Loving Lancaster

While on our way to Hershey, we usually drive through Lancaster and this trip was no exception.  I love Lancaster Co. Pa.  The drive is peaceful and off the beaten track – translation: We are not on the turnpikes.  Michaela and I have our usual haunts to visit and sometimes we pick up a new eatery or antique store or just something new.  This time….nothing new but it was enjoyable just the same.

Please don’t worry, I was driving and poor MIchaela was hanging out the window snapping shots for me.

We did visit our usual quilt shops: The Log Cabin and Zooks Fabric Store however we did not get a chance to go to Burkholders.  Honest, Burkholders is like a candy shop for fabric-aholics. You could spend hours there and believe me…I have. There are so many more shops you could spend days going to all the quilt shops. IMG_4932

I saw this in a shop in Kitchen Kettle.  Life is Good whenever you are shopping for fabric.

Happy Fabric Shopping



A New Museum

I have waited for three years for the Museum of the American Revolution to open and I have to acknowledge that my expectations were set amongst the cosmos.  So when Big D. and I finally arranged a day to visit, I was ready.

The building is beautiful and the staircase leading upstairs is spectacular with a painting of George Washington in front of his field tent. The tent is the museum’s prize possession and the museum has built a theatre telling the story of the famed canvas.  IMG_0934.PNGThe screen lifted  and I was able to view the tent -from my theatre seat behind glass.  The only thing holding me back from jumping out of my seat and putting my nose on that glass was Big D’s grasp on my belt loop. When I go to a museum I want to view the objects, get a feeling from them, absorb their history.  This was not so with George’s tent.  I was denied the opportunity to hunt for the embroidery that the video explained and to view the inside of the tent because the flaps were closed. I was not given the chance to peek inside and imagine what it would have been like for George to be in that tent talking strategy with other leaders of the cause.

We continued through and the museum and the building and galleries are just so wonderful and really time fitting. The artifacts are given care and thought in their displays, but here is where it gets dicey for me.  I have read that the approach of the museum is based on science museums in as that science museums ask questions and the M*AR wanted the visitor to ask questions.  I don’t think a history museum should expect visitors to ask questions but rather create dialogue and discussion about the artifact or event.  I have to say, this museum disappointed.  I feel it left out the flavor of what these men and women were trying to achieve , at what cost, and what was the driving force. Philadelphia has some of the country’s elite universities and colleges right in in it’s backyard.  Grab a history major, dress him/her in colonial wear and have them engage with the visitors about the artifacts and events of the times.

The Bluecadet agency did a spectacular job with the interactive media experiences which are dispersed throughout the exhibits.  However, I want to see the real thing.  I want to be able to see the calligrapher’s own handwriting. Understanding artifacts are rare and fragile, but so is the Mona Lisa in the Louve.  I get to see her, however not the documents presented in the immersive galleries.

I do think this is a museum is a must see, but enter with some trepidation.  The museum tells an abridged story, but a story nonetheless that needs to be told and remembered.  It is young, just like our nation, and I have nothing but hope that M*AR will add to it’s visitors experiences. You can check out the museums website Here.



It’s Crystal Clear

Ok, Maybe not crystal but definitely glass.  I have been a fan of Simon Pearce’s glass for many years and was devastated when the Princeton retail shop closed several years ago. So what is a girl to do when she neeeeeds glassware (besides going online and ordering)?  Absolutely! Head for Vermont!  Quenched, VT.  The retail store is located upstairs with an aaaamazing restaurant and bar.  The bartender was super nice and when I asked him for something refreshing he made me a Lavendar Lemon Collins.  To say is was delicious is an understatement.

In the workshop downstairs, the glass blowers are equally as nice answering any questions (and you know I had a bazillion!) and spending so much time with the customers/tourists. It is pretty toasty with the furnaces going but they have giant fans to help cool things down.

