Friday, September 16, 2011

Island girl now...

After yet another long hiatus from my blog I have decided it's time to reconnect with you all and catch you up on all that's been going on...quiltie and otherwise.

Last December I moved from Airdrie, Alberta to a mountainside in East Sooke on Vancouver Island in British Columbia...Canada.  I am once again back in my birth province and I couldn't be happier about it.  I've been referred to as somewhat of a gypsy, always on the go, never really laying down roots.  Growing up as a child, we never lived for more than a couple of years in one place.  Not only moving houses but moving from city/town to town and even moving across provinces.  There is something exciting about moving, choosing a new home, setting it up, making new friends and starting over fresh with everything, but believe me there is no shortage of stress involved in adapting to a new place.  In my adult life I have moved 19 times in the last 19 years.  Wow...somehow that sounds worse than it's actually been.  Regardless, I'm approaching 40 at a rapid pace and it's about time I started setting down some roots, and for the first time in my life I have never felt more at home and that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.  I have called the prairies home for most of my life but I have lived on the East coast of Canada and now the West coast and I can honestly say that there is no other place like this gem of an island.  I am perched on the mountainside surrounded by towering trees, overlooking the ocean and the Olympic mountains of the United States, in this little part of Canada's rain forest that I didn't even know existed until now.  I am in awe every time I take in the view, or the smells and sounds of the ocean...I could just pinch myself I am so lucky.  The forest lined winding roads that I was somewhat fearful of at the start, are so picturesque and now seem almost meditative and are so soothing to my soul.  I am always up for a drive and any excuse to get out and explore this beautiful island.
Here is the little bridge at Roche Cove that is on my drive home.

It took a few months, but my quilting studio is up and running and I absolutely love the new space!  Located in what was the attached over sized two car garage, it boasts high ceilings, 2 huge windows, a hand crafted pine loft and my very own xbox media center!!  Can I get a 'hell yeah'?! lol.  I've been busy quilting for my clients from Alberta and I'm lucky enough to have already gained a few new clients on the island.  In July I was selected to participate as a guest in the Stinking Fish Studio Tour and was pleasantly surprised to see 240 people through my studio over the 10 day tour.  What a great experience that was to meet my neighbours, fellow artists, and hopefully what will become new quilting friendships.  Looking forward to next year's tour and all the quilts and things I have planned to make for it.






I still have the heritage theme that I love so much going on in my studio, but I'm not sure now that my olde name fits with my new island surroundings.  Hmmmm...what to change it to??


Cheers!

7 comments:

Michelle said...

Good to see you again! Your new studio is amazing! I look forward to hearing about life in your new location. I can totally relate to the "gypsy" life...we're a military family with 16 moves in 25 years. One day we'll finally settle down. :)

Rhonda said...

So glad to have you back!! I love your new studio

Teresa said...

What a lovely place - looks like a slice of heaven to me. Best wishes for much happiness in your new home.

PEGGY said...

Hey Jen....
Can't find your email addy and the link on your site wasn't working for me. Did you ever get the twister templates? I made 2 quilts last week with them and got to thinking about if you got them.
Peggy

Allyson said...

Love your quilt studio! It's gorgeous!

Lesley said...

Hi Jeni I live in England 40 miles South of London and I and a keen quilter for the last 5 years after retiring from teaching. My son and his family have moved to Sooke and we plan to visit in June. Your workroom looks amazing where do I go for fabrics and new ideas in this part of the world?

Rebecca Bevers @ Split-Site PhD said...

I am the same way. I just have not found the right place to lay down roots. I love the pictures. You have found a beautiful place to finally settle and the best part for you is that it is like going home all over again.


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