Mt. Ranier Hiking

We will be going back to Mt. Ranier! We stayed for a few days in the historic Paradise Inn, and then we went around to the northeast side and stayed at a ski resort condo for a few more days. Unfortunately all the restaurants were closed, so we ate out of a cooler, but then after grocery shopping in Packwood, we had a kitchen for the last few nights and were able to cook.

Hiking on the Skyline Trail was challenging and fun and you get right up close to the mountain. Then on the east side, starting our hikes from Sunrise (the highest spot you can drive to in the park), it was game on with more amazing views and long hikes.

What an amazing national park!

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Mt. Hood Hiking

Mt. Hood in the fall…a beautiful site. Not much snow, but no smoke (yet) and a clear day at Mirror Lake. The hiking trails were amazing, well-marked, and not heavily used the week we were there.

Here is the takeaway….just say “Ahhhhhhhhhhh.” Deep breath and exhale. Feel better? I do.

T-Shirt Memory Quilt

Finally got out those old t-shirts and made something with them! These are from my hikes, walks, and rowing days of yesteryear.

And of course, the “sensitive artist” t-shirt was placed on the back in case anyone decided they didn’t like the quilt…ha! What’s not to like? Lots of color. Nothing matches. Perfect. And in case you too need a “sensitive artist” t-shirt, the designer is Fred Babb. I picked up this shirt at a museum when traveling to Sacramento years ago.

Striped fabrics are really fun to work with, and lo and behold, when I went into my stash I found quite a few. Amazingly I still have a lot of striped fabrics left, even after making this colorful quilt. Who knew?

Yes, I’ll keep working on stash busting!

Journal for Modern Mom

Who just had a baby!

After making the baby quilt, I thought the new mom might like a journal too! So I used the leftover fabrics and pieced together this fun journal. The inspiration fabric was from one of our quilt show group challenges (made my own Picasso! – see below). This particular piece of fabric seemed to be just right touch. I only had a little piece left, so on the front it went!