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Creative Week 29

I am very nearly back to normal after our 3 week trip to America.

This year we added in a trip to Las Vegas – never again in July, it was so very hot.  On a trip out to the Hoover Dam we were advised to be careful to not loose a shoe as someone on a previous trip earlier in the week had done, they ended up in hospital with a sever burn to the foot!

Our trip to Yellowstone was really enjoyable, we were accompanied by 11 of my American family.  We saw Buffalo, Osprey and massive Bull Elk with full antlers just waiting for the velvet to be rubbed off.  Sadly, no bears, moose or wolves and no bald eagles this year.  With a lack of bear sightings we called into Bear World on our way back to Utah where we did see Grizzlies and Black Bear – the bear cubs are so cute, as were the white baby elk.  They have a white bull elk who had certainly been busy with the ladies, sadly these white elk will never be able to be returned to the wild as they would make easy prey.

Also this year, we took a trip to Salt Lake City including a visit to the state capital building and a trip around Temple Square.  If you are ever in Salt Lake City call into the Lyon House the food is very good as is the price and service.  My little son decided he would have a fainting episode whilst lining up for food, the ladies were so kind in there, they made sure he was well looked after, although they couldn’t do much about the cause of his fainting as it was down to the heat, most of the time we were in Utah it was over 100 degrees F (about 38 degrees C). In Las Vegas it was over 40.

We enjoyed a lazy time at my cousins house in Payson, well as lazy as you can be in America.  We know the Interstate 15 from junction 253 to 260 very well.  I would like to say a massive Thank you to Jeff, Sherri, Taylor and Makayla for having us stay and for taking us up the dump to go shooting.

Now for this weeks quilt idea 1/2 Square Triangle Bonanza 

half square triangle bonanza

This quilt measure approx 45″ square but can be made larger or smaller as required (adjust the fabric requirements as needed)

Here are the links for all the info needed to create this one:- fabric requirements (yards)

rotary cutting info block

rotary cutting info border block

template for block and border block

Until next week, thank you for dropping by. x


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Latest Quilt is finished!

The quilt I made with some of the fabrics I brought back from America is finished.  I used the fabrics pictured in a previous post ( https://artnextdoor.wordpress.com/2012/05/26/just-some-of-my-american-purchases/ )

I made the simple pattern up as I went along; the quilting is even simpler as I just followed the lines of the piecing.  All that’s left to do is attach the quilt label.


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Applique Cushion Finished

cushion finished 1 002

I know I have said in the past I do not follow patterns well this is an exception – I bought the kit in the Corn Wagon whilst I was staying with my Aunt and Uncle in Utah. http://www.cornwagonquilts.com/  I was like a child in a candy store in this place, everywhere I turned was glorious colour, I can’t wait to go back but I don’t think my husband will be too pleased, it might cost too much money!

Now on to the next project using the fabrics in a previous post…..


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Great American Adventure Part 5– House Envy!

Saturday 12th May saw us take a trip into Provo (I think) to Costco for supplies for the family barbeque next day – America’s Mother’s Day.  We went via a pizza restaurant, the pizza is prepared in front of you and left to cook whilst you pay, fetch your drink and get a seat, once cooked it is delivered piping hot to the table and it was of a normal (British) size too, so I managed to eat it all! Yummy!

pizza 1pizza 2

pizza 3

The trip to Costco was fun too.  In the queue to pay, a poor, unsuspecting man was standing quietly waiting his turn to pay, when he gets accosted by this round, over friendly Brit, who wants to know if he really intends to give his mother a bag of bread rolls as a gift on Mother’s day.  The poor man didn’t stand a chance!  We had 2 big trolley (cart) loads in front of us and another man, who sensibly had a big bunch of yellow roses in his hand and it turns out my aunt knew; so this poor man was getting it in the neck – nicely- from me about not buying his mum or wife a bouquet when the second man joins in too, to the extent of offering to buy me a bouquet too!  By the time we get to the check out the first man decides he had better go and get a bouquet too and comes back with the very one I would have chosen for myself!  Hurray it worked – we both agreed we could dine out on this story for sometime to come.

After witnessing what must have been a very embarrassing exchange for my Aunt and Uncle we got the shopping into the car to return to Mapleton; we went via some properties that my Uncle had worked on, the campus of Brigham Young University and a park up the side of a mountain with camping facilities, a water park which was closed as the season wasn’t yet open and finally a trip round the posh end of Mapleton – this is where the house envy starts and some of them were in a state of demolition and/or refurbishment or neglect – I could have quite easily taken them on but then what would I have done with all the room and just think of all that extra cleaning.  Cleaning I still don’t understand the concept of that yet!

Have a look at some of my house envy moments.


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Great American Adventure Part 4

Sadly, I have returned home now, leaving my amazing American family 7000 miles away – I’m coming back in August be warned!

The following photo’s where taken on the return from my cousin Kate’s home in Blanding in the south east of Utah.  Again the rock formations are astounding and the resident of Wilson’s Arch did enjoy the Doritos we fed to him.  Oh don’t miss the horses face that appears  naturally in a tree formation on the side of the hill.


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My Great American Adventure!

I know I’m a few days late writing this blog about the start of my trip but I’m doing it now.

The flights were ok, very boring except someone was ill on the long flight and the call went out ‘Is there a doctor on board?’ 

I arrived on time and went straight to have something to eat and to meet 2 parts of my family Ryan his wife and children and Liz , her husband Jason and their children.  the portion sizes are massive, I have children’s size meals but they are still too big for me to eat all of it.  Food to eat out is very reasonable.

My oldest cousin Tony came to the house with 3 of his children in the evening by which time I had been awake for nearly 30 hours!

Thursday was a lovely quiet day just local trips around.  We did buy drinks out, I was offered a 42oz cup but declined asking for a smaller one.  A 32oz one was ordered but behind my uncle’s back I was indicating to the server the size I could cope with which was about that of a UK coke can.  The soda’s do taste differently here a bit sweeter.

Friday we set off to visit another cousin Kate and her family 41/2 hours away in Blanding SE of Salt Lake near the border with New Mexico.  We went via a national park called Arches the name of which will be obvious once you have seen the photo’s!  To be going on with here’s some from the start of the park.