Monday, September 30, 2013

Natural Bridges National Monument

The three bridges in the park are named Kachina, Owachomo, and Sipapu (the largest), which are all Hopi names. A natural bridge is formed through erosion by water flowing in the stream bed of the canyon. During periods of flash floods, particularly, the stream undercuts the walls of rock that separate the meanders (or "goosenecks") of the stream, until the rock wall within the meander is undercut and the meander is cut off; the new stream bed then flows underneath the bridge. Eventually, as erosion and gravity enlarge the bridge's opening, the bridge collapses under its own weight.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Pow-Wow

My favorite the Pow-Wow singing and traditional Navajo dancing. Hear some singing by the Omaha Whitetail @ Southern Ute Fair Powwow 2013.

I love to look at the native dress

Saturday, September 28, 2013

The Rodeo

The kids start early

This little girl was very serious as she practiced
Before I take my seat in the grandstand, I have to watch the kids roping competition.

The Navajo people pride themselves on their horsemanship and this is a great opportunity to see these talented men and women in action.

Utah Navajo Fair

The main focus of out trip is the annual Utah Navajo Fair and Rodeo.  The weekend kicks off with a parade down the Main Street of Bluff on Saturday.  I'll be in my chair early on the parade route as Highway 191 is closed to traffic for several hours.

Friday, September 27, 2013

On to Blanding

Blanding was settled in the late 19th century by Mormon settlers, predominantly from the famed Hole-In-The-Rock expedition. Economic contributors include mineral processing, mining, agriculture, local commerce, tourism, and transportation.

Blanding is located near both the Navajo and White Mesa Ute Native American reservations, and a significant percentage of Blanding's population has family ties to these nearby cultures. These quilts were hanging in the visitor's center.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Calf Creek Falls

We will have to settle for the view from above
Calf Creek Falls is in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The 126-foot cascade is very popular, because it can be reached by an easy hike on a 5½ mile roundtrip trail. No hiking here today, just too much water!

Himself! Look at that stormy sky

Escalante Petrified Forest State Park

Utah has many great state parks, just perfect for camping! This one, Escalante Petrified Forest State Park is located just outside the town of Escalante. 

It bring back memories of the time we were stranded there with a broken truck. Eight days it took to get the parts and get back on the road!

This time it had been raining. With the rain come flash floods. In this case, the flash flood was the ditch right outside out camper door.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Bryce after the rain

A flash flood is a rapid flooding of low-lying areas: washes, rivers, dry lakes and basins. It may be caused by heavy rain associated with a severe thunderstorm, hurricane, tropical storm, or meltwater from ice or snow flowing over ice sheets or snowfields. Flash floods are distinguished from a regular flood by a timescale of less than six hours. The temporary availability of water is often utilized by foliage with rapid germination and short growth cycle, and by specially adapted animal life.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Quilting in Bryce

Who knew that a trip to the visitors center would be all about quilting!

Bryce National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park located in southwestern Utah. The major feature of the park is Bryce Canyon, which despite its name, is not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The red, orange, and white colors of the rocks provide spectacular views for park visitors. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet.
The Bryce Canyon area was settled by Mormon pioneers in the 1850s and was named after Ebenezer Bryce, who homesteaded in the area in 1874. The area around Bryce Canyon became a National Monument in 1923 and was designated as a National Park in 1928.

A sign of the times, yes I use my phone to locate stuff all the time!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Nampa Idaho -Quilt Shop

The Bluebird Quilt Studio is a full service quilt store in downtown Nampa, Idaho.  They offer inspiration, encouragement and instruction for fledgling and "free flying" quilt artists.  They have a wide range of quilting and sewing classes for all ages and abilities and a beautiful long arm quilting machine. Custom quilting services are available including long arm quilting services, binding and completion of those treasured heirloom quilts to be enjoyed for generations to come.


Caldwell Idaho - A quick stop for gas

Being as quilter one ought to know that there is no quick stop for gas if there is a quilt shop in town. Cindy's is a little out of the way but well worth the effort to find. Bright and cheerful, loaded with all kinds of goodies!

Cindy's Quilt Shop
720 S. Kit Ave.
Caldwell, ID  83605

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Baker City Oregon - Quilt Shop

Treasure Every Stitch is a great shop right downtown  in Baker City Oregon, enjoyed looking at all the stuff. Brilliant way to get a break from the road!Quilting Supply Store Baker City, OR - Treasure Every Stitch

On the Road - Baker City Oregon

Historic home  in Baker City

Platted in 1865, Baker City grew slowly in the beginning . A post office was established in 1866, but Baker City was not incorporated until 1874. The city and county were named in honor of U.S. Senator Edward D. Baker, the only sitting senator to be killed in a military engagement. He died in 1861 while leading a charge of 1,700 Union Army soldiers up a ridge at Ball's Bluff, Virginia, during the n Civil War.

The Oregon Short Line Railroad came to Baker City in 1884, prompting growth; by 1900 it was the largest city between Salt Lake City and Portland and a trading center for a broad region.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

My Summer Vacation

Traveling by car over a hundreds of miles is always different. We are on our way to Utah, to visit family, and glorious Southern Utah. Driving through Eastern Idaho there we thunderstorm way off in the distance. The result? Beautiful rainbows, haunting sights.
Lonely looking trucks at a rest stop

Curtains of rain off in the distance

Friday, September 20, 2013

Playing in the Dye Pots

I've playing around in the dye pots again. It's lots of fun. Get a friend or two and spend the day.  Check out the Dharma Trading Company's web site for help.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Evergreen Piecemakers 2013 Quilt Show

Evergreen Piecemakers 2013 Quilt Show
September 21-22, 2013 @ the Kent Commons
525 4th Ave. North
Kent WA

Saturday 10 - 5 p.m.
Sunday 10 - 4 p.m.
$5.00 Admission


Friday, September 13, 2013


Inspiration: "the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions".

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

And Straight into the 21st Centurary

I don't usually collect fabrics. I just buy what I like and make stuff. Some how these fabrics ended up in my collection and needed to be made into something wild and crazy.
This piece was lots of fun to quilt. I looked at the shapes in the fabrics for ideas.

Friday, September 6, 2013


M & J Trimmings, NYC. My all time favorite place to be inspired and overwhelmed at the same time!
At M&J Trimming, trims by the yard are their specialty!They
carry thousands of yards and rolls of popular trims to embellish garments, create accessories, or redecorate your home. Some favorites include Greek Key jacquards and metallic ribbons, chains in all styles and widths, a variety of chainnette and beaded fringe, leather and suede trims, iron-on floral and studded trims, mohair and wool styles, elastics, braids, jutes, sequined, rhinestone trims and more. Also available are a large supply of laces, including Venise, Cluny, Battemburg, and Schiffli, as well as beaded, embroidered, metallic, and stretch styles.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Quilts of the 1930's

Dust. Drought. Plummeting farm prices. The stock market crash of 1929. All these factors

And quilting. Quilting flourished in America during the Great Depression. It was partly out of necessity, but also due to the mass-marketing of quilt products, and a cultural trend that emphasized "traditional" skills.
contributed to America's woes during the Great Depression of 1929-1940. Many Americans responded to the troubles in various ways: planting gardens, forming aid societies, participating in New Deal government aid programs, and making do with what was on hand.

I can't believe that I am saying this, but I want to make one! I've been collecting fabric for years. But pattern to choose?
I love to applique, and pink, but maybe this one is just a little bit too much?

Never in a million years, are you crazy? All those little bitty pieces and hand quilted too? NOT ME!