I hope everyone had a wonderful Father's Day with family this last weekend.
As part of our celebration, Mr. Cactus and I spent Saturday investigating some of the small towns East of Phoenix.
There is so much to see and do in Arizona, and as relatively new transplants, we like to drive and wander through this great state.
It was fun to drive at our own leisure and stop when we felt like stopping.
Mr. Cactus even suggested we look for quilt shops along the way.
(What a guy)
Driving through desert small towns the offerings are quite limited, but we were pleasantly surprised to see this wonderful needle and thread icon on top of an old building in the nearly abandoned mining town of Miami, Arizona.
Julie's Sewing Corner was the happening place in the deserted downtown area.
Imagine our curiosity when we walked in and found the store filled with customers, with line ups at the cutting table.
We quilters know how to find each other no matter the location, don't we?
Julie's offers a great selection of cowboy and Southwest fabrics.
They also carry a wide variety of current notions and patterns.
A lot of product, including a long arm and sewing machine repair packed in a small space.
This little hide away even provides a selection of batiks and Australian fabrics.
Who would have guessed that a quilt store would be tucked away in such an obscure place?
Miami began as a gold mining town in the 1870's.
Wikipedia identifies it as a "classic Western copper boom town, although the copper mines are dormant now."
Looking straight out from Julies towards the lone downtown street of Sullivan, a good portion of the buildings were empty and have seen better days.
A few antique stores filled in the limited occupied spots.
We walked the length of the block and back, stopping in to view a few of the wares.
I kid you not: one of the female store owners was packing a big pistol in the hip pocket of her jeans.
The Wild Wild West lives on.