Monday, 4 May 2015

Lollygagging to Lethbridge - Getting closer!

We have beeen gathering inches for almost eight months now and our journey is getting us close to our destination  - well at least we are on the west side of our big country Canada, at least!

Leaving Banff last month, we are travelling to Penticton, home of QC2013 in the beautiful Okanogan Valley. And of course, they're bragging about their weather as those of us on the eastern part of Canada have been inundated with snow, snow and more snow, along with very cool temps!

Okanagan Lake
Our first stop in BC will be to the Shuswap Quilters' Guild in Salmon Arms. A small group of 117 members, but boy can they collect inches - submitting almost 50000 inches so far! The Guild meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Wed. of the month at 10:30pm.

It was difficult to decide where to go next. I think BC and, in particular this region of the Okanagan has more quilt guilds (per km)  than anywhere else in Canada.
Vernon Silver Star Quilters, Sagebrush Quilters, and After 7 Sew N' Sews have been sending in inches to help us along the way so we'll do a quick stop to say hi.

Ricky Tims made a visit to the quilters in this area this spring. Just missed getting to see him, but I heard that everyone enjoyed his presentation and workshop.

On our way back to Alberta now.....
On to Penticton to the Penticton Quilters Guild who are preparing for their quilt show "A Bouquet of Quilts" on May 8th and 9th. Should be a great show to go see! These quilters meet the 2nd Wed of the month at 9:30 am, so we'll miss their monthly meeting.
Also heard that there was a "Gathering of the Guilds" meeting on April 25th in Osoyoos. From the reports/comments, this was a successful and enjoyable meeting. Bet there were lots of quilts and ideas being shared!

We have enough inches now to start our trip back up the Okanagan and head towards Lethbridge. Maybe we can stop at the Shuswap Quilters meeting this month and say hi and thanks before heading through the Rockies toward our destination.

We are really getting close. Keep those inches coming - up until the end of May. We may need just a little push to get there in time for Quilt Canada on June 4-6th.

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