Vacation and a Little Bit of Catch Up

Gosh, it’s been too long again.  I knew when I started this blog that I might have trouble keeping up regular posts and that has turned out to be true.  I refuse to do guilt over that though…I can only do what I can, when I can…and as it turns out, I am on vacation this week, and I CAN!  :)

I’ve had the opportunity to tag along with the hubs on a work-trip to Kalispell, MT.  We came out the weekend before so we could have a few days together of vacation time before he has to go work all week and I continue to vacation, lol.  I have been in desperate need of some down time, so this is perfect.  We arrived on Friday afternoon and just spent the afternoon wandering Kalispell and eating at a nice little mexican restaurant.  We were both tuckered out from flying all day, so went to bed early so we could be up and ready to hit Glacier National Park bright and early on Saturday.  OMG…the beauty is just beyond belief.  The pictures just don’t do it justice…not even slightly.  Here are just a few :)

Huge waterfall – Glacier NP

It really is one of the most gorgeous places on earth!  You could easily convince me to pack up and move here.  I had never heard of Kalispell, MT until last Christmas, Jim brought home a quilt kit for me from Glacier Quilts.  It was a quilt of some bears and a scene from Glacier National Park.  Not my “typical” quilting project, so it languished in my sewing closet for a bit.  Every time I would start a new quilt, he would ask with sad puppy dog eyes, “don’t you like the quilt I got you?”.  After running out of excuses,lol, I finally started the quilt a few weeks ago.  The top is pieced (well, not completely…I still need to get the borders on) but after being here and seeing the beauty of Glacier NP in person, I am completely motivated to finish this quilt so I can snuggle under it and remember our trip.  I think I’ll even go back to Glacier Quilts and buy the backing fabric while I’m here and have them ship it home so the entire quilt will officially be made from fabrics purchased in Montana.  Here’s a pic of the WIP:

Montana Quilt Top – no borders yet

Close up

This top had lots of HSTs, so it was a good quilt for me to make.  I haven’t done a ton of HSTs and this was the first set on my new machine…lots of good practice :)  I’m looking forward to finishing it now!

In other news, I decided to make a jelly roll race quilt out of the Vintage Modern jelly roll I had.  I love every line these guys come out with and am eagerly awaiting the release of Marmalade this summer.  I posted pics on FB, trying to decide if I wanted to add a border or not, and I think I’ve decided to leave her “naked” without a border.  I bought some turquoise fabric with little red dots for the backing and am going to use either a red binding or a scrappy binding from the same line.  This was originally going to be a gift, but I think I may be too attached to part with her.  We’ll see….I’m going to quilt this one using my embroidery module on my machine.  I’m looking forward to trying this…it will be the first time using my 830 LE for embroidering a quilt.  Here’s a look at the naked top:

Please ignore helper cat Lucy :)

Ok, the hubs is ready to start our day.  We’re headed to Whitefish to Big Mountain to take a trip up the mountain in an open air chair lift (yikes!) and then some hiking.  I have the rest of the week to hit little shops.  There are 6 quilt shops within 60 miles and Judy Niemeyers studio…I have a big week :)

2 thoughts on “Vacation and a Little Bit of Catch Up

  1. Lori, I hope your trip to Montana was all you hoped for. I live in Whitefish, and it is a wonderful place to be. There are some great quilt shops around, so I’m trusting that you were able to pop in some of them, jill953

  2. Pingback: Montana Quilt Finished – Finally!! | quiltingunleashed

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