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Monday, 19 May 2014

Victoria Day

Canada is enjoying a holiday today, one which pre-dates Confederation. Originally May 24th was set aside to celebrate the actual birthday of Queen Victoria, however now the holiday fluctuates so that it is celebrated on the last Monday before May 25. It is fitting that HRH Charles, The Prince of Wales along with his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall are now visiting our province. We decided not to travel to Halifax or Pictou for a look, but opted to watch on the T.V. instead.  I love the coat worn by the Duchess of Cornwall this morning- a bright blue with lapels made from our Nova Scotia tartan.
 Such careful attention to detail is always evident on royal visits. 
Later Camilla added a scarf made from the same wool tartan.  
I love seeing our tartan displayed.  One of my favourite memories of Sir Paul McCartney's visit a few years back was a huge stage backdrop of the N.S. tartan while the pipers played Mull of Kintyre.
I used the tartan, woven into a smooth cotton, in the border of the quilt I made Sir Paul, and backed the quilt in a brushed flannel version of the same.

Maybe it's time to do an all-tartan quilt?  Hmmm...  Happy Victoria Day to all!


  1. the Prince and Camilla had a great time in NS. The rain held off. Your Sir Paul quilt is just amazing. I wonder where it is now? Maybe one of his grandchildren snuggle beneath it. Maybe it hangs in a sunroom of one of his mansions.

  2. What a beautiful quilt design! I hope Paul (can't think of him as Sir Paul, sorry) was impressed. Way back in the dark ages when I was a child we celebrated Empire Day on 24th May, even had a half holiday from school - we were allowed home at lunchtime - and had bonfires and crackers (fireworks) at night.

  3. I love the tartan too and I guess the duchess inspired us both to get the tartan in our quilting pieces. Anytime I make a piece for visitors from outside NS, I like to put in the tartan. A NS tartan binding adds a beautiful touch to a piece. Love Sir Paul's quilt .

  4. I expect that Sir Paul would like to have that quilt to console him as he recovers in the Japanese hospital.