Sunday, September 1, 2013

Whirlwind visit and Edyta Sitar

Goodness, but I had a busy week.  To start the week off, last Sunday, Debra of Patchwork Sanity drove up to North Bay from Toronto to visit with DH and I for a few days.  We had fun with a lot of laughter.  We visited our local museum where we saw a quilt display by a local artist.  This lady is very creative and her quilts won ribbons from south of the border (as in Houston).  I did take photos, but I would like to have this lady's permission first before showing her quilts.

After the museum visit, we walked around the downtown area and looked at the wonderful old homes and their gardens that were visible from the street.  Then lunch at a local restaurant on Trout Lake where after dessert, Debra double dared my DH to lick his plate ... which he did ... twice.  Oh my, how embarrassing.  I will never go to a restaurant with those two again!  :o)

Last Tuesday, Debra and I drove back to Toronto and the following day we car pooled down to Fonthill, Ontario for a trunk show that was being held at the Quilting Bee.  Who did the trunk show?  Well, Edyta Sitar from Laundry Basket Quilts.  How lucky we were to obtain tickets for her trunk show!!!

So, without further ado, here are photos of that wonderful day:

Here are some of the ladies that we car pooled with.  There were ten of us that went down in two vehicles.  If the traffic is good, it is roughly a 2 hr. drive from Toronto to Fonthill.  Debra is in the front center.  You know, there is one in every crowd!

Can you see the amount of quilts piled up on that gorgeous iron bed?  We knew that we were in for a real treat.
Edyta Sitar is a charming, well spoken, humorous and a delightful quilter/designer.  I can understand why people flock to take her classes and to see her trunk shows.
As you scroll through the photos, keep looking at the foot of the bed.  You will see the quilts piling and piling up.  I was sitting on the balcony and it caught my attention as each quilt was talked about and then dropped onto the ever growing pile on the floor.  She showed us a lot of quilts!
One ....
 gorgeous ....
quilt ..... after ....
 .... quilt
In the photo below, this pattern was not in stock at the store, but guess who has ordered it?  The appliqued strips really appealed to me.
The pattern for this wedding ring quilt came home with me:
 .... after quilt was shown.  I have many more photos which are not here, but really, you should just try to attend one of her trunk shows in person to be awed by Edyta and her quilts.
After the trunk show, Edyta had a meet and greet and she signed our patterns and books.  I'm nearly 6 ft. tall .... she is really petite.  I asked and Edyta gave me permission to show her quilts on my blog.  Since we were the last group of the day, we all got to stay longer and had more questions for Edyta.  Even though she and her family had a 7 hr. trip home that evening, she was in no hurry to leave us.
The items below are what came home with me.  I had to really restrain myself because I was taking a bus home the next day and there is really only so much that I can physically carry.  The fabric (called Paint Box by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda) that you see will become borders on the wedding ring quilt.  I want my quilt to be bigger.


So, what a wonderful experience that was!  Oh dear, I forsee new quilts being made and my UFO's will be taking a back seat.  Good thing that I made an effort to get some of those projects made into tops before her trunk show!  :o)

Lastly, thank you to Debra for driving me to Toronto and to hosting me in your home.  Your DH and Cheech are delightful companions.  AND thank you for gifting me with a surprise birthday gift.  I have already thumbed through Scrappy Firework Quilts a number of times now and it will be well worn by the time I'm finished with it.

Have a great day!


Jennifer said...

Oh my, what a lovely time you all had! Love the green background on the quilt in picture no. 6, it is scrumptious. I would love to go to one of those trunk shows, but it's a very long way......

Frog Quilter said...

Thanks for the post on Edita. Love her stuff and I have that book too. Great eye candy to wake up to.

Loulee Heron said...

Looks like a fantastic time was had. Those quilts are amazing, how wonderful to see them in person.
My DH would lick his plate too! And has done so on more than one occasion. He says it's ok, cause he excuses himself first! LOL

Barb said...

wow - how lucky to meet her and see her quilts!
Stunning work and so many - incredible.
thanks for sharing the photos

Deanna W said...

Lucky you!! I knew she was coming to Fonthill, but with the busy summer was not going to make it there. I have watched her on the internet and she is very interesting and well spoken. Love her scrappy patterns too!

hetty said...

Ha! When you mentioned a whirlwind visit from a quilty friend, I just knew it had to be Debra! What a lovely trunk show! Thanks for sharing.

Julie Fukuda said...

Oh, mega-envy! Thanks for taking us along.

Chookyblue...... said...

what gorgeous quilts.........thanks for sharing.........

Tatkis said...

OMG, fantastic quilts!
You've bought lovely patterns :)