Well we got to Yellowstone National Park on the 15th.  The campground is way busier than I like and crowded of course – you do not have large campsites and we are usually out so much daytime that we rarely set up much  outside – usually tired by time we get back from running around all day.

The last couple evenings I decided to go ahead and get a Lemoyne Star block done and put the tumbler’s aside for a couple days.  The Star block went together really quickly.  If I remember right I have enough fabric cut out for 40 blocks to put together for a wall hanging.  I don’t think it will be more than about 40”square – estimating – with sashing a little bigger.  If you wish to see some hexies though stop over at Angie’s blog A Quilters Readers Garden and skip on around the blogs I have linked my tumblers there as she said that was ok too.

Here it is ready to work on.


I put this much together one day – these are 4.5 inch blocks.


Not pressed, I don’t have electricity at this campground and I doubt I will take time to press until sometime next week or – I feel it turned out straight though even if it doesn’t look like it here.  I didn’t think to bring a rotary cutter to trim now a square ruler so that will wait until we get home.


This shot taken through the window of the camper on our way to the campsite – the buffalo were out full force to great us.


Big things aren’t they!


And shortly afterwards – not 30 minutes into the park there was a traffic jam which means only one thing in Yellowstone – a animal of some sort has been spotted – we parked inquired to the nearest people – a grizzly bear has been spotted on the other side of the rode up in the hills – there is a ranger out in the area of field where people have congregated to look.  A ranger almost always seems to show up quickly when a bear has been spotted to keep stupid people from getting too close.  Seeing as he was out there Mike got the zoom lens ready on his camera and out there with the crowd – knowing to stay where ever the ranger says to stay – the bear was quite a distance as even with his zoom this is the best he got:

Here is the ranger and the bear (bear is further away than it looks)


see that hump close to the head – grizzly’s have that.



I do wish it had been closer so we could have gotten better photos – we need to get Mike a better zoom lens!  (I do not mean dangerously close!!! I just mean a little closer than the 3 or 4 football field’s away that it was to give you an example of distance – I stayed right next to the car even at that distance LOL)


An eagles nest up high in the tree I believe.


A good size deer the antlers were really neat and you could see the felt on them




Did you know Craftsy offers free mini classes?  they have quite a few of them on various subjects – quilting, baking, stamping, gardening, drawing, Color Theory – ect – and they are FREE!! I have several of them and really enjoy these mini classes because sometimes I have the attention span of a gnat!! (not to insult a gnat LOL but really sometimes I don’t want to sit for hours )


Beartooth Highway Part 2

by Karen on August 22, 2014

in animals, places, Travel

There was just such pretty scenery and things it is always hard to limit myself on how many to post – sorry if I bore you.  My girls look through this though to so I am sharing with family as well as my readers.

Here nibbling at some greenery is a “pika” kind of like a mouse or something.


A chipmunk – fat little thing and of course people were tossing them food and they shouldn’t do that.


A smaller one and little different specie?  Hubby had his back to it and thought it might jump on him – had to warn him – didn’t want him screaming like a little girl (right Anna – Thimbleanna will know what I mean Smile )


Almost at the end of the drive is a pullout area with a small trail where you can walk around this waterfall – it is amazing the water is so full and runs fast.


You walk across the bridge and look up and then look to the other side and see more – walk back to the parking area and cross the road and see more





And close to the parking area the tree tops are almost level with the road – and here are pine tree cones so close I could almost touch them – the bridge is very, very high.


On to Yellowstone National Park in the morning – I wrote this on the 14th and should be able to schedule a lot of post that I have written the last couple days of things we saw – we know we always find spots in the park where we can get on our cell phone hot spot and check mail and in with family – always make time to schedule post too Smile  We will be in Yellowstone for 5 days – hope to get some good shots of the animals – I’m not sure if we are driving down to the Grand Tetons too – we have seen these areas so many times over the years that it is ok if we miss it this time.


