Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Rave Reviews!! 5 Stars and Two Thumbs UP!!

Picture this~ a large hall with long tables set up and at each table you have a group of ladies…stitching and yakking, sipping their tea/coffee, laughing and talking…QUILTING BLISS! 

Such was the Cowichan Valley Heritage Quilters Guild that Kathleen and I attended yesterday…!

In the far corner of the hall you have a fold out library…FULL of QUILTING books…ready to be signed out…making the local library look like small potatoes!!  Can’t wait to get my hands on some of those books!

There are tables set up in the middle of the room for members to sandwich quilts and pin them together getting them ready for quilting…and lots of helpers!  No more crawling around on the floor!


On the counter by the kitchen you have a big pot of tea, an urn of decaf coffee and another of the good stuff~ REAL coffee…oh and of course if there are quilters around you’ve got to have…platters of goodies…! 

In another corner you have a donation table (a mini QUILTER’S Garage Sale-whoopteedoo!!)~ this is the table where you can put quilting stuff that you want to get rid of.  There is a jar for donations- so the idea is if you see something you like or need you put some $$ in the jar and buy it…the money is then given to charity! It’s a win/win situation…got to like that!

But let’s get serious~ Delores and I wandered around and I of course had my camera in hand ;o)…let me show you what everyone was working on…

Lots of gorgeous baby quilts~like this one

Copy of P1090285  A close-up…so sweet…P1090284   And this one…P1090287 P1090288

Loved the quilting…


Here’s the back…


One quilter had made a wonderful stack of runners for Christmas gifts…which she was getting ready for quilting.  How’s that for thinking ahead!!  They are gorgeous too!!


Here are some of them…

P1090292 P1090293

What a great way to use up left-over scraps!


This is what Delores was working on..It’s going to be a Christmas wall hanging.  She is personalizing it by putting family names on the different shops…like Jake’s Truck Shop, Delores’ Quilt Shop etc.  Isn’t it SEW cute!!  Her grand-kids are going to love it!! I will definitely be taking a picture of this quilt when she has it finished …Delores has lots of special buttons and trim to really make this quilt sing!P1090298 P1090299 P1090300

This is a finished quilt for Show and Tell.  It’s a beauty!  Loved the colours!


This runner was stunning..the quilter was adding some embroidery…French knots and fancy stitches.  Just lovely…


The fabric in this quilt looks like it had been hand painted…the quilter is hand quilting around each leaf.  It’s going to be a work of art when she is finished!P1090305

  Isn’t it pretty?


Appliquéd batik flowers…so beautiful!!  The colours are so vivid and rich!


Lots of appliquéd blocks being worked on…swirls…


and colourful flowers with embroidery trim…P1090310  These blocks are completely hand done…this will be a heritage quilt for sure…stunning!

P1090312  So adorable!P1090314  This is proof that good things come in small packages…this scrappy quilt was all hand stitched and is being hand quilted!  P1090316  So sweet!P1090318 Such was our visit to the the Cowichan Valley Heritage Quilters Guild.  My friend, Delores showed me around and introduced me to everyone- and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. 

We are so lucky to have such wonderfully talented, inspiring quilters living in our little valley…There are over 100 members in this guild but being a long weekend (BC holiday) and summer there were only about 25 ladies in attendance…which felt like a lot to me!  Can you imagine when there is a FULL house!! Wow..it’s going to be incredible!!

So do you think I will be going back?…You bet cha’!  Did I get any stitching done…not much…but I sure had fun! 

Have a terrific Tuesday and Happy Quilting!!


  1. Now I am definitely going to have to move to your area. This guild looks great and full of talented people.

  2. looks like you were in 'quilter heaven!'

  3. Dear Rooster Party Participant,

    Just a reminder that this coming Friday, August 6th is the Rooster Party. I am so looking forward to seeing your post.

    Thanks for joining and I hope you have a wonderful time.

    Hugs, Barb

  4. Oh what a place and lovely quilts! I wish we had something like that here too.

  5. Congrats on your first Guild meeting! I too joined a Guild here in Vancouver Wa - It's huge over 400 members at last count! All that creativity and talent is so inspiring and fun!

  6. Wow, you found a piece of Heaven on Earth. You're going to thoroughly enjoy this group. So much talent in one room. :-)

  7. That was wonderful, all the fun projects....looks like a fun group and that is alot of members...

  8. Sounds like a great guild, love the pics of the quilts - especially the one Dolores is working on! LOVE it!

  9. Wow looks like you had an amazing time Paulette. How wonderful

  10. Looks like a wonderful visit with all those talented ladies. Love the little thimble quilt.

  11. What a wonderful find, everything you want all in one room! Looks like you had a really great day. Yes I would definitely go back too!

  12. Lots of eye candy tonight, wonderful group of ladies and quilts. I like the christmas houses. I tried to get it from the library, but it seems to have disappeared.


  13. What a fun talented group of ladies!! Of course you need to return!!

  14. Hello P
    What a feast for the eyes and so inspiring.. Beautiful quilts.. How nice to have something like that..