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




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Edited:  August 20 in the evening.  I have been scheduling posts as I come to a place with service.  It has been few and far between!  I planned on catching up with my blog reading tonight but found I had over 300 blog posts in my feeder – hopeless to try to read them – I have glanced at many quickly and left no comments, just didn’t have time.  I have been thinking of all of you though and thank you all for so many nice comments of our trip. If you have left a comment which needed an answer I have tried to do so but sure I missed some here and there – real time – we are now in Montana and have left Wyoming behind us although I have a weeks worth of posts scheduled – hope you enjoy them!  I have been able to check my email and respond on my phone but have not had success blogging from my phone.  I like to keep blogging almost every day and go through my photos at the same time.  With the program I use for blogging “live writer” I can write the post save it, and then when I have service I go back in and schedule it.  I have linked my tumblers to Angie’s A Quilters Readers Garden although they are not hexies she said that the tumblers were welcome :) so you might want to go on over and see the hexies that others are working on.


“Tumbling into Insanity” has been moving right along.  When I get done with the second set of 10×10 row rectangle I might put it away and reach for one of the other projects I brought along for a change so far though 11 days into the trip I have not gotten bored with it.

It has been growing!  I timed myself out of curiosity and each row of 10 tumblers takes me about 15 to 20 minutes to sew because I am looking at scenery at the time – when I am sewing in the camper I’m sure it is a little faster – to sew a row to another row it takes about 10 minutes.  So this little amount has taken somewhere between 6-7 hours to do – and all while sitting back and enjoying the scenery or relaxing in the camper.


Oops wasn’t watching what I was doing in the car good enough and messed up not once but twice – the one on the right is upside down – had to rip.


My sewing kit in the car – believe it or not I rarely have to use that clover needle threader, even in the car I can normally thread my needle with out it.


We had a minor problem with our hot water heater/pump and had to run down to Cody from the campground we were at – 1.5 hour drive! to get a small part for it (luckily Mike knows how to fix things like this) – it was a rainy start to the day so that was ok – I checked as soon as I had cell service and there was a quilt shop in the small town – Friends and Company quilt shop (Cody, WY)– the name is on the opposite side of the building as that is where the street is but you actually go around the building to the parking lot. this shop too mainly aimed at machine quilters and machine embroidery – the staff was very friendly!   I wanted to see if they had some “thread heaven” to coat the thread I am using to make it easier to use – they did!  I picked up that thread I am using at the last quilt shop I visited in South Dakota and I find it twist and frays a little on the end (the shop I bought it at looked like it was mainly aimed at machine quilters and even though I did ask the lady if she had any hand quilting thread – I don’t believe she really knew now if it worked good).  How I wish I had tucked my white YLI spool in the basket – I had thought I would use a different color that was more of a blue/white color – but I do believe I am tossing that one – the Mettler cotton with silk finish is not what I like either even if it is a good thread – YLI as soon as I find it – if I find it before I get home.  At least for the Lemoyne Star wall hanging I do have some gray YLI.


All of the places out here seem to have a lot of hanging baskets and they are so pretty and big!

(as of this post we have left Yellowstone and are now in Montana – where I’m not sure – we are winging it and will end up in Glacier National Park eventually but watching weather – well put it off until next week as cold weather is moving in there right now and I want it to be warmer than 45 and 30 for a low when I am there so I can enjoy myself!)

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I just checked the sales out while I was on line and saw that some of the quilt kits are priced really low and you get a lot of fabric in them – one thing I do is look to see how much fabric is in the kit – if I don’t like the pattern but I do like the fabric it is a great time to get it.  Some of the 50 fat quarter piece boxes are way low also – Free Spirit has one that is marked down to $63.99 – I have ordered these in the past and they are a great collection of fabric pieces.


I really and truly have made progress on the tumblers and I haven’t grown tired of them yet.  My first “block” finished – 10 tumblers to a row by 10 rows.  For some reason I thought this would end up being a square it isn’t obviously.  This piece isn’t pressed but I have a rough figure of 16” x 20” so now I need to figure out how many I need to make for a quilt about 104 x 104.  I’ll deal with that later – Smile math not being my strong suit – I will need to get the calculator out!


I mentioned I was going to get a new light to put around my neck for when I didn’t have good light – I have had the opportunity more than once now to try them out – I have two and I brought them both with me.

