As many of you know, my Canyon collection for Moda Fabrics is loaded with desert flowers. I love their graceful beauty and strength, especially cactus. Before designing Canyon, I had never seen them blooming in the wild. I created the drawings for Canyon from photos I'd taken and sketches I'd done at botanical gardens.
This winter, on social media, I noticed several shops in Arizona displaying some lovely Canyon quilts and projects. This month, I traveled to Arizona to take a closer look, at the quilts in the shops and at the flowering cactus in the desert. Also, I wanted to see the Canyon itself, the Grand Canyon. How lucky I was to get there, and along the way to meet many amazing quilters in their creative communities. My sincere and special thanks to the quilt shops I visited and to Sonja Mann, the beloved Moda Fabrics representative for this region, for introducing me to these special places and people. I look forward to visiting again.
Me with Kathy at her vibrant shop, A Quilter's Oasis, in Mesa.
At the new and impressive Modern Quilting shop in Phoenix with the media director, Linda. Darlene, we'll see you next time!
Arizona Quilts in Surprise, Arizona, explodes with color, and is the colorful creative place of Judy Verrett (shown here) and her husband Mike who does the long-arm quilting.
In Tucson, I got to enjoy the company of Lena and her colleagues at the terrific Quilt Basket.
Lynda was a generous hostess at The Quilter's Market. Here I am with Lynda's colleague, Bonnie (in stylish scarf) and Cate (in white blouse) who made the colorful Canyon quilt on display.
Bonnie, me, Lynda, and Sonja Mann from Moda Fabrics at The Quilter's Market in Tucson.
And now I have so many new ideas, I've got to back to the drawing board. What are some places you've gone to that inspire your creativity?