Here it is! The Summer issue cover of Quilter’s Connection Magazine. Spend your summer sewing our wonderful quilts with patterns created by amazing Canadian quilt designers – including Janet Rice-Bredin, F. Dianne L. Stevenson, Marlene Biles and Anna Branch Wager. But wait, that’s not all! Sue Patten shares her secrets to create amazing Thread Art, learn great tips on how to take your quilting on the road this summer, visit summer quilt shows, enter our contest, and so much more!
If you don’t subscribe to the magazine, make sure to pick up your copy in early June at your nearest quilt shop, or Chapters/Indigo store. The magazine is also carried in some independent newsstands across the country!
Oh, I always love visiting Victoria BC. First of all, the ferry from the mainland to Vancouver Island is always a unique experience, even if you’re just staring out the window and watching the wonderful and ever-changing ocean view during the 1-1/2 hour trip.
But this time our ferry ride over from Vancouver to Victoria was a completely different, and very refreshing, occasion. We were treated to an impromptu concert by a local band (yes, on the ferry!) called Headwater. What an amazingly talented group of guys! They were on their way to do a gig in Uclulet on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, and decided to do a little jam session while on the ferry ride over. We were so impressed we just had to purchase one of their CD’s. Here is what the website says about this great group:“Hearing Headwater is like listening to the West Coast of Canada in song. Freewheeling, fierce, sentimental and sexy, the Vancouver, B.C., quartet has earned its reputation as one of the finest acoustic roots groups around.”
I think I’ve found me some new quilting music!
You never know who you’re going to meet on the ferry, even quilters! I had a great chat with Sue, a long arm quilter from Kamloops BC who was on her way to the island for her father’s 83rd birthday. She was busy finishing a quilt for his gift when I interrupted her and started talking quilt talk.
We arrived in Victoria and bustled down to the Victoria Conference Centre to set up the booth for this weekend’s show. Here’s the booth all done up…
We’ve had a great response to the magazine so far at the Victoria Sewing & Crafts Show, and I’m excited about another great day tomorrow.
If you’ve never been to Victoria, you must visit some day! It’s quite a lovely city, and very easy to get around on foot. On our way to dinner last night, we wandered by the BC Parliament buildings, all lit up and lovely in the dusk of early evening.
A visit to Victoria is not complete without a visit to one of the great restaurants in town. My husband and I are are lovers of good food, and are always keen to try something new! The staff at our hotel, the Chateau Victoria, recommended a restaurant for dinner, and we took them up on their offer of a ride there. The Rosemeade Bistro at the English Inn exceeded our expectations beyond belief! The food was incredibly delicious, and in our opinion an extremely good value. The desserts, from the chocolate truffles, to the flourless chocolate cake (aren’t we all chocolate fans?) and the lemon tart were all absolutely delicious – we had to have a taste of all of them (and their tasting trio was the perfect size for two). Jason, the head chef, visited our table and provided us with the secret to his special technique for the Chicago-style steak, the finer details of the Creme Anglaise that accompanied the Lemon Tart, and to top off the evening, a personal tour of the restaurant’s kitchen. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, you must stop by for lunch or dinner and say hello to Allen, Sarah, Jason and the rest of the staff at this wonderful establishment!
Another big day tomorrow at the Sewing & Craft Show, and then back to Vancouver to start on the next issue of Quilter’s Connection Magazine!
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Happy Quilting! ~ Heather
Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead, full of happiness, good health and wealth. And lots of quilting, of course!
What are your New Year’s resolutions? Any relate to quilting? As usual, I plan to finish my UFO’s – I have a few of them on the go. And this is the year they will be completed! Along with all those ‘promised’ projects I haven’t even started yet.
Truly, I am really looking forward to 2010. This is going to be an exciting year for me. I am working on the third issue of Quilter’s Connection Magazine – I can’t believe the third issue already! It’s truly been a great ride so far – taking a small newsletter to a national magazine in a matter of 6 months, and having this magazine be so successful in such a short period of time!
I am excited to report that Quilter’s Connection Magazine will be available in (at least) Chapter’s Bookstores across Canada beginning with the Spring issue, due out at the beginning of March. I have had so many requests from readers who want to be able to purchase copies of the magazine in bookstores – I was listening! As readers, you ask, and you get.
Quilter’s Connection Magazine will be even better in 2010. I have lots of great ideas for stories from across Canada, already have some wonderful projects and patterns planned for issues in the year ahead – all created by Canadian designers. And a few surprises in store for you! I am working on a project with a group of wonderful quilters, and should have more details for you in January! Please stay tuned! it’s a great one!
Happy Quilting! ~ Heather
Thanks to Carola from Carola’s Quilt Shop and Karen at Stitches for bringing Quilter’s Connection Magazine into their stores!Carola’s Quilt Shop 205-938 Gibsons Way Gibsons, Bc Tel: 604-886-1245 www.carola.ca Stitches 127 Rainbow Rd Salt Spring Island, BC Tel: 250-537-8985 www.stitchesfibreartsupplies.ca
Pick up the Winter issue of Quilter’s Connection Magazine at one of these shops, or any of the shops listed on our website. Canada’s only quilting magazine would make a great stocking stuffer for the quilter on your list this Christmas!
Happy Quilting ~ Heather