Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A day in the quaint town of Amherst

Saturday morning Bill and I headed off to the town of Amherst which is about a 1.5 hour drive give or take ,now it had been many years since I had been to Amherst but I assure you it won't be so long next time . The reason for our little trip was so I could attend the Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival , this is a week long event with many wonderful displays and workshops taking place , well worth the visit . My first stop was at the Town Hall where my friend Linda of Scrapmaster  was the hostess for the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild  , this is a fairly new guild and this was their first display , it was just awesome .

 This is their banner which members contributed blocks for then Linda did the awesome machine quilting . It was so nice to spend a little time with Linda , she was super busy with the many visitors who came by to see the display .
Here is Linda's pillow which recently appeared in the Quilters Connection fall issue and I had my copy signed by the artist herself :-)
Linda along with the president  Adrienne  of the Modern quilt guild are holding up one of the many quilts Linda had on display , isn't this a fun quilt . It was so nice to meet Adrienne too .
                                       The quilts were just so pretty , fresh and vibrant .

     Another of Linda's quilts which I beleive she will be  doing a workshop in their guild .
 I thought this one was really fun , lots of little boys would love this one . To see even more great pictures of this event head on over to visit with Lesley as she also spent some time in Amherst .

 After my visit with Linda I headed down to the local quilt shop , Mrs Pugsley's Emporium , wow is all I can say , what a lovely quilt shop , the building was formerly the postoffice and is a large stone building with so much character and they have a great display of fabric and notions and as part of the festival ,Karen Neary's  quilts hung on the walls for all to admire . If you don't know Karen's work you are missing out on some gorgeous quilts , to visit her website go here .Karen's quilt New York New York graces the cover of the Quilters Connection fall edition so I also had Karen autograph her pattern . It was very nice to meet Karen , such a sweet person and talent galore . A year or so ago I took a workshop to make one of Karen's patterns , Oriental Beauty , it was a great class and our instructor was Anne Mattie a member of our guild .
 My next stop was to the rug hooking display in a local church , I am not a hooker but really admire the rugs and seeing them sure makes a person want to start a new hobby ;-)

                                              My favorite here was the beach scene .
                                                         A nice variety ...
                                      This one gave me a smile to say the least :-)
I thought this one was amazing , the detail in the church was incredible and I loved the old barn board frame .
This was the only one that was not hooked , it is just wool applique , I shouldn't say just , as I think it is delightful , I love wool applique .
After this we stopped by the YMCA were there were a few crazy quilts on display , some were for sale but the prices were well out of my budget .

hard to see the detail in the stitching in this photo but since there was also a soup luncheon taking place it was difficult to get a decent picture.
These were all done by the same person which I am sorry I don't recall her name .
My final stop was a quick one , I knew Linda Hubbard was having a workshop on minature quilts so I briefly stopped in to say hello and seeing all her work sure makes me want to get busy and start cutting for a minature . It was so nice to see you Linda . Your students seemed to be enjoying their class and what a nice bright room to sew in :-) 
 After some lunch we decided to take the shore road home , the sun had come out and the temperatures had risen to lovely spring time temperatures rather than fall so what better way to enjoy the day than to follow the scenic route along the water . 
This scene is along by Pugwash which is on the northern shore of our lovely province .

 Another little stop along the shore , it sure was a pretty day and I had the best company possible .
 Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a wonderful day doing something you love . I am busy sewing today , oh how wonderful it is to be sewing again :-)
 hugs Sheila 


  1. What a lovely fibre festival to attend!! So many wonderful quilts to look at and the wool rug that talked about big girl panties just made me laugh out loud :-) I bet it was nice stopping along the water to take those scenic photos-such a great view.

  2. What a wonderful way to spend a beautiful Saturday! Thanks for taking us along.

  3. Sounds like a great way to spend a day with hubby!! And lots of great quilts

  4. Oh my dear, that beautiful country of yours!
    The quilt with the little white cabin in the (birch tree) wood is my absolute favourite, though the others are all so beautiful too!
    Thanks for sharing, Sheila.


  5. Sounds like you also had a wonderful day in Amherst. I missed seeing the rug hooking display...will have to remember next year!

  6. Nice that you got to go this year, Sheila. Connie, Marla and I went a couple of years ago in pouring rain, enjoyed our day. they tormented me all day for wearing heels...LOL

    we will have to do it again next year I think...would have loved to meet Linda and you!!!!!

    we need to plan this .

  7. Well, now, Sheila, that's really rubbing it in!! Seriously, this is absolutely a delightful post about your day at the Fibre Arts Festival. To say I am envious is putting it mildly. Hopefully next years festival will be located a little closer to me!! Thanks for sharing. Now, get busy on a mini!!:) You've had plenty of inspiration!!

  8. Sounds like a wonderful day and the quilts are brilliant

  9. I love the Maritime banner, too. The colors are so pretty. Aren't you lucky to know so many of the participants; that does make it more fun. Lots of beautiful things; thanks for taking us along. I got my first Primitive Quilts issue and thought about the rug hooking as well, but when I saw the things I'd need to get started I thought better of it.

  10. Wonderful way to spend your day. Lot's of loveliness to look at. Hugs,xx

  11. looks like a lovely show Sheila, thanks for sharing.
    The rug hook display is amazing, had to enlarge the pics on those to see the wonderful detail.
    looks like a great day out!

  12. You had a great day - I can tell! Thank you for the pics, love the quilts and the rug hooking is really interesting too.

  13. so lovely to see them all Sheila and your area is just looking so lovley with all the colours too...

  14. What a lovely display Sheila and I enjoyed the trip home too xx

  15. thanks for sharing a little of the show with us. It looks like it was a great show and sew much to see and sew much talent out there.
    in stitches

  16. What a lovely day out - lots of good things to look at and friends to catch up with. Great. xx

  17. So many wonderful quilts, dear Sheila!!
    Thanks for sharing!

  18. Thank Shirley for taking us along to see sew many wonderful quilts. It follow Linda and she does amazing things.

  19. Great to attend the show with you Sheila. Lots of variety and inspiration too. I can see that - one day- when I get to Canada there will be plenty to see!

  20. OMG! I totally missed this amazing post of yours. Thanks for the kind words about my little guild. I am so glad you and Bill could make it to Amherst and so glad that you had a nice relaxing day. Too bad you didn't get to see the other quilt shows too. Next year!I would have loved to see the rug show in person so thanks for posting pics.
    I could spend all day at Mrs. P's. and wasn't Karen's display of Beauties just amazing. She is so talented.

  21. What an amazing day you had! So glad you stopped by to see our display, it was great to meet you :) I wish I had had time to get around and see more things, so thank you for the pictures :)

  22. Thanks for sharing your visit with us. Looks like I missed a good show - would have liked to see the rugs. Glad you enjoyed the MMQG display, I am sure it was awesome - I am a member ;)