Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Pin It Winners 2015

Here is the list of winners in this year's Fibre Arts Festival Pin-It Draw.

Rick Buote--Framed Felted Scenery Picture, donated by Donna Farrell
Adrienne Tingley--Hooked Black Cat Doorstop, donated by Pauline Verstraten
Jean Siddall---Hooked Pillow, donated by Marilyn Treen Farrow
Karen Rushton--Framed Thread Painting, donated by Kathy Tidswell
Claire Roy--Fabric Basket, donated by Mary Farrow Sinclair
Darcy Murray--Simply Modern Book & Making Time Journal and cards, donated by Deanne Fitzpatrick
Cathy White---Baby Rag Quilt, donated by Kim MacKenzie
Nancy Graham--Hooked Christmas table Runner, donated by Carol Fullerton
Pat Donovan--Cross Stitch Kit, donated by Linda MacDonald
Janet White--Crocheted Purse 
donated by Mary Farrow-Sinclair
Second Grand Prize:
Brenda Estabrooks--Weekend Get Away in Amherst, including accommodation at The Apothic Inn, dinner at Duncan's Pub, spa appointment at Damaris Spa, and gift certificates from 30 Church and Amherst Artisan Gallery  
Grand Prize:
Joan Beswick --Quilt "In Full Sail", made and donated by Phyllis Cameron

Congratulations to all the winners!

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Thanks For A Great Festival!

The 2014 Nov Scotia Fibre Arts Festival was a resounding success. We thank all who participated and joined us here in Amherst for the week long celebration. The festivities closed with the draw for the winners in the Pin-It raffle. The grand prize of a trip for two to New York City, donated by Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium, is Jan Boiduk of Amherst. Winner of Karen Neary's New York, New York quilt is Heather Kellerman of Fall River. Congratulations to both Jan and Heather, and to all the winners of the donated prizes, as follows:

  • Trip for 2 to New York City- Jan Boiduk
  • New York, New York quilt- Heather Kellerman
  • Hand Woven Scarf- Carol Gothreau
  • Cowl- Faith Drinnan
  • Tapestry Bag- Tammy Goodwink
  • Cross Stitch Kit- Suzanne Costin
  • Shawlette- Beth Dickinson
  • Crazy Quilt Pillow- Katrina Furlong
  • Workshop with Deanne Fitzpatrick- Gail Baker
  • Moccasins - Barb Black
  • Baby Booties/Brooch- Diane Champagne
  • Handwoven Scarf- Carol Baldock

Mark your calendars for next year's festival: October 13-17, 2015 - 8th Annual NS Fibre Arts Festival. We'd love to have you join us!

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Pin It and Win It!

Our Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival has a very special connection to a highly regarded publication in the quilting world.  The aptly named Quilter's Connection magazine features the raffle quilt which is part of this year's Pin-It Draw on the cover of the fall issue! 

It's not every day you can win a quilt shown in a magazine.  New York, New York was designed and made by Karen Neary who graciously shared the instructions for this beauty in Quilter's Connection to celebrate the release of her new book "Quilting Beauties" due out later this month from AQS.  The quilt is on display now at Mrs Pugsley's Emporium (the clock tower building at 50 Victoria Street) where you can also purchase a copy of the magazine, as well a Pin-It ticket.  
The quilt will remain on display at Mrs. Pugsley's Emporium throughout the festival and become part of Karen's show of NY Beauty quilts "A World of Beauty" held there that week.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Oh, BeeHIVE!

Check out this great article in the Amherst Daily News by Dave Mathieson on the Brown Bag Theatre production of "The Beehive".
Every year during Fibre Arts Festival, Tantramar Theatre stages a fibre-related comedy over the Thursday and Friday noon hour which leaves everyone in stitches (pardon the pun). A tasty brown bag lunch is provided by Bambino’s Pizzeria. The Beehive runs Oct. 16 and 17 at the Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church in Amherst. 

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A Maritime Modern Quilt Designer

As you read in the previous post, the Maritime Modern Quilt Guild will be holding an exhibit here Oct 17 and 18 and the Fibre Arts Festival is honoured that this young and energetic guild has chosen us for their début show!  Linda Coolen Smith of Halifax is a member of this guild and will be bringing almost a dozen of her quilts to be part of the show. 

Linda began quilting in 1993 when she moved from N.S. to N.B. and joined the Marco Polo Quilt Guild in Saint John.  Returning to N.S. three years later, she continued to nurture her quilting skills and even worked for a bit at the Quilter's Hope Chest in Halifax before leaving on a different career path.  Linda began as a traditional quilter, first working her stitches by hand, before moving on to free motion machine quilting about 5 years ago.  Here's her very first quilt:
What drew Linda to modern quilting? "The freedom...the improvisation.....the creativity....the use of colour as well as the use of solid fabrics. I've always used solids in my work." Since joining the guild, Linda has felt encouraged and motivated to follow her muse rather than following a pattern.  The result is that she has now begun designing her own quilts, and making those designs available to others.  
The current issue of Quilter's Connection features Linda's very first published design and the N.S. Fibre Arts Festival is excited that this very project will be part of the MMQG exhibit at Amherst Town Hall.
"Colour Columns"embodies what defines modern quilting:  clean, simple lines, bold colour combinations, asymmetrical design and extensive use of white or grey as background. The magazine article shows a finished cushion, but also gives instruction on how to adapt the design to a quilt.

To date, Linda has hand quilted approximately 50 bed sized quilts as well as lots of smaller ones, and has machine quilted over 20 projects. 
These are some of Linda's quilts which will be part of the FAF exhibit.
You can see more of Linda's work on her blog, Scrapmaster.
The Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival extends to Linda a very hearty congratulations on her published design and invites everyone to come see for themselves October 17 and 18, 2014 what Modern Quilting is all about. Bravo, Linda!       

Saturday, 20 September 2014



Are you interested in finding out what is happening with Modern Quilting in our part of the world?  The Nova Scotia Fibre Arts Festival is the place to be, to find out lots of information and to see, up close and personal, what our very own Maritime modern quilters are creating. 

The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild will be presenting their very first quilt show at Amherst Town Hall, on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th.

The Maritime Modern Quilt Guild was started in November of 2013 by Adrienne Klenck of Chezzetcook Modern Quilts.  A dream come true for her…to gather like-minded modern quilters together in our region…a place to share, inspire and just have some plain old fun with our common passion. She sent out the call via Blogland and 6 excited quilters showed up; the MMQG was born. 

To date, 30+ quilters have joined in and become members.   Although the MMQG is physically located in the Halifax/Dartmouth area, quilters who live too far to join in, can be linked up via video conferencing for meetings.  For example, modern quilters have travelled from Annapolis Royal, Yarmouth and PEI to join in from time to time, bringing along some amazing modern quilts to show and share.  We are a talented lot here in the Maritimes!

Monthly meeting are held as well as the very popular monthly Sew-In Days.  Check out the MMQG blog for dates and times. 

Here are a few examples of what you will see when you visit the MMQG exhibit at Fibre Fest.