It's been a few days but since we have a stay-at-home rainy day today I thought I'd take some time to catch up. Weather-wise, this has been one of our more "interesting' vacations to Maine. We seem to have a rotation of bright-sunny, cloudy-but-still-outdoor, rain-indoor days. Today is the rain day, yesterday was absolutely perfect and Wednesday was cloudy but still nice for a long hike.
Today I'm going to start with the update on my projects because I know most of you don't care about my vacation photos.
On the crochet front I have mostly been working on the two blankets and only in the evenings after the Cribbage match is over. I'm at a point on the jacket where I need to be able to concentrate on the pattern instructions and that's not good to do when friends are around to talk with. I can do these blankets without any thought at all and I alternate between them.
This is my brother's (Tim) blanket and it's over half done at this point. I'm on skein 5 of 7. He'll definitely have this by the time cool weather hits Virginia.
This is a donation wheelchair blanket and it's moving along at a good pace too. I'm not quite halfway through this one. It's going to be a very nice, soft and warm blanket.
Today I'm working on cutting out the next set of fabrics for the Judy Niemeyer Tequila Lime quilt. I'm calling it Red Sunset after the gradient that I'm using to make it. It took me an afternoon to get the papers sorted, cut out and the colors planned. Today is all cutting. These pieces will finish the main section of the quilt and then I have a whole other set of papers for a border to bring this quilt to queen size.
I am still really enjoying working on it.
I thought I'd take a minute to answer a great question from Kristen. She asked if I wouldn't have the same quilting challenges that I had with the Summer Sunset quilt. If you remember, I had planned a lot of custom quilting on that quilt but there was so much bulk in the seams that it was really impossible to do that. It was that quilt that made me realize the genius of Judy Niemeyer designs.
JN specifically designs her quilts so that points do not meet at major seams. See the green circled areas? You can see that none of the points meet at a major seam line. The yellow arrow shows an area where points should meet but they are purposely designed not to meet together. Visually, you can't tell but for quilting it's wonderful. Even the diamond at the end of the sawtooth border (white circle) has a flat bottom so that there aren't 5 pieces joining at one point. The curved petals in the center also meet off kilter (orange circle) to reduce the bulk. It's really genius and I'm sure that other designers use this method now too.
Now on to vacation.
After my last post on Tuesday, we headed into Bar Harbor. The boys were headed to a local brewery restaurant and I, as the designated driver, was planning to walk around town and do some shopping. Well, I walked down to the harbor front and noticed people off in the distance walking on the "bar". It's never been low tide when I was down there so I immediately changed plans and headed that way. Bar Harbor gets its name from Bar Island and the land bridge that joins it to the town when the tide is low. This is the view from bar Island back to Bar Harbor. From this vantage the town looks kind of desolate but it's not. It's very busy and touristy and I'll try to get some photos the next time we go into town when I will actually do the shopping that I had planned. There's even a nice yarn shop there.
Because it rained Tuesday I put the brakes on any climbing hikes for Wednesday. You'll see why in just a minute. So we took a beautiful 5 mile hike along the Jordan Stream Path. We had low expectations and just did it to have a long walk. We were very pleasantly surprised by a beautiful hike and some great scenery along the path.
You've got to love a place that can have granite stepping stones!
Most of the property on this hike is outside Acadia on the Land and Garden Preserve. We could hear people with chainsaws doing trail maintenance and we were gifted with this treasure on the trail. The tree had died and one of the workers created this chainsaw sculpture for the hikers to find. We actually met the guy about a half mile down the trail where they were building a new bridge over the stream.
The Preserve is an absolute treasure thanks to the generosity of David Rockefeller.
My favorite sight on the walk was the Cobble Bridge that, I think, was built in 1917. It's stunning and one of the carriage trails for walking, horseback riding and cycling goes over the bridge. The whole walk reminded us of The Hobbit and it made for a great day.
Yesterday we were ready for a challenging hike and we really picked a good one! We started at Jordan Pond, one of the more popular places in the park. You really have to be there before 9 ( or after 2) to have a hope of getting a parking space. We try to get to our hikes between 7:30 and 8:30 to avoid the crowds and to get the best parking. We were too late to park at the Bubbles for the path that we really wanted to take but Plan B was perfectly fine.
