We had the most wonderful vacation this summer to Estes Park Colorado. The only way we were able to take such a luxurious vacation was due to the kindness of Mike's Aunt and Uncle who own a house is Estes Park. I have wanted to make them a thank you quilt since we returned but just couldn't find the right pattern. Their home in Colorado is very southwest themed with lots of earth tones, greens and reds. I searched the Internet and through most of my books without finding what I was looking for. I was beginning to despair of ever finding anything that would fit their decor. Yesterday I was looking through one of my quilting books and there was a whole section of perfect quilts.
Here's a picture of what I'm going to make. They used felted wool but I chose to use cotton. The cottons were on sale at JoAnne for $1.99/yd. so I was able to buy all I needed for $10. I was thrilled as our budget is limited at the moment. I have a ton of batting so the only other thing I need to purchase will be the backing. I'm saving my coupon for that. The fabric is in the washer so I hope to be able to start cutting tomorrow.
Today is the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, which is also the name of our church. The kids and I will be baking for the social after Mass this evening. Traditionally fruit is used on this day but since my kids are not a fan of fruit desserts I let them choose the dessert: Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake. When I went to the learning conference, Alice Gunther, who spoke about the liturgical year, was so wise in saying that we must make celebrations fit our families and be joyful. So, since chocolate brings us great joy, chocolate it is. Hope you like it, Mary.