While walking through the vendors' tents on the Fiesta grounds, I came across a tent filled with quilters! I had found the New Mexico Quilters' Association from Albuquerque, NM.
This is a picture of me taken in front of Southwest Decoratives. http://www.swdecoratives.com/
This is a picture of my patient husband waiting for me to finish shopping. He doesn't look happy in the picture, but he wasn't feeling 100%--he was fighting a cold. I think he deserves an award for walking with me to the quilt shop in the heat and then waiting patiently while I shopped. I think he is a keeper!
For the most part, this shop carries fabrics and patterns with a Southwest theme.
The walls were covered with quilts that take their inspiration from the local landscape and culture.
Sidelights to make my quilt.
This stripe print is called Monument Valley Stripe and is by Michael Miller. Although Monument Valley was not a place that we visited on this trip, the red rock and pictured in this fabric is very typical of the red rock formations that we saw in several places on this trip. My current plan for this print is a Seminole row type quilt.
This print is A Robert Kaufman print called, American Heritage and reminds me of the jewellery made by the native craftsmen that this area is well known for.
These are the patterns that I brought home with me. There were racks of patterns from local designers who are inspired by the native basket, pottery, and weaving designs. I had a difficult time deciding on just a few patterns to bring home.