Glacier National Park and Star Surround QAL

With summer winding down here in the Pacific Northwest and the kids almost ready to go back to school, I went with my family on a last summer trip to visit Glacier National Park. We did some hiking and saw wildlife from bears to goats to cute little rodents!

Although the mountains in Glacier were a bit obscured from local wildfires, we still managed to get a few good pictures.

Here’s Swiftcurrent Lake:

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park

Swiftcurrent Lake, Glacier National Park

We hiked up to Grinnell Lake:

Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

Grinnell Lake, Glacier National Park

I missed a week on the Star Surround QAL project so I had to catch up on the last 2 weeks once I returned home from Glacier.

Here’s a pic of the block surrounds pieced and ready:

Star Surround Pieces

Star Surround Pieces

Once I completed all these building block pieces, I could then begin assembling my 9 star blocks:

9 Star Surround Blocks

9 Star Surround Blocks

The last step to get all caught up with the quilt-a-long was to assemble the stars into 3 blocks by 3 blocks to create the finished quilt top. I decided to take a picture of the complete top outside in the afternoon light when, to my surprise, my Cow cat decided to check out the quilt and give his approval:

I had so much fun on vacation, but I’m happy to be back home!

Here’s a last look at one of our mountain goat friends at Glacier:

Goat at Glacier National Park

Goat at Glacier National Park

Hope everyone had a great summer and here’s to a great September!
~Jennifer

108 Flying Geese!

Whew – I did it! I sewed 108 flying geese this week for the Star Surround Quilt-A-Long. If you haven’t joined this QAL, there is still time! Just look for the button on the right-hand side of my blog and come join the fun!

Here’s a look at all 108 flying geese, sorted into 9 piles:

108 Flying Geese

108 Flying Geese

My next task this weekend is to swap the red, white, and blue blocks for a block swap that I’m hosting on the Carol Doak Yahoo Group. I’ll take some pictures so you can see all of the beautiful blocks!

Enjoy!
~Jennifer