Friday, March 18, 2011

Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt SW-3 from Sunny Scottsdale, Arizona

Scottsdale, Arizona is located in the Sonoran Desert -- a vibrant oasis bursting at the seams with unusual wildlife and vegetation, including 2,000 native plant species. Scottsdale is also home to Donna of DesertSkyQuilts, creator of the SW-3 Block of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Quilt Project.

By day, Scottsdale's sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and lots of shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as a "desert version of Miami's South Beach."

Due to the area's high concentration of full-service hotels and resorts, other major tourism-based industries flourish there too. Scottsdale claims to be the world's finest golf destination. It's a bold claim that they back up with nearly 200 area golf courses with 330+ days of sunshine a year.

Scottsdale's rich arts scene is brimming with Native, Western and Contemporary Arts. There are more than 100 galleries, making it one of the most concentrated collections in the US. Scottsdale is home to internationally acclaimed museums, architectural icons, renowned arts festivals, the country's longest running art walk, world-class performance spaces and an award-winning public art program that dot's the community's landscape with striking statues and dramatic fountains.

Frank Lloyd Wright originally visited Scottsdale while consulting on the Arizona Biltmore Resort in the late 1920's. The natural serenity of the desert provoked him to buy 640 acres of land from which he created his world famous house and school, Taliesin West. This National Historic Landmark is located in the northeast fringe of the city, at the base of the McDowell Mountains, and is now one of the most popular tourist attractions in Arizona.

The brand new baseball facility, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the new spring training home of both the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. This amazing new sports complex is located just a short 7-mile drive from downtown Scottsdale. While the main stadium is shared by the two teams, each team has their own wing of the complex with 6 practice fields, clubhouses, batting cages and other amenities. Fans can get up close during batting and pitching practices as well as the outfield grass area of the stadium.

The famous Mayo Clinic has one of its three major branches in Scottsdale. Some of the companies headquartered in Scottsdale include Fender, GoDaddy, Kona Grill, P.F. Chang's China Bistro and iCrossing.

Donna started sewing when she was 5 years old. She studied textiles and photography at the Philadelphia College of Textiles and draws from that experience when creating.
Donna has been particularly smitten lately with the Cotton Theory style of quilting. She loves custom work and helping build stronger community through supporting various charities with her work.
Check out the great items in her shop, DesertSkyQuilts.

1 comment:

rooee said...

What a uniquely beautiful state! Loving ALL of the blocks.