Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pipes, Ships and a Little Quilting Too!

This past weekend Ann from Ann's Snap Edit Scrap and  I went to the Edinboro University in nearby Edinboro PA for the Scottish Highland Games.  We got there bright and early, too early to catch everything they had to offer.  We did see some bagpipers practicing for their competition as well as these young lady dancers!

If you click on the Scottish Bagpiper words below you can hear some Scottish Music.

I was intrigued to find out information on the Scottish Clan Campbell that my maternal grandfather belonged.  He came from a small coastal town in Scotland called Bo'ness.  He was a bagpiper!  My goodness you have to have a lot of wind to blow and make sounds in those pipes, and were they ever loud!!  I bet my Grandmother disposed of his bagpipes soon after they were married!!  Ha Ha!!

Scottish Bagpiper

Next,  we headed to Erie PA for the 125th Anniversary of the Tall Ships!  Would have been great if they didn't charge so much to actually view the ships closer.  No where did it say that you would have to pay to see them.  We looked at some of these from afar and some through gates they had blockading the boats.  No pirates visible to us, just a big rubber duck!  Disappointing, won't go back to that again.

This ship was called the U.S. Brig Niagara.  It is a reproduction of the Commodore Oliver Perry's victorious vessel from the War of 1812's Battle of Lake Erie.

The Rubber Duck

And here the black boat is the El Galeon, a reconstruction of a 16th century Spanish galleon.  It's homeport is Seville, Spain and it cruises waters worldwide and flies the flag of Spain.

The yellowish boat is the Dennis Sullivan which is a replica of a Great Lakes schooner.  It's homeport is Milwaukee Wisconsin and it's normal cruising waters are that of The Great Lakes, Florida and the Bahamas!  There were nine ships total.  That was our Saturday!

I showed you this table runner I was working on two posts ago.  I wasn't sure how I was going to lay it out and after much fooling around, I decided to go with the "Flying Geese" pattern.  It is all ready to quilt, which I plan on doing some of it later today.  I've never done free motion, so I have to go with just stick with the "stitch in the ditch" right now.  I hope to learn free motion in the near future after a few projects are done.


  My next project will be a lap size "Quilt Around the World" pattern that I am just learning to do.  Here are the pink and green fabrics that I will be using.  Wish me luck!!!  My next post will be about all quilting and the adventure I am on!!      
Well, that's it for now!  Everyone have a great week and I'll be back next Thursday!

and Macy Kate too!!


  1. I love tall ships!! But....deplore bagpipe music. But likes it tho. So, I hafta 'deal with it' when he's around. rofl.

    My uncle's surname is Campbell!!

    Oh, and the greens and pinks in your newest upcoming project are super. I love the combination. In fact, years and years ago, I had a kitchen done in lime green and hot pink. I liked one else did. :-)

    1. That should be BUD....not but. OMGoodness.

    2. I'm into the primitive type, civil war fabric colors, so this is way out there for me. It grew on me as I was cutting the strips. Can't wait to get started sewing on it next week.

  2. you did your research. I didn't know the names of all the ships :)
    Your table runner looks good and I like the fabrics you have for your next project.

  3. I had them all written down when we went there, but figured what was the point when we couldn't even see the darn things that good. Hey, did you know that the Niagara shot a canon on the rubber duck on Sept 8th, they had to duct tape it with 100 rolls of duct tape, should have said DUCK TAPE, ha ha!! Anyway, the Niagara Organization is going to have to pay for the duck. No wonder it cost so much to get in. Also, I talked to my sister in WA state today and was telling her about it and she said that when the tall ships come to Seattle, it is free!! Go figure!!