Tuesday, August 17, 2010

A Colour-full Summer

The warm, bright, colour-full days of summer are passing so quickly. Here it is the middle of August, and I haven't accomplished nearly half of the things I had on my summer "to-do" list. But I have enjoyed myself taking a few mini-holidays. I'm just back home from a trip down Vancouver Island and taking the ferry across to Saltspring Island, then wending my way home through Victoria, Chemainus and Nanaimo - ending with a short trip over to Hornby Island before coming home to rest. Of course it wouldn't be a holiday without checking into fabric shops along the way, and I was delighted to top up my Kaffe Fassett stash at Stitches Quilt Shop on Saltspring

Island, all ready for the next Kaffe-inspired quilt project. Aren't they incredible? I resisted the many fabulous yarns - have resolved not to buy any more of them until I've knit up the yarn I have into warm and cosy (and colourful) socks. I visited the Saturday craft market where there were oodles of tempting wares, from pottery to wild flower filled earrings.
Then on the way home up-island, had a delicious pub lunch at the Crow and Gate in Cedar, where the perennial border was at its finest. This is just a taste of the joys of summer I've been enjoying, along with having time to complete the quilt top
for my daughter and new son-in-laws quilt, and to begin designing some new patterns. Today we booked our return flights to Uganda - Joan and I will be leaving Vancouver on December 28th, and I know the fall will pass just as quickly as the summer, and that before we know it, we'll be winging our way back to the Bitengye Designers. The workshop is still in the planning stages, but I will be sure to let you know some more of the specifics before we leave. In the meantime, I hope each of you is enjoying these last days of summer wherever you are.