Sunday, 24 May 2009

Vacation - Days One to Four

I'm back from holidays . . . actually for a couple of days now . . . but I'm so overwhelmed by all the photos that I just don't know where to get started!
First off . . . I hate travelling through Saskatchewan! Thank goodness I took some handwork to do.

We spent the first night of holidays in Medicine Hat, Alberta and I just had to make a quick side trip to the Quilters' Country Cottage. Unfortunately, I cannot find a link to their shop, but will keep searching and will post it when I find it.

Very friendly staff! I think she saw us drive up and knew that we were from Manitoba, probably wondered what a crazy Manitoba lady was doing at her shop first thing on a Saturday morning!

I had a wonderful visit and purchased a box of Honey Buns (Patisserie (Fig Tree) and Spring Magic (April Cornell) and a Robyn Pandolph (Sumptuous Living) charm pack.

Interesting thing is that the RJR charm packs are 5 1/2" x 5 1/2", so now I know why Blue Meadow Designs mystery quilt was originally written for these measurements. We lead a very sheltered life out here on the Prairies!

This was our humble abode for the two nights we spent at my brother and sister-in-law's acreage. They bought the property in October of last year so they certainly have their work cut out for them! Had a wonderful Mother's Day pancake breakfast at the Delburne Community Hall . . . what a wonderful little community! Everyone was very friendly and the breakfast was delicious.

This is a view from my brother's deck - everything was very dry and the gophers were plentiful - very Albertan I think. They received about four inches of snow last week, so maybe that will help with the dryness somewhat . . . don't think it was enough to drown the gophers though.

These are some photos of Alberta weather . . .

I found the clouds and sky were ever-changing . . .

Love those sun beams coming down!

Made a quick stop at the The Quilting Bee in Olds, Alberta. Very nice little shop but I found not overly friendly . . . funny how first impressions hit you.

I did find a couple of my patterns in stock . . .

with this one done up as a kit. Didn't see a sample done up though . . . that's always nice to see when a kit is being sold . . . hard to imagine the fabrics unless they are all made up.

Love the book I bought here . . . will have to try at least two or three of these patterns someday.

Stay tuned for more quilt shop tours and even some winery tours.
'til next time,


Karen said...

I had no idea that RJR charms are 5 1/2 inches. Odd that they would do it different than Moda charms. So many patterns out that are written for 5" pieces.

Quilter Going Bananas said...

Love the pics, looking forward to seeing more!

zees5 said...

Did you like the 'SUMPTUOUS LIVING" fabric? I wanted to find a pack of this to pick out the right colors for my girls' room. ~Page