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Sunday, October 11, 2015

A Wedding Celebration in Maine

August found us in Blue Hill, Maine, attending my niece's wedding. What a beautiful event! The bride and groom gathered friends and family to a field, black and white cows watching from one side, the bay sparkling in the distance opposite, and said their vows under a perfect blue sky.

My gift to them was, naturally, a quilt.

It is quite a traditional quilt, comprised of Ohio Star blocks alternating with solid blocks and framed with a red zig zag border. I think this arrangement allows each star to sparkle a little, and provides space for the quilting to stand out. Each star is different, and though I used mostly traditional fabrics, they are in bright, saturated colors which gives it a youthfulness appropriate for the recipients.

I quilted it, block by block, on my long-arm machine, using my own simple design for the stars,

and used the pre-loaded designs from QuiltPath for everything else.  The triangle designs in the red portion of the border match up so well that it looks like a continuous pattern.

After the wedding we spent several days in Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island. Our plans were so last minute that we couldn't find accommodation in Bar Harbor and ended up in Northeast Harbor. This was fortunate as Northeast Harbor is far quieter than Bar Harbor. A two minute walk from our hotel brought us to the dock where we hopped on a boat for an evening cruise of the harbor. We saw seals, osprey, cormorants,

lobster boats,

and hundreds of lobster buoys, each one painted in its owner's colors.

We were also blessed with a brilliant sunset.

No visit to Acadia is complete without an exploration of its carriage roads, a legacy of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who financed and directed their construction in the first half of the 20th century. They wind up and down and around, crossing stone bridges (also part of Rockefeller's legacy), passing ponds and coastal views, and through dense woodlands. They are all wide and gently graded, perfect for enjoying on foot, on a bicycle, or in a horse-drawn carriage.

If you are up for a little more excitement, you can tackle the Precipice Trail, which is described as a non-technical climb.

It requires climbing fixed metal steps,

and steep, narrow stone steps.

We went very early in the morning, and quickly emerged from the thick ground fog.

 It was a great way to end our short visit to Acadia.

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