|The Emerson Inn|
|Cairn along the Atlantic Path|
Our next stop was Rockport, which was settled in 1695 and supported early fishing and granite industries. It is still a base for lobstering, but now attracts tourists with its shops, galleries, restaurants and colorful New England scenery, including "Motif #1," claimed to be the most often painted building in America.
After lunch and a stroll around Bearskin Neck in Rockport, we made our way down to the docks and the artists colony at Rocky Neck in Gloucester. With fewer tourists, more artists, and a large working dockyard, I found Gloucester much more engaging. Or maybe it was just that since it was later in the day the light was better...
We ended the day with a walk along the jetty at the Eastern Point Lighthouse. For another take on these same scenes, take a look at my daughter's blog here.
|Eastern Point Lighthouse|
All these great colors and interesting shapes offer lots of inspiration for quilts. But new projects will have to wait until I complete some other works in progress, notably this vintage top which I have chosen as this summer's project. It is very portable and doesn't require particularly careful planning or piecing so it is great to carry along on our travels. I found the original partial blocks at a garage sale while in Jackson Hole several summers ago and later bought a tub full of vintage fabrics so I have plenty of material with which to complete the existing blocks and to make enough new ones for a twin size quilt.