Sunday, July 29, 2018

New twist on old place

     The shore of Lake Erie south of the city of Buffalo was extremely popular among all people early in the 20th century. The wealthy build impressive mansions- just for the summer. The rest build shacky cottages- anything to escape the summer heat of the city. Pre-air conditioning times. There is a wonderfully restored Frank Lloyd Wright designed one called Greycliff that is amazing. Just down a bit, is Sun Cliff, built in 1914. In the 40s it was sold to the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo who owned it for 70 years. They used it as a retreat house. I went there as a teenager in the early 70s. Now, it has been purchased recently by a group that is making it into a wedding place, bed and breakfast, and it has a lounge now open. 
     It was near our cottage, so we stopped in for a drink and they let you tour all the grounds and peruse the amazing first floor. There is so much potential here. An absolute fabulous place for a wedding or big party. It was very hot that day and some of my photos are washed out. I can't wait to go back. They have had some classes there also. If you are in the area, check it out and see how the wealthy lived back then.
Side view from back yard, the yellow of the house is washed out

The arbor at the back, by the lake, for weddings. Back of house in background. Pretty impressive.

Looking through the front door, down the walkway, to the arbor by the lake.
.The Lake at the end of the property. It is on a cliff above the Lake.
Looking back at the shale cliffs. Greycliff is somewhere in there.
Beautiful clouds over a blue lake.

The promenade of trees from the back of the house and veranda to the arbor and lake.
Side of house. Stained glass window transoms in room at side of house.

The steep stairs to the lake. Yikes, they had it chained off. Smart.
Tent from wedding the day before.
View from the lounge towards Old Lakeshore Road.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Needed inspiration

     I consider myself extremely blessed to be living around Buffalo, NY. The landscape, lake, sky, terrain I think are all wonderful, changing, and nearby. At the cottage in Angola, I got one good sunset in. The other night it stormed and I did not want to photo lighting over the lake and run.
    The clouds constantly changed and made openings for the sun. It was very warm, but gorgeous. If only I could turn these into sumptuous quilts.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

A few moments at the beach

     My husband and I rented a cottage for a week on Lake Erie in Angola, NY. We only stayed a few days, and gave the rest the week to my son and his family as they adore the beach. The 6 and 8 year old were over the moon. While I had the cottage to myself, I used the sunporch as a studio. Bliss. Keep the beach sand for yourself. 
Great porch for sewing even though it was hot
It is all I need to work away
You wouldn't even know I was working away inside.


      Before I left for my daughter's and baby mode, my friend Elizabeth and I experimented with discharging on solid fabrics. We used directions from Dharma and what we found on the web. We used diluted bleach in a spray bottle. I tried making a paste with cornstarch, but it liquified before very long and all I got were blobs (the rust piece). 
     We found that the solid black Elizabeth bought from the Amish in Shipshewana on a trip was the best discharge color. The leaves were ones that we preserved last fall with glycerin. We used pennies to hold down the leaves when spraying. Needless to say, we did this outdoors. The fabric was hung to dry, and then I washed it all. Big mistake- all the threads mangled up making a big ball. Lots of detangling and ironing then. These were my attempts. When I showed them at a guild meeting, some asked what we were going to use them for. I hate that question. I hope to make some art quilts out of them, but I don't know what yet. These were experiments.
Used a quilt stencil to spray through
Used a quilt stencil to spray through
Dark blue fabric, quilt stencil
Tried scribbling with paste that was dissolving

Rust fabric, blobby paste

Rust fabric. leaf outlines
Lace over rose fabric

Spray over torn cardboard edge, gave mountain look or clouds if turned upside down

Dark blue fabric

One of my favorites- a center motif
Dark green fabric
Lace over dark green fabric

Another favorite

Getting Back

     Sometimes it seems like everything derails me from getting my thoughts and photos on this blog. Recently, birth of my grandson kind of slowed everything down and disrupted any normal routine. I tried to help out going to visit and get my daughter some sleep. He is one month old today. I am going to pick through some photos and see what I can reconstruct.
    First, I did finish one quilt- a Red White Blue one for our local VA hospital.

Detail of quilting- a light blue Glide