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I've been off visiting family for a few days. We had so much fun visiting my sister Paula in southern Utah.  I went with my 2 daughters Shelbie and Whitney and we took my 2 granddaughters Allison and Eliza along with us.  It was  an amazing few days with my 2 nieces Tana and Tricia and their boys Maxx, Rex, Jens and Luke.
My sister and her husband Ken live very close to the mouth of Zions National Park.  Some of kids and adults went on hikes in the breathtaking canyon.
It was serious (second) cousin time for Jens and Allison.  They bonded from the first moment and they can't stop talking about each other.  I wish they lived closer.  It was so fun to see Allison play with Jens and the other boys.
This is Luke and Lizzie.  As 1 year-olds they enjoyed the typical floor time together.  It looks like Luke is pulling Lizzie's hair, but trust me, they got along so well.
It is back to business here with me working on binding my latest 6 quilts.  I am really proud of my red herringbone quilt.  I had Wendy quilt in an extra warm batting because this quilt will be used on a bed when the weather gets cool.
I pieced the backing.  After reorganizing my fabric, I realized I need to piece more quilt backs and use up some that fabric I keep "saving".  I realize the back looks kind of awkward so I'm going to work on putting those pieces together better next time.
This herringbone quilt is a scrap quilt from front to back and I am proud of that.  Scrap quilts speak to my heart.
There are 3 rows of herringbone strips with 6 sets across.  I'm going to make another herringbone quilt with light or neutral prints next.  I'm excited to think about using up all those prints and novelty fabrics with light backgrounds.
The binding is a black, white and red stripe.  I wanted a contrast binding and I really like how Rita at Red Pepper Quilts uses a strong back and white binding on many of her projects.  
When we pulled up to the house after driving home from southern Utah, I noticed how intensely green my yard seemed after being in the desert.  Zions Park is beautiful but it is nice to be home in my green yard and my house.  Thanks to my sister, brother-in-law, nieces and great nephews for a fantastic trip.  We can't wait to come back.

-nanette
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Vroomans' Quilts said...

Fantastic family time! Oh, love the red scrappiness and perfect choice of the binding - sweet!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Awww looks everyone made new friends. It's always good when family can get together.

Love, love, love the red quilts! Your quilts always look so comfy and lovely.

Blessings always

Carol said...

I love all those red mountains in Utah...looks like it was fun for those little cuties! That quilt is beautiful and obviously took a lot of work. Great job!

Pots and Pins said...

Love your herringbone quilt - it speaks to my heart, too! I also love a black and white stripped binding and use it a lot - it seems to make whatever top it's sewn onto pop! So glad you had a great time with all of your girls! xo, Nan

Muddling Through said...

Those girls just keep getting prettier and prettier. And that RED quilt - I love it!!! It is perfect in every way. Great job, Nanette, as always.

Quilty Conscience said...

I'm with you! Scrappy quilts are the best! And a striking border to frame it? Perfect! Toni

Nedra said...

How fun to be with family. Your family is really amazing, too. And I LOVE your red herringbone quilt!

jan said...

I really like the back on Red. It looks great. And those youngins just keep getting cuter and cuter!
Glad you got to spend some time with yuor fanily.
Have a great day!
jan

Staci said...

Just love your herringbone quilt! I've never made one, someday, someday. The red is particularly lovely!

pratima said...

So nice that you all had a really lovely time and the kids made new friends! Gorgeous mountain views!
Your herringbone quilt is absolutely beautiful! Love the scrappy backing!

Carrie P. said...

what fun for the cousins to get together and talk their own languages. :0)
Love that quilt!!!

Des said...

oh that herribone......!!!

donna said...

Sounds like you had wonderful family time. It is always so nice to get together with family. The cousins are just so cute. Hope you got lots of hugs? Your quilt turned out fab. I love it all the to the binding. I love the idea of a pieced back, I am just to chicken to try it. Hope you are having a great week back.
Hugs
donna

Sheila said...

These are wonderful pictures! Family time and vacation time. Love, love, love your scrappy red quilt. Scrap quilts, front and back, speak to me, too. Perfect binding.

Lynn said...

I love the quilt! It's so cheery and homey feeling all at the same time! Smart piecing the backing.
Isn't it nice to see the next generation together, forming their own memories and bonds?

nancy b. said...

Sounds like a wonderful trip in some beautiful country. What a great idea for the binding on your herringbone quilt, reminded me I have one that needs finishing. I also like the idea of a pieced back, but usually want one 'right now' and don't take the time to put one together. Thanks for the all the inspiration!

Pinkadot Quilts said...

I love your scrappy red and white quilt, so fun! It looks like you had a good time visiting your family, the scenery is breathtaking!

SarahVee said...

Lizzie sure is growing up! Love your herringbone quilt. I think doing a neutral/low contrast quilt is trending right now. Enjoy playing with your neutral scraps.

Jane's Fabrics and Quilts said...

There is nothing like family! the girls are just darling.
and your quilt, I am in love!!

Linda said...

How lucky your sister is to live near that beautiful place!
Love your herringbone quilt and the binding is excellent. I'm inspired to order some of that fabric for my next binding.

Cindy said...

Ooh, I like your back too! Like you, I have to think about doing this more often, using up those fabrics. And- more reason to go out and look for more fabrics, LOL

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annieb said...

Love that red wuilt!!

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It looks like you had a marvelous vacation, I do love the red rock. I'm also in LOVE with your red herringbone quilt, it's gorgeous. I love red & white quilts, so pretty.

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Sandi said...

You are so lucky to have family so close and time to spend with them. Looking forward to having our kids out here this weekend. Pics of the kids are so cute. Love your red and white quilt!!