Ski Weekend and Nature’s Inspiration

A couple of weeks ago, the family and I had the chance to take a ski-trip with the inlaws. My MIL is a lucky gal, and she happened to run into the owner of a ski resort who was passing out extra lift tickets. So she happily agreed to bring up the extended family for a fun ski weekend!

20140320_ski_2014Ski Weekend at Eagle Point, Utah 2014

We had a great time. Our first day was beautiful with sunny skies! It was our daughter’s first time skiing the “real” slopes and she had a blast. Her 2 older brothers have taught her to be fearless and by the end of the weekend, she had even tried a few intermediate slopes.

But what a difference a day makes! The next ski day was quite different – with raging snow and blowing wind, it was all we could do to bundle up and stay warm.

20140320_ski_snowA much colder day full of snow!

The snow day was still incredibly beautiful. Everything had a fresh dusting of snow and all the trees had a beautiful silvery cast. We even caught individual snowflakes and marveled at how they really did look like snowflakes!! (That’s what we get for growing up in a desert landscape!)

During the weekend, I was constantly inspired by everything I saw and want to turn these all into quilts somehow! The ski tracks on the snow looked like a modern white-on-white free motion quilting pattern.

20140320_snowMy view from the Chair Lift 

This snow-covered doormat is just itching to become a modern design:

20140320_ski_matI was even inspired by the clothes a lot of the kids were wearing. This ski outfit totally reminds me of my Spiraling Out of Control Quilt!

20140320_ski_clothesYou can always look to fashion for graphic inspiration!

I just love these simple, graphic shapes, aka warning signs:

20140320_signsJust imagine the possibilities with these simple shapes!

At the end of the first day, we watched a few advanced snowboarders participating in a “trick” competition. It gave me butterflies just watching these amazing skiiers perform their stunts. What an adrenaline rush it must have been for them!

20140320_ski_jumpBut when I stop and think about it, this is exactly how I feel whenever I quilt!



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8 Responses to Ski Weekend and Nature’s Inspiration

  1. Beth says:

    I am a bit tired of the deep snow still covering my yard here in Maine but your experience has encouraged me to use the snow for inspiration. Thanks.

  2. Nope, don’t miss that white stuff one bit! I’ll stay here in Florida for a bit yet… Isn’t it cool to look at the world through “quilt-patterned” glasses?! I find myself marveling at the colour palette of Mother Nature too. Good for you to take a break, and I’m excited to see what you dream up in your next quilts!

  3. Christine says:

    I love how you shared the inspiration you saw everywhere! In the busy-ness of my days, and all the rushing around, I forget to look. Thanks for the reminder!!

  4. Vivian says:

    Would definitely like to see those quilt patterns! Sounds like a great trip!

  5. Kathy says:

    I can definitely agree with the adrenalin rush….happy for you that you had fun family time….memories……

  6. Molly says:

    I love your passion and what a coincidence with those snow pants!

  7. Lou Ann says:

    Love how you get inspiration from everyday(?) items. It shows your passion for design so much that it gets me thinking………..WOW! I love the pic from the ski lift….I can envision a quilt just like that with the skis in it too! What perspective and chance for showing quilting and dimension!

  8. craftysorcha says:

    Oh it seems like you had a lovely time and got some good inspiration!
    I like skiing but I’m just a beginner so I stick to the green slopes!

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