We hiked up Spring Trail to Penobscot Mountain. Spring Trail is very steep for the first half and I had to turn on my inner monkey to climb with all of my limbs. The trail up most of the mountain isn't too steep, probably more mountain goat pace over bald granite. The payoff is 360 degrees of spectacular views. This is just one view looking over Little Long Pond. It was on the right side of that pond where we hiked the day before. That's the ocean beyond.
After Penobscot we hiked down the mountain a little and then back up to hit a second peak at Sargent Mountain. It's the second highest peak at 1373'. More amazing views awaited us there. I think that Sargent Mountain is a much more fun hike than Cadillac, the highest and more popular destination.
The yellow arrow points to an approximate location of our base camp.
Hiking down Sargent proved to be even more challenging because there were several areas with some streams running over the path. If it's mud that's not much of a problem but water on granite is a bit slippery. I slithered down bits of this path! I can attest that REI makes the strongest and most durable hiking pants ever.
Yesterday was the day I discovered that the tread on my boots is a little worn! I slipped 3 times and got this nice bruise on my wrist. I thought I was going to be able to ride this for a lot of pity points for a few days but no deal. It's pretty much cleared up today. It never did hurt, but it looked impressive for a few hours!
Weather forecasting here is hilariously wrong every day. It's a Maine feature. Today was supposed to be overcast with low wind. It was going to be a good day for kayaking. Instead we've had fog, rain and wind and it's turned into a quite nice sewing and reading day.
One of our friends left yesterday and we have another arriving tomorrow so Chris, Ian and I have a couple of quiet evenings. Things will be much more energetic tomorrow after Dave arrives. Ian is already planning our hike for tomorrow. No steep climbs after all of today's rain. Just a good long walk.
8/26/2022 03:54:42 pm
I'm enjoying both the crochet and quilt updates AND the vacation photos!
oh I love the vacation photos and I love those trails and that chain saw art! wow what a find to see that. I feel for you on that wrist - your lucky it wasn't worse. I don't normally hike the day after a rain but now and then we have and have had to be so careful the older we get - I wish I could still do all the hikes I used to - I remember the days of 10+ miles and backpacking too - now I'm lucky if my husband can do 2.5miles - I think I have him beat by not by a lot as I have to take breaks to get off my legs for a little now and then to give them a little rest. He can't manage the steep areas anymore because of his weight/heart issue
8/26/2022 10:55:48 pm
You're motoring right along with the blankets. I really like the yarn you're using in for the brown tonal one. Brown could be boring but that's most definitely not.
8/27/2022 07:19:41 am
I am enjoying the vacation photos more than the craft projects....so I am glad you saved the best for last. I love that chainsaw sculpture. That amazes me. That hike would be a great place to daydream.
8/27/2022 02:50:24 pm
Love seeing Maine! Have not been there since I was a kid but we did go camping there almost every summer when I was young with a tent your couldn't touch if it was raining as it would leak. Great memories of eating fresh lobster at the campsite and my Father chasing my brother with a lobster. So funny! Love the crochet projects and the reasons for making them! But the quilting project makes my mind go into overdrive. It's a good thing you are so organized.
8/28/2022 09:08:32 pm
Your Maine adventure gets better and better. We were only in Bar Harbor for most of two days & one night. Unfortunately, my host was almost 80 and couldn't manage hikes. We did go to Acadia, and I explored once I found her a comfortable spot to relax and enjoy the views. the weather was unbelievable warm when I was there, and the "normal" cooler weather arrived the day before I had to leave. Most days were absolutely gorgeous, except the day we took a river cruise, when we got to the Atlantic to head back to Boothbay, the fog rolled in dungeon thick, as my friend called it. When we went to the Baxter State Park area to visit her former son-in-law, we slept with their pet wolves (on a full moon night). We never had a dull moment the entire time. Thanks for sharing your trip.
8/29/2022 09:49:27 am
I love seeing your vacation pictures and seeing all the sites and interesting things you come across! Maybe I will get to Maine when I retire.
8/29/2022 10:43:14 am
What a beautiful place to vacation!
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I'm Vicki Welsh and I've been making things as long as I can remember. I used to be a garment maker but transitioned to quilts about 20 years ago. Currently I'm into fabric dyeing, quilting, Zentangle, fabric postcards, fused glass and mosaic. I document my adventures here.