On the Road Again

Last Sunday we hit the road via a flight to Toronto for a month long tour in Ontario.  Believe it or not, the weather was nicer in TO than it was in Victoria (although my daffodils had just started to bloom before we left, and there was still snow on the ground in S. Ontario)!

Our first concert was for the Port Perry Patchers.  This is just north of Oshawa (just east of Toronto), and near where my family originally settled when they came over from Scotland in 1841.  We did a quick visit to the Greenbank Cemetery to pay our respects.

The concert in Port Perry was fantastic. Such a great response to the songs! I also taught a class in English paper piecing hexagons the next morning which was great fun. The last part of the class is figuring out what hexagons can do – what shapes and designs they are good at. I asked them to write their names using hexagons, and our wonderful hostess Marion tried a few different ones. (see photo below)

Our next show was in Niagara Falls. We realized it would be busy there, since March break had just started. (We tried to get into a maple syrup making festival the day before and were turned away due to a 1-1/2 hour lineup!!!)  In Niagara Falls, there were LOTS of families everywhere. We were staying right on the “strip”, with tons of hotels, restaurants, and horror/wax museums.  I don’t get that part of it.  I guess this kind of tackiness has taken years to build up.  We did get a walk to the Falls, though, which were magnificent as usual, especially with the ice buildup from the winter.

The concert was fun – the Niagara Heritage Quilters meet in St. Catharines in a huge hall.  There were maybe 200 people there!  The next morning I taught a class in Machine Reverse Applique to a very keen group of 13.  We had a great time!  There are lots of new quilts from that class that are going to be beautiful.  In the picture below, they have just started to cut out their designs.

This is a fairly new class for me, and I’m enjoying teaching it.  The design aspect can be daunting for some people, but I give them lots of ideas and support during that part of the process.  Everyone came up with a very good design. They sew their quilt sandwich along the lines, then cut out the top layer to reveal the fabric beneath. That’s the really exciting part.  I’ve become a bit addicted to the technique, and will make others.  It’s quick and easy, and there are few limitations as to what you can do.

I’ll be teaching this class twice more before we get home in 3 weeks. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next students design.

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