I love to travel all over the globe shopping for textiles to add to my wearable art. I have taught quilting to school children in Nepal, seminole patchwork to seamstresses in Thailand, and jackets and embellishment to quilters in Turkey where I also served as a judge at 2 of their International Quilt Shows. I have created garments for 5 Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows and teach classes on embellishment and wearable art. Lately I have been leaning more toward making art quilts.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
The Last of the Spring Photos
Ok. This is the end of the Spring photos. I so often seem to be out of town for these few beautiful weeks so this is a treat for me. I have some wonderful flowering quince bushes right outside my front door. In the fall they have fruit the size of lemons. Not edible unfortunately. And my yard is full of these pretty blue flowers.
We call this the cherry pit tree. For the first ten years I lived here I didn't know what kind of cherries it produced as the birds swooped in and I was left with the ground littered with pits and no cherries. I finally found half a cherry one year and discovered it was a sweet cherry tree.
Labels: Spring trees
Monday, April 27, 2009
Bugs in my Belfry and Spring
I began this quilt which I am calling "Bugs in my Belfry" in a class with Jane Sassaman at QSDS during June, 2008. The bugs are fused. The edge is really a fairly bright lime green. I only need to line and bind it and another UFO bites the dust. In the meantime Spring has finally settled in and my cat is happy now that the dining room screen door is open for her outside perusal.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Yesterday evening was spent quilting this piece I made during "down time" at Quilting in the Desert in January. It is mainly composed of pieces left over from a quilt I made during Spring Fling at Genesee Valley Quilt Guild in the Spring of 2008. I quilted it with invisible thread. One more UFO bites the dust.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
In April 2008 I attended the Lancaster Quilt Show in Pennsylvania and took a one day Mystery Quilt Class with Kimberly Einmo. Since it was a mystery quilt you could only choose fabrics based on instructions for a certain amount of fabric in "lights and darks" and so on. The green/yellow fabric is hand dyed fabric from Judy of Just Imagination. The rest of the fabrics are batiks. Am I happy with it? I am happy that the top is finished but if I had had the pattern first I would have made other choices. And taking photographs is a good idea. When I took this one I noticed that one of the blocks was wrong and had to do a bit of ripping out. Ah.....This is a lot better.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Panajachel and Santiago Atitlan Guatemala
Back in Panajachel on Fridays there is a local huipil market in front of the Fire Department on the road to Solola. There are usually at least half a dozen women there with their huipils and weavings spread out on the concrete.
Usually I find the huipils to be either too expensive, or too faded after being out in the sun for too many sales. But every once in awhile I find something interesting. This trip I bought a black background huipil in a design I had never seen before.
As I was sitting in the ice cream shop at the top of Santander, the main street I noticed three locals going by weighted down with bundles of wood they obviously were taking to sell somewhere. Now...they had to have walked down from the surrounding hills somewhere with those heavy loads.
The next day I took the boat to Santiago Atitlan, the town where they make my favorite bird huipils.
The town is becoming more and more crowded with shops selling to tourists.
The town also has some great wood carvers and painters.
Our friend Robert whom we have known for several years.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Chichicastenango Part Four
The market begins to come to life. A big surprise was a new museum right on the second floor of my hotel! A typical clothing from this area.
A confradia outfit.
Their hat, staff and special shoes that are made to order and only they can wear.
It is a wonderful museum and I was given an excellent guided tour.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Chichicastenango Part Three
The women are beginning to set up the flower stalls on the Church of Santo Tomas. I usually "splash out" and eat at least one meal at the beautiful Hotel Santo Tomas. I would love to stay here but it is always booked out with tour groups before market. The rooms and gardens and passageways are beautifully decorated. The main dining room. On market days they also set up tables in the courtyard.
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Chichicastenango Part 2
There are beautiful murals on the outside walls of the Municipal Palace facing the square.
The Popol Vuh was discovered in the Monastary next door to the Santo Tomas Church. The church and monastary were founded in 1542.
The inside courtyard.
Mourning the people lost in the uprisings against the government during the 1980's
Weavers of Peace.
A Confradia. The town's religious life is centered in traditional religious brotherhoods known as confradias. Membership in the brotherhood is an honorable civic duty and election as leader is the greatest honor. Leaders must provide banquets and pay for festivities for the contradia throughout his term. Though it is very expensive a confradia happily accepts the burden, Even going into debt if necessary. Each of Chichi's 14 confradias has a patron saint. The most notable is the confradia of Santo Tomas. Confradias march in procession to church every Sunday morning and during religious festivals with the officers dressed in costumes showing their rank. I have seen them in Chichi, in Solola and in San Cristobal de las Casas in Mexico.