Download the free pattern here! Mount Rainier
This year my husband and I went on a great vacation to Washington State. We were able to visit all of the national parks while we were there (hint hint on upcoming blocks). The trip was so much fun and as always with the National Parks, beautiful. The first park that we visited was Mount Rainier. We were lucky that we planned a two day visit to this park since the first day we were there you couldn’t see the mountain through the fog.
The park was so beautiful and had many wonderful trails and things to do. The most challenging part of visiting was finding a place to park the car and get out to see the views. Even with this challenge we were able to see everything we wanted to and do a fantastic hike. If you visit, I highly recommend hiking to comet falls and continuing the rest of the way to Van Trump Park.
Established in 1899, Mount Rainier was the 4th to become a National Park. At the center of this park is the 14,411 ft. volcano known as Mount Rainier. With the peak continually capped with multiple glaciers, the active volcano is known for creating/impacting its own weather. Wilderness is the highest protection the government can designate an area with; this means no roads, vehicles, or permanent structures are allowed. Since Mount Rainier National Park is 97% wilderness, the main roads and viewpoints only give a glimpse into this amazing park. To experience more you must hike.
Now for the best part, the quilt block. I made the quilt block prior to the trip and brought it along. My husband, Matt, bought me some cork board to pin the block to so we could get some great pictures – which we did.
This block was designed by Susan Davis of American Quilt Blocks. She designed blocks for the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. You can view her designs on her website: http://nationalparkquilts.com/
I have turned the design into a free pattern available here: Mount Rainier. Using the pattern your block will finish as a 9 inch block (9.5” unfinished). Mount Rainier is one of the easiest blocks in the set to make and for that reason the first one I worked on. Quilt along and make them for all the national parks.