QuiltCon Modern Quilt Guild 2022 Phoenix Arizona
The Natural World
QuiltCon Modern Quilt Guild 2022 Phoenix Arizona
Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild, QuiltCon is the largest modern quilting show if its kind. This 7 night/8 day tour combines two inspiring days at the show with the chance to experience the unforgettable natural wonders of Arizona. Bask in the beauty of iconic red rock formations, discover the hidden secrets of the Grand Canyon and marvel at the natural sandstone masterpieces of Monument Valley
Staying in Phoenix, Flagstaff and Kayenta, you will visit Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon, and Monument Valley
In addition, you have the option to extend your holiday and travel to Santa Fe in New Mexico. America's second-oldest town, with a fascinating history, fusion of culture, outstanding art scene, and magnificent scenery. A place that beguiled and inspired the artist Georgia O'Keeffe, it is a unique centre for Southwestern-themed art, craft and spiritual wellness.
What we love
- Seeing hundreds of inspiring contemporary quilts made by Modern Quilt Guild members from all over the world at QuiltCon
- Exploring the cosmopolitan city of Phoenix in the awe-inspiring Valley of the Sun
- Discovering the vibrant arts and crafts community of Sedona
- Taking a spirit-lifting ‘Touching the Earth’ tour to world-renowned vortex sites in the Arizona desert
- Experiencing the magnificence of the Grand Canyon from an open-air Pink Jeep
- Soaking up the remarkable, mysterious beauty of Antelope Canyon
- Visiting the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley, one of the most majestic and most photographed landscapes on earth
- The chance to extend your holiday and travel on to Santa Fe
Experiences you will treasure
- Discovering the gems of Arizona’s state capital Phoenix with a local guide
- Visiting The Heard Museum, home to a truly exceptional collection of American Indian art
- Immersing yourself in the beautiful world of contemporary quilts at QuiltCon.
- Getting up close to hundreds of contemporary quilts made by artists from around the world
- Boosting your creativity at inspiring workshops and make new quilting friends
- Exploring the desert town of Sedona. Surrounded by red rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests, the town is home to the internationally renowned Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts village where you will discover artisans working on their latest creations.
- Experiencing the extraordinary spirituality of Sedona’s ancient energy vortexes, considered to be unique areas were energy flows from, or travels into, the earth.
- Seeing some of the most awe-inspiring natural wonders of the world – Cathedral Rock, Boynton Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon and the Navajo Nation’s Monument Valley Park, whose red spire-like buttes rising out of the desert floor are amongst the most recognisable vistas in the world
- Watching a traditional Navajo rug being woven
What people say
The Arizona desert takes hold of a man's mind and shakes it
Journalist and author, David W. Toll
How much is it?
QuiltCon Phoenix 2022 Presented by the Modern Quilt Guild
QuiltCon is the world’s only international juried competitive show for modern quilters. Located in a light-filled convention centre in downtown Phoenix, it features fabulous exhibitions, inspiring hands-on workshops led by top modern quilting instructors, fascinating lectures and plenty of stalls selling everything you could wish for to make your own creations.
A Deeper Dive
Known for its sunny climate and spectacular desert landscapes, Arizona’s state capital also offers a wealth of cultural attractions. Discover the eclectic neighbourhood of Roosevelt Row, downtown Phoenix’s walkable arts district, home to art galleries, restaurants, bars, and boutique shops in a landscape dotted by colourful street art. It's almost impossible to turn a corner on Roosevelt Row without seeing a mural!
If that’s whetted your artistic appetite, the city has many fascinating museums. Phoenix Art Museum, the largest fine art museum in the Southwest, boasts a collection of 17,000 objects of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern, and contemporary art, photography, and fashion design, while the Heard Museum presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art.
Past, present and ‘Old West’ vibes collide at Heritage Square. Part of the city’s original site, this park-like space spotlights a collection of well-preserved 19th and 20th-century buildings, as well as the Arizona Science Centre. Designed by renowned architect Antoine Predock, the combination of ramps, hallways, galleries, and terraces in this 140,000-square-foot building creates an intriguing environment of investigation and discovery.
Phoenix is a foodies’ heaven, and you'll find everything from mouth-watering pierogis and pasta to Vietnamese, Brazilian, fine French cuisine and pizzas so good they’ve attracted celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Jerry Seinfeld. Discover why at Pizzeria Bianco.
