I’ve already shared a few of the stops on our Atlantic states tour in June. After visiting Washington DC and the mid atlantic states, plus a stop in Pennsylvania to see Amish country, we visited Philadelphia and New York. Our final stop on our epic road trip was the seacoast area of New Hampshire where my husband’s parents live. I have to admit: Portsmouth, New Hampshire might be one of my favorite places on the planet.
So often we have driven through scenic landscapes and I’ve wished I could use that beautiful backdrop for a quilt. Well, fortunately for me (and you?) I had a quilt in tow this time around. You may remember this scrappy nine-patch quilt I made a couple of months back using the pattern from Crazy Mom Quilt’s new book, No Scrap Left Behind.* I finished it just in time to bring it as a very belated baby gift for my husband’s cousin.
I loved making this quilt – such a fun way to use up favorite navy and low-volume scraps fabrics for this controlled scrappy baby quilt.
Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting did the quilting for my while I was at Girl’s Camp (she did the Loop D Loop pattern) so that I could sew the binding on before our trip and finish the hand binding in the car. I found this Lizzy House Constellation fabric on sale at my LQS that made the perfect backing and I pulled the binding from my stash (like the rest of the fabric in the quilt top).
The beautiful New Castle island, next to Portsmouth, New Hampshire was the perfect setting for the blue and white quilt, don’t you think?!
New Castle is New England nautical perfection: beaches, sailboats, lighthouses… (think Cape Cod on a much smaller scale and without the crowds). If you’re ever driving through the New Hampshire coast, or visiting Portsmouth, you must drive through.
The coolest part is there is a sweet little village with original houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that are beautifully preserved. (There are also some stunning modern estates and the restored Wentworth by the Sea Hotel.)
This house is the Walton house started in 1647 – it’s one of my favorites because of it’s classic New England style, but especially because of it’s location on the water, right at the mouth of the Piscataqua River estuary.
I’m also fond of it because my husband descends from it’s original builders. I keep hoping that some long lost will will turn up saying we can have it. 😉 A girl can dream, right?
I was introduced to New Castle by my mother-in-law who loved this place long before me. She grew-up in Portsmouth and her best friend lived on New Castle island long before it was swanky. My mother-in-law had even scouted some great locations suitable for quilt photos and was so excited to get the job of official quilt holder!
Don’t you just love the door of this red house from 1750?
This is the house my mother-in-law grew up dreaming about raising a family in. Instead they ended up living around the country/world in army housing. I’m so glad they get to be retired back near their hometown. And that we can go visit!
I think I’d happily move into this one too.
I have a few more pics from New England to share next week and that will end the summer travel report. So glad I had the
foresight random luck to bring this quilt with us so that I could get some quilt shots in this location that is SO different from my western mountain landscape. (Maybe really late baby gifts serve a handy purpose sometimes.)
Timely PSA: in case you’re feeling inspired by the nautical love in these pictures, be advised that Bobbi Lou’s Fabric Factory is celebrating summer with a sale: 20% off of all nautical fabrics with code ‘BEACHY’ thru Saturday 7/15. Just so you know. 😉