Badlands #2

by Karen on August 16, 2014

in animals, Travel

I showed the plant life yesterday – here are the animals – we saw at least 20 mountain sheep which we have never seen here before so that was so nice to see.  I take almost all animal photos with the zoom lens and do not get anywhere close to them!  So if you think I am getting too close I’m not – the camera works pretty darn good for a point and shoot –Mike got me a Panasonic Lumix HD AVCHD Lite 12xoptical zoom several years ago and it works great.




A really big herd of Buffalo now roam the area.



And beware of Prairie Dogs – do not get close to them – they do carry the plague and signs are posted throughout the park.  They are cute though aren’t they.




What did you do yesterday – did you freeze?  It seems like a big freeze has come through part of the states.  I wasn’t really outside that much although I was a little bit and it was darn right chilly.  So what did I do yesterday afternoon – make cookies of course – nothing better on a cold day then fresh cookies and some hot green tea or coffee!  I have begun to get hooked on two kinds of Green tea that Barnes and Noble’s sells in their coffee shop area and finally ordered some on line from the company that makes them!  I have cut way back on my coffee intake.

You can find the recipe for these Ginger Cookies here.


The lighting wasn’t good and my blue pen is running out of ink so it is not very clear but this is the idea for the white areas on Carousel.  I was going to do the same thing on the prints but I decided instead to maybe outline the pieces and “echo” the pattern.  I will show as I go along.  I made mistakes so I am going to spritz this out and start again today with a fresh pen.  I will get what I want eventually.  I didn’t center the first square as precise as I want it to be.


Got this much done on the Red and Green Thursday night – I’m not sure what I will watch when I finish MI5 – I am in the 8th season half way through, I think there were 10 seasons – I really like this show even though they continue to kill off the regulars on the show which I guess means they are only semi-regular Smile  as sometimes they barely even last a whole season! I have never watched a show that killed off their cast as much as this one does!  It took a little getting used to but once I realized the characters might not last long I got used to it.


At Friday morning quilting I finished stitching the blue part down on Floral Fantasy and one of the yellow flowers, both centers on flowers and part way on one of the yellow flowers.


I have been looking through the Primarily Quilts book by Di Ford and I love the quilt called Phebe. (link is to a company that sells the pattern as a BOM — I would do it from the book)  But I don’t care for the center medallion all that much – I think I will replace the center medallion with a floral arrangement from one of Deborah Kemball’s patterns instead.  Or possibly several arrangements mixed up into a vase – Deb’s patterns are nice to do as you can take flowers from many patterns and arrange really as you like)


Birds are flocking to the new feeder that I put out a couple weeks ago – it took them awhile to find it but I filled it the second time yesterday and they are coming.  These birds were stubborn and wouldn’t face me.


I need to take down the extra big hook that is hanging in this photo I used it for flowers in the summer.  The rain put a little water in the shallow green bowl and they enjoyed swooping in for a drink.


This Downy Woodpecker was finding all the seeds the others were dropping – normally I see them on the pecking on the tall wood post in the upper photo.


The photos are so much clearer without the window screen in this window.


A Good Start To The Day

by Karen on October 1, 2013

in animals, quilts

Now that we are back from our trip one thing I want to do is continuing walking.  Yesterday  morning – early for me – I think I set off at 8:30 for a walk at our local nature trail.  As I was half way around the trail I was taking I spotted 5 or 6 deer – this was new for me I had never actually seen them here although I knew they were there.  This is the same trail – different area where the alligator is sometimes spotted!  I had my phone in my pocket and got a photo.  This area is normally a pond – I do not know why it has been drained – almost all of the creeks and ponds at the park right now are dry or almost dry–they are fed by the Russellville Water Shed – this is not because of drought – but must be from some management plan.  This is a nature trail so I do not understand it as animals live here and have to have water – there is of course some water but not near what there normally is.  It used to be in this are you could spot the blue heron’s.


As I tried to get a little closer they took off!  Nice way to start the day.


I spotted another one as I got around to the front side of this trail that you can’t see from the above photo – the other side of the trees but the photo didn’t turn out good – the camera doesn’t zoon in enough on the phone.

