Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Fun!

As many of you know now if you follow me on Facebook or Instagram I went out of town for a quick getaway. 

We had a little time before needing to get to the airport so we stopped in here: 
 It is in a strip mall but was a really nice shop! I saw the latest Primitive Quilts magazine and spotted the charity article on the quilts for Paradise, CA. Jennifer did a really great job. My backpack was completely jammed but would love to see the article again and show my niece, since it mentions our trip to Paradise. I still think of many of the people we met and wonder how they are doing.
Because I do a lot of machine applique, my favorite thread for that is DMC and it is getting harder and harder to find. These were on the sale rack so I grabbed a couple in colors I knew I could use. The fabric are random finds for my stash. 
I did get inspired for a new small quilt and even have the name chosen- 50 Shades of Brown! You'll have to wait and see. I think I need to get back into my sewing room!

I won this on Jan Patek's blog! I happened to drop by and she was doing a giveaway. The envelope came while I was gone. In the past I have used triangles on a roll- I'm not sure what makes this brand any different, but they are great for accuracy and if you need to make a lot of the same 2 fabrics. 

If you are only interested in quilts you do not have to read any further. 

A friend and I share the same birthday and she asked if I wanted to go hiking at a couple of National Parks to celebrate.  

We met up in Las Vegas and drove to:
The elevation made hiking a bit challenging. 
Bryce Canyon in Utah! On arrival we did scenic stops from the top in anticipation of hiking to the bottom the next morning! I was so giddy!

 We got on the trail about 7:30AM

It was mind blowing, actually! So utterly beautiful!!

A few hours later we were on our way to:
Zion national park! 
 Our first stop was to see "secret" petroglyphs.  

The next morning we headed here on the first shuttle.
If you want to read more about it, you can HERE. 
Michelle was going up, but was going to wait for me at Scouts Landing, about 3/4
mile from the "end". 

Up, up, up with sheer drop offs. 

 I didn't go to the top. Here was a part of the trail I felt comfortable enough to take a photo.  Not as much fun to do this by yourself. It was still pretty exciting.
We hiked just about every trail in the park that was open. We were exhausted that evening!! We had about 38,000 steps on our fitbit!
I was enamored with the variety of cacti we saw!!

This little acrobat was eating leaves. Cracked me up!!

It was a whirlwind trip- left early Saturday morning and returned Tuesday evening. Definitely a memorable birthday!!

Most of the little quilts swapped are on the Linky Party HERE- wow! You all rose to the challenge!!
Check them out! There are 3 pages, so be sure to scroll through.

I hope you all made sure to say thank you to the person who sent your quilt. 
That is the least we can do! 
Have a terrific weekend!!


  1. What wonderful photographs! Zion is now on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Happy Birthday!! The thing I remember about Brice Canyon is the deep shadows in between the rock formations and the orange rock against a clear blue sky. Have never been to Zion, though.

  3. A nice way to spend your Birthday . I loved seeing your views of Zions National Park. It's been years since I have been to Bryce canyon. My parents took me when I was in High school. No hiking trails in my future. But oh, the views!!

  4. Happy Birthday! We were at Zion and Bryce at exactly this time last year. Your photos bring back memories. Loved loved Bryce! And Emerald Falls at Zion!

  5. We were in Vegas over New Years. I made my husband drive over to the Christmas Goose. And YES...I did leave with a few things.

  6. What a fabulous hike and gorgeous scenery wow!!

  7. Love that you got to hike in Bryce and Zion. I haven't been to either in several years, but my kids have. I am glad you survived Angel's Landing. It claims too many lives--people who aren't prepared for how strenuous it is, how hot it can get, or they just aren't careful on the dangerous trail. I know you are smarter than that.
    Great shots of the unusual terrain and plant life!

  8. I knew where you were the minute I saw Christmas Goose, So glad you got to hike in those lovely and enchanting canyons.

  9. Happy Birthday! What gorgeous scenery! Love that little acrobatic squirrel :)

  10. Looks like an amazing trip you two had. Beautiful scenery!!

  11. Your photos are beautiful and showcase such a awesome part of the country.

  12. Wow, you are so energetic and in good shape to be able to hike at that elevation! Keep it up, and you will grow to be a healthy old lady! by the way, love that squirrel!

  13. Ohhh what a wonderful post with beautiful pictures !! Thank you for sharing !!
    Happy birthday Lori !
    PS : if you need some DMC for quilting, I can help you because in France there are easy to find them !
    Don't hesitate !

  14. What a great trip! Love the photos of Bryce Canyon. Happy Birthday too.

  15. Happy Birthday Lori! Always great hiking with you,looks like you two had a great time. Even a little entertainment from the cute squirrel. Happy Quilting!

  16. Wonderful photos - have not been to Bryce or Zion since 1955 when I was 10. Your hiking trail along that stretch with the chain “railings” looks a bit challenging but you and your hiking companion look up to meeting it...must have been a very rewarding trek. I have some DMC but think it is only for handquilting...will check though.

  17. Thank you so much for sharing your birthday hikes. I have to walk with a walker, and following along with your hike let me feel I was there.

    1. I was overwhelmed and so thankful that I was physically able to hike into the canyon. It's beauty was amazing!!

  18. Sharman’s Fabrics in Longview, TX had quite a few DMC spoils on clearance....


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