Monday, 26 May 2014

Ailsa Craig Community Quilt Festival - part 1

This past week I have been honoured to be teaching at the Ailsa Craig Community Quilt festival in Ailsa Craig, Canada  which has featured stunning quilts and teachers from Great Britian. I was joined by Paula Doyle, Jennie Rayment and Gillian Travis alongside Quilters Guild of the British Isles trustees and presidents past and present (Tina and Vivien)
The organisation has been fantastic and we have been treated like royalty. The whole village support the quilt show and quilts are hung in all the shops. The day before the show opened they have quilt airing which is quilts hung outside houses. 
I taught a full week of workshops including one outside which despite being on the coldest and wettest  day went really well. 
I may have it written into my contracts back in the UK that limo transfer is preferred. This was the British girls by the limo before we headed out to Lake Huron and a talk by Jennie at a local Guild there. Visits to Quilt Shops are essential when in a different part of the world and the image below is The Marsh Quilt Store which is an amazing building. 

I will finish this post with an image of the "Man Cave" , this was just outside the quilt venue in the car park for ladies to leave their men with magazines and hot drinks. There were however lots of interested men walking around the show. The covered picnic area where I taught my dyeing workshop was just behind this. 


  1. What a lovely idea. hanging quilts in the shops,,..look forward to hearing all about it,,Enjoy the rest of your stay

  2. Sounds fantastic, I love the idea of the whole community being involved. Glad your teaching went well, even outside in the cold!! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.


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