Conflicting Interests

Work on the bike quilt or go for a bike ride? It’s hard to tear myself away from sewing on this quilt. I’m racing (hehe!) to get it done to show my students at MAQ– Mid-Appalachian Quilt Conference, which is coming up soon. By the way, the website says the Appliqué Quilting in Layers class is full, but there are two last minute spots open. 

I found the perfect fabric for that spoke hub thingy (technical bike term) and I can’t resist sewing the blocks together to see how it looks. 

Boom!  That’s what I’m talking about. No pins, first try. I had to think awhile on how I wanted to quilt the spokes. I knew I didn’t want my usual checkerboard, alternating direction, quilting lines. I wanted the stitching to look like the wheel spokes. I used a Frixion pen and ruler to mark a guideline so the quilting would radiate from the center hub.

This gorgeous June weather is just too nice to stay inside the studio, so when Christine suggested a ride on the C&O Canal, Gary and I joined her and Mark, Elizabeth and Mel and Bill for a ride. 

We rode from Chesapeake City to Delaware City, all along the canal, about 17 miles. 

Oh heck was I ever ready for lunch. 

We always want to sit outside if possible. 

Crabby Dick’s fit the bill perfectly and we had a view of the Chesapeake Bay. I ordered a salad topped with a crab cake. Gary got the crab cake sandwich. We’ve been on a long term mission to taste all the crab cakes, worthy of tasting, in the greater Bay area. No disappointment here– delicious.

We decided to ride back through the town on Clinton street. This might have been a restaurant choice. Lewinsky’s on Clinton. Ahhh…  Oh, I get it. Yikes. Thanks for being the Vanna, Christine! Lucky for my photography, her go-to color is always Kodak Red!

Y’all know I’m a landlubber from Illinois so I am completely intrigued by tugboats pushing barges and seeing all the ships and cargo boats navigating the canal. I really love canals. I like to learn about the history and the construction and hey, they’re mostly flat, which makes riding a bike pleasurable. Still– riding almost 34 miles is far! I’m treating myself to 2 Aleve tonight. Tomorrow it’s supposed to rain and storm. Perfect bike quilting weather. 

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  1. Christine says

    The bike quilt is getting more and more wonderful with each step. The ride was great! Thanks for such a fine report. One can’t hide red…and it sure finds great flames to go with it. Are you sure Monica’s dress wasn’t red, not blue? Also, small detail: we ended at Delaware Bay.

  2. Leslie Skibo says

    The bike quilt is just awesome! Can’t wait to see it finished!


    Oh Terry I so envy you with the canaL rides; you cause me to recall great memories of riding in Amsterdam & Brussels. Yes, we rode with the fanatics in Amsterdam as they sent to work.

    The bicycle is going to be a wonderful creation; can’t wait for the completion. The spokes are too realistic. Good job!

    (An aside: We’ve used “deer repellent on the Peony’s to fight the squirrels & so far it is working & they were so pretty this year.)

  4. Hollace Rutkowski says

    If you love canals, take a boat across the Panama Canal. Very cool.

  5. I know exactly how you feel. The quilt is coming along great. Can’t wait to see it at MAQ. And it looks like you had a great ride with great friends.

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