Sandy moved to St. David, a small town in southeastern Arizona a year and a half ago, and it's finally beginning to feel like home. She's found a quilt guild, a knitting group, and a book club, and a new favorite quilt shop in Tucson called Quilter's Market, which she describes as "Whimsy Cottage on steroids." Her two grandsons, ages 5 and almost 3, (along with their parents, of course) still live in Salt Lake, so she gets back to Utah every couple of months to be a "Babcia," which is the Polish word for 'grandma."
Wild Flower Garden is a funky, free form flowerbed that will challenge you to throw away your rulers. The flowers are fast, fun, and no two will be alike.
Yipes, Stripes! was inspired by a kit of Kaffe Fasset stripes and solids that Sandy bid on and won with Monopoly money at the annual Quilters Holladay Summer Clean Out Your Sewing Room Party. The kit had been purchased for a Kaye Evans Quilt Fest class, but the original owner had apparently been turned off by the pattern, which consisted of more than a hundred blocks, each with the dreaded Y-seam. Sandy figured out how to make a similar, but much less complicated block, added some more Kaffe's, and came up with two quilts for her new guest casita.
Wedding Dance is the quilt she adapted from a Judy Martin pattern when her younger son(parent of the grandboys), got married. They had requested a purple quilt, and purple not being one of Sandy's favorite colors, she figured out a way to do a colorwash from red violet to deep blue; the quilt pleased both her and the newlyweds.It has over a hundred different fabrics in it, and is a combination of traditional machine piecing and paper foundation piecing.
Sandy spent most of last year unpacking and setting up her new sewing room, and making Aurora Borealis for her other son, who got married last May. It measures 110 x 114, and was custom quilted by Jo Roman in Payette Idaho. It has more than 50 fabrics, mostly batiks.The neutral background batiks were extremely difficult to find.
This is Sandy's fourth Quilt Walk, and she's excited to be back.