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Joshua Tree National Park

January 5, 2012

A few years ago my husband’s sister asked all family members to design a  square piece of fabric to contribute to an  80th birthday quilt for their father.  At the time it seemed a little ominous to me. I have some experience with a few patchwork blankets but nothing too  complicated. So, we were sent our fabric and now it was up to me to brainstorm and  come up with an idea…As I thought about my husband’s family and the stories he had shared with me, it didn’t take long to decide what to do. It just happened that I had fabric that would be suitable for the project. My husband is one of nine children. He has shared numerous stories about their Joshua Tree adventures as a child. Where they could run and climb rocks and roam the area to their hearts content.

Now mom and dad were most likely needing some space and with dad working as a teacher a remote place probably had it’s appeal. Joshua Tree is unique. The best time to visit is Spring, when it comes alive with color from the wildflowers. This photo was taken in April and it was too early to observe the flowers. But we did see plenty of these..

So knowing about their escapades their I came up with this idea.. Before I proceed I want to acknowledge a couple of ladies that inspire me with their interests  in quilting…and you can find them at these links.. 1. garden2day 2.Bonniehull 3.cornbreadandbeans 

Can you tell which one I made?

This just proves that we all have it in us to create…

For a treat check out this blog for December 30th. Sartenada went to a Patchwork and Quilt exhibition. You will be glad that you stopped in for a  visit.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. January 5, 2012 8:25 PM

    That was a super idea for that quilt! ‘m sure it was very much appreciated!


    • January 5, 2012 9:55 PM

      Thank you..Montucky! I just might try something like that myself..


  2. January 5, 2012 8:37 PM

    What a wonderful quilt…and the Joshua Tree panel is so special…I love the campfire! And is that an eagle?


    • January 5, 2012 9:56 PM

      Yes, it turned out very nice and thank you! Yes, it is an eagle..


  3. Ellen permalink
    January 5, 2012 9:27 PM

    I’m guessing the Joshua tree one. Dear’s family spent some time at Joshua Tree in his growing up years.


    • January 5, 2012 9:57 PM

      You are right Ellen.. Joshua Tree is a must see at least one time..


  4. January 5, 2012 9:40 PM

    You made the one with the eagle in it? Very nice work. Love the photos.


  5. January 5, 2012 11:09 PM

    Wonderful idea and beautiful work… What a nice writing too! Joshua Tree. Fascinated me. Thank you dear Roberta, with my love, nia


    • January 6, 2012 12:26 PM

      Thank you..Nia! Joshua Tree is most likely unusual for you. I am glad to share with you..


  6. January 6, 2012 4:24 AM

    Roberta, as I look through your blog, I am excited through your adventures. I love your stories and the pictures have such style and grace. I can tell you have a very big heart and you care for many important things. I love visiting….. I hope that your daughter had a wonderful birthday.
    Your contribution to the quilt is magnificent!! What a special memory and special gift. I wish your father-in-law a very special 80th birthday.


    • January 6, 2012 12:30 PM

      Thank you Brenda for joining me on my journey of change and growth. Having you along side of me makes it even more special.. {hugs}


  7. January 6, 2012 7:17 AM

    Oh, that block was an excellent gift! I love your rendition of the park and that was such a nice thing to do for your father-in-law…treasured memories in a quilt! Wow! How great is that!


    • January 6, 2012 12:27 PM

      Thank you! I must work on something this year other than photography.. (:


  8. January 6, 2012 7:40 AM

    Hi Roberta, Thank you for this inspiring post. Beautiful quilt!


  9. January 6, 2012 3:29 PM

    Quilting is huge in the Pennsylvania Dutch (Deutsch) area where I was born and spent my early years. My family also made many quilts.The one you’re creating will definitely have a special meaning for your family because it will tell their stories and/or remind them of stories. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.


  10. January 7, 2012 8:00 AM

    What a fun project..that is a beautiful gift. Those rocks look like a place in Australia called hanging rock! What a neat place to run & hide. Wishing you every bit of best for the new year!!!


  11. January 8, 2012 12:05 PM

    Absolutely amazing photos Roberta, like them! and of course, your new design!!


    • January 8, 2012 12:13 PM

      Thank you Xandi! I will post more of Joshua Tree as it is very different terrain for many.. I am glad you like my design..I’ll try to stay with it! I have so much fun with the design aspect of a blog..Maybe too much..


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  13. January 23, 2012 2:01 AM

    What a very nice quilt!!!!!


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