Cecret Lake Hike

I have no idea who named Cecret Lake, or why they spelled it that way.
But it makes me smile every time I see it
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One of my favorite things to do with my family is to experience nature. My kids seem happiest when we are outside, especially walking/hiking/meandering through trees and rivers and mountains and forests and the like. We have done quite a bit of hiking this summer, but none in our own backyard. Earlier this week, Utah had a state wide holiday, which commemorates the arrival of the Mormon pioneers in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, so we took advantage of everyone’s day off and headed up the canyon.

Albion Basin HIke 2 copy

We hiked the Albion Basin trail to Cecret Lake, which is in Little Cottonwood Canyon. The hikes are at Alta. the same place we skiied last winter–it is kind of mind blowing to think there are so many rocks along the ski runs! The wildflowers were just starting to pop up in the meadows, and we were surprised at the beauty, the variety, and the sheer number of flowers! We were hoping to see some moose, but alas, it didn’t happen.

Wildflowers Albion Basin

If you are local, or ever visit the Salt Lake area, I highly recommend it!

Albion Basin Hike 3

hiking down Albion Basin towards the Alta lodge

Notes: Cecret Lake trail it is a great hike for all (most) abilities. My 6 and 9 year olds were fine, and so were the babies in the hiking backpacks. Although I lucked out and didn’t have to take a turn! The roundtrip hike from the trailhead to the lake is about 1.5 miles–we went an additional 1.5 or so. We knew holidays = crowded trails in the nearby canyons, so we left early. Not quite early enough, it turns out, as all of the parking near the trail head was full (well before we got there, at 8:30am). Luckily, there was a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes that took us from the parking lot to the trailhead; alternately, you can hike up to the lake from the Alta parking lots/lodge, which is about 5 miles roundtrip. From there, we hiked up to Cecret Lake (which was smaller than I expected), and then hiked down from the lake, through the meadows, back to the car. It is definitely worth hiking back down, if you park by the lodge. Happy hiking! 

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Canyon Mini Quilt
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This is the Canyon Mini Quilt that I made for the Salt Lake Modern Quilt Guild’s Mini Swap a few months ago. I used new Printshop fabric designed by Alexia Abegg for Cotton and Steel, and I just love how it turned out!

Canyon MIni Quilt Pieces

A fun bonus to the weekly Summer Sampler 2016 block patterns–we provide a mockup of a modern quilt made with that week’s block. We don’t provide instructions, but rather a graphic, showing one possible way to use that week’s block. This is the mini quilt I made from the mockup that I put together using Amy Smart’s  Corner Canyon block. 

Canyon Mini Quilt Block Loc

Since this is a mini quilt, all of those little half square triangles are pretty small. I used the 2 1/2” Bloc-Loc ruler to trim all of my half square triangles. I am a huge Bloc-Loc fan. They are pricey, but they have a groove that fits right in the seam, and allows for quick trimming and accurate half square triangles. (Bloc-Loc did not sponsor this post, the company does not even know that I’m mentioning them. I just really, really love the rulers). 

Canyon Mini Quilt Quilting

You can see the quilting details here, and I used a fun text print from Windham Fabrics (that comes in 108” wide) for the backing.

Canyon Mini Quilt Text Back

I am happy to say that the quilt was a hit at the swap, which always makes you feel good!

Happy sewing, friends.

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heather bailey true colors
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I have a quilt top that is *almost* done, and I can’t wait to share it with you! I have used a variety of colors from Heather Bailey’s newest True Colors line, sent to me by Free Spirit Fabric. Heather’s line is full of saturated color, and it probably won’t surprise anyone to find out that the blues are my favorite.

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Summer Sampler 2016 Ombre Cross
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Today’s block for the Summer Sampler 2016 quilt along is Ombre Cross, designed by AnneMarie Chany. This is the 11th block (out of 20), and is a lot of fun to make! I used a combination of Blueberry Park fabrics, and some blenders that I had in my scrap bin. Funny story–I made this block weeks ago, put it in a safe place, and currently have no idea where it is in my (mostly clean) sewing room. Good thing I took a photo!

Summer Sampler 2016 Block Board

My mother in law made a few of these mini design boards for me for Christmas, and I have been using them to keep my tiny pieces from getting lost as I sew. Cute, eh? I guess now I just need to not lose the actual blocks…

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All of the Summer Sampler 2016 details are below–you can join in at any time! If joining after Week 1, you will receive all of the patterns already released, including the current week’s pattern.

Summer Sampler 2016 Kickoff Details
Link to Purchase / EU Link to Purchase (includes VAT)
We hope you sew along with us!

 

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