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Scenic Road Trip Binding

There has been a lot going on behind the scenes around here. I’ve had the chance work with some new fabric collections that will be debuting this week at Quilt Market. I got to do some stunt-double sewing for Vanessa Christenson using her new collection Simply Happy Color. Since they are not mine to share, the full reveal will come after Vanessa has shown them off. 
I did some of the cutting for these quilts but the piecing and quilting was done by my friend Erika, and then she handed them off to me to hand-bind. I actually love binding (it’s one of the only times I let myself just sit and watch TV) and I took some of them with me to work on during our car ride during fall break.

Speaking of car rides, here’s where we went! I just have to share a few pictures from our Fall Break vacation because I think the scenery is pretty unique and pretty spectacular. We went to a place called Bryce Canyon National Park. It’s here in the state of Utah – about 3 1/2 hours from our house and one of my favorite places.

We visited for the first time on our way home from Zion Nation Park a couple of years ago. (That was also the trip where my husband held a quilt on a precipice, of his own free will and choice.) We only had a short time and were so impressed with Bryce, we decided we needed to plan a trip back where we could spend more time.
Thanks (No thanks!) to the government shutdown, it almost didn’t happen since the National Parks were closed. Fortunately the Governor of Utah brokered a deal with the Feds to let the State run the National Parks and we were still able to visit. (Thank you Governor Herbert.)
Yes, that is real. Come visit sometime!

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    Valerie
    October 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

    We love Bryce! And Canyonlands! And Arches! And La Hacienda in Moab! {grin}

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    Melissa Corry
    October 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Bryce is fabulous. And it is just up the road from us ๐Ÿ˜‰ I also got do do a little quilt using Color Me Happy. Isn't it just fantastic!! So fun!!

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    Georgi
    October 23, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Bryce Canyon is scheduled as a must-see for our next road trip (hopefully 2014 or 2015?) Your photos are beautiful. Can't wait to see the rest of Vanessa's new collection ~ it's definitely on my wish list already ~ thanks for sharing!!

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    Nedra
    October 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Bryce is my most favorite Park, and place to hike. And this time of year is the perfect time to go. Stunning pics.

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    Janine
    October 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

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    AshleySaxon
    October 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I LOVE Bryce as well! I'm from Colorado but I live in Florida now so a lot of the people around me are from the East Coast and have no idea what parks to visit when they go out west. I always recommend Bryce. I'd love to get back there since my husband has never been!

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    ~Diana
    October 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Hope you didn't push over any rocks ๐Ÿ™‚ can't wait to see the quilts!

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      amy smart
      October 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm

      Lol! My boys love to climb on rocks and actually kept trying but those hoodoos are so fragile they were dying when we wouldn't let them. Next stop, Goblin Valley. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Shannon
    October 23, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Bryce is one of my favorite parks! (Along with canyonlands). Looks like you guys had fun!

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    Penni Domikis
    October 23, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Awesome view. Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Mara
    October 23, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Beautiful pictures, have you been to Monument Valley?

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      amy smart
      October 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      No! We need to go there next. It looks amazing!

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    Tammy
    October 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Such gorgeous scenery. Zion and Bryce are on my bucket list of things to see and visit. I can sure see why you wanted to go back – it's just stunning.

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      amy smart
      October 23, 2013 at 1:48 pm

      Yes! You need to go. Both are amazing.

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    Laura
    October 23, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I love Bryce Canyon. Beautiful photos.

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    ~Damita's Pretty Wrap~
    October 23, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Gorgeous photos!! Have a great week! xo Holly

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    Katy Cameron
    October 23, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    We loved it there this time last year, glad you got a chance to visit!

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    Books_Bound
    October 23, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Props to your governor! What a mess. I visited Acadia National Park in Maine the week before the shutdown, and was so relieved that our timing worked out! I'll bet Congress ruined a lot of vacations, among other things. ๐Ÿ™ Glad you guys got to go on yours!

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    ChristaQuilts
    October 23, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I love Bryce Canyon! It's a beautiful place to run and hike – and our friends' family runs Ruby's Inn nearby. Lovely scenic shots!

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    Hilary
    October 23, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Wow! Bryce Canyon is so beautiful! I love sewing bindings while riding in the car ๐Ÿ™‚ it makes a long trip feel productive.

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    Live a Colorful Life
    October 23, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    Bryce and Zion are just incredible wonders aren't they?

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    margaret
    October 24, 2013 at 12:51 am

    fabrics looking good, some lovely colours.<br /><br />Wow it is hard to believe the canyon is real, so amazing can see you returning again and again

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    Montse
    October 24, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Hi Amy! I love USA! I&#39;ve been in Grand Canyon, Zion, Sequoia and Yosemite Park, during my Honeymoon. All of them are amazing!!! Waiting for seeing your works with these nice fabrics! ; – ) Best regards! Montse of lesmiliunaidees.blogspot.com

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    Cindy
    October 24, 2013 at 7:32 am

    How nice of you to help Vanessa! Her patterns using this line are so darn cute- I can&#39;t wait for the collection! Your pictures are stunning!! Absolutely beautiful! I definitely need to plan a road trip in the near future! Thanks for sharing!

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    Linda R
    October 24, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Wow – spectacular pictures!! Gorgeous country. Can&#39;t wait to see the reveal of the quilts. :-)<br />

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    quiltsfromtheattic
    October 24, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Those colours are awesome!

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    greg @ grey dogwood studio
    October 24, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    Those are great trip photos! I visited Bryce and Zion just a few years ago and was amazed at the beauty. I hiked around Bryce and hated to leave. You&#39;re lucky to live so close!

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    Jill @ I Rather Quilt
    October 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Love both Bryce and Zion. Travelled from Michigan to see those wonderful national parks!

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    tracy_a
    October 25, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Lovely – I thought it might be a photo backdrop – it was just too perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ Glad you had a great trip!

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    Sarah
    October 27, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Gorgeous scenery, and colours in the new quilts too! I did think the background could be a photo too. It&#39;s amazing.

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    Bev Arason-Gaudet
    October 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful photo!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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    Dawn
    October 29, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Great pics. We love Bryce Canyon and Zion. If you ever get a chance make a trip to Bryce just after it snows. Completely different and absolutely amazing because of the contrast.

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