Acadia…

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

 

 

 

One of the most beautiful places I have ever been.  In mid October Chuck and I and all of our kids went to Acadia.  There were 10 of us in total and we had the most amazing time.  I first have to tell you that whenever we are all together the laughter is abundant!  Everyone of us has a remarkable sense of humor and we especially enjoy teasing each other.  If you have a thin skin we will go “easy” on you but as a rule the ribbing is all in good fun and is never meant to hurt feelings.  We are just a really funny group – sometimes on purpose and sometimes purely by accident.

We had all been checking the weather forecast and the apps on our phones and the forecast was at best dismal.  However, the luck of the Irish was with us and although the sun did not shine brightly on us, the rain held off for the most part and it was perfect weather to be outside walking around an amazing place.

Jordan Pond

Jordan Pond

We had lunch at the Jordan Pond house – popovers and tea – soups and sandwiches.  We all walked around the pond and it was so beautiful – breathtaking actually.  Here are a few shots of us all.

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Summit of the Bubbles

Summit of the Bubbles

 

view from the Pond House

view from the Pond House

 

We had dinner at Havana – a lovely restaurant in Bar Harbor.

Dinner at Havana

Dinner at Havana

We walked along the Loop Road….

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One of us went swimming at Sand Beach – the air temp was about 50 degrees and it was very windy.

Sand Beach the morning Charles went for a "dip"

Sand Beach the morning Charles went for a “dip”

We ate amazing Mac and Cheese at The Side Street Café –

Apple Cider Margaritas!

Apple Cider Margaritas!

We drank lots of beer and wine – ate lots of wonderful meals – saw some amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean – and we laughed until our sides ached and we made some wonderful memories.

Our last day there we got up before the sunrise with hopes of seeing the sunrise.  It is the first place on the east coast that you can see the sunrise during the month of October.  I have seen it and it truly is an amazing sight.  However the weather did not cooperate with us.  It was a foggy, windy, drizzly day, but we were there for the sunrise and we can say we did it together.

Cadillac Mountain at sunrise!

Cadillac Mountain at sunrise!

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The thing that amused us the most was that an engaged couple were having their engagement pictures taken in this horrible weather.  They had to have been freezing and very damp by the time they were finished.  I would have nixed the entire project but they were determined and who knows the pictures may have been amazing in the end.

We had a wonderful vacation – for many reasons.  We were in an amazing place but more importantly we were with amazing people!  It is wonderful to be able to spend really special time with really special people.  I fear that with the crazy lives that a lot of us lead that we don’t always make the time to spend special time with the people we love.  It is not always easy and it takes a lot of planning but if you can make it work it is one of the true blessing in life.

I am off to decorate the house, work on a quilt and complete some Christmas presents.  I love having a really good reason to need to be sit in front of my sewing machine.  Enjoy the process and remember why we all make ourselves crazy during this time of year.

Be Kind….

Faith

 

 

 

Grand Illusion Step 1

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Every year Bonnie Hunter does a Mystery Quilt – this year the name of the mystery is Grand Illusion. The link to the mystery is http://www.quiltville.blogspot.com/p/grand-illusion-mystery.html. Bonnie’s inspiration for the colors of this quilt was the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. MI. I have never been there but from Bonnies pictures it is a beautiful place that will bring you back to another century. Maybe that will be added to my bucket list.

I have been plugging away at getting these sections completed and I am enjoying the colors.  I am using a constant for the black and the yellow.  Sometimes if I use to many scraps I find that my quilts look a little bit muddled and I don’t want muddled quilts.

a long line of HST's

a long line of HST’s

Here I am setting up a little ironing station.  When I iron my back is to the TV and that is unacceptable.  I moved my portable ironing pad on my movable set of drawers and all is good.

portable ironing station

portable ironing station

 

I am currently half way through my “broken dishes” blocks – I have a Christmas party to go to tonight so I will not be sewing but I hope to complete them on Friday so that I can start step 2 over the weekend.

work in progress

work in progress

 

Happy Stitching everyone.

 

Be Kind…

Faith

It has been a busy time of year for me…

I have been having a lot of fun and having a lot of great adventures.  In mid-August I went to my parents house for a party.  I met 2 of my sisters and their families there and we had a party.  Our parents were celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary.  Wow! 60 years is a really long time.

