An infinity scarf started the night before my departure with fabric purchased at my LQS Patch Halifax was finished on the plane.
|I wore this every day!|
A few weeks before my trip, I had contacted MQG Victoria to find out about local quilt stores. The President, Nicole, replied to me with more than a list of stores... she offered to gather a couple people and meet me for a little shopping spree. How nice is that?
But before I could meet them up to let the quilt stuff begin, I had to first pick up my race package at the Victoria Marathon Race Expo. Very un-quilty, right? I laughed when I came across this booth and had to snap a picture... The day was starting on a bright note!
|Running and quilting go well together!|
I did eventually met with some Victoria Quilters... here we are at Satin Moon.
|Stacie, myself (with scarf), owner Linda, Nicole and her sweet girl, and Judy|
Some fabric was purchased there...
|See? "Quilters Energy Bars". You know I needed one of those!|
More fabric was purchased at Gala Fabrics. Great prices... it was hard to resist some $6/m cotton, cheap laminated fabric or a 50% sale on voiles...
|Don't you just love those sharks?|
|I see more infinity scarves in my future...|
Here is a gift I made for Nicole. I wish I could have had a gift for everyone who helped made my week-end memorable.
|Also finished hand stitching this on the plane|
And that is not all. MQG Victoria member Stacie took me to Cloth Castle to meet yet another MQG Victoria member, Bryan. So more fabric had to be purchased...
|Bicycles, sewing machines, vintage kitchen things... I was feeling retro!|
And since I was thinking more "Running" than "Thimble" when I packed, I had to buy another one of those to finish a project I was working on...
|Best. Thimble. Ever. And they are not paying me to say that.|
The said project was a fleece blanket for the family friend who was hosting me for the week-end. I ran out of time and did not finish it before I left, but it got done on the long flight back. It's a 2m piece of polar fleece that I finished with a simple blanket stitch with embroidery floss. It's hard to get a good picture of a fleece blanket, but you get the idea.
|Not quite as good as quilts, but these are great TV blankets|
When I was working on it during my last guild meeting, I had joked that I was working on a gift for someone who was not quite "quilt-worthy". As someone who struggles to finish 3-4 quilts a year, I have to pick and chose who I give quilts to, right?
Well to set the record straight, my host ended up being totally quilt-worthy: picking me up and dropping me off at the airport, driving me places, cooking thanksgiving dinner, and - you will all appreciate that one - acting as a quilt holder! Yes, a real quilt was also finished and delivered and pictures were taken... but that is a story for another day.
At times like this I wish I had time to make more quilts!
And in case you are wondering about the other part of my trip, I will simply tell you this: The running was even better than the quilting, and I would not trade it for all the stash in the world.
Do you have another passion?