It's been a dark and dreary day (in more ways than one) - we are supposed to get heavy rains and wind in the next few days and indeed, the rain has begun. I have been tuned to the tv all day watching the events unfold in Ottawa. How very sad, a young reservist has lost his life while standing guard at the national War Memorial. Nothing much is yet known about the shooter and what is behind this... such a senseless loss of a young life. As I get older (and perhaps a bit wiser?) I often hear my Mother's voice saying "What is this world coming to?" I too am shaking my head and wondering what is ahead...
So we had best head back to Amherst and view some more quilt beauty, don't you think? The Cumberland Quilt Guild always have a wonderful display of quilts in First Baptist Church, and once again they filled the sanctuary with much quilty goodness. Although the church was a bit dark, I did my best to get some decent photos.
In Christ Church nearby were more beautiful quilts, and if I remember correctly, every one was hand quilted. So nice to see as it seems more and more these days are done by machine.
The fourth show was a display of New York Beauty quilts by Karen Neary, at the local quilt shop, Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium. Karen's work is exceptional and each one of her pieces was beautiful, but many were hung in the windows, which made them just about impossible to photograph. You can see Karen's beautiful work on her blog here and of course she has many patterns for her New York Beauties which you can order. Karen made a gorgeous NYB quilt and donated it to the festival for the Pin It and Win It draw- some very lucky person won it.. sadly, it wasn't me... :( That quilt, "New York, New York" graces the cover of the current issue of Quilters Connection, and the pattern is included in the magazine, so be sure to pick up a copy..
Karen's latest book, QUILTING Beauties will be released very shortly, be sure to watch for it, or you can order it directly from Karen.
You can view more photos of the NSFAF by two other Maritime quilter/bloggers by checking out Sheila of Sheila's Quilt World and Leslie the Cuddle Quilter. Sheila took my Miniatures class last spring and stopped by on Saturday to say Hello- it was great to see you again Sheila - thanks for dropping by! I haven't met Leslie yet but I know her sister. I'm sure we'll cross paths one of these days.. no doubt at a quilt show...
"Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears."
~ Edgar Allan Poe