Not great photos but here they are – the one on the left sucks big time! Total waste of money in my opinion – I got it for $15 from Keepsake quilting.  The one on the left works great. I have actually had it for 3+ years but didn’t use it much as the strap that went around my neck itched like crazy on my skin.  I took it off and put a ribbon in it’s place – I have to tie it in a bow at the back of my neck but it works – the light is much more powerful and bright.  I got that one from Karen Kay Buckley’s site.  I do not have internet as I write this so I am not linking to the products – I will if I think about it before this post and if I remember otherwise ask me about it and I will get the info to you later or google the name.


Someone asked what does Mike do for relaxation on these trips – I have my sewing and reading – he has his computer Smile really this is what he always does – he edits his photos and if we have connection he is on it off and on just like I do in between our hikes and stuff – can’t hike all the time you know and sometimes it is not nice outside – between some places having more than their share of bugs the weather is not always the greatest.


Some else asked “Are you really comfortable in a small camper” not all the time no – sometimes the chairs get uncomfortable, if my back starts to ache or we want to stretch out – there is always the bed!  Use it like a couch with pillows tucked behind you.


big pillow brought along, lovely view out the windows and I’m ready to recline and stretch out!


And of course I must enjoy looking at this quilt – shoes off before getting on the quilt!!



I took a lot of photos at Badlands so I think this will be a three part blog.  Even though we only spent one evening and one day in the area we saw a lot.  One part will be the plants and what grows & lives here and the other the scenery .

But first I wanted to show that Tumbling into Insanity really has grown – 8 rows of the block now – you know I haven’t even sat down and figured out how many of these 10×10 blocks I need – I think someone did for me but I would have to look back and find the comment -


What grows in Badland National Park – most of the time a desert but this year more rain than normal and it is green!









A lot of plant life – more than I remembered here – this is at least our 3rd visit but the first where the temperature didn’t get above 82 when we were here!


While we were near the little town of Hot Springs SD I decided to see if I could find a quilt shop to pick up some different thread to piece my tumblers.  I had brought a different thread than I normally use for some unknown reason – really I’m not sure what was going through my head.  I didn’t like it so I ran into this shop – totally forgot my camera and just took this photo later from the street.  They had a really neat quilt hanging in the store that the lady said she thought was called “Gypsy Wife” very colorful.  I will need to do a search for it on line when I have decent internet.  (When I was able to get on line before this posted I did a quick search and found the pattern – here is a link – a Jen Kingwell design)I’m pretty sure I have seen it on pinterest and probably pinned it at some time as it really looked familiar.  I did find some thread and will give it a try but it wasn’t YLI hand quilting thread that I love to piece with – I will be watching for it along the way at other shops.


Tumbling into Insanity” has grown a little bit!  or maybe not – I loose track after awhile of what I have scheduled  – sorry if this is the same size as last I showed!


A neat almost ghost town that we pulled up to for a rest break and ate our lunch in the camper along the way to the Badlands National Park – more from the park next.  So much of this country is so isolated that if you ever get a chance or desire to get away from the cities to see the “real” America head to the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana – beautiful scenery!!



While we were in the Black Hills of South Dakota we drove into the nearest town one morning to see what was there – anything interesting to see – well we took our first uphill hike for the day!  Wow look at all those stairs – time to get in shape LOL – well I can tell you I was panting by time I got to the top – I’m not used to the higher elevation for sure.


this sign is at the top of the stairs Smile  Do not overexert – hmm think I already did.  This is in the town of Hot Springs SD close to the Veterans Hospital and at the bottom is an old folks home – possibly for Veterans I think.


This is the old folks home and the stair way to the top of the hill is off to the left in the photo


Then of course it started to rain and we had seen most everything in town so we headed back to the campground for lunch and the weather cleared up so we took a one mile loop trail to the fire tower – first half of the trail was through the woods up hill – the second half down hill and in the sun.


Part of the trail up


More uphill – needless to say after doing that staircase in the morning and this in the afternoon my leg muscles were screaming!


I found some wild raspberries for a snack – wonderful – they tasted so sweet – I wish here had been more of them – a big improvement over the peanut butter crackers and water I had brought along.


the view from the top


Looking back at the fire tower as we heading down the trail after taking a break and discovering we had a strong cell signal on our phones and took a e mail break/facebook break LOL


We sighted Antelope on the way back to the camper after our hike.  Four all totaled but this one was the best.


Tumbling into Insanity quilt.  Slowly growing!!