Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Antebellum #11, Beach House, and Pillow

This post has a house theme :) 

Antebellum #11 Ever Widening Circle was made with our house in mind. 

Here's the original inking. 

Our house was built c. 1730 but is referred to as the Phebe Beach House. Phebe Burnet (1767-1852) was the spouse of Aaron Beach (1765-1826) who was a grandson of a landholder in Livingston. He enlisted in the NJ Militia in 1793 and was chosen an Overseer of the Highway that same year. He was also a signer of the 1811 petition to establish the Township of Livingston. 

Aaron and Phebe had 7 children between 1788 and 1807. Their son Marcus was an escort of the Marquis de Lafayette in 1824 when they retraced George Washington's route through parts of NJ. Aaron Beach died in 1826 and Phebe continued to live in the house until her death in 1852.

This picture was taken in the 1940s. It's the front of the house. See the porch?

Years ago we enclosed that porch by knocking down a wall and adding lots of windows. It's a wonderful room for plants :)

A couple months ago Rachel gave me this cute kit which she picked up on the freebie table at another guild she belongs to. Thanks, Rachel! After I finished the embroidery I wasn't sure if I wanted to make a pillow or a little quilt.

But the decision was made for me when this freebie pillow from a veteran's organization came in the mail yesterday. It was just the right size!

And now my pillow is done :)

Have a great week!

Copyright 2018, Barbara Schaffer



  1. What a darling block! I love your history in the inking a well.

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  2. Wow! To still have that house in your family is astonishing. Not many families can say that. You're very fortunate

  3. May I say that you are inspirational? You inspire me to get doing again!

    1. Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment :)

  4. Your inking is so charming - are you using PFD fabric? what is secret to getting the fine lines? Looks wonderful.
    Your pillow is great. It seemed meant to be.
    thanks for sharing the history of your home and porch. It really is a great place for plants!

  5. A lovely inked rendition of the original block - you have a gentle hand with Pigma Pens (is that what you use?) - the secret to nice inking. Liked reading about the history of your home and all the light coming in from the windows makes the plants extra happy!

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  7. Your block is sensational. You are so very good at inking. I would love to take a class or at least carve out some time to practice! Your wool pillow is so sweet. Funny how some things just work out perfectly! Merry Christmas to you and your family!