Tuesday, October 6, 2015

EQ Seasons RAL Finish

I ended up creating two pieces ...the one row that you saw (above), but then I needed something for another challenge and came up with another piece using the blocks I shared with you.

I didn't hit the deadline for two possible challenges that the original block was envisioned to be ready for, but it then hit me that this could also work for a National Park themed opportunity. It still needs to be blocked and bound, but this is where it is at so far.

How about 'View from the Ahwahnee'? Have you ever been to Yosemite National Park when the dogwoods are blooming? It can be stunning and I've seen it many times in my life. I love the stone work of the building and incorporated that into the border of the piece. The unquilted part in the border suggests the Ahwahnee's logos (but not exactly).

A plate from the dining room c. 1929

Do you realize that next year, 2016, is the National Park Service's Centennial? Yosemite just celebrated their 125th year, but the National Park Service was created in 1916.

We're so lucky! Here in Grand Coulee area we are going to be hosting a curated exhibit by Donna Desoto (her most recent curated exhibit featured a quilt for each of 150 Beatles Songs) that represented the flora, fauna and landscape for each of the 59 parks. Yes, 177 quilts! All here in our area for part of the NPS Centennial celebrations, July 1-4, 2016. We have a Festival of America that occurs over the same weekend and sets fireworks off the top of Grand Coulee Dam. You don't want to miss this weekend --or at least drive in for the show!

We're also inviting quilters to create their own 'inspired by the National Parks' quilt. What experiences have you had in the National Parks that inspires you to create a quilt?

There are currently no specific rules for this, just that it has been inspired by your own park experiences. Then share them with us during this same weekend along side this incredible curated National Park exhibit.

The NPS is sponsoring this and will have a webpage up shortly with additional details. I'll blog and post about it on Facebook, so be sure to be following along!

I can still kit the original 60" row in all but this exact bark fabric (have many alternatives)--the fabrics are all Northcott, Toscana line. Let me know if you're interested.
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This has been a great RAL...hope you enjoyed it! Be sure to share links in your comments if you have posted a finished row as well. I especially would like to see it if you did my dogwoods! Have a good one!


  1. I love the finished project. Great interpretation and very stunning quilting!

  2. Your project is beautiful. Thank you for sharing your row.

  3. Your quilt turned out so gorgeous with your dogwoods...love it!

  4. Beautiful!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. A very nice quilt. The information about the National Park Service is so exciting. Hope I can schedule a visit during this time.

  6. Nice to see the two different versions of your Row. The Dogwoods are my favorite living here in Walla Walla. Thanks for the heads up on the Big event next July! I'll put it on my calendar!

  7. I love the window project, I love how you added the leaves to the dogwood flower.. I could actually be inspired by National Parks, many of my best childhood memories are from Yellowstone, The Arches and a small State Park in Utah called Dead Horse Point. Zions and Bryce are all within a two hour distance as well. Of course their is Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico also and the Cherry Blossoms in D.C.... :)

  8. Thanks for being a contributor. I enjoyed the hop. You have done a lot of work, thank you for the inspiration.

  9. I love the window quilt. Your quilting is just gorgeous and detailed.

  10. I love your design. Thank you for sharing with us.