Chimney Bluffs – A Quilter’s Perspective


Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

For those of you curious about where to find a location in New York State that has been compared to the Badlands of South Dakata, I suggest a trip to Chimney Bluffs State Park in the town of Huron.  These bluffs are a result of the last ice age found along the southern shores of Lake Ontario just east of Sodus Bay.  They are truly an awesome sight to see.  I like to hike the trail along the top first then walk along the beach at the bottom to return to the car.  It’s not a very long trail, but I would not recommend taking young children because there are no railings.  You can see areas where a trail seems to go over the cliff showing that with each passing year, the bluffs erode away a little more. 

 The Museum Quilt Guild which I belong to is a member guild of the Quilter’s Consortium of New York State.  The consortium has a challenge called Stitching New York – A Quilter’s Perspective.   Although pictures can not do the bluffs justice, I have decided to showcase this lesser known gem of New York State for the QCNYS challenge. 

Chimney Bluffs State Park

QCNYS Stitching New York Challenge – Chimney Bluffs

I printed the photos onto fabric then appliqued them onto a black background.  I framed them with various batik fabrics and added a little bit of thread painting as accents.  I decided to quilt the background with varigated blue thread in a sort of ripple design to resemble water.

chimney bluffs 7When I showed the quilt at our guild meeting last Saturday, several people said they saw Jesus with outstreached arms in this photo.  I had been working so close to the photo that I didn’t see it  until someone held it up so I could view it from a distance.  It just goes to show that he’s always close by, even though I can’t always see him. 





 Any guild that has a quilt show this year or next year can display some or all of the entries in the challenge at their show if they would like to.  A couple other members of our guild have entries also.  Cynda Watroba did a beautiful depiction of Niagara Falls in stunning rainbow colors on a black background.  Elaine Ross used a photo of the train trestle bridge in Letchworth State Park to create her entry.  She had the image printed on fabric by Julie Brandon at Red Dog Enterprises.  You check out both of these entries at the Museum Quilt Guild blog at

Mary Tyler Moore opening croppedLast post, I mentioned another challenge that I was working on.  The challenge was titled “That was then…” and the theme was the year you were born. After months of trying to find something I loved enough to inspire a quilt from 1970, I found out that the Mary Tyler Moore Show started in 1970.   My working title was “You’re Gonna’ Make It After All.”  True to form, I didn’t get started until last minute, and well, apparently, l’m not  “gonna’ make it after all”, at least not yet.  Unfortunately, the clock was against me.  I haven’t given up on the project, though. The image that Julie Brandon printed for me on fabric came out so good that I really want to do it justice. I’ll keep you updated on my progress as I work on it.

Thanks for stopping by.  Drop me a line in the comment section.  I’d love to hear from you.  Let’s go spread some sunshine!


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