Yesterday, my husband and I went somewhere I've been wanting to go for a long time. We went to the Gustave Stickley House Museum at Craftsman Farms in Morris Plains, N.J. Stickley was the designer of the furniture that is quintessential to Craftsman style interiors. Ever since I realized the Point Pleasant house was built in the Craftsman style, I have wanted to visit this place. The house was amazing and cutting edge for its time - electricity and indoor plumbing in 1916! Stickley was best buds with Edison. The grounds were as beautiful as the handcrafted, inlaid furniture and it really inspired my husband and I to restore the shore house with its historical roots in mind. I bought one of these vases in the gift shop. I wish I could have had one of each shape and size!
Friday, September 5, 2014
This is the finished quilt for my riding teacher's new niece. The baby has the most beautiful name, Tullia Noor. Leah's idea was to use all the fussy cut squares of animal images to tell stories with her niece as she grows up. There are elephants, giraffes, birds, hippos, monkeys, alligators and of course horses! The bottom picture is the back of the quilt. I like the sun and the moon rising and setting in the corners.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Colleen showed Praline in their first Hunter Derby on Sunday. It was a picture perfect day at The Ridge at Riverview's phenomenal show facility in Asbury N.J. My husband always told me the girls were ringbound and couldn't ride like this when they were kids. He can't say it anymore! I love this picture for two reasons, the tails of her formal shad coat flying in the air and the awesome barn jump standards.
Friday, August 8, 2014
These are the finished blocks for a baby quilt I'm making for my riding instructor Leah to give to her first niece who is due to arrive next week. She is extremely excited about the baby and very excited about the quilt. She picked out the design and fabrics with guidance from me. The offset blocks are a little out of my comfort zone but she chose them because they remind her of a tartan plaid. She picked the focus fabric that I fussy cut for a wide variety of nursery animals. Her plans are to use the motifs as a vehicle to tell stories with her niece when she gets older. I love being part of making this amazing idea "materialize." The blocks will be sashed in white with a scrappy multicolor border.
Monday, August 4, 2014
My daughters showed again this summer at HITS Saugerties in New York State and were very happy with how they did.
Kelly and Grace in the Adult Hunter Division
Colleen and Praline in the 2'6 to 2'9" jumper division. She got a 2nd and 3rd out of over 60 entrants. Not bad for only her third horse show moving up to a higher division. Below are Col and MacDonwald watching other classes.
Thursday, July 31, 2014
I finished this strip pieced quilt in record time, only 3 weeks and it has now joined the kaleidoscope quilt in the "blue room" at the shore. This is my new bedroom decorating strategy, my quilts are bed runners on solid quilts or coverlets. I get to enjoy seeing them instead of having thm folded away in a closet. Below is a picture of a quilt I bought last week at an antique show. I have always loved double wedding ring quilts but I will probably never make one. The colors on this one are very pretty and it is in very good condition. The quilting is absolutely amazing! I am in awe of whoever did this completely by hand.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Leah, Nessa Rose and Hamish arrive on the Red Carpet
This past Monday night I attended the Red carpet premier of Leah Epstein's short film, Leah and the Real Dog. It was held outdoors at The Ridge at Tewksbury and was a thoroughly enjoyable evening. The highlight of the evening for me was the formal attire on the canine star of the movie, Hamish MacDougal MacDuff. It is difficult to see in the picture but he has on a kilt complete with formal jacket and miniature bagpipes! My daughters and their husbands appeared in the movie as well as two of my granddogs, Wolfschmidt and MacDonwald.