Cruise Port – Charlottetown

We had a wonderful day in Charlottetown.  Although the weather was not as sunny as we might have wished, the day was complete with coffee with an old friend, a great quilt shop and a WONDERFUL quilt show, put on by the Kindred Spirits Quilt Guild.

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The show was held in a local church, with the quilts spread over every available space on the pews and walls.  It was a significant show. I understand they decided on their dates to coincide (partly) with our arrival, and we were so honoured to be a part of it.  There were lots of styles of quilting – from traditional pieced, THREE Dear Jane quilts, a few crazy quilts, and some CQA (Canadian Quilters Association) award-winning quilts.

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Dear Jane quilts

Dear Jane quilts

Needle Felting

Needle Felting

Rug Hooking

Rug Hooking

Swedish Embroidery

Swedish Embroidery

Outside the church there was a wonderful quilted car!

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I was able to meet Carol Swinden, who made a quilt that I recognized from the cover of the Canadian Quilter magazine.  She was on “white-glove” duty in the afternoon, and I was delighted to meet her. She also has a quilt that I stood in front of for a long time, trying to figure out how she made it.  Carol is an artist first, and it shows in her work. The car quilt is a small wall hanging, but there’s a LOT of work in it, precise placement and great selections of fabric.


Carol Swinden with her award winning quilt!

Carol Swinden with her award winning quilt!
Carol Swinden's car quilt

Carol Swinden’s car quilt

The organizers talked me into “testing the acoustics” of the church, by leading me up to the front and singing them a song!  Yes, the acoustics were great.  Thanks for a wonderful afternoon!

Carol Swinden and Carol MacDonald, the show's curator.

Carol Swinden and Carol MacDonald, the show’s curator.

PEI is famous for potatoes.  My mother loved PEI potatoes and even brought a big bag of them home from Ontario to BC once – we can’t get them that far west.  Not only did we find potato fabric at the Quilting B shop, but I also saw that their local radio station is named “SPUD”.

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Many of the others aboard the ship visited lighthouses and Anne of Green Gables’ stops, but I stayed in town and had a wonderful day.


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3 Responses to “Cruise Port – Charlottetown”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    What a fun day! Like you, I have admired Carol’s quilts.

  2. Vireya Says:

    Sounds like a lovely day. Carol’s car quilt is amazing!

  3. Pauline Says:

    I’m enjoying the cruise from my armchair! Looking forward to tomorrow’s docking!

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