Monday, August 22, 2011

Hornby Island Community Quilt

Every year, the quilters of Hornby Island are asked to make a block for their community quilt. There is an overall theme - this year it was Hornby Island trees - and some of the fabrics are provided, so that it has a cohesive look to it. It hangs outside the co-op under a cedar shelter, and raffle tickets are swift every year. The beneficiaries change each year, but it goes to a Hornby Island recipient. Things like the new medical clinic, and the program to neuter and limit the numbers of feral cats on the island. The blocks are exquisite in their own right, and I felt sure you would enjoy seeing close-ups of some of them. Marg Bennett, Gayle Lobban, and Eleanora Laffin are the creators of three of these gems. The fourth quilter is not known to me. Wouldn't you love to have this hanging on the wall of your home or cabin? Just in case you're wondering why you've been hearing so much about Hornby lately, it's because after five years of owning a small piece of land here, and almost fifteen years of coming here regularly on holidays, we have just built a cabin here, complete with a sewing loft. It is such a gift to come here - so quiet and peaceful and
soul-restoring. And there's a wonderful group of quilters, as well as many other artists on the island, so I feel very much at "home".

Saturday, August 13, 2011

More of the Hornby Island Quilt Show

Here are a few more photos from the Hornby Island quilt show. Such delicious quilts - wonderful to see them all hanging around the garden. Made me want to rush home and begin to sew strips together!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Hornby Island Quilt Show

On the August long weekend, I participated in the Hornby Island Quilt Show. Held at the farm of Eleanora and Heinz Laffin, it is a super outdoor event, showcasing the quilts made by members of the Hornby Island quilters since they last had a show (2 years ago, in this case). Quilts were hung on the sides of the farm house, on the walls of the guest cabin, under the apple trees, even on the outhouse. I was invited to bring items made by the Bitengye Designers, and had my own little corner between a double swing and the workshed. As in previous years, the sun chose to shine, and it was well visited by residents of and visitors to Hornby Island. The
day ended with pizza from the Cardboard Bakery for all the quilters and invited guests. I was thrilled when Nora and her parents (and my husband David) arrived just as things were winding up. I'll have more photos from this event and from Hornby on my next post.