Applique Blocks & Travel Photos

Last week our family went on a road trip. We rented a van, packed the tent, gear and kids up and headed north! I knew Joe would do most of the driving, so I made sure to bring my appliqué that I’ve been working on.


I have been loving working on these, but found over the course of the week I barely stitched one block! There was just too much to see, and too many people to manage to really enjoy stitching. So I didn’t, and it was great! Being in the moment, and enjoying the time with my family was just what I needed.

Here’s some highlights from Yellowstone National Park, I’m always amazed at the diversity of terrain within the park.

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Our family with Old Faithful

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Old Faithful  – the wind was strong, and we got misted by the geyser.

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Beautiful falls

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Thermal feature

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I’m a pattern junkie!

Yellowstone -

Beautiful view

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I love the colors made in the water, it’s so striking.

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Bison right next to the road

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and calf, the mom was present as well

After spending a couple days exploring Yellowstone and all the thermal features, we drove north again and went to Glacier National Park. What we could see of the park was beautiful, unfortunately the week before dry lightning started a number of wildfires in the Pacific northwest and we were ensconced in smoke for our entire visit. Here’s a few highlights from Glacier:

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The view at Lake McDonald near the west entrance. The smoke gave a sepia tone to most of our photos.

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The closer views were more visible, and beautiful.

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Half way up the Going to the Sun road – the river and road are where we started at the bottom.

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The river was pretty, and the waters so clear.

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I love seeing all the moss in the forest too.

Now the kids are just back to school and I’m getting caught up and ready for the busy Quilt Market season, and a few other fun things!

I hope you are having a great day –


By |2017-02-06T09:17:47-06:00August 26th, 2015|Appliqué, photographs|6 Comments


  1. Karen August 26, 2015 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Don’t you just love Yellowstone I do every time I go which is every couple of years it seems – the rivers, waterfalls, mountains, animals- what is not to love!

  2. Lori Smanski August 26, 2015 at 7:11 am - Reply

    wow, looks like you all had a blast for your last vacation of the summer.

  3. Carla August 26, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Always so nice to take a vacation as a family. I haven’t seen old faithful since I was your kids age!

  4. Allison August 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Wow! What amazing places to show your children and how fantastic that they’ve become part of the memories you share with one another. Thank you for posting the pictures.

  5. Karen August 31, 2015 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    Amy, I love your photos of Yosemite and Glacier (even if there was some smoke)! We drove West a few years ago (from Maine) and loved all the National Parks we visited. We took the little park van to the top of the Going to the Sun road, and there was snow everywhere in July. I seem to recall a snowball down a back :) Love the baby moose!! Thanks for all the great memories you’ve brought back!

  6. Valerie October 13, 2015 at 6:23 am - Reply

    Such stunning pictures Amy, having a break from sewing to see the beautiful landscapes is a must, you have a beautiful family love liveries x

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