Friday, July 15, 2011

A Quick Road Trip With Some Fabric Pit Stops

 Last Sunday and Monday we took a quick trip to Halifax so that I could do a little presentation about my upcoming novel The Town That Drowned at a bookseller conference.  (It went well.  Everyone was super friendly and great)  It is only a four hour drive so en route we made some fun stops. 
First up was Sackville, NB, which is very near the Nova Scotia border.  The swan above is a resident of a pond at the Mount Allison University campus.
 Here he (or she) is posing.
 There are actually two swans in the pond and they are friendlier than my kids would have liked.  One got out of the pond and walked over to us.  Tess took off running. 
 The true reason for our stop in Sackville was to visit the Sackville Waterfowl park.  It is a great spot with boardwalks over the water so you can see the birds.  We saw these ducklings.  Tess (age 4) called them "duck fawns".  I love how her logic works -- you see, she didn't know the word "ducklings", but she knew that baby deer are called "fawns", so baby ducks must be "duck fawns." 
 Next stop was my turn.  We drove right by the Value Village on the way in to Halifax so I bought some vintage sheets.
 Here is the Giant I-Spy quilt on the bed in the hotel. It will be travelling with us this summer.
 On Monday, before we came home we stopped at Atlantic Fabrics in Dartmouth.
 Big surprise, I bought Halloween fabric.
 Then we stopped at Dayle's in Amherst.  It is a huge old department store with a little Dry Goods department!
 And guess what?  They had a bit of Halloween fabric out at 50% off.  I should also say that a friend and I are putting together a raffle basket for our guild's show in the fall and our theme is Halloween fabric.  I will be cutting a FQ off each of these pieces to put them in the basket.
And a little more, all just small pieces.
Happy Weekend!
Posted by Riel Nason on The Q and the U


Sallie said...

Love the "duck fawns" and the logic behind it! Smart girl!!

me ann my camera said...

"Duck Fawns", Tess exhibits her own special'unique' creativity! What a wonderful naming! It works!
Well done, Tess. I love how your perspective on nature works for you!
Blue Chickadee and Grape

Cathy said...

I love what kids come up with! Great sheets!

Needled Mom said...

What great shopping along the way!!! Those sheets are gorgeous.

Duck fawns....too cute.

Rachel said...

Your I Spy quilt looks great on the hotel bed - much better than some boring old bedspread. What a great idea!

There's a lovely quilt shop in Bedford (if it's still there - it's been years since I saw it). Put it on your to-visit list for next time.

I am so looking forward to the release of your book. Have I said that before?

Teje said...

Hi Riel, I'm happy to hear that you good trip! What a great idea to keep your lovely quilt with you at the hotels! You found exiting fabrics!
xxx Teje

Lynne said...

How wonderful that you are travelling with a quilt!

I, too, love kids' logic. My DD used to say " I amn't" - which I still think (24 years later) is cute; after all we say "you aren't", and "he isn't", so why not "I amn't"?

Rosa Robichaud said...

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!!!

Gilbert and I are going to Cape Breton (via Digby Ferry) this fall, with 2 sleepies in Halifax!

Atlantic Craft will be a DEFINITE stop!!!!


Tks Riel!

P.S. Loved the Eye Spy quilt, too!

Flo @ Butterfly Quilting said...

I just saw your princess and castle quilt at Quilters Gallery. Love it ...very creative!
Greeting from another Canadian quilter!

LynCC said...

Hi :) Your latest post doesn't have a comments link - wanted to say it was fun reading about your blog at The Name Game. Love-Love-LOVE how the photos of your quilts are staged. I think the snowmen is my favorite pic of all.

Teje said...

Hi Riel, I don't find the way to comment to your latest post.
I like your blog's name and it's was nice to hear how you found it!
xxx Teje

Vesuviusmama said...

That gold/orange Halloween fabric with the black jack o lanterns filigree is awesome! And you've got me itching to run out and buy vintage sheets these days!