It was a very successful day trip from Nanaimo to the quilt show in North Delta. Some days that involve a lot of different types of transportation can be a nightmare–especially when one has to depend upon the BC Ferries. Today the ferry system not only delivered up dependable, timely service but did it with a smile! Standing in line (for food) I’d been admiring a very pretty crocheted daffodil pin a woman was wearing. She told us about the 85th Annual Daffodil festival going on in Bradner next weekend. That is perfect as 14 of us will be at the 2nd annual Quilt Camp at Edenvale so we’ll be sure to add it to the camp itinerary. After breakfast I was able to finish the last 4 items for the retreat gift bags just in time for docking. Mom and I were met at the ferry by Joan & Kadi and chauffered to the North Delta venue. There was already a lot of traffic heading through the doors when we arrived at 11am. The daffodils in the sewing basket caught my eye right away. I have a blue sewing basket that was given me by my grandmother many years ago…I don’t use it anymore but am unwilling to part with it. I want to thank whomever thought of this idea because I love it and have all the ingredients to replicate it.
This was one of my favourite quilts at the show. It is Matt Wheeler’s Pineapple Fields…there is a full shot of this quilt and many more in the 2013 Quilts by the Bay photo album on the Maple Leaf Quilters’ facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Maple-Leaf-Quilters/204214882925952 I have always wanted to do an Hawaiian applique quilt…looking at this just might start me on that path. The other thing that I loved about this show was the variety of quilts shown. It was really nice to see new quilters enter their quilts…I know what a thrill it was for me to see my quilts at their first quilt show. So congratulations to everyone who entered quilts. There is always so much to see that I think a person needs to have two days to process it all. After 3 1/2 hours spent admiring the quilts we headed back to Tsawwassen for a late lunch. That sure was a wonderful West Coast Seafood Club house! Seriously wonderful…shrimp and crab! We were at the Rose & Crown and were able to catch the 1st end of the semi final game of the World Curling Championship—> Team Canada’s Brad Jacobs rink is looking for a spot in the final. Back to the BC Ferries who were sailing on time and playing the semi final game to boot. A small cheering section was established as we watched Team Jacob win and earn their spot to the gold medal match. After polling those around me, I ran for the purser so we could get the channel switched to HNIC…the Canucks were playing! The trip back to Nanaimo went by very quickly. I need more days like these…they include so many of my favourite things…I count at least ten! Happy quilting…Valerie Raye