Ships & Violins' Debut Pillow Cover Collection: The East Coast Trail (2019)

With the first anniversary of Ships & Violins nearing, I can't help but reminisce on the collection that started it all, The East Coast Trail.

Below I've documented the quilted pillow cover photos taken with Toronto landmarks in the background, and the inspiration behind each unique and one of a kind design for you to enjoy.

SAV-001: The Kissing Bridges of Avalon

My partner and I encountered some trying moments on our hike. But despite injuries and difficult weather, we stayed true to our pact: the first to arrive at a bridge would wait at its centre to share a kiss with the other. It was our way to stay connected when all we wanted to do was pop pain killers and race to camp. 

Photo taken at Underpass Park.

SAV-002: Purple Cliffs

The trail follows the east coast and wends along the purple cliffs that have fascinated geologists for decades (as we came to learn while visiting the Johnson GEO CENTRE in St.John's). My partner and I might have stuffed our bags with a few more smooth, lavender rocks had we not been so cautious of adding weight to our packs!

Photo taken at Allan Gardens. 

SAV-003: Coastal Lighthouse

About halfway through our 215km hike, we hitched a ride to Cape Spear Path trailhead, where the iconic lighthouse stands on the eastern-most point of Canada. This was a great day for hiking because we left our overnight gear at our accommodation in Petty Harbour for the day. Walking without the strain of a full pack made the sights and sounds all that much sweeter.

Photo taken at the Toronto Reference Library.

SAV-004: Petty Harbour Homes

The homes of Petty Harbour were colourful and spaciously elevated in the hills. And the harbour was bustling with local fishermen whose daily catches we delighted over at dinner. This pillow cover is dedicated to all the kind folks we met on our trek. From last minute accommodations serving home cooked moose meat to hitches through town, the people of Avalon were kind and hospitable. 

Photo taken at the Distillery District.

SAV-005: Iceberg Sightings

Icebergs were often nestled in the calm waters of the bays we trekked, quiet and stoic reminders of the cold and windy coastal winters. They were always a great reason to pause for a snack to watch them rock back and forth or track their pace down the coast. Like them, I'm so proud to wrap up this collection, and catch the current to what's next!

Photo taken at the Puente de la Luz Bridge. 

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Cristina De Miranda

Cristina De Miranda has been crafting and creating since her early years watching Art Attack. A tactile world of colour, pattern, and design appeared before her when a colleague introduced her to quilting in 2018. Cristina quickly dusted off her sewing machine and dived into a plethora of designer fabrics. Today, she is totally and irreversibly immersed in a whimsical world called Ships & Violins.