Monday, September 23, 2013

I'm Back and Ready to Sew! Autumn Quiltalong!!

I'm at the end of an amazing adventure! We drove 3,100 miles but because 2 of the days were super long the other 5 days didn't feel like we were in the car as much as it may sound.I'm sharing just a few photos- so hard to choose! I liked every place we visited.

We saw old faithful the first night by moonlight, which was awesome. We also stayed in the Old faithful lodge. It was beautiful, amazing and log cabin cozy. The day I took this photo it rained, thundered and lightning like crazy. We could see it striking and feel the ground shaking.
I have been to Mt Rushmore when I was in the 6th grade. I can appreciate it much more this time. it truly is an amazing piece of work
 

We veered from our planned stop and went to the town of Deadwood. I wasn't excited about it, but after arriving I'm glad we went. I took this photo after dinner so the streets are pretty empty. It is the only town in South Dakota to have gambling tables, etc... There were people in town, just inside the casinos! You know how some towns try to look old? (Sisters, Oregon)  This one IS really old!! Most of these building are original.
This was taken in the back country near Dubois, WY. See the white in the center of the photo on the mountain? That's a glacier! (I'm standing about 7500' elevation) One of the largest herds of Bighorn sheep live in the area.
Grand Tetons in NW Wyoming. Wow! Is all I can say!
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and look at my vacation photos.

Now, ready for an autumn quiltalong? The first step is super easy. Find or make any 6" block. We are going to make one block of Under the Big Top, which is the quilt in my blog header. I happened to have this one leftover and thought it would be perfect. You can make whatever block you want for your center. Feel free to pull some scraps out as well.

42 comments:

  1. Your trip looks diverse and fun. I havent visited that part of the country yet. We can't seem to stay away from New Mexico and Colorado. The beautiful southwest.

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  2. OOOOH Lori, you guys really made tracks! The pictures are fantastic and make me want to get in my car and go again! And some new places to add to my list! Great idea for a quilt along! It's tempting...Welcome home, Cheers, Claire W.

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  3. Yellowstone is one of our favorite vacation spots - think we've been there 6 or 7 times and we have to drive over 1,000 miles each way, but it's so relaxing and beautiful! Glad you had a good time.

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  4. Wow what a great vacation you had. Thanks for sharing your photos with us! It doesn't seem like you were gone that long to cover that much territory. Have fun with your fall quilt project!

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  5. What a wonderful vacation. I'm from South Dakota. We lived for a year in Rapid City, so I have been to Mt. Rushmore many times. Did you notice the difference between it when you first visited and now? They redid the entrance it and I agree that it looks much more "monumental" now, but many of us miss the way the old way seemed more like a "walk in the woods." Despite living there when I was young, I didn't get to Yellowstone until a few years ago. We saw Old Faithful "erupt" 3-4 times. We stayed at the Lake Hotel. Yellowstone was a big dream come true for me. I loved seeing your photos!

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  6. I love your holiday pictures, wow, Wyoming really looks like a place I should go to some day, amazing!

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  7. Glad you had a good time! What a great sew along!

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  8. I'm in for the sew along. I have admired your quilt and one block seems achievable..

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  9. I visited almost all these places this spring en Deadwood some years ago. You have beautiful and amazing country. I try to visit the USA every year!
    Marina.

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  10. Thanks for sharing. In my quest to visit all 50 states, these are the places left for me to visit.Your pics are inspiring to get busy planning.

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  11. You really did and saw some amazing things on your trip, happy that you had a great time and a safe trip.

    Debbie

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  12. Wonderful photos from the trip - so interesting to someone who has never visited your huge country!

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  13. Looking forward to making the block with you.

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  14. I enjoyed the lovely pictures of your vacation. Beautiful country for sure!

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  15. I have probably visited Yellowstone and the Tetons more in my life than any other places. I love that part of the country! But I have never made it to Mt. Rushmore, yet. Still on my bucket list.
    Oh, I have an idea for your QAL. Hope it works out! : )

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  16. I've been to most of those places (we used to take really great camping trips) and am going back to Yellowstone again next yr. The one BIG camping trip was from DFW to Mt Rushmore, then Yellowstone and Grand Canyon with lots of stops inbetween (like the Corn Palace in Nebraska! LOL). Wish my DH were still here with me to enjoy more traveling. I'll be going to Disney World next week and Yellowstone next year with my niece and her family. Glad to have someone to go with.

