Monday, September 2, 2013

Antique Quilts along our Great Lakes Road Trip

I knew I wouldn't get much sewing done this summer but did not realize it would be nearly not at all...perhaps that is why enjoyed seeing a few antique quilts along our vacation to UP Michigan a few weeks ago.

My favorite quilt was from the light keepers living quarters at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.  I believe the house was done with the intent of replicating how it looked at the turn of the century...yet with the white background and bright colors it would fit perfectly amongst current counterparts in anyone's flicker stream.  I took the close up below so I could try to decipher the pattern once home.  I'd love to make one block in this pattern and turn it into a pillow as a way to remember the trip.

And another bed at the same location had a fabulous double wedding ring quilt.

On Mackinac Island I spotted a large quilt being hand quilted in one of the historic home museums.

Of course the real highlight of the trip was the spectacular scenery and views... Tahquamenon Falls was one of our favorites along with the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore at the top of this post.

While it is sad to say goodbye to summer and I will miss the time I get to spend with my boys after they head back to school tomorrow, I know that I'll have much more time (hopefully) to sew and see all the pretty projects blog friends make.


Brenda said...

Great pictures thanks for sharing. Love the quilts you found.

Marsha said...

Your pictures of the UP really bring back memories. I vacationed there with my kids many times and saw Pictured Rocks and the falls in person. What great vacations! Now I live in NM and see different landscapes but this is a beautiful country. All the quilts are gorgeous, thanks for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

It looks like a wonderful vacation. That is such a pretty area to visit.

I love that first quilt pattern. I hope you can figure it out and replicate it.

PamKittyMorning said...

I went to see Lake Superior this summer, I am pretty sure it was the first time I'd been to a great lake. Really immense, it was a lot like the ocean to me, you can see for miles, but no shore. Love your photos!