So, do you think . . . . .

I can't tell you why, but this house has always fascinated me.  I always picture someone up in those four windows, looking out over the sea, waiting for a loved one to return.  Anyways, I've been meaning to photograph it for a couple of years now, and (try to) reproduce it as a quilt, but just hadn't gotten around to it.  I like how linear it is, and I like the many roof lines, and  the character of it.  This picture was taken today.  It's in the community of Clementsport, Nova Scotia, and has been sitting abandoned for as long as I've been around this area.

A bit of history - I'm a member of the local historical society, and imagine my surprise when this house - "my house" - appeared in a slide show about a month ago.  My urge to translate it into a quilt had faded, but suddenly there it was in all its glory.  It was built for the James Pickup Roop family, and later on in life became a hotel.  The town of Clementsport was once a booming harbour town, but like a lot of Nova Scotia, is quickly becoming just a memory.  There isn't much information around about James, or his wife Emma, but their son, Earnest, was born in 1875, so I'm thinking the house might have been built about that time.

Anyways I asked Judith, Keeper of the Photos, to email me the house pictures, and here they are:

I believe this was in it's "Hotel Period".  I love the lace curtain blowing out of the upstairs window, and the bicycle at the bottom of the stairs.

And check out that fence!  Anyways, my question is, any tips or recommendations for tackling this project?



James Pickup Roop home in Clementsport

I know you are interested in making a quilt and I do not do that but what I do do is genealogy. James Pickup Roop is a distant cousin of my husband's so you may be interested to know that he was born in 1843 and died in 1925. His wife Margaret Emma Gilliatt was born about 1849. I do not know about them specifically but have the Roop ancestry back to his first ancestor in Nova Scotia, Deacon John Roop, U.E. and where he came from in New Jersey.

I think it would make a beautiful quilt.

Wow - thank you!

I just discovered your post . . . . thank you for the information. I'll note it on the back of the quilt! It's still a work in progress, and my techniques have changed somewhat, but it will "Be" some day.

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