From the restaurant (you MUST order the broccoli cheddar soup) you get a birds eye view of the beautiful falls that just so happens to power the entire building with hydroelectric power!  Super green company.

What you may not know is Simon and Pia’s son Kevin was involved in a terrible snowboarding accident while preparing for the 2010 Olympics which left him with Traumatic Brain Injury in 2009.  You can purchase glass designs from the Love Your Brain Collection at Simonpearce.com  if you cannot make it up to Vermont. Proceeds from each of these designs go toward Kevin’s nonprofit, founded to promote a mindful approach to brain injury prevention and recovery.


Farm Girl Vintage: I was Thinking…

I have been looking for a project that is fun and “care free”. I went digging in the abyss of “the stash” and came across Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet’s Farm Girl Vintage.


How Fun!! I really fell in love with Lori’s block designs. I dug up all my 30’s repos -and there are A LOT! Good thing. The blocks are just so darn cute.

Inspired by the movie Julie and Julia, where Amy Adams, aka Julie, embarks on a yearlong quest to make 524 recipes from Julia Child’s Cookbook in one year and blog her journey, I thought it would be fun to reproduce the same thought with Lori’s Vintage Girl Farm. I have until the end of August as Michaela saw the book and sample block and declared it was hers! Both she and my sister remind me of the seagulls in “Finding Nemo”…Mine, Mine, Mine. She is however the agriculture major in the family, so hers it is.

First things first…the plan. Ok, here it is:

How big?? Lori has directions for 6” and 12” blocks. I want to complete all of the blocks (48 of them!). So, 6” blocks it is. That would make the ‘main’ quilt 43”x57” with 1” sashings. Ok, here is where it becomes a little sticky…Lori used an inner border, then flying geese, and then an outer border bringing the grand total to 62.5”x76.5”. When I looked at the picture I thought the flying geese were prairie points. Right?! Don’t they? I’m going to table this for now and revisit when the main part of the top is done.

That settled, totally scrappy or somewhat scrappy? Let’s walk on the wild side and use different whites and whites with small designs for the block backgrounds making it totally scrappy.

Now the hard part…time and which blocks first? Here is my thinking….I need to complete this by the end of August. If I finish 3 blocks a week –starting mid-March I should (now there is the opportune word – I have Crabtree’s Witches in progress and oh yeah, that thing called work that gets in the way of all my plans all the time. But it does pay for my QH -Quilting Habit) finish by mid-July allowing time to add borders, quilt, and bind by mid-August. I think this is pretty ambitious, but I’m going to give it the Old College Try.

I was going to follow the book and go in order, but I need some creative leeway. I’m going to go with the flow on this. Oh My Gosh, I’m totally living on the wild side.

Holy Moley-what a stash

I’ve got to go color organize all those fat quarters.


Counting “Down”ton!

I can’t wait until Downton Abby tonight however, I am so very sad for the last season to begin. I have been Downton Marathon-ing the past 4 days thanks to PBS that has been running the entire series over the weekend. It’s very far and between to find a TV series that is elegant and entertaining and the characters are believable. The twists certainly kept me on my toes and for a while no favorite character was “safe” from getting axed. I found myself trying not to have a favorite character afraid that Julian Fellows would hear me and I would never see that character again.

I was definitely born in the wrong era. I don’t know how I feel about all the “rules” of the EdwardianI period and lack of modern amenities but I do know I absolutely love the dresses and the costuming is exquisite. What I wouldn’t give to have Lady Mary’s wardrobe-so jealous! How much fun it must be for Michele Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern to dress up for work. And there is of course, “poor Edith”. What else can the writers concoct to make Edith’s life any more miserable. My favorite character, of course, is the Dowager Countess. She is so sharp and quick on the uptake. Nothing gets passed her.

My family knows, baring from the house burning down around me, under no circumstance are they allowed to talk me, ask me any question, or interact with me.

Happy Viewing!
XO- Annemarie