National Parks Birthday Club ~ Month 1 Progress

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery National Parks Birthday Club : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This year our country is celebrating the centennial of the National Park Service. I love our National Parks. Living in a suburb of Chicago, it does take a bit of effort to get to one. We don’t exactly walk out our front door and face mile after mile of unspoiled nature. I think that makes us appreciate our trips to visit the parks even more. If you’ve been reading this blog for a bit of time, you may remember our big Yellowstone and Grand Teton family vacation 2 years ago. It was amazing, and I guess you could say it got us hooked. Last June, we took another family vacation out west to Oregon, Washington, and Canada.

Olympic National Park : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This time we included a few days in both Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park.

Olympic National Park : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We love staying in the national park lodges, seeing animals that we certainly don’t get to see at home (slugs, grouse, marmot, bald eagles…), exploring and learning about different environments. There’s no internet, no tvs, no cell service…just spending time together. At the Mt. Rainier lodge, Paradise Inn, we played a lot of evening Yahtzee by the fire while a gentleman played the piano and it snowed several inches (in June!) outside.

Our kids earn Junior Ranger badges that I stitch onto their backpacks after each trip.

Junior Ranger Badges : Fresh Lemons Quilts

All of this is just to say, I really like National Parks. I mentioned a couple weeks ago that I signed up for the National Parks Birthday Club from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They released the first “clue”, or piece of the pattern, on the National Parks Birthday last week. I couldn’t wait to get started.

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery National Parks Birthday Club : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I don’t do a lot of cross stitch. Pretty much none! I am enjoying it so much. We’ve had a lot going on in our house over the last month and a half and I’m not going to lie – my anxiety levels have been through the roof. This has been a huge source of calming and relaxation for me. I stitch mostly in the evenings or while the kids are doing their homework. They have been very excited to watch the progress as well. I have one more section to stitch on the bottom and then I am done until the next piece of the pattern is released later this month. I will be sharing as I go!

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    Karen Seitz

    September 1, 2016

    I started stitching on my sampler last Thursday too — so much fun to get back into some cross stitch after a quilty hiatus. You are a bit farther along than I am, but I will be stitching today on my day off and will be ready for the next installment in no time. Thanks for sharing your progress — it’s fun to see!

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    Alison

    September 1, 2016

    I just love that your kids collect all those junior ranger badges! My husband is a (grown-up) ranger at Gettysburg so it is always nice to see kids and families really enjoy the parks. 🙂

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    Dorothy

    September 1, 2016

    Now I’ve got to stitch this. I haven’t cross stitched for years but I want this bad! We live a few miles from Mammoth Cave National Park and just love it. We traveled to Yellowstone twice and it was always the best vacation.

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    Katy McCoy

    September 1, 2016

    There is also a quilt-y product – there are quilt blocks and a “collectible pin quilt map” that you can put your park pins on, available at Park shops and at http://www.OldeAmericaAntiques.com. I bought my map at Yellowstone this summer.

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      Faith

      September 2, 2016

      How fun!!

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    Anne Beier

    September 1, 2016

    I love your photos. And I agree, our National Parks are amazing. I haven’t been to the ones you have visited, but they are on my list of “places to visit.” Out west I have been to Yosemite and The Grand Canyon. Both were awesome, and staying in their facilities was a pleasure. I have visited many in the northeast, especially those in the Adirondacks.

    I actually climbed one of the really huge mountains at Yosemite. Of course that was before I had 5 orthopedic surgeries. I will never forget the moment when I got back down to the bottom and looked up. I felt so proud that I actually got all the way to the top, and back down again.

    I love the cross stitch honoring our National Parks. I am going to check that out. Thanks for posting about it.

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      Anne Beier

      September 1, 2016

      Hi Faith,
      Did you purchase the linen or the regular one? It seems as thought the linen one requires smaller stitching. Is that right?
      Thanks.
      Anne

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        Faith

        September 2, 2016

        I didn’t purchase the linen – I was scared. 🙂 I did the Aida cloth kit.

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    Marguerite Auger

    September 1, 2016

    I am a NPS Park Ranger who rarely sees a cross over between my quilting life and my Park Service life. Thanks for sharing your visits and making meaningful connections for your children… they are the future of National Parks. Thank you.

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    Lauren

    September 2, 2016

    Nice blog post. I live on the west coast of Canada, so am familiar with the areas in your post. Just love living here. You should too!

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      Faith

      September 2, 2016

      I would LOVE to live there! We loved our few days in Victoria so much. 🙂

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    Elaine

    September 3, 2016

    I Love this cross stitch project. So glad that you and your family have been able to enjoy the parks. To me, they are so beautiful and inspiring. I have visited several in past, but since we moved to Maine many years ago, Acadia is a place for frequent visits. I feel very fortunate to live ten miles from the quiet side of Acadia.

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    Suzanne

    September 3, 2016

    Faith, I think that cross stitch, quilting, knitting and all other craft projects help to keep us grounded in troubling times. I lost my Mum earlier this year and sewing and knitting have kept me sane. Thank you for your blog posts, I always enjoy them! Make sure to take time for yourself and don’t get too stressed!

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    Suzn

    September 4, 2016

    Awesome = So Patriotic. I love combining history with stitchery. Another family legacy.

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