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Quilting by Palma

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Tucson Quilting Retreats LLC 

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Hello, I'm Palma Davis. I was born and raised in Southern California.  I married my high school sweetheart and have traveled all over the country with the military. We recently celebrated our 51st anniversary.  Our first home was in Tempe, Arizona, where I fell in love with the desert and yearned to return someday.  We have two grown children and four young, artistic granddaughters.


I live a little Southeast of Tucson, having moved here from the Pacific Northwest in the fall of 2019.  I lived there for almost 20 years and developed a keen awareness of the beauty of the earth and the joy of gardening. We lived on five acres on a hill with trees, gardens, and a beautiful view.  I had my first real studio there, perfect for creating and quilting.

When our acreage was becoming too much work,  we looked all around the country for a new place to live.  My love of the desert took over and we have settled in Corona de Tucson.  I love where I live now and what I do.  I'm surrounded by the beauty of the cactus and trees as well as amazing sunsets.  We've planted numerous fruit trees and desert flowering plants.  Our house has a small indoor spool (spa/pool) in which we cool off in summers and hot tub in winter.  My studio is huge and is also perfect for creating. It is now where I am found  most of the time.  


My other passions are watercolor painting, playing the mandolin, growing bonsai trees, vegetable gardening, and cultivating our fruit trees.

Many years ago, when my interests turned to quilting, I went to a family reunion where I got to see and feel one of my great-great-great-grandmother’s quilts. It had been found in a family member’s attic.  When I touched it for the first time, I felt a warm hug wrap around me, a feeling I will never forget. I started serious quilting in the 90’s and serious long arm quilting shortly after that.  


My quilting career began with a Grace wooden frame holding a Juki quilting machine; fun, but quickly outgrown with too much wobble and unsteadiness! I upgraded to a Ken Quilt Princess with a real stitch regulator. which was a vast improvement that served me well for many years.  As I progressed in skill and knowledge, I yearned for a machine and frame that was rock steady.  Presently, I own a Plank A1 long arm machine I've named “Blue Angel” (it is Royal Blue).  This machine is solid with no wobble.  I love it!  It has helped me produce many works of art.  


Through the years, I've taken many quilting classes, attended many quilt shows, and been mentored by true professional quilters.  I've especially learned much from Cindy Roth of Longarm University.  I have grown with all of their assistance.


Traditionally, quilts are made with care and love, and this should be felt by generations to come.  Allow me to assist you by quilting your pieced tops, repairing your heirloom quilts, or creating your own custom work of art.  All my quilts go home with a hug.

I look forward to meeting you! 

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