Archive for the 'Scotland Trip' Category

Edinburgh castle

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Edinburgh Castle, built on an extinct volcano, is one of the most prominent attractions in Edinburgh. It has been a military fort for over 600 years. This was the start of our Scotland trip. As this is a quilting site, not a travel site, I have briefly mentioned points of interest relevant to quilting in the [...]

more irons

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Irons in Glencoe Museum

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Times have progressed. It would be really difficult to work with some of these old irons.

Glencoe Museum

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

In the historic town of Glencoe (where the Campbell clan slaughtered the MacDonald clan in 1692), we found this wonderful little museum, little being the operative word. I had to duck my head to enter. The roof is thatched with heather. Inside the original stone slabs are on the floor.

Seattle Quilt Company

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Visiting the store, we talked with a group of French ladies who met every Tuesday and were making(tatting) lace. I had never seen it done and was quite fascinated. It is hard to see in the picture but their working surface is a concave dome covered in velvet. They are working with all these bobbin-like [...]

Seattle Quilt Company

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Lisa, in the black, is the owner of the quilt shop. Even though it is on Seattle Street, she did spend a number of years in Seattle, WA. It really is a small world. The US is a big influence in product as much of the fabric was from US distributors. From what I could [...]

Seattle Quilt Company, Aberdeen

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Before we travelled to Scotland, I looked into quilt stores and quilt shows. The Seattle Quilt Company in Aberdeen was the only one I could find. As I live just north of Seattle, WA, I found this quite funny.  As it turns out, the shop is on Seattle Street.

Johnshaven

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

This little gallery was the best store on the trip. Johnshaven is a very small, very old (my husband’s great grandfather came from here) town of typical Scottish yellow sandstone block houses. It is on the east coast south of Aberdeen. It still operates as a major fishery, sending up to 900 lbs. of lobster and [...]

Oban

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

Everywhere we went in Scotland, I looked for a quilting store or a wool store. Considering the vast numbers of sheep on the hillsides, I thought there would be a wonderful selection of shops. This little store was one of the few. They had a good supply so I did buy some yarn. It was [...]

Oban

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

On the west coast of Scotland, the gateway to the Highlands, is Oban. This is where my paternal grandfather is from. It is a harbour town with constant traffic of ferries and fish boats.