a red and white maple leaf quilt for their 60th wedding anniversary. Mom had been showing all her friends and then she said she wanted it to go into the VIX. (Hey, I just remembered the one I gave them for their 50th won a blue ribbon in 2003.) Logistically it wasn’t going to work out as they were away and I’d have to make 3 trips to Nanaimo to enter the quilt. Lucky for me I found out about the Cowichan Exhibition and it is much closer to home…we still have to make 3 trips to enter the quilts and another day to spend at the fair as well as retrieving all things entered.
The official catalogue for the fair says “the Fun Family Fair” and I thought we should all enter something. I’m entering Made in Canada, Made to Last, Dance of the Dragon Fly and Knot for the Birds. I’ve convinced Pat to enter Twisted Sister & a Mom, her BOM. Angela is using the fair as a deadline to complete the binding on her Twilight quilt and Kayla is entering the counted cross stitch she made and framed for me. The grandsons are entering their Split 9-patch placemats as well as their lego creations, just like their uncles did for the Powell River Exhibition. Looking forward to spending a family day at the Cowichan Exhibition…cheers Granny
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye