Thursday, June 19, 2014

AMB Blog Tour Giveaway--Welcome to Arizona!

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!  

186 comments:

Aunt TC said...

I would love to visit the Grand Canyon. I really like the texture of the Saguaro and will check out your technique. Thanks.

Michele said...

Very cool block and it will look awesome in the final quilt with all of our blocks.

quiltzyx said...

Love the Saguaro on your block!

I'd like to visit Sedona again. I was there once, but only for a few hours. It would be great to spend some more time there & maybe another trip through Oak Creek Canyon too.

Kathy H said...

I love the cactus on your plate. I have been to Arizona a few times to visit family and always had a great time. We never went to the Grand Canyon though and I would still like to visit someday.

JoyceLM said...

I'd like to visit the Canyon De Chelly, Navajo National Monument & Wutpaki National Monument. Thanks for sharing your lovely license plate block.

ga447 said...

I love the plate and the colors. This has been such an enjoyable project.

Chantal said...

I would visit ... hmmm ... everything! Arizona is so different from what we have in Canada that any Canyon or desert with cacti would really be spectacular to me. Your license plate is very representative. Great job.

Shelby said...

I'd like to visit Cathedral Mountain!

Dorian said...

What a great license plate! I lived in the Prescott region for a few years when I was young, and didn't like it much. lol Too dry ;) But I never did visit the Grand Canyon or the ruins, and I would love to do both. Thanks for being part of a fun hop.

Marj said...

I would love to be able to visit the Canyon De Chelly in the northeastern corner of the state. It sounds like a very interesting place.
Your plate is beautiful. Thank you for telling me about your state.

Kathy said...

I'm from New Jersey and I would love to visit Sedona.

PT in SC said...

Love your license plate, nice job! I would love to go back to the Grand Canyon. I hiked down to Phantom Ranch and back including several side hikes and stopping to camp at Indian Gardens on the way out. We covered fifty miles in five days, what at trip and great memories. We also stopped in Sedona. You have a beautiful state.

Sue Bennett said...

I have flown over the Grand Canyon and would love to really get to visit there. Love the license plate.

suebennett1975@gmail.com

Allison said...

I've never been to the Southwest but the Sonoran Desert is on my list of "want to see."

Jill said...

Everything you described sounds like a place I would like to visit. I have an Aunt that lives in Arizona and she is constantly inviting us. I think maybe now I will have to give a lot more thought to the idea.

Jacqueline said...

I think Sedona would be my first choice. I lived in Utah for years and the desert holds a lot of beauty for me. Have never seen a cactus like that before tho..

Thanks for the tour and thanks for a chance at your great giveaway.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I'd love to river raft through the canyon!

Dawn said...

You have an amazingly beautiful state, I enjoyed your post :)

Amy said...

Our family is fortunate since my husband's parents live in Tucson. (Love the quilt shops there. ) The only thing on your list we need to do is the rafting trip. Hopefully we'll get to it in the next few years. I'm looking forward to your tutorial. It will be a perfect gift for my MIL!

Debbie said...

I lived in Arizona almost my whole life. Now that I am in South Dakota, I visit here twice a year. Arizona is a great state. I love the quilt on your header.

Quilting Babcia said...

Many years ago I visited both Grand Canyon and Canyon de Chelly, but have never been to the southern part of Arizona. Would love to spend more time there someday! Great license block - love the cactus.

Julie said...

I love Sedona, but the Grand Canyon hiking sounds fun.

Pam said...

Would love to go to grand Canyon. Have been to Arizona a few times to visit family

Penny from S.C. said...

I've actually been to Arizona a couple of times and loved it! Wish I could come back soon. Thanks for sharing your block and all the info about your lovely state.

Quilting Tangent said...

Already seen the Grand Canyon. I would check out the other state parks. Hi, from New York. 24Tangent "at" gmail "dot" com

Michele said...

I've been to both rims of the Canyon and also to Sedona. I'd love to spend more time in Sedona and I'd like to raft down the river that goes throu the canyon. Beautiful places.
Reading a J.A. Jance set in Arizona now.

Cathy Romanczuk said...

Just lovely! I visited Arizona many years ago.

Kay said...

Good morning! I would love to visit Sedona - my parents have been there and spoke about that visit many times. Enjoy your day and thanks so much for the post!

Chiska said...

Thanks for "taking" me to the Anasazi ruins. Such a great visit. I love your block.

quiltgrannie said...

The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list!!

Patriotmom said...

Thanks for the tour I'd love to the cactus in bloom!

Barbara B said...

Sedona, really want to visit there! Thanks!

Linda said...

I love Sedona and Flagstaff! Your block says Arizona! imakejoy@aol.com

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

I have visited the Grand Canyon along the northern rim.

Jean said...

The river rafting would do it for me!

jean
jlickun@aol.com

cbooth said...

I would love to see the Grand Canyon!

paulette said...

One Snowbirding trip we spent our Winter touring Arizona!! Beautiful breathtaking country! Thanks for the chance!!
Paulette

Jennifer Stutheit said...

I love how you blended the blues and yellows in your block! I really want to take my kids to the grand canyon. It will be our summer vacation in a few years. Right now they are a bit young for all the hiking. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jennifer said...

I have always wanted to visit Sedona.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I think my biggest draw would be to the Grand Canyon. Although I don't think I would (could) hike it, I'd love to see it one day.

bee said...

the grand canyon would be my first stop!

annmarie said...

I would love to see the deserts of Arizona! The Saguaro cactus & all the other desert blooms. Thanks for the great tour & your block is great too!

allison pogany said...

Love, love, love your block and can't wait to learn how you did the cactus! Next time I make it to Arizona, I want to visit the Anasazi ruins.
allisonpogany@gmail.com

Michelle MMMM4 said...

Several years ago we had a chance to tour a large portion of the state because of my husband's job. It was wonderful. That was pre-kids. I would love to do that again WITH the kids. So much history, so many wonderful people.

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Tinliz said...

I have been to Arizona several times to visit friends. Once included a trip to Grand Canyon via the train from Williams. The entire experience was awesome. Also was to an arboretum near Mesa. It was fascinating to learn about desert plants. I was lucky to visit at a time when the desert was in bloom.

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Joanna said...

I would want to see the Grand Canyon, but there seem to be many places of interest. Joanna.perry0109@yahoo.com

graysongal said...

Such a nice block - love the saguaro. I'd love to see the Grand Canyon and Sedona. Have only been to Phoenix, so really would like to see the whole state.

sunny said...

I'd love to visit Sedona, and the Grand Canyon. We hope to get out west sometime in the next couple of years.

Lisa Marie said...

I would like to make another visit to the Grand Canyon, didn't have enough time when we went years ago.

Claire said...

I'd love to go back to the Grand Canyon since we hiked to the bottom and up the north side many years ago. Also Sedona since one of our sons lives there.

Kathy said...

I would love to do the Grand Canyon river tour. It looks amazing... All your photos are wonderful. What a great state to live in. Although I could live without those hot summer months...

KMSC said...

It's a toss up on whether I would enjoy the river rafting trip or a visit to Canyon de Chelly more! I definitely need to visit Arizona again! (I love the cactus on your block.)
k(dot)castanette(at)hotmail(dot)com

emmy said...

Would love to visit Sedona and the Anasazi ruins. Thank you for the giveaway.

sklinn62 said...

The Grand Canyon is on my list. Thanks for the giveaway.

Sewing Sue said...

Love your photos of the Grand Canyon and the Sedona area. What I think I'd like to see the most is the Saguaro National Park! Thank you for representing your state so well.

Sewing Sue said...

Love your photos of the Grand Canyon and the Sedona area. What I think I'd like to see the most is the Saguaro National Park! Thank you for representing your state so well.

Cathy said...

Your block is fantastic. I love the cactus. I think this is my favorite of all the AMB blocks. Hugs

Winona said...

Your license plate is lovely. I would like to visit the Grand Canyon. That has been on my bucket list for a long time. Your post just reinforced that desire.

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

I LOVE AZ! I used to live in Bullhead City. I just love all of AZ. It is so great to see for 60+ miles...unlike here, look up and see trees or mountains in your view. I want to revisit The Grand Canyon with my husband. He's only seen it by flying over. I told him one has to experience it in person.
D.G. L

glassbylindi.blogspot.com said...

ps.
I love that table topper!

Linda said...

I would like to visit Sedona and the Anasazi ruins. Your block is outstanding and I'm looking forward to the instructions. Thanks for taking the time to give us a tour.

Mari said...

Love your license plate! We also LOVE Arizona, especially the areas near Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon.

Carol in Mesquite said...

Hi neighbor. I live less than 1 mile from the western Arizona border with Nevada and Utah. I have been to Sedona and it truly is lovely. Love your block.

Quilting in the South said...

I'd like to take a jeep tour with a native Navajo.

Quilting in the South said...

I'd like to take a jeep tour with a native Navajo.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

I spent 7 days in Sedona. It was so beautiful and relaxing. I would love to go back.

Love your block...especially the cactus!

Bradley Gibson said...

I love Arizona. It's a beautiful state. I would definitely love to visit the Anasazi Ruins. Love your block. Dora G. ladyhawk201@hotmail.com

Sue said...

I would like to visit Sedona one day ! I here is is beautiful ! Your Arizona license plate is AWESOME !

lindamid said...

I love your license plate design and have enjoyed visiting Arizona many times. I am from Colorado

Bradley Gibson said...

Added you via email. Thank you. Dora G. ladyhawk201@hotmail.com

Marianne said...

I just love the Grand Canyon and never tire of looking at it! My brother and SIL live in Green Valley. Your block is really nice especially that cactus.

gab said...

Hiking to the top of Cathedral Mountain sounds like a grand adventure. Perhaps I should start with the Grand Canyon? Great job with your license plate.

Evie H said...

What a wonderful block! I want the pattern so I hope I'm a winner. =) Thanks for the giveaways.

Teresa Evans said...

I would love to return to the Grand Canyon. Such a magnificent place

Teresa Evans said...

I would love to return to the Grand Canyon. Such a magnificent place

Teresa Evans said...

I would love to return to the Grand Canyon. Such a magnificent place

Tabitha said...

My family and I just arrived home after spending a week in Arizona (we stayed in the Village of Oak Creek). We were only able to spend a day at the Grand Canyon, but loved exploring the Oak Creek/Sedona area. We all loved it so much, that even our three year old is begging to go back!

I absolutely love your quilt block (sums up your state beautifully!), and am loving this blog tour of the states. We drove out (from SW OK, through TX and NM to AZ), so I think that I "need" to make these quilt blocks to display along side our trip photos.

MissEnota aka Kristin S. said...

Hello from Minnesota! I was stationed for a time at Fort Huachuca in Sierra Vista and was able to explore quite a bit of the southern half of your state but I'd love to see the north too. Those ruins would be fascinating and I was astounded at the variety of biomes from classic desert to snowy mountains. You guys have it all!

Abbigail said...

I have been to AZ. and really loved it there! I'd love to see more of the Grand Canyon and I would like to go to the Anasazi ruins. Your block is wonderful!

Mia's Cottage said...

River rafting. Never have done that.
Donna

visitfortmyersbeach said...

Hi, I love your quilt block -- especially the cactus. I would love to see the Grand Canyon. Thanks for the tour (and giveaway). info {at} cocoplumbeachhouse {dot} com.

Kat Scott said...

Would love to visit Canyon De Chelly and see the ruins. Visited Grand Canyon once briefly as a child but would like to go back there as well!

Kim @ TiesThatBindQuilting said...

I've been to the Grand Canyon before and it is stunning but I'd love to go see Sedona. All the pictures I've ever seen are beautiful!

klstitches said...

I would go back to the grand Canyon again. Like you, we took our kids down the Colorado river, amazing trip! Also just visited Can de Chelley, want to go back for a jeep tour.

Birgitt Dom said...

Hi Cheryl,
We have visited the USA last year and we loved it, especially the Grand Canyon and the Niagara Falls and Washington and ... ;-). If you are living in Europe as we do (in Germany) the USA is very impressive and we would love to visit again. Perhaps we can have a look at Sedona and the Cathedral Mountain then.
Kind regards from Germany to Arizona
Birgitt
Ritterin(at)we.de

Birgitt Dom said...

Uups. I entered the wrong email address. It should have read Ritterin(at)web.de.

WeedyMama said...

I have visited your state several times, and although I'm unused to the heat (dry heat ;}), I enjoyed my visits. Tuscon, Phoenix, Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Prescott, Jerome, Route 66...any of them and the places between would enjoyable to revisit.

Diantha said...

I visited Tempe once for a wedding, but I'd really like to see the Grand Canyon and the Anasazi ruins!

Jean said...

I would like to visit the Sedona area someday.

JANET said...

You nailed the state with your plate!! Want to go to the Grand Canyon. Never been.

Vivian said...

Love your license plate, and this is one I'd definitely love to make. Thanks for the giveaway. I would enjoy seeing anything Navajo related. I learned about these People when I was very young (summer Vacation Bible School at church), and my interest has never waned.

Vicki H said...

Great plate. I would love to see the Grand Canyon.

DebraKay Neiman said...

Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. We made a wonderful tour of the Sunset Crater and ruins area north of the grand canyon years ago. I would like to return to Navajo National Monument and Wutpaki National Monument again. I am a new follower on bloglovin. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Havplenty said...

I have visited the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Phoenix, Tuscan and a couple of reservations.

I would most like to do a rafting tour of the Grand Canyon. It is on my to Do list.

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Julie in WA said...

I would love to visit the Grand Canyon. My husband was there last year--IN the canyon--when the government shut down. His group was allowed to finish their trip in an empty national park! Surreal!

Susan said...

Thanks for sharing so much of your creativity and the lovely state of Arizona. The only place I have not been is to Cathedral Rock so that is my answer.

Kathy said...

I've always thought I'd like to visit the Grand Canyon. Thanks for the tour! I'm very interested in how you made that cactus too. That is beautiful!! Love the dimension it adds to your block.

LindaS said...

I would love to spend some time in Sedona on my next trip to Arizona. Last time I was in Flagstaff and went to the Grand Canyon. Love your block!
dragonfly9716 at yahoo dot com

nicolesender said...

I would love to see the Grand Canyon! I've visited Arizona and think the state is awesome.

Sylvia said...

I'd like to raft the Grand Canyon! I'm told I saw the park when I was two, but I don't exactly remember that...

tac73 said...

I would love to visit Anasazi ruins. All of the areas you showed looked great though. Thank you for sharing.

tac73 said...

I would love to visit Anasazi ruins. All of the areas you showed looked great though. Thank you for sharing.

Diane Beavers said...

Hi Cheryl
I'd love to visit the Sonoran desert and view the Saguaro and the pale yellow flowers it sprouts in the Spring. I can't imagine being that close to a 5 story building!
Thank you so much for the opportunity to make a quilt or clothing for someone w/grown in America products. And your "Arizona " goodies sound just wonderful.

Cheri, the Quilting Nanny said...

I LOVE AZ. I used to travel through AZ on I-10 from california to texas and back. I LOVE LOVE LOVE Texas Canyon...just scatter my ashes there when I die it is so beautiful and calm and so many memories of my trips through there. I have seen all the major parks and such, but LOVE the little stuff...like Fort Bowie, Tombstone, Bisbee, and the other old west towns. Benson and Wilcox. Jerome and Cottonwood are favs too! Guess I should move there!
Cheri
quiltingnanny at yahoo dot com

patty a. said...

I would like to see the Grand Canyon.

Deb said...

I'd love to do the river rafting tour. My husband and I visited the Grand Canyon almost 10 years ago and loved it...but didn't get to do the rafting. Your state is beautiful. debgirotti at gmail dot com

Rebecca in AK said...

My Mom grew up in AZ, in Collidge. After my Dad retired from the USAF they settled in the Gilbert,AZ area. I went to J. High and High School there. I love your version of the AZ license plate! Very neat idea for the cactus! Now I live at the other extreme in Alaska!

dorothy said...

I love the picture of the cactus and sunrise? (or is it a sunset?) Those are so my favorite colors.SO want to make it to the Grand Canyon one day...maybe when I retire..
Dorothy
dorocarol@gmail.com

Linda said...

Greetings from Montana,home of the Beautiful Rocky Mountains! I'd like to visit Canyon De Chelly, Navajo National Monument & Wutpaki National Monument.
Like your license+photos!
Thanks for sharing!

msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Beth Brown said...

I would just love to visit the Grand Canyon some day. Actually there are so many places in Arizona that I would love to see!

Beth

oneoldgoat1962 at gmail dot com

Susan C said...

We enjoyed a trip to Arizona when my kids were young. Our visit included the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Sedona and several stops to see cliff dwellings. I especially liked the saguaro cactus, so different from my home in South Carolina.

Karen said...

So many comments! Your block definitely represents Arizona. Perfect!

Sewgirl said...

Beautiful flag. Nicely done! I am partial to the Colorado river trip. I have done it many years ago but would love to do it again with my kids one of these days. Thanks for sharing!

Carrie P. said...

I finally got to see the Grand Canyon 2 years ago. It would be awesome to do the rafting trip. Love the way you did the cactus on your plate.

B. J. Woodlee said...

I would like to take a jeep tour with a native Navajo.

Margaret said...

I have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon. Your state is such a beautiful state.

Patty D from NC said...

Great block! I love the grand canyon when I visited about 10 years ago - would love to return.

Brandy Pettit said...

I've actually been to all the places you mentioned! I went to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, AZ for a year and a half, and I love to visit. The last time we were down was in June, in Tucson, in 110 degree weather, so in the future we will be there in November! My favorite thing to see is the cactus though, they are just so neat, thanks for the memories!
~Brandy

wendy said...

I had a short visit to Arizona several years ago when my inlaws used to live in Mesa for the winter. I enjoyed some of the sites you have mentioned although I wasn't able to visit the Grand Canyon. Did see a lot of golf courses...very different from those here in Michigan. Thanks!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I love Chiricahua National Monument and the Heart of Rocks was one of the best places that I visited. Lovely plate.

brenda90159 said...

I love the block and Saguaro cactus are my favorite. Last time I came through the area I had to be dragged out of Saguaro National Park. I loved seeing all the informational stuff and the wildlife but the highlight was actually learning how long it takes for one of the arms to grow. It also rained for a brief time while we there there and it was awesome to see the desert come alive with just the short rain. Love the block

Emily C said...

Sedona looks lovely. Nothing like a hot air balloon ride.

Cynthia Knapp said...

Thanks for sharing about your state. I love your block, especially the cactus! I would love to see the Grand Canyon someday. Cynthia cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

MissPat said...

I've been to Phoenix (for a library conference many years ago, with a side trip to a quilt show that happened to be going on at the same time).
I'd like to visit the Grand Canyon, but we have friends who rave about Sedona, so it would be a tough choice.
Your block is great.
Pate393@gmail.com

WhoMom said...

I have always wanted to visit the Anasazi ruins. I've always been fascinated with these ancient cultures.

Elaine Gates said...

I wish to visit the Grand Canyon someday soon when I can see the beauty of Mother Nature up close . I have lived in Michigan all my life and have only flown over the Grand Canyon once on a trip out to California in 1972. I love your block and think it may be my favorite.

Lee said...

I love the Red Rock formation! Lovely pictures and block!Thank you!

earth visitor said...

Iowa here - I lived in AZ for 8 or 9 years and never made it to the Grand Canyon - I still hope to do that and visit friends in Tucson some day

OhioLori said...

Have always dreamed of seeing the Grand Canyon in person!! You shared such beautiful pictures...would love to visit Sedona now too!! :)

barbara woods said...

I would love to visit, thanks for the giveaway

Betsy said...

The Grand Canyon is on my bucket list.

Dorothy said...

The Grand Canyon has been on my bucket list for years! We even had plans to go there but something came up and we had to cancel. I know it is beautiful and I can't wait to see it in person.

Lisa said...

I would like to go to the indian ruins , I went once with my parents as a child. I would be a place I would like to show my grandson. I'd like to show my Grandson all of Arizona!
Love to know how you liked working with fabric. Comlisajohnson(at)gmail.com

Karen Thurn said...

Beautiful license plate block! I've been to AZ several times to see the Grand Canyon. Hiking the Grand Canyon is on my bucket list, along with sewing each of the state blocks after visiting the state. You are a very talented quilt block designer. kthurn@bektel.com

TZel said...

I would like to go to down to the River in the Grand Canyon. I have only been on the rim.
Thanks!

Charlotta said...

No contest, I'd love to take a jeep tour with a Native Navaho of the canyon area where the native people lived and perhaps still do. I've been to the Grand. Canyon and would love to go back, but I a, not in shape to hike it, and don't have the guts to ride the river! No white tops for me!
I love your block, it's just right for your state!

Carol said...

I've visited all those places as I live in Arizona. I like your license plate block.

Geni Pickens said...

Love your block. I would love to visit the Grand Canyon again, it is so pretty. Sedona is an awesome place too. Haven't spent much time in southern AZ but would go there in a heartbeat to escape the cold winters in Oklahoma.

Kelly Wilson said...

Nice block and state tour. I think the rafting trip on the Colorado River sounds fun. Thanks! Notwendy gmail

Beth said...

I visited your state recently - loved the Grand Canyon! I always wanted to see it, so it was a real treat. Beautiful country!

Beth said...

I visited your state recently - loved the Grand Canyon! I always wanted to see it, so it was a real treat. Beautiful country!

Catherine Remus said...

I have rafted on the Snake River in Idaho but have always wanted to take a trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Thanks for sharing your license plate block with us, it is beautiful.
catremus "at" gmail "dot" com

Nancy Evans said...

I would like to take the Jeep Tour though the Grand Canyon is a close second. I have visited most of the rest of AZ and think the plate is a great representation. One of my best memories is a long sunset drive into Tucson on I-10 and the Cactus is great.

tweety tweet said...

I would love to see the Grand Canyon up close and personal!! Beautiful block and great tour!! tweetyb936@aol.com

Donna W said...

It would have to be the Grand Canyon,and going on the river rafting tour. Thanks for the tour of Arizona.

Allison Sews said...

I have visited a few times and AZ really is beautiful but far too hot for this northwest girl! I'd like to check out that Apache dwelling or jeep tour next time I'm there.

banjo795 said...

All of the above! Every place you mention sounds wonderful. If I absolutely have to pick only one, it would be Sedona. A friend of mine has a time share there, and she is always singing the praises of that part of your wonderful state.

Allison C said...

I would love to see the Grand Canyon

Jennifer said...

I'm going to Sedona next time I'm in AZ. Love your description of it!

Teresa Van de Castle said...

I would love to come again to Nevada and visit the Navajo museum and Sedona. I have seen the Grand Canyon. I love the cactus you created on the license plate! very nice!

Judy said...

I think you nailed Arizona! I going to try to download all the blocks and make one for myself.

We moved out here about a year ago and spend as much time as we can visiting different spots and haven't found anything I haven't enjoyed.

NRoot said...

I have always wanted to visit Sedona it looks so majestic just beautiful.I love your license plate.
Thank you for the opportunity to win fabric.


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Dee D said...

Great block! I've visited the Grand Canyon and it was great. I think I'd like to take a tour to see some of the many rock formations.

teachpany said...

The river raft tour sounds great! I would love to see sunset over the cacti, too.

dcargill said...

I really like your block. I have been to Arizona several times, most recently to Scottsdale. I would love to see the Grand Canyon again though.

Candice said...

