The 4th Annual MLQ Quilt Camp was a great lot of fun. We arrived at Edenvale on Friday, May 22nd and left on Monday, May 25th. Campers came from Vancouver Island, Powell River, Vernon and several places across the lower mainland.
This year we received complimentary copies of the Quilter’s Connection magazine to give to all the campers. If you haven’t checked this magazine out you should give it a try. It is a Canadian magazine and is published in Burnaby, BC. Visit their website at www.quiltersconnection.ca
As the campers arrived on Friday they were assigned their rooms and given a Maple Leaf Quilters Longarm Quilting bag that included a Button Cluster key ring, candies to play Quilto and the aforementioned Quilter’s Connection magazine. The bedrooms at Edvenvale are wonderful. Each of the very comfortable beds have lovely quilts on them and enough space in the room to have a party should you choose to do so.
Sewing stations were all set up and the quilting began. We stopped for an awesome lasagne dinner before a little more stitching and then several games of Quilto. As the evening wore on some retired to their rooms, (there was a lot of travel for some of us) while others gathered around in the lobby for a couple glasses of wine.
The project for this weekend was a pattern from Cool Cat Creations: Snappy Slippers & Travel Bag. www.coolcatcreations.net
Prior to quilt camp I made two complete sets and one partial set to show the steps needed to build the slippers and bag. All three sets were made using fabrics & scraps from my stash.
We had a show and share after dinner on Saturday night and then played a new game: Strip Poker (when I was uploading the pictures to our MLQ Facebook album I inadvertently called it Strip Tease) No we did not strip tease but there was a lot of cheering and rowdiness as 14 quilters sat around the table hoping to win fifty six 2 1/2″ batik strips. It is played with 3 specially marked dice. To play you must have 4 strips. The ante is one strip per person in the centre of the table. The rest of the strips you keep and the dice will tell you to keep, pass right or left or add to the centre. Some people are really really lucky…me I’m usually the first one out!
Time was spent walking the trails, completing new and UFO projects, and of course a few trips out to Hamels and A Great Notion. I counted at least 5 Canuck Place Children’s Hospice quilts being made too. As always the food is wonderful and plentiful. For some reason I most enjoy that first cup of morning coffee, wrapped in a quilt and sitting in a comfy chair while visiting with other early morning risers.
I managed to start work on a wall hanging. I got the background assembled and the tree trunks all stitched down. The leaves and heron are fused on and I’m hoping to get to the free motion applique this week. The pattern is called Shoreline Images. It is designed by Susan Teece of Bent Pin Creations. www.bentpincreations.com I’m excited to say she is a Vancouver Island artist!
After some morning stitching and a great lunch on Monday we were all packed and ready to go. We can’t wait for 2016 to head back to #EdenvaleQuiltCamp.
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye