First up was Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium, the headquarters of Fibre Fest, as we knew that's where we would find wildflower honey from the Neary Apiary, number one on our shopping list. (I had toast and honey for lunch yesterday- it was soooo good. I'm sure Winnie the Pooh would be envious...) Since the weather was threatening rain, we decided that the Fibre Walk would be our priority for the day. This is a self-guided walking tour in the downtown area to see the work of 17 local Fibre Artists displayed in windows and storefronts. We especially enjoyed the heirloom christening gowns by Celina White in the windows of Pugsley's Pharmacy (above), and the exquisite needlework of Mary Farrow Sinclair at Shear Impressions (left). In addition, we saw beautiful quilts, hooked rugs, felting and fur bears.
We ended off the afternoon by visiting our friend Karen and her very own quilt show. It was a thrill to see all of her quilts together in one space, after viewing some of them on her blog. I think her New York Beauties are my favourites. I definitely have a NYB on my "to do" list. Congrats Karen, on a lovely Show! Hope you had LOTS of visitors. At right above is "Farrago", one of my favs.
We topped off the day by meeting up with our friend Carole for dinner at the Marshlands Inn in nearby Sackville. We enjoyed a beautiful meal in elegant surroundings - a perfect end to the day. The Marshlands is one of Canada's most well known Inns. Built in 1854, and furnished with beautiful antiques it has been listed in Where To Eat In Canada for over 25 consecutive years... need I say more?
On Friday our focus was the Quilt Shows. There were two shows, both by the local Guilds and both were beautifully displayed in the sanctuaries of local churches. Of course that meant the lighting was not terribly bright, so my photos are not great exposure-wise, but I think they will give you a good idea of the wonderful variety and the many talents of the Amherst quilters. We enjoyed a leisurely perusal of both shows and chatted with a few of the local quilters.
EDIT: I can't believe I forgot to mention the Zonta BaZaar
on Friday! It is a marvelous shopping experience for anyone who is "into" fibre- yarns galore, knitted goods, felted items, and many other handcrafted items. Ooooh yes, WELL worth a visit...
Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves...
for they will never cease to be amused.