Harpers Ferry and a Quilty Update

Hello Everyone! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! This week, I just have a short update on my rainbow quilts’ progress and then I want to share pictures from our Harpers Ferry, WV day out last Sunday.

First, though, have you seen the moon in the past few nights? I took this picture on Friday evening about 7:00. It was bright and beautiful!

I finished making all the strips from the 2 1/2″ squares for the Strip Rainbow quilt. I think they look pretty nice just on my design board. My next step is to cut out and piece the dot fabric that will go in between each of the same color strips.

I also sewed more rows onto the Moda Rainbow quilt. If some of you are wondering why I’m calling it that, it’s because I’m using fabric just from Moda Fabrics. The background is a Bella Solid and each print is from a Moda designer. I have the rest of this quilt laid out on the floor and I’m going to love this quilt when it’s finished. Unfortunately, I don’t have enough backing fabric for either of these quilts and I would like to use a Moda floral for the Moda quilt at least. It may be a few weeks before I’m able to get something.

Last Sunday, we spent part of a beautiful day touring Harpers Ferry. For those who may not know the exact geography, Harpers Ferry is on a point where the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers converge. We were in West Virginia, across the Potomac was Maryland and the Virginia/WV line is at the top of the mountain across the Shenandoah.

Most of the lower part of town is now part of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.

Except for the flat area by the rivers, the town is all on hills. We walked up and down multiple steps as we toured the town. In the picture above, we are looking towards the Potomac and there is a hiking trail to those rocks on the other side of the river that overlooks the town.

There are two sets of train tracks that cross the Potomac here. The one on the left are the B & O Railroad tracks and the tracks coming in on the right are for the Winchester and Potomac Railroad. Both are now part of CSX. I’m not sure the right tracks are still active, but two CSX trains came through while we were in town. The Pedestrian Bridge is on the right side of the Winchester tracks.

This church is beautiful. Unfortunately, we were not able to go inside. St. Peter’s Catholic Church was built in 1833, then renovated into today’s church in 1896. Mass is still held at the church today.

We are standing on the flood plain by the Shenandoah looking up towards the church.

Jefferson Rock

Most people know about John Brown’s raid in 1859, but George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were also part of the town’s early history. Washington proposed that a national armory be built there. Jefferson visited the town and called it “perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.” This is Jefferson Rock and has been stabilized to keep it from sliding. Climbing on it is not allowed!

From Jefferson Rock, we are looking across the top of the church towards the Potomac and the Shenandoah is to the right through the trees.

The trail leading up to Jefferson Rock is part of the Appalachian Trial (AT). The trail traverses right through town. From this point, you are slightly less than half way between the north and south trail heads.

We are standing at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

We walked about half way across the Pedestrian Bridge that leads to the Maryland side of the Potomac. From there you can reach the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal and the trail to one of the overlooks.

The town was starting to get crowed by this time, so we decided it was time to go. We are planning on going back and hiking a few of the trails on the other sides of the rivers. We will need an early start when we do that.

I’ve only touched on the highlights of this beautiful historic town. One thing to know before you go is that parking can be an issue. There are a few parking lots associated with the National Park, but you must pay the park fee for those. There is also a bus that will take you from the Visitor’s Center to the town. If you go on a pretty day, you may find parking on the streets of town if you get there early enough. Most of my limited information came from Wikipedia.

I hope you enjoyed my travelogue of Harpers Ferry, we certainly enjoyed the town. Have a great week and thanks for stopping by.

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2 Responses to Harpers Ferry and a Quilty Update

  1. Lydia says:

    That looks amazing. I may need to come stay for a week!


  2. Melisa says:

    Your striped Rainbow Quilt and Moda Rainbow Quilt are so pretty, Brenda. They are so cheerful. I enjoyed the photos of Harper’s Ferry. I did not know that about Washington’s or Jefferson’s connection to the area. . How interesting and the town is so charming. Definitely a place to put on my list of places to visit. Have a great week and happy stitching


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