The Lighthouse Quilt – or – Tea in the Lighthouse

in Entertaining nonsense and profound thought, Travel

No, it doesn’t have lighthouses on it, although these ladies do make lighthouse quilts and hangings. 111_8862 111_8864

 

I stopped at a lighthouse that served tea. There was also a craft room. At first glance I didn’t see anything I particularly wanted and I headed up stairs to the second floor where the lighthouse family lived back when a lighthouse keeper was needed. Nowadays the light is automated and doesn’t need tending. (actually I stopped at a number of lighthouses, I like them.)   111_8867

On the second floor, where the children’s bedrooms had been was an old light house keepers cot with a beautiful (and expensive) quilt on top of it. I think I took a picture… Yep, I did (see above). I walked into the second bedroom and there were four ladies working on various crafts. One was hand quilting on a quilting frame. One was crocheting, one doing needlework, and one – oh heck, I can see the project in my mind but can’t remember what she was doing on it. Drat. Rug hooking? No. She sometimes does, but that’s not what she was working on. Heck.

On the walls hung gorgeous quilts for sale. WAY expensive (as they should be) but a lap quilt was on sale and I could just about justify it. I went up to the top of the lighthouse and took pictures and then down to the bottom to have tea and contemplate the quilt.

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Tea, Pig and beautiful view.

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Beautiful tea cups. I love pretty tea things.

I bought the quilt, and a pig that made me smile. I couldn’t leave the pig behind. The lovely Lighthouse Lady that served me tea (she gave me a whole pot, because the craft ladies had the single pots upstairs in the craft room,) gave me the tea for free. So sweet.

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One of my sons holding the lap quilt for me. He needs a hair cut!

The story behind this quilt: A friend of Irene’s sister, if I have the story straight, found the diamond pieces in her attic. The fabrics are supposed to be quite old. Anyway she gave the pieces to Irene’s sister who created the squares and put together the quilt top. Irene, Theresa and Edith did the hand quilting. It was sashed and bound by Lorraine. Oh, it says on the back the Blocks were made by Eileen. I’m not sure if that’s Irene’s sister or not. Perhaps they’ll see this and correct me. It’s a star and crescent lap quilt. And I love it. Thanks ladies, I enjoyed my afternoon with you!

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie August 15, 2013 at 4:16 am

QUILTS! And lighthouses! And tea! And shaggy haired sons!
All things that I adore beyond reason!!!

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Kate George August 15, 2013 at 10:07 am

Me too, Julie, me too!

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Judy, Judy, Judy August 12, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Thanks for sharing such lovely pics, scenery and adventures with us.

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Skye August 12, 2013 at 12:56 pm

What a gorgeous quilt! Are you going to use it or hang it? I used to have a quilt I very much liked that I bought from a bedding catalog, but I’m not sure if I got rid of it in my pre-move clear-out or if it is still down in Oregon in a box. I’d love to have a handmade one. The design of yours is something I’ve never seen before!

Glad you had a good time. And tea!

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