I used to accompany my uncle as he checked lighthouses along Lake St. Clair in south western Ontario. As we traveled from house to house he would tell me stories of his days on ships, the importance of lighthouses, and how someday they might all be gone.
He was my favourite uncle. He is buried by the water and not far from the one remaining (non functioning) lighthouse in the area. I often sit by the lighthouse and think of our times together. The Coastal Quilts rug reminds me of those days.
The design was printed on a linen foundation (my favourite backing), hooked with #8 cut, in a 'primitive' manner (no shading). I used all new wool, mostly from a wonderful and reliable shop I found online, Encompassing Designs! I used the one blue for the sky but turned the strips of wool over for a slight difference in the upper clouds.
I had fun hooking the rugs which I changed from quilts to rugs, on the line. I liked the boats on the distant horizon with their colourful sails. I wanted the water to look 'cold'. I think it does with the rich darker blue.
Thanks for the design!
Patty, thanks so much for sharing such a sentimental story! With so many lighthouses being decommissioned we are loosing an important part of our past. I appreciate you taking the time to write these lovely words about your uncle and I am sure Sue will be as touched as I am that a memory from your past was captured in her design. A story painted with wool!
Coincidentally, this pattern is listed as pattern of the week and will be featured until August 19th.