I’m back! Our family spent most of July driving through the Southwest: we visited Arches and the Four Corners Monument in Utah, then Mesa Verde in Colorado, and spent a week at the Philmont Scout Ranch in northern New Mexico. After Philmont we were in Santa Fe and Albuquerque for the weekend, then drove on the remnants of historic Route 66 to see the Painted Desert and Petrified Forest national parks, and north to the Grand Canyon. Bryce Canyon in Utah finished up our sightseeing; we took a couple of days to rest up with the grandparents in northern Utah before the return trip home. Phew! GimletBlog has all the trip details, and there’s a photo gallery full of red rocks and sagebrush, too.
Early on in the journey, our hotel in Moab, Utah just happened to be across the street from a quilt shop, It’s Sew Moab. How convenient! It’s not a large store, about the size of The Quilting Loft in my hometown, but a nice selection of fabrics and notions, and a front-and-center display of Southwest-themed fabrics. My memory is failing me, but I’m pretty sure I saw a room in the back with at least one longarm quilting machine. I bought their signature quilt pattern as a souvenir and another small Moab-related kit which included a sampling of those Southwest prints. If you’re staying in Moab for all the outdoor adventures southeast Utah has to offer, It’s Sew Moab is an easy shop to visit as you’re shopping for souvenirs or choosing a place to eat.
After Moab, we drove south en route to the Four Corners Monument, and made a rest stop in Blanding, Utah. The Blanding visitors’ center is home to the community museum, which showcases several beautiful quilting and needlework projects. It was an unexpected treat and an opportunity to pause and learn about a small town we were originally just “passing through”.