Experiencing a little more rain and taking a break from exploring Ireland, which inspired me to resume work on this UFO. Got all my blocks done and have been playing around with layouts. Took a vote on Facebook and decided on this one:
These were also in the running:
Now to explore the Irish quilt shops in search of the perfect border(s)!
Scruffy’s people set out for the Lough Boora Discovery Park in County Offaly. Incidentally, County Offaly has been recently given the distinction of being the most Catholic county in Ireland. Lough Boora is an important Mesolithic site in Ireland and the bogs provided a source of heat for the Irish for centuries. In the twentieth century peat harvesting was mechanized and the peat powered Ireland’s industries and homes. Now Lough Boora is a wildlife sanctuary teeming with wildflowers and fun activities for kids, for example, a cute little fairy trail.
One of the many walks one can take is called the Sculpture Walk, which displays various rustic sculptures created using the landscape and remnants of peat harvesting equipment. We enjoyed some of the nature sculptures by Naomi Seki. This is A Tree in a Sculpture
and this one is called Boora Stacks.
Inside and around these stacks are bushes of heather, which over time becomes peat as it partially decomposes under bog conditions. Peat can lead to bog fires, which are very difficult to contain. When it burns, it can burn deep underground, even under damp conditions.
The dark soil here is actually peat:
Another cool sculpture involved 3 triangles, but I should have taken the picture from a different angle to properly appreciate the effect. However, it was starting to rain at this point so we started quick-snapping on our way to seek shelter.
Maybe we can hide from the rain in here? What, no roof?
What is this? Is this the Loch Ness monster visiting Ireland?
There, there, nice monster…
No, actually, artist Julian Wild welded together pieces of scrap into a shape of a skimming stone to honor the industrial heritage of the site. This was my favorite sculpture by far.
Mary Ann dropped by to show off her Halloween Table Runner. Isn’t it fun!
From Janice’s Table Please drop-in. Click here to see this and other patterns in the book.
Check out Joe’s Pinwheel Quilt – How vibrant & active!
Quilted by Doodles.
And here’s a close-up:
Here’s a close-up of Susan’s quilt – look at those perfectly matched seams!
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Check out Christina’s big quilt – gorgeous shadowing!
(quilted by Doodles)
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Betsie’s fabulous T-shirt quilt, with Minkie back – quilted by Doodles (ScruffyQuilt’s long arm service). Very intriguing T-shirts and beautiful job overall!