Monday, June 11, 2012

Summer Fun

Looking for a cute little project to work on this summer? This little quilt called Tinder Box is fun and easy! You can find the pattern at my website, patchalotpatterns.com.
 Sometimes I come up with names for quilts while reading books. For Tinderbox I was reading a book by Suzanna Kearsley called The Rose Garden. This was an enjoyable story about a woman who visits Ireland and lands back in 1712. She falls in love with a man named Daniel Butler and the rest, as they say, is historical fiction! At some point she needs to start a fire using a tinderbox! I don't believe I have ever seen a tinderbox, let alone know how to start a fire with one. But I did send some sparks flying on this cute little quilt, don't you think?

I am back in Virgina as of a few days ago. The weather started out cool and refreshing, but now it is heating up. I finally broke down and turned on the air conditioner which my husband has been reluctant to do. He goes into competition with himself to see how long he can last. Well, he lasted until I came home!

Friday morning my husband woke me up at 6am and told me there were tall ships in the bay. We live one block from the Chesapeake Bay, close to the mouth of the bay where it opens into the Atlantic Ocean. There are always cargo ships lined up out there waiting for their chance to cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and go into Norfolk and northern ports. So we walked down to see the action. It was quite a sight and took us back a couple of centuries (rather like time traveling).

Hard to believe this is right down the road from us! As you can see their sails were lowered as they waited for their opportunity to go up the bay.
 This photo is of the Godspeed, a replica of the vessel that sailed to America in 1607 along with two other ships, the Susan Constant and the Discovery. Currently these ships are located at Jamestown and tourists may board them and get a feel for the travel conditions in 1607. (I borrowed this image from the internet). I am told that the Godspeed was one of the ships in the bay, and one of the smaller ones! You can see the other ships at the OPSAIL 2012 website. The event, I am told, was to commemorate the War of 1812.

I am off to try and get some sewing done at last! Yesterday I managed to pull muscles in my back as I reached back and forth to the floor sewing pieces together then replacing them in order. It was all too big for my design wall so I improvised. What a mistake! But today is already better, so let's try it again!


14 comments:

Annette said...

Your Tinderbox quilt has to be one of my favorites. I really like it. My husband and I are planning a trip out to the east coast next Spring. Thanks for the tip on Jamestown. We will for sure add it to the itinerary. Sounds fun!

Sue said...

I just love this little quilt! Oh the fabrics in it are wonderful too!

Love the pictures of the ships. That's pretty neat!

Have a wonderful summer:)

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Your little quilt is the sweetest. I love the backstory of its name! It was so fun to see the tall ships in the bay that you spoke about in your recent email! It must have been quite some sight.

Angie said...

Marcie, this little quilt is adorable! And WOW, those ships are AWESOME---wish I were there to see them. :)

Jeanne said...

Marcie, your quilts are always cute and fun to make. We have the tall ships visit in Bay City every few years. It's an amazing sight to see them all lined up.

Janet said...

Your tinderbox quilt is wonderful! I like the little cheddar "sparks" :0) The tall ships are so interesting. I can't imagine living so close to the ocean.

Anonymous said...

Oh my such amazing sights! I don't know which is the more amazing, the ships, the view, or your quilts. Awesome all the way around. Wonderful story!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous is Michele Bilyeu. I am invisible again. Time for some mischief, perhaps? :)

And the real, visible, Michele Bilyeu is giving away goodies including a pattern that some super dear lady accidentally sent me a duplicate of. I'm paying it forward and celebrating a blogging milestone with fun!

Michele Bilyeu said...

Now, blogger recognizes me and ate my first comment which said " I love all of the beautiful sights on your blog post today and can't decide which is most amazing. The boats, the view, or your amazing quilts!!!

Now, dear Marcie, if this comment comes up multiple times or so do the other two, just delete me or them, or any of us. Blogger is playing games with me, again!

Linda said...

Oh to live that close to all that history must be wonderful! Your little quilt is adorable...I love all the color in it!!

sewprimitive karen said...

Tinder Box is really good, esp. like the cheddar flashes in it. How exciting to see the sailing ships. Your house is so well situated except for that pesky summer heat thing!

Me and My Stitches said...

What a great little quilt! And lovely ships as well. I'm with you on the air conditioning - my DH would probably not have it at all!

Carole Taylor said...

This quilt, Tender Box, is great. I am not a quilter....yet....maybe someday. But you do wonderful work, and I love seeing your creativity.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh my! I LOVE your tinderbox quilt! It is wonderful! And thanks for the info on the book. That sounds like a good one. I"ve already added it to my list of good books to read!