Saturday, June 23, 2012

Sedona Arizona Inspiration!

Happy to be Home!  I just got back last night from a week in Flagstaff, AZ.  A successful business trip!  Now I need to get back to the real business of quilting ;]  Arrived in Flagstaff Sunday morning at 11am so I took a drive down to Sedona which took about an hour.  Must have been a cyclists convention or something cause there were a lot of people on the beautiful winding road to Sedona.  
I went to the Quilter's Store Sedona while I was there, course.  Bought some goodies and saw some really unique pieces made by a local quilter Mary Jardine.   I love how her embellishments jump right off the piece.  My photography skills don't do it justice, but you can get the idea.  These pieces are all for sale at the shop. 

She is also featured at
Here were some quilt inspiring statues I found in a shopping center, while looking for food!  

I ended up eating at Oaxaca...yum!

Here are some goodies I picked up at the Quilt Store.  I have never seen a threader for embroidery needles.  Kind of interesting.  I'll let you know how it works out.

Also this yo-yo style Kanzashi flower maker.  They had some lovely little Kanzashi samples there, I cant wait to try it out.

I worked so much all week that I didn't get to explore much of Flagstaff.  I did find out that the quilt store that was there had to close ;[ very sad.

I did find some interesting food though.

Native New Yorker  (funny website too)- I had Baked Penne and a Bacon Fried Sunday.  Yes, Don't knock it til you tried it!  Vanilla Ice Cream with ...wait for it... Chicken Fried Bacon.  I got it to go and they put it all in separate containers.  I crumbled the bacon (did i mention the bacon was chicken fried by the way) on the ice cream and drizzled a little maple syrup and oh wow.   My heart literally skipped a beat (could be the cholesterol).  It was phone home good.  I had to tell my hubby about it, being the bacon guy that he is.

Thurdsay night I went exploring in downtown and ended up at Criollo   The food was so good.  I had the seasonal fish, which i believe was Halibut.

seared seasonal fish ~ smoked tomato risotto, coconut-ginger sauce, Calabrian chili oil, cilantro-macadamia nut pesto

   The presentation was beautiful and I would have taken a picture but it disappeared before I thought of it... and by then it was half eaten so I thought, too bad soo sad!  Of all the choices on the list of places to eat the "sustainable" caught my eye.  I like companies that are conscious of their community and the environment.  I can't say that I only frequent them, but it makes me more likely to be a patron.  Good job Croillo!

Sorry I was so verbose this time.  I have so much to share and feel like I've been away alot.

Hope you were inspired to quilt (or eat) this weekend!

Love Aunti


  1. Well anything to do with food Nicole is almost as good as things to do with fabric so you covered all the bases! Sounds like a good trip all around and the dessert, well I read my husband the description and he's about ready to jump in the car and start driving!

  2. The art by Mary Jardine is very unusual. I love the piece with the big tree on the edge. Also the bronze statuary is very cool. And really, chicken fried bacon with ice cream and maple syrup. It's just crazy enough to be great. That whole area is one to enjoy and savor, for sure.

  3. I love the fiber art pieces you have shown, especially the way things just come out of the "boundaries". It sounds like a fun time. Are you sure it was a work trip?

  4. I am really amazed in the work of art shown. The artist of these arts is really creative and one of a kind.


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