Hello, blogging friends! I have missed you and am anxious to get caught up on all your quilty doings. Since I last saw you, I traveled over 5,000 miles--whew! DH and I have been to Tucson and Mexico. I love, love, love Tucson. This was our second visit there and I just adore how the city has a ring of mountains around it. We took a tour to the northwest part of Mexico to see Copper Canyon, San Carlos and the Sea of Cortez, the Spanish-inspired town of Alamos and some amazing ruins in Paquime. We had some amazing food. I have to say, though, that I was awfully glad to re-enter the US and felt a strong urge to get down and kiss the ground of America.
The first photo is of a gorgeous sunset we saw in San Carlos. The town is just beautiful and is a resort spot. A bit pricey--glad we got the tour prices!!! Second photo is a basket made by a Tarahuamara Indian. The Tarahuamaras are a gentle people who live in the canyons in crude housing. The baskets are made from the agave plant (yep, same plant they make tequila from.) It was intriguing to watch the Indians work on the baskets. The leaves are cut into thin strips, then woven into baskets. I think everyone on the tour bought at least one Tarahuamara basket! I brought several back for gifts. Third photo is all my quilt shop treasures. Tucson has some fabulous quilt shops. I shopped at three and was so tickled--each had its own personality. I actually do have plans for most of the purchases.
I am so ready to get back into my sewing room. I am picking up the Madeira strip quilt from the longarmer tomorrow so binding will be the first order of business. Then I want to tackle some UFOs so I can start using all my new goodies with a clear conscience!!