Hello friends! At the beginning of August we were able to travel to visit family to Portsmouth and the seacoast region of New Hampshire. After 3 years (2019-2022) where we weren’t able to go, it’s been great to get back to our yearly pilgrimages.
My husband’s parents are Portsmouth natives and retired there after a few decades moving around while in the Army. My husband’s brothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins also live in the region between Boston and Portland, Maine. They live far away from us, but we feel so lucky that it’s a place we love to visit so much!
You may also remember that Portsmouth was the inspiration for my last fabric collection, also named Portsmouth. 😉 Here are a few shots of some of that New England seacoast vibe that inspired the collection.
Classic New England coastline villages and vistas.
Near Rye Harbor State Park
And GREAT seafood. My first time going to Al’s Seafood in North Hampton and it was delish.
This visit I did my first ever bike tour of the city and neighboring islands with Portsmouth Historic Bike Tours.
It was one of the most perfect, beautiful New England summer days. Warm and sunny with a lovely breeze, but not too hot or humid. (Which I did NOT take for granted as our visit last summer was HOT and sticky.)
Amazing. I wished I had a go-pro camera mounted on my helmet so that I could have taken you all along with me!
Other stops in Portsmouth itself included the Portsmouth Fabric Company Quilt Shop
and it was extra fun to see my Portsmouth fabric stocked there! They said it was a hit for their shop. Pretty much the best compliment ever.
I also brought along my 2023 Riley Blake Sampler Quilt for some on-location photo ops. As you can see, I only brought the quilt top (because: suitcase space) but it was still fun to capture the quilt in the land of it’s inspiration.
Speaking of Portsmouth fabric, it’s starting to get a little scarce. I’ve listed what I have available in my Shop.
Other places with Portsmouth still in stock include:
Also speaking of Portsmouth, here’s a peek at the progress I’m making with the English Paper-Pieced stars I’ve been working on as my travel project this summer.
Not 100% sure what I’m going to do with them, but they’ve been a fun, portable project.
And for those still waiting for me to release the instructions for this layout – thanks for your patience! I’m a one-woman-show trying to juggle ALL of the things. With the end of summer there have been a lot more deadlines behind the scenes that I needed to get caught up on. I’m getting there.
The quilt is now finished and I’m planning to share final photos and assembly instructions next week.
One more fun thing to share: speaking of fabric collections, I’ve got a new collection in the pipeline for next spring! More to share on that in the coming weeks, but here’s some of the inspiration:
We have had such a lovely summer. Not nearly as many crazy busy milestones as last summer. As a result we were able to make more time for travel and catching up with extended family. It was awesome. Also, as a result, not much time at all spent in my sewing room. But I’ve learned over the years that is the natural rhythm of the calendar. Summer is for people, and traveling, and being outside (and yard work) – there will be more time for sewing in the months ahead.
Especially now that football season is here. I’ve come to love football season for new reasons: mainly the fact that the rest of my family loves watching football (not that I don’t love watching it occasionally) but it gives me time to campout in my sewing room and no one misses me. 😉
Hopefully this also bodes well for me getting caught up on SO many things.