01 June 2011

WIP Wednesday

The other day, while my mother-in-law was in town, we decided to explore more of the country, so we headed over to Fort Laramie for a day of history. Ft. Laramie is only about an hour from here and is located on the beautiful Laramie River. It was used as both a fort & a stopping place along the Oregon trail in the mid-1800s. Many of the building are in ruins, but there are several that have been restored over the years.

On our drive out there I decided to start working on my Misfit DQS. This is my first time doing hexies and can I just say I LOVE them. So relaxing & mindless, and in no time you've got a nice little stack going. :)

This was the hospital. The cemetery is a ways off to my right, but there were a couple graves around the back of the hospital. (See the crosses in the foreground?)

Inside the barracks everything was set up as if the men were still living there.

The married officers quarters were set up beautifully.

Beautiful dresses & hand sewn quilts.

The Old Bedlam. The oldest standing building in Wyoming, was built in 1849.

The last stop on our way back to the truck was the old bar. The fun thing about it is that they serve Sioux City sarsaparilla & other "Old West" pops. They had one called Birch Beer. Well, I had to try it. Like root beer, that was once made from roots, birch beer was once made from the bark of birch trees. It had an anise (black licorice)-type flavor & was stronger than the sarsaparilla. It was delicious!

The wallpaper behind the bar was beautiful. The "barkeep" told us that the original barkeep's wife was from New York & although she loved the prairie she wanted the men to have a little "culture." So she ordered some William Morris wallpaper from New York, she put it behind the bar because she figured that was one of the walls that the men probably stared at the most.
Well, I just adored the wallpaper so when I came home I looked up this English textile designer. Immediately I recognized some of his work & realized where I had heard his name before!

On Monday, Sally & I went to my LQS to look around and she was nice enough to buy me a charm pack of my new favorite collection, A Morris Tapestry. :)

I wanted to keep the charms whole to show off the tapestry & yesterday I spent some time arranging them into 4 9-patch blocks. I'm still not happy with the arrangement, but hopefully I'll get it so I can start sewing it together today.

If you have any suggestions on which charms to move for better distribution of color & pattern I'd love to hear them.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Today WIP is over at Don't Call Me Betsy. If you haven't already been there, head on over and say hi.

Yeah, that says "6 sore heads." I love Wyoming! :)


Bree said...

I've been wanting to try out hexies for a while now, can't wait to see what you make with yours! What are you using for the base?

Kelly said...

love your pictures from the outing, such an old part of the country with great history, and beautiful quilts!

Elizabeth D. said...

Thanks for sharing your trip with us, I feel like I got to be there! Your hexies are adorable, I've never tried them before, but I sure want to. Thanks for linking up with WIP Wednesday!

Wild as a Mink said...

Oh wow...i love historical sites like this, it looks awesome! I really need to explore moreso in my own city and find some cool stuff like this--probably somewhere upstate since I don't think we have barracks in NYC.

LynCC said...

That sign is awesome. Your hexies are in gorgeous colors. :)

Mary said...

Looks like a fun trip!

As for your charms - they look great! I like the layout that you chose!

mainer said...

Wyoming is a place I want to see someday. Thanks for the preview. And I just got some William Morris fat quarters.

Melinda said...

What a cool trip. I'm glad to hear hexies are relaxing. Makes me more excited about trying them.

My Sweet Prairie said...

oh LOVELY!!! How lucky for you!