Cheryl, LOVE your cactus! And thanks for all the state info and great reasons to visit Arizona. I love the desert, the mountains, rafting the rivers, the Grand Canyon of course, and especially the Phoenix Zoo. Fun for all! Thanks so much for participating in our blog tour (exclude from the giveaway though).

Jo said...

I would love to visit the Grand Canyon!

Deborah said...

Sedona would be my choice!

Sarah said...

I would love to bring my children to the grand canyon some day. sarah@forrussia.org

Mary Marcotte said...

I recognize that Saguaro! We spent almost two weeks camping in Arizona, pitching a tent in a different park just about every night! Our boys were exactly the right ages for that and loved every second. Momma didn't do so badly but, my goodness, I was ready to arrive back in Louisiana! It was fabulous and probably one of our best (and most affordable) family vacations.

GranChris said...

I travel to Tuscon from NC each summer to see Humming Birds. I love your plate but it needed a Hummer to be complete. You are the only place in the US that has had all 15 species of Humming Birds that are US residents in one day. Quite an accomplishment.

Barb said...

I would love to see the Anasazi ruins. I'd have to stop and pick up my granddaughter in Tucson first though.

Heidi said...

The raft trip looks like a wonderful way to tour Grand Canyon. Shameful, I have still not been although I live in Southern Nevada!

Catskill Quilter said...

I would loe to see the ruins at Cannon de Chelley. Amazing!

Jess Burns said...

I don't like heat, but flowering house-high cactus sounds cool, so that would probably be where I would want to go!

paula Cox said...

I would love to tour Canyon De Chelly. Anything to do with Indians fascinates me.
Paula

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paula Cox said...

I would love to tour Canyon De Chelly. Anything to do with Indians fascinates me.
Paula

Paulacox7188@yahoo.com

Tabitha Keener said...

I would love the Cathedral and experience the vortex! It sounds amazing! Your block definitely describes what I think of Arizona, beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Mary Jane Link said...

I love to visit the Cave Creek area, it is truly a beautiful area (and only some of that has to do with my two beautiful granddaughters who live there!)

Wanda Dotson said...

I have visited your lovely state and fell in love. I'd like to return and check out your part of the state.

Pat V. said...

I've been to Phoenix, Sedona, Tucson and the Grand Canyon. Would like to go to Peoria for spring training.

Quiltsmiles said...

I would love to see the northeast section most, but truly would love to take at least one months time to see most of it. Sedona and the four corners. Ahhhhh I dream of those sights. Perhaps some day.

I live on northern most section of ny in a place called the Adirondacks a beautiful area as well. Thanks for the tour and your great design Cheryl, it's appreciated.
Jane

MooseStashQuilting said...

I love the Grand Canyon...don't want to hike it like my brother did for years, but I do love seeing its majesty. Beautiful plate with beautiful fabrics!

MooseStashQuilting said...

I love the Grand Canyon...don't want to hike it like my brother did for years, but I do love seeing its majesty. Beautiful plate with beautiful fabrics!

Barb S. said...

Wonderful license plate, love the cactus! We stay the winters in Camp Verde but have never been to Canyon de Chelly, that will be on my list for winter 2015.

~Kris~ said...

I just got home from a week in Prescott. There are so many places to visit. My favorite is actually Lake Powell, but Sedona is really a fun place and I like the quilt store there also.

Rachell said...

I'd love to see more of the Grand Canyon and also see Sedona. I've driven through Southern Utah to Flagstaff to Phoenix and Tucson. Both times in August, and it was too hot! My husband would like to come down in Feb/March for the NASCAR race--I've heard it's much nicer then.
Congrats!
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Lorri said...

It has to be the Grand Canyon. It's on my bucket list. Love your block, thanks for participating in the blog tour. It was very fun !

Lisa E said...

I would love to visit the Grand Canyon one day. Have never seen it!

Kindred Quilts said...

Wonderful looking block Cheryl! I've only been to Arizona once, back in the '80's... loved the landscape! I'm sorry now that I didn't take that hot air balloon ride that I could have! Your fabric license plate is great representation of Arizona... love the cactus!!!

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