Baby Quilt Progress and a New State Park

Hello Everyone! Welcome back. I hope you are enjoying your weekend. It’s been a quiet one here because it is cold and windy, but we had a beautiful day earlier this week. We took advantage of it and visited a nearby state park. I also spent the week working on the baby quilt for my niece. She is due any day now.

I finished all the blocks and sewed them together yesterday. I just need to add the border. I changed the size of the sashing from 2″ to 3/4″ finished, so I think I will have enough of the background fabric to use as the borders. They will be the same size as the sashing. I’m very pleased with the results and I have to thank Sigi, @littlequiltsong, on Instagram for the inspiration for these blocks. I’ve been following Sigi for years and admire all the quilts she makes. She also makes baby quilts for charity, which is why I scrolled through her pictures for ideas. The arrow idea came from an arrow quilt Sigi made which I do think came from the book, “Charming Baby Quilts” by Melissa Correy. My plan is to get the borders on this morning, then I can cut the backing fabric and get the layers basted. I’ll have to ponder how I will quilt it, I want to keep it nice and soft.

We had a nice surprise on Wednesday! We had a little uncalled for snow on and off in the morning. It’s still a novelty to us. There is snow in the forecast for a few days this week, too. It keeps changing so we will see what happens.

Sky Meadows State Park

So we went from snow, cold and windy on Wednesday, to this beautiful day on Thursday! The temps were in the high 40’s, but without a lot of wind, it was a very pleasant day to go hiking. We went to Sky Meadows State Park, which is less than 20 miles away. I had read about the hiking and most comments were to hike the trails counter clockwise so you did not go up the very steep incline to the top of the mountain, so that’s what we did.

This is near the start of the trail heads. The park includes a colonial farm, which wasn’t open to tours without prior arrangement. We took the Gap Trail just because it was the shortest. Next time, we’ll take one of the longer trails and maybe even go hike the AT which goes through the park for about three miles. We had a nice hike up the mountain through the woods. Then we walked out of the woods to this…

It was spectacular all around us.

The trails go through those gaps in the hills, which take you to the top of the mountain. Besides hiking trails, there are bike and bridal trails on the other side of the park.

This is the overlook trail, going down.

Here it is looking back up. There are some benches under the tree which is about half way up the mountain. We may or may not try this way some day!

So after the hike, we just had to find a place to sit and relax for a bit. Like I said before, there must be a winery around here about every 2 miles! We are at The Barrel Oak which is down the road from the park in Delaplane. Those are two other wineries you’re looking at right next door.

We kept warm by the fire as we enjoyed a very nice bottle of wine. It was a little more breezy by this time and the fire felt good. Who says you can’t do things in the winter time, you just have to bundle up and go. Next week is supposed to be cold every day, so we’ll see what we can do as far as getting out one day. It may just have to be a car ride.

Stay safe and warm this week and thanks for stopping by.

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9 Responses to Baby Quilt Progress and a New State Park

  1. Carol in Texas says:

    Virginia is a beautiful state. Our younger son did his graduate work at Virginia Tech and then lived and worked in Newport News for several years. We made many trips to Virginia during those years and saw different parts of the state. My favorite destination was Williamsburg, but the Blacksburg area is so beautiful and it was a lovely college town.

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  2. Margaret says:

    Your photos are absolutely wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing them.

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  3. Little Quiltsong says:

    These views are just spectacular – love seeing all the farmland and hills with woods all around. Also I’m so happy I could be an inspiration to you. I loved your quilt as soon as I saw the picture, and didn’t expect to read my name in there. Thank you, Brenda! Love your quilt top design.

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  4. Great quilt and lovely photos.

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  5. Lydia says:

    The quilt is adorable! Love the views and can’t wait to plan a trip to visit you guys.

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