Archive for December, 2005

Yoyo quilts, fish decoys and quilt retreats

A view of my string of fish decoys used in Ontario for ice fishing. These fish decoys have some age – I would say 50 years or so and have the original dry, chippy paint in wonderful strong colours. Nice gift for a collector of fish decoys or folk art in general.

I notice many people are still finding my site through their searches for Yoyo quilts so I want to update you – my vintage yoyo quilts have arrived, are lovely and in good shape as described – clearly the work of a skilled needleworker – various sizes, scrappy colour arrangements, all vintage fabrics. Contact me at with your size requirement and I will get back to you immediately.

My Christmas ornaments and needlecases are sold out, but I still have several counted cross stitch bookmarks in primitive, folky style.

I am already working on plans for our 8th Annual Quilts at the Harbour Show and Sale to take place the last full weekend in September of 2006. In conjunction with this, we are considering running a three retreat – several possible subjects present themselves: 1)history and techniques of quilting in Nova Scotia 2) design and make a small quilt entirely by hand and 3) developing a good hand-quilting stitch using a small wholecloth quilt block either of commercial design or using some lovely sets of wholecloth designs available to me.
This retreat would take place the three days following the show and would include lodging in one of several small bed and breakfast or vacation suites in the interesting small community of Hall’s Harbour and would consist of daily 10-5 workshops including a catered lunch. All supplies provided. Breakfast and dinner would be the responsibility of the participant. If your non-quilting significant other is with you, there are lots of activities such as golf, kayaking, vineyard tours etc to occupy the time, our weather is still very good and the light still lingers in the evening, so your days can be as full as you want to make them. Please get back to me asap if interested as plans will need to be firmed up and spaces are limited.

Thank you all for your confidence in my quilts – I now am working on orders that I expect will keep me busy up into the late spring.


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