Ola from Arizona!

January 23, 2012

Greetings from warm and sunny Mesa! My dear friend Evelyn Link invited me down south to enjoy the weather, see the sights, spend time with friends, visit quilt shows and shops and do a bit of teaching too. What a blessing!

The past week has been a whirlwind. Joan and Patty (from Wisconsin) and  Evelyn’s sister Hazel all jumped into the car with E and I and headed to Tucson. Our first stop was the Mission San Xavier del Bac.

 I’ve never seen so many cacti and Quiltina had her picture taken with just about every one.

From there we went to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum where we saw even more cacti, plus birds, animals and beautiful scenery.

The Tucson Quilt Fiesta was a wonderful show and the quilts were great! We even found time to do a bit of shopping.

Now we’re back in the Phoenix area and I’ve had the opportunity to meet with a number of quilting groups – dear friends and inspiring show and tell. I was  even invited to present a trunk show for E’s art quilt group – the Mavericks! Their show and tell was incredible.

Evelyn is a fantastic quilter and I’m quite sure you’ll find her studio and stash amazing and inspiring.  So here are a few pictures. The first is of my bedroom. It is the master bedroom and happens to be her studio. It’s almost difficult to fall asleep with all the quilterly fun surrounding me. 

The master closet contains her stash

and the tub is where she keeps her UFO’s!

Considering I like to read in the tub at night, this was a bit disconcerting. Fortunately she has a tub in the second bath too.

For the past week E, Joan and I have had a great time being roommates. Joan will be returning to Wisconsin on Tuesday, but I get to stay for Quilting in the Desert and a lot of other fun adventures. My husband says it’s been snowing back home, so I’m REALLY enjoying every moment.

Sew where do you keep your UFO’s?


  1. Wow, you are making me homesick! Especially this time of year. I grew up in Tucson but haven’t lived there for more than 30 years now. I do visit now and then but not often enough. I am jealous of all the quilting shows you were able to go to and I definitely plan on checking out some quilt shops next time I am visiting. Your friend’s home is a perfect quilter’s paradise! I store my UFO’s where ever I can find room. I would love to hang them up so they don’t get overly wrinkled but I don’t have a closet in my quilting room. Enjoy your trip!

  2. I have a big tub in my sewing room where I keep my UFO’s. Chris if you know of anyone interested in a Gracie table let me know, I have a fairly new one that I just don’t use enough to keep. It goes from a King down to a double. Carmen

  3. Sleety stuff yesterday and snowing this morning in Iowa, so your warm and bright sunshine pics are a real treat. UFO’s go into clear plastic containers. But if I really think they are going to get finished, they have to be “out” where I am reminded on a regular basis that they need to be finished!

  4. As I looked out at the snow and whatever, it was nice to see some of Arizona with sunshine. I think the bathtub storage is a hoot! We quilters are certainly creative in SO many ways.

  5. I really appreciate you sharing your sewing table idea for free motion quilting. I am going to try this. Also I purchased Compass Capers from you this past weekend at the quilt show in Oshkosh and I am so excited after having drafting it today, it was not as hard as it looked. You have a way of making things easier..thanks so much

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