Quilt Blocks / Panels

Quilt blocks and panel designs are printed on 100% KONA cotton. No need to transfer an image!

Sashiko Southwest designs were inspired by the unique landscape and cultures in the Southwestern United States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada and Utah).

Arizona’s Grand Canyon is a national park visited annually by thousands of people from around world. A less well-known attraction in Arizona is the Apache Trail. Forty miles of steep, winding and mostly unpaved roads take a visitor past magnificent scenery – mountains with dense forests of saguaro and ferocactus, lakes and beyond to the former copper mining town of Globe . The western half of the trail is the most scenic, linking the town of Apache Junction outside Phoenix with Theodore Roosevelt Lake,  the Superstition Mountains and the Tonto National Forest.

Colorado has many spectacular mountains, but my favorite peaks are the Maroon Bells in the Snowmass Wilderness. The ‘bells’ are two 14,000 foot summits in the western Rockies, a few miles from the the famous ski resort town of Aspen.  Their distinctive deep red bell-shaped peaks are easily seen from a spot near Maroon Creek. The creek becomes Maroon Lake and the reflected image of the ‘bells’ is said to be the most photographed image in the state.

Nevada is not all about Las Vegas.  Red Rocks Canyon is five miles from the edge of the city with peaks over 8,000 feet, cliffs and ravines. The plains beneath the hills are studded with Joshua trees and other plants typical of the Mojave Desert.

New Mexico’s Oliver Lee Memorial State Park, southeast of Alamogordo, commemorates a 19th century rancher and legislator (Oliver Milton Lee; 1865-1941). The region is part of the Tularosa Valley that includes White Sands National Monument, 15 miles west. Attractions are Lee’s ranch house, a small museum and the trailhead for the 5.5 mile Dog Canyon National Recreation Trail with fantastic views and a variety of Chihuahuan Desert plants en route.

Utah is famous for amazing rock formations, however Nine Mile Canyon is an opportunity to travel a route used by people for some 8,000 years.  A tributary of the Green River flows through Desolation Canyon, and  Nine Mile Canyon is to the west, (more like 45 miles long), and is probably the best place on the Colorado Plateau to view petroglyphs.

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