JUST LANDED ON MY DESK YESTERDAY!! The Spring 2013 issue of A NEEDLE PULLING THREAD magazine. This is a Canadian publication that we are real proud of as there are not too many like it in Canada that we can say is truly “home grown” – published by Canadians with articles about Canadians.
I got so excited when I saw Beverly Johnson’s winning quilt on the front cover……….but wait….there’s more: There is whole article about Beverly, St Peter’s Abbey (Muenster, Saskatchewan) where the annual Saskatchewan Stitches Conference is held. This is on page 10 following & includes instructions about how Beverly made her very clever circular quilt with its hidden bra’s, panties & corsets!!! And there’s more: On page 96 & 97 is a report on the 10th Anniversary of the Conference – in 2012. My elephant quilt (which I called “Passage to India”) that I entered in the Anniversary challenge is there on page 97 and I do believe I am in the group photo though so small I can’t even see myself and I do not remember exactly where I stood…..no matter. Important thing is that I was there and had fun working & teaching & selling sewing machines!!!
I highly recommend you go get your copy of the Spring 2013 issue of A Needle Pulling Thread if you want to read more.
I have said this before, and I will say it again here: wild horses would not keep me away from this Conference. I mean it. For a big city, super stressed out girl like me, there is something incredibly special about going to an itsy bitsy tiny town hours away from Saskatoon. When you turn the lights off in your room at night it is DARK and so quiet & peaceful that sleep is a very possible option. The first year I went, I was really quite worried about my very sick husband and I kind of just needed to get away while at the same time work which is a therapy of its own. Man alive: maybe it was the water? maybe it was the people? maybe it was the monastery venue for the Conference? But I honestly believe that there were spiritual things happening too. I am not a Catholic but I went away from that first Conference revived and refreshed ….ready to face my challenges with sick hubby with renewed strength.
I have met some of the very nicest people in my line of work , starting with Wendy and her staff at Haus of Stitches, to fellow teachers at the Conference; to folk coming to attend classes at the Conference. There are even folk who come to just chill out, breathe in the fresh, clean air of rural Saskatchewan and sew happily in their room or in the communal meeting area. There’s a LOT that goes on from May 3oth to June 9th (2013 dates) so there is something for everyone. Check out their website for more details on this year’s Conference…..next month & counting!!! You can also call the store at 1-800-344-6024 HAUS OF STITCHES, HUMBOLDT , SASKATCHEWAN. I know at this point many of the classes may be fully booked, but you can always ask and see what is still available. See you there!