Finished Quilt in Zion National Park

Springdale Utah

It’s been Fall Break from school this weekend and we took a trip to Zion National Park. We had great weather, spent time being outside and hiking every day and just enjoying the whole “hanging out together and being one with nature” thing for a few days.


Zion is a gorgeous part of the country – one of our National Parks and we’re so lucky to have it only a few hours away. Here’s a glimpse of some of the stunning views you’ll find in this neck of the wood:


Weeping Rock


Emerald Pools

Also, my kids are at the best ages to do stuff like this. We went on a decent hike every day for the past three days and they just kept trucking along. I think we’ve trained them well. Actually, I can’t take the credit – my husband is the one who’s got them out doing this since they were little. And now all that patience with little kids is paying off with big kids who know what to expect and just go for it.


This was our biggest pay-off the view of the main part of the Canyon from Observation Point. This view-point has been on my bucket list for a long time. It was fun to finally make it. (If you go, there are a couple of routes to take to get there. One is a steep climb from the canyon floor.  The other is a 3 mile hike in from the back country. Still a trek, but not quite as strenuous. We opted for this route. 😉 )


And of course, because it’s my tradition (see here, here, here),  I hauled along a quilt to photograph at the National Park. I finally got the Palisades quit I made last summer quilted and bound.  It felt perfect in this south-west setting.


Gorgeous fabric is Tapestry by Sharon Holland and is available here. The quilting is simple swirls done by Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting and I love the way it accentuates the quilt, giving it some all-over texture.


Free Pattern is Palisades Quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop. You can find the pattern PDF here and watch the video to make your own here.

And now I’m home and ready for a nap. But first, loads of laundry…

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  • Reply
    October 23, 2016 at 1:08 am

    What wonderful photos. It looks like a really special place.

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    October 23, 2016 at 2:51 am

    I admire your tenacity in carrying a quilt up hills ! It was worth it , those quilt photos are fantastic

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    Dawn Voegeli
    October 23, 2016 at 3:21 am

    What a backdrop for a pretty quilt! Zion and Yosemite are my favorite parks.

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    Karen Goad
    October 23, 2016 at 6:13 am

    we took our kids camping and hiking since they were babies and they both enjoyed it so much and the daughter that has children made sure her kids spent time outside too although none of them like camping and she doesn’t either – would rather be in a cabin – but that is ok as it is still with nature! We went to SW Utah last year and spent time at Bryce we ran out of time and didn’t get to Zion but will save that for another year – we always plan to go back to Utah for fall trips – we love the state and have seen many places

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    Vicki in MN
    October 23, 2016 at 6:45 am

    Thanks for the pic’s of Zion, it is on our ‘someday’ list to visit. We made it to the Moab area this summer, also gorgeous!
    Your quilt is perfectly matched for the scenery around it!

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    October 23, 2016 at 6:48 am

    What incredible scenery for such a beautiful quilt!! Zion is a bucket list venture for sure! Thanks for sharing ?

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    October 23, 2016 at 7:06 am

    Love your quilt. We made it up to Yellowstone National Park this fall. Hopefully Zion soon. It’s beautiful.

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    October 23, 2016 at 7:31 am

    Oh the fabrics in your quilt mirror the park’s scenes so well–just lovely–thanks for the ride along with you hugs, Julierose

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    nadine donovan
    October 23, 2016 at 7:36 am

    Beautiful scenery. Beautiful quilt

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    October 23, 2016 at 8:55 am

    Love Zion…it’s my favorite National Park :o) Beautiful place to display your beautiful quilt!!!

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    Carol Cook
    October 23, 2016 at 9:47 am

    The beauty of southern UT so magnificent- when I first arrived, it took me 5 years to head north to check out JH/Tetons. and the UT parks/campgrounds make it even moreso. Let’s hope that efforts of SUWA, Terry Tempest Williams, and more to KEEP nature continue and pay off for all of us!! Bryce and Zion are the BEST!! Capital Reef even closer to visit!!

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    October 23, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Amy, thanks again for such wonderful National Parks pics! I always look forward to the next gorgeous landscape you choose for your beautiful quilts. A true travelogue with quilty eye candy!

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    Karen Seitz
    October 23, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    Every photo is beautiful!

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    October 24, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Gorgeous quilt in amazing surroundings!

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    Donna F.
    October 24, 2016 at 7:08 am

    Wonder pictures. I was looking through the great book “Inspired By The National Park” by Donna DeSoto. A coffee table book about the national parks and landscape quilts.

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    October 24, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Wow what a stunning place to walk. The quilt looks very much at home☺

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    October 24, 2016 at 10:45 am

    Lovely! We were at Zion in early June and the weather was crazy… The Narrows were closed due to flash flood danger, and I believe two hikers were injured in the canyon the week before our arrival. We were still able to hike to some of the ‘hot spots’ — Emerald Pools was fantastic. Lots of wildlife sightings and it was fairly quiet at the lodge. Sitting on the porch as night settled in around us was a highlight!

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    October 24, 2016 at 11:09 am

    What spectacular views!! The weeping rock is cool. And your quilt is another beauty.

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    Ann Haas
    October 24, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Zion National Park was one of my favorites traveling out west last year on a month long camping trip. Your quilt is so lovely against the backdrop of these beautiful rocks. Gorgeous rocks, gorgeous quilt!

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    Kevin the Quilter
    October 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    What a beautiful backdrop for your beautiful quilt!

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    October 24, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    Laundry… always have to do one after a hike!
    Thanks for sharing with us the gorgeous places you’ve been. I love this kind of photos!
    And I love you’re crazy enough to carry with you your quilts to take photos of them! I need to be able to do the same since I hike with a lot with my husband 🙂
    I’m sure your kids will cherish always this days and the experience made with you!

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    Deb F
    October 24, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    What a wonderful family trip you had. i think it is great that you take a quilt and photograph it at the park, it is a beautiful setting.

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    October 25, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Love it! The photo shoot turned out just right! How wonderful. Now I have two more things to add to my to-do list: This great quilt and Zion National Park!

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