Ottawa

Today has been a fabulous day – we started early with a walk to the museum of civilisation here in Ottawa. So much inspiration for future quilts.
Here are just a few photos of some old pieces and some new art works.

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After visiting the museum we met up with the MP for the Ailsa Craig area and his assistant Sarah who gave us a guided tour of the Peace Tower and some of the Parliament buildings

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Ottawa is a beautiful City and we would love to spent longer here

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Next stop….Montreal for the weekend!

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Mennonite country

We said an emotional goodbye to our new friends and had a farewell lunch.
Here are some more pictures of some of the volunteers from the festival

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We were then given a lift to Waterloo county to our next adventure to meet Chantal our French friend. We were given a lift by Ruby and Howard, who very kindly took us via Stratford and told us all about the Mennonites.
It was Sunday evening and there were many buggies on the road as it is a population time for the Mennonite families to be returning from visiting friends to go back home to work on the farms

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Yesterday we had a busy day.
The day started with a ride to see a quilt exhibition in this!

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There was also a contemporary textiles exhibition with work on show by our friend we had stayed with in Toronto.
We then had a tour by Marion of the Waterloo area an area famous for the Mennonites. It is not possible to take photos of the people but here are a few photos.
We went to a fabric shop to buy some fabric, and then went to an old lady who will mark our quilt out for quilt.
We had a meal with a Mennonite family which was very special, the children adorable.

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We visited a rural shop on the way home to buy a book and took lots of photos inside the shop

Another brilliant day!

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More workshops in Canada

I have had another couple of busy days teaching, yesterday it was cow parsley and teasels etc and the day before Elizabethan fragments.
Here are some of the students work.

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We were taken out for a drive in a limo to the beach and then on to a quilt group for a show and tell and then a talk by Jennie rayment
Jennie’s talk was very amazing and there were some amazing quilts on show.

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I took some more photos around the village

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This is the Main Street at rush hour

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Ailsa Craig festival

Here are some photos of my students work from yesterday’s class.
Some of them had never really done much free machining or thread painting before.
Lovely class and some good work produced, especially Katrina’s piece

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I had a quick look at the show after my teaching and took a few photos of some of the pieces I really liked

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We all went to a quilt shop a few minutes drive away. It had as much fabric as the Bramble Patch, and was in a beautiful old building

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Ailsa Craig Canada

I am teaching here in Canada at the Alisa Craig Community Quilt Festival.
It feels such an honour to have been invited and have the opportunity to be part of such a fabulous community. It is only a very small village, almost everyone in the village seems to participate and the atmosphere is fabulous.
The quilts, all from the UK look amazing and the variety of techniques and styles makes for a really good exhibition. It has also been good to meet many of the trustees from the Quilters Guild and spend some time with them. We all feel proud to be representing the UK.
I am teaching most of the week so have lots to do but have a chance to meet lots of students.

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