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

Happy Anniversary Mom & Dad!

We had a really great party!  We sat around the dining room table and laughed and told our the nieces and nephews funny stories about their parents and grandparents.  My parents have been a wonderful example of love, family and fun for the past 60 years.  We all have wonderful memories of growing up laughing, teasing each other and developing a great sense of humor.  It was a wonderful party!

in late September for our 29th wedding anniversary Chuck and I decided to take a day off and go to the Common Grounds Fair in Unity, ME.  After sitting in traffic for 30 minutes without moving an inch we decided to redirect our fun.  We went to the Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor instead.  We had a very nice lunch and then walked around the gardens.  It was a beautiful fall day.

Boothbay Harbor

Boothbay Harbor

Funny Selfie - aren't all selfies funny?

Funny Selfie – aren’t all selfies funny?

After walking around the Gardens we went into town.  We walked around town – had an ice cream cone and then headed home.  I am pretty sure we must have stopped at one or two quilt shops along the way – it is so hard to pass by one.

I have been doing a lot of sewing and quilting and cooking.  I canned some wonderful salsa and some very sour pickles, I made several dinners with home grown peppers.  Aren’t these beautiful!

homegrown peppers

homegrown peppers

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Life is good in Maine.  I will show you more pictures of my adventures tomorrow.

Be Kind…

Faith

A pleasant day…

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in Maine.  About a month ago Chuck and I decided to take a ride, we loaded Gracie into the car and headed northeast.

Gracie loves the car

Gracie loves the car

 

There are so many amazing places to visit in Maine that we often have a hard time deciding where to go.  Chuck had read about Owls Head, Maine in Downeast Magazine.  We read that there is an amazing little general store where you can get “the best hamburger in Maine”  It is called the Owls Head General Store and let me tell you they have the best hamburgers in Maine.

We grabbed our hamburgers, chips and lemonade and headed to the Owls Head State Park.  It was a beautiful day so a lot of people had the same idea.  We spotted a picnic table in the shade with an amazing view and plopped ourselves down to enjoy “the best hamburger in Maine”.

our lunch time view

our lunch time view

The lighthouse is a short walk from the picnic area.  I love lighthouses – I love the views that you see at lighthouses, typically they are situated in a spot where it can be seen for miles – because of this when you visit the lighthouses the views go on for miles.

Owls Head Lighthouse

Owls Head Lighthouse

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We love visiting the Lighthouses of Maine.  There are a lot that we have not seen yet but we have a list and one by one we will be checking them off of our list.  Many we will visit more than once because they are such special places.

Of course during this ride we went past a few quilt shops – during that time of year many quilt shops through out the country were participating in a program called The Row by Row experience.  The shops that were participating have designed a row, you collect the rows from the various shops and then make a quilt out of them.  During the summer I was fortunate to collect patterns from Maine, New York, Vermont and New Hampshire.  The quilter who gets 7 rows made into a quilt first and brings it to a participating shop wins a prize.  I have not even started mine yet but I will make the rows and show them to you at some point.

Chuck and I had a wonderful day, we saw some beautiful views and in the end had an ice cream cone.  What more can you ask for – lighthouses, quilt shops, good food, great company, a dog and an ice cream cone.  Seems like a wonderful way to spend a summer day.

Have a great day….

Be Kind…

Faith

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some more wonderful quilts from….

the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.  These quilts were awe inspiring!!!  There were so many techniques used, some quilts were made from scraps and others were definitely pieced with a plan.

Amazing!

Amazing!

 

This quilt is made of silk!

This quilt is made of silk!

 

A variation of the Log Cabin Quilt

A variation of the Log Cabin Quilt

look how tiny these strips are

look how tiny these strips are

 

Grandmothers Fan - this was made of silk fabric also

Grandmothers Fan – this was made of silk fabric also

 

Another variation of a Log Cabin Quilt - uses the traditional red center square to represent the hearth.

Another variation of a Log Cabin Quilt – uses the traditional red center square to represent the hearth.

I truly enjoyed this exhibit and can’t even imagine making some of these quilts – some of the pieces were so tiny and the thought of them being pieced and quilted by hand is remarkable.