And of course, the capital of the Valley of the Sun has much to offer fans of the great outdoors. Papago Park, just minutes from downtown, has been home to many different pieces of Phoenix history: it was a reservation for indigenous tribes, a fish hatchery during the Great Depression, a POW camp during World War II, and a VA hospital. Today, it is the site of attractions including The Phoenix Zoo, the Desert Botanical Garden, golf courses, various museums, baseball fields, lakes, and Sonoran Desert plants and animals. See Sumatran tigers roaming the savanna and encounter the flora, fauna, and critters of the Sonoran Desert at The Phoenix Zoo, then take a walk along the winding paths of the Desert Botanical Garden. This 50-acre desert garden showcases a fantastic variety of arid plants, from towering saguaros to delicate blooms.
Set against a desert floor dotted with ancient, multi-hued stone formations, Sedona is equal parts rugged, equal parts resort. Regarded by Native Americans as sacred, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Many come to experience the vortex energy centres of Sedona, while others want to explore its vibrant art scene.
Sedona has long been regarded as a sacred and powerful place. It is a cathedral without walls, Stonehenge not yet assembled. People travel from across the globe to experience the mysterious cosmic forces that are said to emanate from the red rocks. They come in search of the vortexes, thought to be swirling centres of energy conducive to healing, meditation, and self-exploration. Don’t be surprised to find people doing meditation, yoga or performing other rituals at vortex sites. Please be respectful. And even if you don’t have a particular interest in metaphysics, it is virtually guaranteed that you will leave feeling better than when you arrived because the Vortexes are located at some of the most awe-inspiring spots to be found among the towering red rock formations.
Although the whole of Sedona is considered to be a vortex, there are specific sites where the energy crackles most intensely. Some of the best are found at Airport Mesa with its panoramic views of the city, Mystic Vista, a butte believed to have a sacred ceremonial site for 2,000 years, Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock and Boynton Canyon. Each site radiates its own particular energy, some are thought to produce energy flowing upward, while at others the energy spirals downward into the earth.
Arts & Crafts
Nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh) is Sedona’s world-renowned arts and crafts village. Authentically modelled on a traditional Mexican village, Tlaquepaque – meaning the ‘best of everything’ dates back to the 1970s, but its vine-covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways give the impression that the village has been here for centuries. Be sure to visit the Tlaquepaque Chapel. With its carved Spanish-style arched doorway, stained glass windows and whitewashed stucco walls, this small chapel is an oasis of serenity. The intimate courtyard contains the grotto of the Lady of Guadalupe, transported from Guadalajara, Mexico, and the antique Mexican Cross which Tlaquepaque’s founder, Abe Miller, obtained on a visit to Mexico in preparation for the building of the village.
Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is still home to working artists and it is not uncommon to see a well-known artist at work on his/her latest piece in on of the many galleries. Treasures await around every corner – from spectacular, one-off works of art to textiles, fine contemporary jewellery, and decorative accessories.
Shopping is hungry business and Tlaquepaque’s five exceptional restaurants offer a wealth of possibilities from Mexican feasts to fine French dining. There is even an on-site brewery.
Nestled at 7,000 feet near the base of the San Francisco Peaks, Flagstaff reigns as the mountain jewel in the crown of the desert state of Arizona. The town’s modern history dates back to 1876 when settlers passing through honoured the nation’s centennial by raising an American flag up a pine tree. Their “flag staff” became a landmark for those who followed, and eventually became the town’s namesake. The western expansion of the railroad in the 1880s attracted merchants and saloonkeepers to set up shop for the railroad workers and lumbermen and within a couple of years, Flagstaff was a thriving town of railroad, lumber, and ranching industries.
Flagstaff has also long been known as a town of discovery and innovation. In 1894, Percival Lowell set up his observatory here, and from the time Pluto was discovered there in 1930, the Lowell Observatory continues to be an active research facility, while also providing visitors the opportunity to view and learn about our expanding universe.
In the early 1960s, Flagstaff played a large role in preparing the Apollo astronauts for their missions to the moon. The U.S. Geological Survey Branch of Astrogeology was established in Flagstaff due to the surrounding number of natural geological landmarks that resembled the surface of the moon and field training for the astronauts took place at Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, Meteor Crater, Grand Canyon National Park, and other areas in the region.
Flagstaff is also closely linked to the iconic highway Route 66. A popular stop for musicians en route to Los Angeles, the Eagles’ classic “Take it Easy” was written by musician Jackson Browne after he found himself “standing on the corner in Flagstaff, Arizona” when travelling Route 66 to California. In the end, the lyric was changed to ‘Winslow, Arizona’ which was easier to sing, but Route 66 nostalgia is abundant here.
The downtown historic district is the best place to soak up Flagstaff’s unique atmosphere. Browse locally owned gift shops, boutiques, art galleries for Route 66 nostalgia, authentic Native American crafts, vintage clothing, outdoor gear, homemade soap, hand blown glassware, then refresh your taste buds with burgers, wings, and Mexican specialities. There’s even a craft beer trail too!
