Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Great Canadian Shop Hop

Tricia Sherman's Great Canadian Shop Hop website has a new episode! Tricia has filmed at Carola's Quilt Shop in Gibson, British Columbia on the Sunshine Coast. Carola Russell, known to many of us from past Quilt Canada conferences has opened up a lovely little quilt shop in one of the most picturesque towns in Canada. To find the episode, click on Video Player then select Show #6.

The quilt designers Lill' Bit and Susan Fletcher demonstrate their favorite techniques, and my friend Nancy Climie is shown giving a workshop. I wish I was there right now!

I was fortunate to be invited to participate in Show #4 at Country Concessions in Cookstown, Ontario a year ago. The owner, Darlene Cooper, has been a huge supporter of Canadian pattern designers for many years. Country Concessions is a gorgeous store and I credit Darlene for helping me to start my career as a pattern designer. When I decided to translate my botanical drawings into quilt patterns, I went to Country Concessions to find the clear bright fabrics I needed for flower quilts. At that time most shops carried very grayed, muddied colours. I knew Darlene would have something different. I spent a bundle and came home with everything I needed to begin my new ideas. Country Concessions carries all my patterns, and I still make the 3 1/2 hour drive to shop there!

1 comment:

Judy Martin said...

Dear Janet
I am enjoying your blog very much.