Early Birthday Gifts

My mom’s birthday isn’t until March 14.  However, I delivered her birthday presents to her when I visited Arizona earlier this month.  Postage to mail anything is expensive, let alone mailing something internationally.  Why wait and mail it when I could deliver it in person?

In the fall of 2011, my husband and I went on a tour to Utah and New Mexico with my parents.  When we were in the gift shop at Bryce Canyon, my mom and I spotted some cute fabric postcards that depicted the early days at Bryce Canyon.  We both bought a set.  I still have mine sitting in the plastic bag that they came in, but for my Mom’s birthday, I put her’s together into this wall hanging, “Trip to Bryce Canyon”.  I included photos of the four of us that were taken on the rim of Bryce Canyon on Sept 26, 2011 as part of the label on the back.

2014_Jan9_Trip to Bryce Canyon_Birthday Gift for Mom (3)A closeup of the blocks:

2014_Jan9_Trip to Bryce Canyon_Birthday Gift for Mom (1)



The second project that I finished for my Mom’s birthday was a toilet tank topper.  (Say that really fast a few times!  LOL)  When the two of us went on a quilt shop hop a couple of years ago, we found these kits to make the cutest little table runners.  The shop was selling them as toilet tank toppers and they work perfectly for that!2014_Jan_04_Toilet Tank Topper_Mom 4 2014_Jan_04_Toilet Tank Topper_Mom 3This time, I have my project finished too.  And because I have never shown it before, here is my toilet tank topper.

2014_Jan_04_Toilet Tank Topper_Norma 3These are cute little projects that make up in a day from a few scraps left from a larger project.  I have saved the pattern so that I can make some more of these in the future.




Bryce – Finished Flimsy

In September 2011, my husband and I took a holiday that involved visiting many of the National Parks in Utah.  Our favorite park was Bryce Canyon. 

This is my Bryce Canyon inspired quilt.  The pattern is Fire Escape by Terry Atkinson of Atkinson Designs. This quilt top is lap size–approximately 60″ x 72″
I picked out the batiks a week ago at my LQS and last Friday I spent the morning washing and drying the fabrics.  I started to cut the strips later in the day–only intending to do the cutting–kit the quilt so that when I was ready later to sew, everything would be ready.  Once I started working with the fabrics, I couldn’t stop.  I finally called it a night just after midnight Friday night with about 2/3 of the sewing done.  I was able to do a bit of stitching Saturday between errands and a family potluck dinner with the last seam stitched Sunday night.  This was a true weekend quilt project. 
I am now in search for the perfect backing fabric.  My husband got pretty good at spotting lizards and geckos in the parks we visited on this vacation so I would like to find a backing fabric that features these sorts of creatures.
These are some of the pictures I took during our visit to Bryce:

Few places are as spectacular as the natural beauty of Bryce!

Utah-New Mexico Vacation – Part 2

Bryce Canyon National Park was our favorite park that we visited on this trip.  The scenery at Bryce takes your breath away!
These pictures were taken from various view points in Bryce Canyon.

This is my husband–standing on the edge of Bryce Canyon.

In the gift shop at the entrance to Bryce there were some quilt kits to make your own souvenir of Bryce Canyon.  The kits contained the photo blocks and the pattern.  You have to add your own batik fabrics to make the block sashing and quilt borders.  I picked up one of these kits.

Who knew that you could find something quilt related in a National Park?