Boasting legendary history and culture around every corner, an art scene that spans from traditional to contemporary and award-winning cuisine that’s as eclectic as it is sumptuous, Santa Fe, New Mexico lives up to its tagline, ‘The City Different’.
The Palace of the Governors is said to be the oldest continuously occupied public building in the country. Built around 1610 by Spanish colonists, this one-story adobe structure was the seat of government over hundreds of years.
The Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, built in 1887, was the fourth iteration of churches built on this historic site. (The first was a simple pueblo constructed in 1610 — the same year Santa Fe was founded.) The Romanesque revival cathedral was built around the former adobe church.
The centrepiece of the historic Loretto Chapel, built in 1873, is its "miraculous staircase." Neither the identity of its creator nor the type of wood used to construct it are known. But the biggest mystery is the way the staircase was built: It has two 360-degree turns and no visible means of support.
De Vargas Street House. This tiny adobe house in the Barrio De Analco Historic District claims to be the oldest building in America. While construction of the building dates back to the early 1600s, the ancient pueblo foundations of the house are from the 13th century.
Art & Museums
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. An 8-minute walk from your hotel, this museum offers an insight into this world-famous artist’s paintings and the light and landscape that inspired her. Comprising of 140 oil paintings, nearly 700 drawings and hundreds of additional works dating from 1901 to 1984, the year failing eyesight forced O’Keeffe into retirement.
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture. One of four museums in the Museum of New Mexico system, this is a premier repository of Native art and material culture and tells the stories of the people of the Southwest from pre-history through contemporary art.
The Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. Founded in 1937, this is New Mexico’s oldest non-profit, independent museum and offers unique exhibitions of contemporary and historic Native American art. It is also the home of the Jim and Lauris Phillips Centre for the Study of Southwestern Jewellery, the most comprehensive collection of Navajo and Pueblo jewellery in the world.
Museum of Spanish Colonial Art. Set in a historic residential building that was designed in 1930 by renowned architect John Gaw Meem in the Pueblo-Spanish Revival Style, this is world’s only museum dedicated to Spanish Colonial art. The building sits in a garden filled with juniper, pine, native grasses and pricky pear cactus.
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith, integrates the natural and the man-made. Throughout the gardens native plants are mixed with appropriate non-natives, all selected to demonstrate the variety and richness that can be achieved even in this region of scarce water and each location tells the story of unique aspects of Northern New Mexico geology, botany, and cultural history. Particular highlights are the Orchard Gardens nestled into the hillside and Ojos y Manos: Eyes and Hands Garden. Accessed via the 100-year-old historic Kearny’s Gap Bridge, this free-form, contemporary garden integrates art and landscape architecture. The collection showcases plants that are used for healing, food, weaving, and dyeing.
Food & Shopping
Throughout the centuries, an amalgam of Indigenous American, Spanish, and Anglo influences made Santa Fe a veritable melting pot of gastronomic delight. From the “Three Sisters”—corn, beans, and squash—to the majestic and cherished chilli peppers, Santa Fe’s culinary world allows diners to experience a true cultural exploration with every bite. Boasting more than 400 restaurants that range from fine dining to uber-casual, the scene continues to blossom with restaurants embracing artisan and farm-to-table craft foods and beverages. Santa Fe has a world-class, award-winning year-round Farmers Market and the internationally acclaimed Santa Fe School of Cooking. Our programme includes a hands-on workshop at this recreational school that has been specialising in foods of the American Southwest for over 30 years.
Shopping in Santa Fe takes you on an odyssey into charming historic buildings filled with handmade treasures. Whether you are looking for fashion or furniture, cowboy boots or concho belts, salsa or silver and turquoise jewellery, you will find it – and so much more besides - in the downtown Plaza area, the trendy Railyard District, Guadalupe Street, and artsy Canyon Road.
The polished, black-on-black San Ildefonso pottery is one of the best-known art forms of the New Mexico Pueblos. Originating there centuries ago and then revived in the 1920s, today this distinctive pottery commands the respect of worldwide collectors of fine art.
The pots are formed using the ‘coil and scrape’ method and the artists carve or paint decorative designs onto the surface while the clay is still damp. The trademark polished black surface is created by rubbing the still-damp clay with a smooth polishing stone. This is a difficult step: too little pressure results in a lack of sheen, while too much will scratch the surface.
Once the pot is polished, carved, and decorated, it is left to dry slowly so that it doesn't crack. The firing technique used by San Ildefonso potters is called a ‘reduction firing’ which is done above ground with the pots placed on either a metal grate or in metal containers. Wood and dried manure are placed on top and set alight. The fuel is allowed to collapse onto the pottery, smothering the pots and reducing the available oxygen. The final step is to add powdered manure to the fire, which further suffocates the fire and creates the solid black pottery while retaining the high polish and design.
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