Well howdy folks. Our kids have been out of school for spring break, so we spent the last few days doing what we generally do during school breaks: visit a nearby National Park. (We’re nothing if not predictable.) Since it’s a pretty spectacular (and unique!) part of the world, I thought I’d throw out a few pictures. There are also a few quilty sneak peaks at the end, so if red-rock scenery is not your thing, stick with me.
We spend most of our time in and around Moab, Utah and Arches National Park. Delicate Arch is one of the iconic elements of Arches and a symbol of Utah. The hike to the arch takes you around a bend and suddenly, there it is! Seeing it is surreal – it’s so unusual and such an icon, it almost looks fake!
Other arches include this Double Arch and Corona Arch (in the top picture.) (Another favorite in the top picture, besides my main squeeze, is my Makers Gonna Make t-shirt from Maker Valley.)
Balancing Rock is another Arches National Park icon. (Both Balancing Rock and the Double Arches make an appearance at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.)
Another famous Arch at nearby Canyonlands National Park is Mesa Arch. Check out that view across the distance! Just past the arch is a sheer cliff drop-off.
We explored a new area this time called Fisher Towers.
I love the contrast of the green trees growing out of the red rocks.
Here’s a different view of Fisher Towers with a view of the Colorado River in the background (see middle distance of the picture).
And here’s the Colorado River up close. For you folks east of the Mississippi this isn’t too impressive, but for us western-ers, this is a big river! A few hundred miles downstream, this river cuts through (and carved) the Grand Canyon.
If anyone is planning a trip to the area, Moab also has a great quilt shop – It’s Sew Moab. (Which was very handy since I’d forgotten my thread for the hand work project I’d brought with me.)
And here are the sneak peaks I promised. This quilt just made it’s way back to me from a glamour photo shoot. So naturally I took it with my on our road trip for even more exotic photos. I’ll be sharing more about this quilt + where you can find the pattern next week!
And finally – last weekend I finished binding 2 of my 4 new quilts/patterns made with my Gingham Girls fabric! Gingham Girls will be hitting stores in the next few weeks and I’ll have patterns to share next week too! Stay tuned!