Friday, August 10, 2012

Quilts at the Creek!

I have always loved Black Creek Pioneer Village*. I love the feeling of timelessness and the quiet. I like watching the demonstrations of bread making, and spinning, and getting inspiration from the crafts, and the quilts on the beds...

Speaking of quilts:

Last weekend, there was an event at Black Creek Pioneer Village called "Quilts at the Creek", that I was lucky enough to go to. (Thanks, Mum!)

There were more than a hundred quilts strung up for display throughout the village. And no two were the same. If it hadn't been so freaking hot, it would have been my idea of heaven.

There were some incredibly intricate quilts, like this appliqued scenic quilt:

"Trains and Seasons" by Joan Lester

There were also some beautiful traditional designs like these:

"Nine Patch Squared" by Shirley Dawson
"Civil War Fun" by Cock-a-Doodle Quilts
"Sister Stars" by Kay Phillips

There were also some fairly simple designs that gave me hope that I might be able to make more than one quilt in my life time.

"Primitive Logs" by Sandy Lindal

"Quilts of Valour Canada" by Pat Castonguay

And I bought some raffle tickets to win a Janome Horizon 7700**... which would increase the chances of my making more than one quilt in my lifetime. I don't think I'll be going to the 2012 Waterloo Region Plowing Match (which actually looks more interesting than it sounds), but I'll be crossing my fingers from home.

*Also a lovely place to get married, in case you were wondering - my sister got married there, and it was beautiful.
**The reviews aren't awesome, but I'm sure it would be worth the ten dollars I spent on raffle tickets.


  1. Oh my gosh! That first quilt seems like it would take 3 generations of people to finish it! Love the primitive log one. I have a bunch of quilt fronts tucked away around here, as I am not very good at putting the backs on, as I sort of lose interest after the fun of making the front!

    1. Hi, Andrea, thanks for stopping by! :)

      You know, judging from the number of companies that specialise in quilting and finishing, I'm guessing that's an issue for a lot of people.

      I'm notoriously bad at finishing things; I'm kind of hoping that the fact that I've told everyone I know that I'm doing this will prod me into finishing it. :]

  2. That village one! To die for! Seriously. Still can't sew a button on a shirt.

    Inadequate One

    1. Isn't that gorgeous? I have a feeling that I won't even attempt anything like that until my kids are grown and nobody needs me for anything anymore. Or maybe never. Probably never.

  3. Whoa!! That appliqué village quilt is a serious work of art!! I also love the primitive log.

  4. Wow such beautiful quilts!

    1. They were almost all gorgeous (there was one Halloween themed one that I couldn't really say I liked), and there were a couple of hundred of them! It was really nice to be able to walk around village and see them in proper light instead of in some exhibition hall too.

  5. This is amazing ... I was on the swap-bot blog, and linked to a blog on Rachel's blog roll (Craftastrophe), where I saw a comment that you made (about a felted graveyard hat - funny comment, btw!) and there was a reference to your last post "Quilts at the Creek." Naw, couldn't be, I thought but clicked through to check ... and sure enough, you are talking about Quilts at Black Creek, which I also attended with my mother, because my aunt was one of the organizers! I'm going to point her in the direction of your blog so that she can see all the lovely comments. My mom and I also were delighted by the diversity and quality of the quilts, and loved seeing them in such a unique setting.

    1. That's so funny! Thanks for stopping by and commenting - it's always great to know how people find me.

      Pioneer village really is the perfect setting for something like a quilt show, isn't it? Tell your aunt we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. :)