Then last evening from the kitchen Mike spotted 3 more deer in the back yard and I got a photo of a young buck.  This is taken through the window screen so it isn’t very clear.


This is as far as I have gotten on the Large Block quilt – I didn’t buy the book that the pattern is in I won it which is why I am trying to make several quilts from it.  Yes they are easy quilts Smile  (lol I have been asked by several now the last couple days why I am making such a easy quilt and why did I buy the book and I take no offense to the questions) it uses up the stash and sometimes I like to take a break from a complicated quilt LOL. I don’t think I am going to like this one very much – the colors are totally not me!! – the pieces are all cut out though so I’m making it – I really am thinking of bright red sashing or something to break up these blocks a bit – totally bright colors would have been a much better choice for this quilt. I really and truly goofed on this one choosing that jelly roll to get rid of with it.   What do you all think – bright red sashing to break these blocks up and bring some life to it?  What the heck am I going to do with this one! I think I will practice more machine quilting for sure as I don’t want to waste my time hand quilting one I don’t like.  I hope someone will like it.


The other quilt I am working on since we got home last week is the Pinwheel quilt – all of the blocks are quilted and now I am working on the border.  Thank goodness I have color in this one!


The border


The blocks – this is not big stitch quilting but close – I have not been trying for little stitches – I just wanted to get it done – it is not heirloom quality and I have too many to quilt to try to be super good at tiny stitches on all of them!!


The spider lilies cooperated nicely this year and just about half of them opened just before we got home with another bunch opening right now.


There are about 40 flower spikes in this area.  I have them now scattered in about 4 different areas of the yard with these two areas having the most of them.



Copper Falls State Park, Wisconsin

by Karen on September 24, 2013

in animals, Baking/cooking, Travel

EDITED (scheduled post):  We are on our way home from Wisconsin – our trip was cut short as our son in law’s mother is in critical condition and the family needs to come home to Arkansas to be with his family.   Jessica’s mother-in-law Nancy and I went on a quilting trip one time about 8 or 9 years ago – we traveled from Arkansas to St. Charles MO with a large group of quilters from North West Arkansas on a tour bus.  We had a blast!  She invited me along as it was with a guild that she belonged to at the time.  She referred to herself as a “wanna be quilter” LOL — I remember she bought a kit for a child’s quilt – I wonder if she ever made it :) I’m really not sure if I ever asked her.  We never really stayed in touch all that much other than e mail now and then and an occasional phone call.  Our children lived out of state most of the time so we really didn’t get together.  I would run into her now and then when I took my mother shopping on my visits to that area.  Nancy will be taken off of life support today – she will be greatly missed.

I have blog post scheduled through the 28th .  I will get back to a regular schedule next week I’m sure – My daughter did a post on her blog All She Cooks  and she features another apple pie that I made although this one was a regular pie not in a dutch oven!

Mom's Apple Pie Recipe

My scheduled post:

On our last day at Copper Falls we took a most beautiful hike in the woods that went to two waterfalls and a cascade.  Pull on your hiking boots and be ready for steps!!  We are going to work out those calf muscles quilters Smile  seriously my muscles are still hurting today!!

this is what we are going to see – and there are steps after steps – some made out of rock and some are built out of wood, bridges to cross also and so many beautiful views that I don’t know what I liked best.  We hiked for only two hours but got in a very good work out.


Pinecones not brown yet – not mature – sure are pretty.


First bridge to cross – the park trails I believe were first built in the 1930’s.


I love rivers!


the first of the steps!


Just imagine how full and fast these rivers must be when the winter snows are melting and it is early spring


Cuts through the rock over the years.


More stairs – I swear there were steps around every curve!


The first of the waterfalls.


One thing surprising to see is this fawn and her mother – they were right off of the trail grazing and they didn’t leave when we showed up – normally they take off into the woods when they see people, not these two they just kept eating and would occasionally look up and watch us  – we took photos and quietly just kept on walking down the path.


the mother.


What a nice place for a break – more on this trail tomorrow.