This weekend we took at little day trip down to Glen Rose. It’s the home of Dinosaur Valley State Park, a place my husband and I’ve talked about going since we moved to Dallas {6 years ago}. There was a star party and lecture about the Star of Bethlehem at the park on Saturday night so we decided to check it out.

The park itself is beautiful. It’s only about 90 miles from Dallas but it looks and feels like an entirely different place – lots of cactus and scrubby trees. The dinosaur tracks are amazing, and it’s actually quite humbling to think of the beasts that roamed the earth long before we got here. It was a nice reminder that we are just a tiny piece in a big plan – particularly after Friday’s tragic events.  If you have the chance to visit (they have nice campgrounds, too), I recommend it.

I also spent a good chunk of the weekend working on my blog. I’m redesigning and moving things to a new server.  The changes won’t show for a few more days, but there may be some broken links as I get the kinks worked out. My goal is to have a prettier place to blog so that I am inspired to blog more often. You will be hearing from me a lot more in 2013.

One center. Five borders. Six months. Lots of amazing quilts.

The Dallas MQG hosted a Round Robin this year, and our July meeting was the big reveal. We were matched up in nests of 5 or 6 women and we passed our center blocks around each month for a new border from the other members in our nest. My center block was a modified Swoon block with a fussy cut bit of Far Far Away from Heather Ross at the center. That’s my good friend Angie holding my quilt up for the reveal. She paper-pieced the “Happily Ever After” border. WOW, right? She used Castle Peeps fabric and it’s the absolute perfect addition to the quilt. All the other ladies in my group did such a nice job, too. My other favorite border is the “Once Upon a Time” one. Love how they went with the fairytale theme from my starting fabric.

Here is everyone from my nest holding her own quilt top:

There were some truly amazing quilts at the reveal. You can see all of them in the Dallas MQG Flickr photostream.