Inspiration and creating

I'm get inspiration from many sources and on this tour a have allowed myself the time to create images from the things I see.

I've written them into the blog to inspire you to do the same.

Yesterday Lisa and I traveled to Chimayo, we had searched the Internet and it seemed a place we needed to be.

Chimayó is the starting point and most important stop on the High Road to Taos,  the trip  began at the Rio Grande river and wound through high alpine forests of dark ponderosa pine and golden aspen and tiny, old adobe communities nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains.

We visited Sanctuario de Chimayo



At Easter, Chimayo becomes a destination for the faithful. The Good Friday procession, the Easter Pilgrimage, is an amazing sight. During Holy Week thousands of pilgrims journey to El Santuario de Chimayó.  They leave from their homes, or their cars parked on the roadside, to walk 10, 20, 30, or even 100 miles to reach Chimayo.
In the darkness before Good Friday, pilgrims line the highways north of Santa Fe carrying crosses and glow sticks. By Easter Sunday tens of thousands of worshipers have passed  through

The doors of the IMG_9664 chapel, built almost 200 years ago on a site that is sacred to many Pueblo Indians and descendants of Spanish settlers.

I found crosses wound through fences and high in the trees surrounding the church.

It is said the dirt in a well in the church possess miracle powers. I saw people taking small packages of dirt out in brown paper bags.

The inspiration from this place is the crosses wound through the wire… the brightly coloured candles and crosses hanging in the sanctuary.


If you look at the photo of the crosses on the fence. I find the action of the fence interesting… It would look wonderful as a quilting pattern for the background of the quilt.

The top of the fence winds around in a wonderful twist…

The crosses are significant and could be appliqued in black.

I like the blue background..

I like the way the sun hits the top of the crosses…

So I envisage a quilt, with a blue background.

Quilted wire with stark black crosses tied in the centre with wool or strips of fabric, the ends would flow free from the quilt.

On the right hand side I would Ghost a figure in colored dyed cheese cloth… You will have to look carefully to see it, as it will be a soft image, bent carrying a cross depicting the burden felt by the carrier.

3 small brown paper bags folded and made of fabric dyed to look like paper or even watercolor paper could sit on the right hand side at the top of the fence… 

We continued on to Taos…. that inspiration published tomorrow… but I may revise this one….!!!!


4 Comments Add yours

  1. Linda Jacks says:

    Hi Pam, From one of your Cincinnati class fans. Have you read Death Comes for the Archbishop (published in 1927) by Willa Cather? It’s a must for lovers of New Mexico and Willa Cather is a wonderful American Author.
    Linda Jacks

  2. Pam says:

    Thanks Linda, I’ll look for it….
    Much appreciated.

  3. Sharon says:

    It is always a delight to follow along on your travels via these blog posts but now you are visisting my most favorite place of all. Today’s post reminded me of something I drew while in New Mexico and after looking at it again, I am inspired to bring out the fabric and translate the idea into a quilt.
    Here’s my link:
    Happy travels!

  4. Pam says:

    I love the colors

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