Our Local Picks
Cozy quilts, cheeky badges and a chic towel ladder from local design whizzes.
The Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild celebrates 25 years of community quilting on November 1 and 2 with its Silver Threads show at the Orangeville Agricultural Society Event Centre in Mono. There will be quilts for sale, along with a commemorative booklet of 25 “Blocks of the Month,” one for each year the group has been in operation. Pictured here is a commemorative quilt made from the 25 patterns chosen for the booklet. (Booklet $8, Dufferin Piecemakers Quilting Guild)
Ladder to success
Woodworking gets a modern, simplified touch in Adam Vickery’s home workshop, Birchwood Co., on Hockley Road. One specialty is a range of sturdy pine ladders for blankets or towels, stained, painted, or both. We’re partial to his two-tone dipped effect – somehow casual enough for the cottage but also up to the task in a more urban setting. The ladders come in various sizes up to seven feet tall, to accommodate various ceiling heights. (Seven-foot ladder $80, Birchwood Co.)
Badges of honour
Three sisters – Amy Darrell of Belfountain, Colleen Darrell of Erin and Jennifer Weaver of Horning’s Mills – want to make the world a kinder, more thoughtful place by celebrating the big and small stuff. They’ve created Beehive Badgery to offer an update on the time-honoured practice of earning badges for a job well done. Some highlight important life skills like making toast. Others are more about being your best self. Bonus: Join the online community they’ve created to share your mission and accomplishments. ($12 each, Beehive Badgery)