Monday, October 11, 2010

Yellowstone in Autumn

I spent last weekend in the "greater Yellowstone" area.  The potato harvest is nearly finished in Southeast Idaho, and there are migrating swans resting on the Henry's Fork of the Snake River below my mother's house. 

After quilt class related business in West Yellowstone on Friday, I drove into Yellowstone Park to see the new Visitor's Center at Old Faithful.  Nice building, great bookshop, and quilt stuff too!  The Yellowstone Association bookshop has a section labeled Crafts which includes a couple of counted cross-stitch kits and an intriguing selection of color prints of various park icons on fabric.  We will chase down the manufacturer and distributor to let you know where else those prints might be available.  I know there are a few at the Send It Home shop in West Yellowstone, which, by the way, is the only place in West with quilt fabric.  Our Columbine Sillhouette and Baby Bear Paw quilt patterns are in the shop.  Patti also has a selection of Yellowstone themed fat quarters (fish, wolves, cowboys, etc.) and kits and books from Quilting in the Country.  There is an intriguing selection of yarns, including buffalo yarn.  Patti takes a break in late October and opens again in December, but her yarns and knitting kits are available on line.

The big news is Sisters Quilt Weekend, October 22 and 23, at Pinecone Playhouse in West Yellowstone.  This year the theme is UFO's, with prizes for quilters who finish their Un-Finished-quilt-Objects during the party.  Check in and start working any time after noon on Friday, the 22nd.  Dinner on Friday, breakfast on Saturday, and lunch Saturday are included in the price.  And chocolate.  There is a no-food option for our quilting friends who are on severely restricted diets.  There's also a Saturday only option.  By Tuesday, October 12, all the details will be available on the Pinecone Playhouse website (click on Heritage Quilt Workshop) too.

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