Yesterday, Mr. Joe and I headed out to Calaveras Big Trees State Park on a photo shoot for Butterscotch Baskets. With a picnic lunch, dog, camera, quilt, and an 8 foot ladder, we drove the three short miles to the park from the cabin.
I'm calling this shot, "Where's Waldo?" Do you give up? The quilt is on an 8 foot ladder right at the base of a giant sequoia. This park is spectacular no matter what season of the year. Majestic. Magnificent. Spiritual. It's one of my favorite places on earth and we go here every chance we get. When we aren't carrying an 8 foot ladder, we just walk to the park on fire roads and cross-country ski trails.
This stump gives you an idea of the tremendous size of these gentle giants. Such a shame that 'man' cut down this ancient tree just to make a profit. Criminal.
The first time we came to this park was on a camping trip in the 1980's with our three little kids. We loved the area so much that we returned two decades later and purchased our first cabin just a stones throw from the park.
If always good to reflect back on a long-term project while looking ahead to the next one.
There should be a couple feet of snow at this location......but not this year. If we do get some more snow, I'll have to go back to this very same location and take more pictures.
The quilt on the wall is one I designed for a shop hop about five years ago. I only designed the setting and the applique. The rest of the blocks were from the participating shops.
Thought I would change things up and hang it on the wall. The room looks like one giant patchwork! Don't laugh, but I look at my quilts on the wall and think of them as insulation during the winter.
Isn't Zinnie regal? You know her real name is Zinfandel. We have this thing about dogs with whine names. We've also had a Chablis, Blush and Burgundy, Burgy for short. Our dogs are just like our kids, spoiled rotten, loyal, and they'll do anything for us.
I'm teaching Butterscotch Baskets on Tuesday at In Between Stitches. The girls will work all of the bugs out of the pattern, then it will be available for sale down at the shop once I get the changes incorporated in the final copy.
Have a wonderful weekend. Go hug a tree!