Saturday, June 16, 2018

Pattern Review Weekend 2018 Stratford, Ontario, Canada

 I arrived at Stratford early Wednesday afternoon and since no one else had arrived yet I decided to take a walk into town (about a mile walk). I enjoyed the neighborhood I walked through, beautiful gardens and then I got to the river where I captured the view above.

I was looking for the Shakespeare Gardens which I found and while they were small there was another pretty view of the river (below)
 I then walked towards the main street where all the shops and restaurants are. I found the pretty fountain below.
Back at the hotel later I met up with Karin (who came all the way from Sweden!) and we walked back to town where we had a very nice dinner.

All through Thursday people started to arrive. Karin and I made plans with Markita to do some extra shopping in some out of town shops. We had a great time, including a delicious lunch.

Karin, Me, Spool and Spindle shop owner and Markita
Selfie by Markita

Enjoying lunch at Marbles, Waterloo, Ontario
Later in the hotel lounge we said hello to old friends and got to know new ones.

With Jacki and Sherril
Friday is the official start of the weekend and some of the members were still arriving. This was the day for presentations and some other fun activities. First thing we took a tour of the Strtaford Shakespeare Festival Costume Warehouse. I was in heaven! And in the end we got to play with costumes.











After the tour we went to the venue, a church in town (Knox Presbyterian Church), for presentations and other activities. We heard from Deepika, Gillian (Crafting a rainbow blog), Jalie Patterns and BraMakers Supply. Connie did a demonstration of a favorite technique and some of us helped others take those measurements that are almost impossible to take on our own. We also had a chance to apply the tips that Gillian was giving us on how to take better pictures, including selfies. Below are my attempts.


We had fun!

After a break we returned to the church and had the wonderful surprise of live entertainment by Connie's ukelele band!


The rest of the evening the multiple contests were judged and we had a wonderful dinner.


Saturday was all about shopping and somehow I did not manage to take a single picture. You can see what everyone was up to here (Deepika's story of the weekend) Below is my modest stash after the day was all done.



I had one more dinner with friends in beautiful downtown Stratford.




The next morning those of us that were still around got together at Romeo's for brunch and one last group picture.

So happy to have spent a long weekend in such a wonderful place and in company of so many friends! Looking forward to Portland, Oregon!

17 comments:

  1. Love reliving the weekend with you!

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed it!

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  2. Loved every minute of that weekend!!!!

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    1. So did I! I loved spending time with you also :-)

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  3. I’m always so glad to spend time with you! Maybe next year I won’t be so busy!

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  4. Good memories. I’m determined to get better at selfies before Portland! And I’ll also have those jeans finished :)

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    1. I'll be looking for them! No pressure though ;-)

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  5. I really enjoyed meeting you and getting to know you a bit. I especially appreciated knowing I could join you for that little bit more shopping at Fabricland Saturday evening. Till next time!

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    1. So did I!. Fabricland shopping was so much fun!

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  6. A lovely synopsis of the weekend ... and now I have you on my favourite blog list too!

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    1. Thank you! My goal is to improve my spotty posting from the last couple of years.

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  7. So glad you had a wonderful time and your fabric haul was just perfect!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn! I do love everything I bought.

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  8. Looks like it was another wonderful PR weekend. Thanks for the update.

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  9. Loved this writeup Lisette. I am linking it to PR Blog.

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