I’m relaxing at home tonight after a weekend quilt retreat at a lovely Victorian bed and breakfast, the Stockbridge Ramsdell House, in Newburgh, New York, on the Hudson River.  I had a wonderful time.  We were sewing in a studio with windows overlooking the river and the Newburgh-Beacon bridge in the distance.  The skies were blue with big puffy clouds and the river just sparkled.

On Saturday, we took a boat ride on the Hudson to Bannerman Island for a tour of the remains of a castle.  I never knew this was there!  The history of the island was very interesting.  Mr. Bannerman used the island not only for a summer residence but also to store the ammunition and equipment he acquired and sold.  His business started in Brooklyn, but he had acquired so much after the Spanish American War that the City of New York told him he had to move it outside city limits.  The castle has seen better days, but fund raising to restore it is ongoing and even in ruins it was beautiful.

Hudson River

View of the Hudson River


Bannerman Castle

Bannerman Castle

I did do some appliqué while we were there.  I did not, however, finish the Benjamin Biggs block # 8.   It has red flowers with lots of small curves and I wasn’t really in the mood for careful stitching!  Instead, I back basted all the the green vines and leaves on block #9.

Benjamin Biggs # 9

Benjamin Biggs, block # 9

We’ll see if I can finish the last pesky red flower on block 8 this week…

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