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  17. Thank you for posting pics, really takes me back! Forgot about Deadwood, great places to visit. The Grand Tetons are still my all time favorite. Did you see Devils Tower?
    Fun Sewalong!

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  18. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics from your trip. Am so excited about the quiltalong--your quilt is one of my all-time favorites. Do we start with a 6" finished size block (i.e. 6 1/2" unfinished)?

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  19. What a great road trip! Your fall quiltalong looks like fun! I can't wait to see all the variations.

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  20. you have great vacation photos~! i'm glad to read that you enjoyed yourselves.
    as for the quilt a long, i shouldn't, but i'm going to anyway. ;-)

    :-)
    libbyQ

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  21. Looks fabulous Lori, I imagined a couple do gun slingers appearing in Deadwood. Guess I watched to many cowboy movies in my childhood.
    Your country is to vast and diverse I think I need to try to do every state and over 3100 miles is a lot of driving in two weeks.
    Might just manage the quilt along this time..

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  22. Hi Lori, What a wonderful vacation, scenic and historic. Did you get a lot of walking/running in your site seeing? I doubt if I will do the sew along but I will enjoy watching it develop.
    Janet

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    1. I did get in 2 five mile runs and plenty of walking/strolling as we were site seeing.

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  23. I love your pictures! We went to all the same places in the last few years on our way to or from Oregon. Is this a great country, or what? Yes, I will participate in the Autumn QAL...I'm sure I can squeeze it in between my other projects! Hee Hee! I love the Big Top!

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  24. welcome back! Looks like a great trip. Isn't Mt Rushmore cool?

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  25. Wow! x 2. These are great pictures to share. What wonderful places you went. Well planned, Lori. Well planned and obviously enjoyed. :)

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  26. Great pictures! I really have to get to Mt. Rushmore some day. Sounds like you had a lot to see on that vacation. And welcome home.

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  27. 40 years ago today (!) I saw the Grand Tetons for the first time in my life... they are truly magnificent... so that has to be my favorite of all your wonderful pictures!
    I'm happy to see we will be making another block with you... not sure how steady I'll be in getting it done, but it will be nice to be have your instructions. Your Under the Big Top is a favorite of mine!

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  28. What a great trip! I loved that Wyoming area we drove through in the spring. And now I'm singing all of the songs from Calamity Jane (Doris Day!) cuz it was all about Deadwood! LOL Thanks!

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  29. I am from Wyoming and I loved seeing your pictures. Now I live in Costa Rica so I am a little homesick.

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    1. Costa Rica sure is a lot warmer Mary!! Love Wyoming!

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  30. Lovely holiday photos Lori. Very interesting. I haven't been to that part of America. I'm going to take part in your Under the Big Top, as I love that quilt.
    Sue in New Zealand

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  31. Welcome home. I am in for the quilt along-just posted my block to instagram

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  32. We took this trip in 2008 - Mt. Rushmore was amazing, and it was fun to see where they filmed North by Northwest. We also saw Old Faithful by moonlight, and were really annoyed by the tourists who wanted to get really close and pet the elk! Jim wanted to take a side trip to Sturgis, and he loved the museum there - still talks about it. We came back through Seattle, and visited Pikes Place Market. Its a trip to remember. Love the new quilt you are starting. Love those two fabrics together, and I still have some of both. hmmmm.....

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  33. Fabulous photos!! Thanks for sharing your trip. Liking the Quilt-a-Long....hmmm, which block will I start with??

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  34. Tried to follow your tour on Facebook! Those places are amazing! Love the quilt in the header and I might have a few 6" blocks. Could you get me some time please ;-)...

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  35. Juliann convinced me to join in! I love your block! Sorry I missed you in Missoula!

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  36. Wow -- it looks like you had an amazing vacation. You went to some of my favorite places in the US -- the National Parks are amazing!

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  37. WOW!! I didn't realize you were organizing this block. Of course I'll join!!

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  38. Block made....looking forward to the next installment :-)

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