Welcome to Day 24 of the AMB blog tour. I am Cheryl, your tour guide for the Grand Canyon State, ARIZONA. I hope you have been following along and know that each of the 50 bloggers have designed a license plate block for a quilt that will be displayed at the Fall Quilt Market in Houston. At each stop of the tour, you have had a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of the vibrant solids used to make the blocks, in addition to learning about the states themselves. So buckle you seat belts and bring your sunblock...let's visit my state!
My block is very similar to an actual license plate design used here in AZ. I love the out-of-doors and our moderate winter climate makes Arizona the perfect state for tons of outdoor activities.
In addition to posting a free pattern for my block and a tutorial on how I made the Saguaro Cactus, I will be giving away 2 prizes. The first prize is a fat quarter bundle of some of the colorful AMB solids, sponsored by Clothworks. The second prize is a bundle of the solids made up from my left over AMB fabrics, and includes some 'made in Arizona' products.
I live in the southern half of the state in the Valley of the Sun, which is mostly desert. This Sonoran Desert is one of the hottest in the U.S. and the only place on earth where the Saguaro cactus grows in the wild. The highest temperature ever recorded was 129 degrees F (53 degrees C,) but everyone knows...it is a dry heat! The Saguaro cactus, the largest cactus found in the U.S., can grow as high as a five-story building and hold up to 9 tons of water. I love the pale yellow flowers that cover the cactus in late spring.
Arizona is also known as the Grand Canyon State.
The canyon is 1 mile deep, 277 miles long and the Colorado River runs through it. Two of the most popular activities in the Grand Canyon are hiking from either rim down to the river or taking a river rafting tour. Our family took a river rafting tour when the kids were in middle school and they still declare it as their favorite trip ever!
One of my favorite places to visit is Sedona.
The red rock formations are truly spectacular to see. And if you hike to the top of Cathedral Mountain, you might experience a vortex! I did...but I don't know if it was a vortex or an endorphin high from the exertion.
Before the Europeans came to this continent, Arizona was the home of the Apache and Navajo Indians...my husband is a 1/4 breed Apache, but the kids with their blonde hair have trouble convincing anyone of that fact! Today it has the largest percentage of its land designated as Indian lands or 'reservations.' Some of the best Anasazi ruins can be found in Canyon De Chelly in the northeastern corner of the state.
If you go, take a jeep tour with a native Navajo! Several Navajo families still live in the canyon in much the same manner they have for many years. Navajo National Monument has a wonderful cliff dwelling and Wutpaki National Monument has ruins that are on the plateau.
Although Arizona has its share of big cities and museums, I have tried to share with you the places I like best. It is a little known fact that Arizona has more parks and national monuments that any other state, more mountains than Switzerland and of course, more golf courses than Scotland. It is not a wonder that it is a very popular destination for families over Spring Break!
***To win either of the 2 prizes, just leave me a comment and tell me what part of my Arizona tour you would like to visit most.
***If you are a no reply commenter, please leave me an email address where I can contact you if you win!
***You must have a mailing address in the US to enter.
I will select the 2 winners after comments close on Monday the 23rd at midnight. I'll be back on June 24th to announce the winners; provide a downloadable pattern for the applique and give you a tutorial for the Saguaro cactus.
Now drive on over to Dora Quilts for your tour of New Mexico!