Download the free pattern here! Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park is a “local” park to me. It sits in the mountains of Colorado about 5 hours from where I live. I have not been there yet, but my husband and I plan on going this summer. My husband has some crazy idea that him and I are going to hike the inner canyon there. I am not so sure about this. There is not a marked trail and it is only recommended for people in excellent physical condition, which ummmm I’m not.
The park is named as such because of its long, deep canyon. Certain parts of it only see 33 minutes of sun light a day – that is deep. Similarly to the Grand Canyon, you come to visit the North or South rim. After we visit this summer I will be sure to add some pictures showing our adventures here for now I just have the internet.
This block was designed by Susan Davis of American Quilt Blocks. She designed blocks for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. You can buy the blocks printed on a high quality fabric from her website in various sizes. I recommend everyone to check out her website and purchasing one of her great designs.
Update: Olde America Antiques stopped selling fabric blocks in 2018. You can still view the designs on their website. http://nationalparkquilts.com/
If you choose to piece your block with this pattern then it will finish at 9 inches in whatever project you choose to put it in. This is the same size as all the National Park blocks that I will be posting.
Download the free pattern Black Canyon of the Gunnison!!!
This pattern is super fast to put together. It took me longer to choose my fabrics that it did to make the block.
When choosing my fabrics I have decided to stick with solids only. I am very tempted to grab a grunge or batik and throw it in there, but I need to stick with my solids.
This pattern uses squares and half square triangles. I made the half square triangles 8 a time using charm squares and the paper piecing square in the pattern. The rest was easy. I personally use a lot of paper piecing for these blocks because I like when everything turns out the perfect size. Traditional methods would work great as well.
Hope you enjoyed. Go Quilt To It!