Some of these quilts were made to impress – others were made to keep warm.  No matter the end use they are all a form of expression and creativity that women used to brighten their days, and keep their loved one warm.  I am sure that some women made quilts out of necessity and others did it to show their sewing skills.  I make quilts because I have a wonderful sense of accomplishment when they are complete.  Quilting for me is a form of creative expression that has the wonderful end result of a tangible item that will hopefully outlive me.  My quilts show a bit of my personality – the colors I choose are an extension of who I am.  I tend to work with bright, happy colors or warm, cozy colors depending upon the end user of the quilt.  Every quilt that we make has a little bit of us in it.

The weekend in Boston was about family and for me that is what my quilting is about, sharing a part of me in my quilts.

Keep creating….

Be kind…

Faith

A Wonderful weekend…

in Boston.  A couple of weekends ago we loaded up the car, dropped Gracie off and the kennel and headed south to Beantown.  We were going to visit our daughter Elizabeth and spend the day wandering around Boston and seeing the Red Sox.

Our first stop was the Quincy Market – we went for a walk around the business district.  Had to get our steps in for the day.

Elizabeth and me in Quincy Market

Elizabeth and me in Quincy Market

Our next stop was the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to see the Pilgrim/Roy Collection of antique quilts.  The quilts were amazing!!!  I had a wonderful time looking at them and getting inspired once again to go home and make quilts.  Here are a few of my favorites from the collection.

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Four Poster quilt - this was made to fit a 4 poster bed.

Four Poster quilt – this was made to fit a 4 poster bed.

Baltimore Album

Baltimore Album

I love the half blocks on the sides - you almost never see this in quilts made today.

I love the half blocks on the sides – you almost never see this in quilts made today.

Star details

Star details

border - love it!

border – love it!

love the simplicity of the design and the amazing quilting.

love the simplicity of the design and the amazing quilting.

When you think about the fact that most of these quilts were made in the 1800’s – they were hand pieced, machine pieced and hand quilted.  There were no rotary cutters, none of the tools that we use today to make our quilts complete.  It was wonderful to be able to see these quilts in person.  They were displayed in a way that allowed you to really see the details and the workmanship of the quilts. We had a lovely light lunch at the museum and then continued our Boston fun.

We headed back to our hotel to relax for a bit before dinner and the game.  It was so nice to spend time with Elizabeth – we had a cocktail and a cheese and fruit platter and wonderful silly conversation.  I tried a Moscow Mule and I just might have to purchase some of these fun copper cups and have a Moscow Mule Party.

Moscow Mule

Moscow Mule

Dinner was early and Garrett – (Elizabeth’s boyfriend) joined us at Stephanie’s on Newbury.  We had a very nice dinner and then walked to the park.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park

The Red Sox won the game that evening- we had a wonderful time and then went back to our hotel for a nightcap and some more conversation.  Overall the day was relaxed, fun and exciting.  Boston is a wonderful city – it is easy to get around and it has always been one of my favorite places to spend a day.

We were up early the next morning so that we could pick Gracie up at the kennel.  Gracie was very happy to see us and to be home and Chuck and I were happy to be home as well.

I will post more pictures from the museum tomorrow – there are some more amazing quilt to see.

Have a nice day,

 

Be Kind…

Faith

 

 

My birthday card to my husband….

Today is my husband Chuck’s birthday. We have been married almost 29 years and they have been the most amazing years of my life.  When I think of the young woman that I was when I met him and the woman that I am now, the change is amazing.  Deep down inside I am the same person but we have had so many wonderful adventures over the 33 years that we have been together that we have grown together into a couple.

Here is a pictorial of our wonderful life together.

Our Big Day

Our Big Day

 

Chuck being Chuck - making us laugh

Chuck being Chuck – making us laugh

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no caption needed!

 

Daddy and Charles

Daddy and Charles

 

Daddy & Elizabeth

Daddy & Elizabeth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

good hair days and bad

good hair days and bad

 

 

family weddings always the best

family weddings always the best

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

25th Anniversary

25th Anniversary

Most of our fun involved family!

Dad and his wonderful children

Dad and his wonderful children

 

the loves of my life

the loves of my life

The whole clan

The whole clan

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So Happy Birthday Chuck, you are the love of my life and my best friend – I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us, I know it will be filled with love and family and fun.

 

Be Kind…

Faith