Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hiking in Zion

On our weekend trip to St. George, we decided to drive through Zion Nat'l Park. It was supposed to be 65 degrees and sunny according to the stupid weatherman. It wasn't. But we still had fun. We hiked the 3 Emerald Pools trail. The girls kept up really well until the muddy parts. Then they turned into whiny little high maintenance females. "Eww! I don't want to walk in the mud!!" I thought it was great. A chance to be dirty and it washed right out.
On our way up the trail we heard a rumbling sound that we couldn't figure out. It turned out to be an avalanche! Luckily it was small and we were not in the way. It just fluttered down as a cloud of snow. It was beautiful!
Then we walked up to the Weeping Rock trail. The girls thought it was cool how it seemed to be raining. I don't think we'd taken the girls to Zion before. Or they were too small to remember anything. I've grown up going to Zion on many occasions and this time was good because I've never been in the winter. Whole different experience. No leaves on the trees and you don't have to take the shuttle like they make you the rest of the year. A little chilly in the cove at the top of Emerald Pools but otherwise, we had fun.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Some of My Winter Projects

Walking in a Winter Wonderland 65" x 72" This was a quilt-block-of-the-month club quilt. Every first Saturday I go down to the Quilter's Haven and we get our next block assignment. I'm doing another one this year.

Novantique by Shnibbles 26" x 32" This was just a fun little quilt. It took about 2 weeks from start to finish. Now I need to quilt it.

Rooibos by Shnibbles 26" by 32" Another fun, quick quilt. I had most of the material at home already. About 1 week worth of cutting and sewing. Again, need to quilt it still.

This one was a kit that I purchased from the quilt store. It had all the material pre-cut. All I had to do was sew. One day of cutting pieces and one day of sewing. No one believes me but all you need is a day of heavy snow outside and no where to go...

This was a quilt-block-of-the-month club quilt from a couple of years ago. I finished piecing it in 2006 and just learned to machine quilt this year. So now it is finished. 47" x 62" I'm very proud that I did this one from start to finish. Most people have their quilts sent out to be finished by a professional machine quilter. I didn't want that. I took a class on machine quilting and now I can do it myself! It's not perfect but neither am I!!