Month: June 2013

Come with me to Mexico.

  I'm inviting you to join Jim and I on a wonderful event in San Miguel Allende We have limited it to 20 participants and we will be based in San Miguel for the entire time… I'm so excited about this event. You just can't help but be creative when you're in such a beautiful place. You can walk in the Jardin, which is close to our fabulous accommodation. Husband Keith and I just loved sitting there in the sun, watching the world go by. You will visit the market and take a cooking class and of course learn to look at the world a just little differently. Lets look at color, design, texture and I will teach you everything I know about how to photograph and capture the essence of the city.   Mexico Delights March 8 – 16, 2014 Travel with educator, author and designer, Pam Holland and Sew Many Places founder, Jim West on an intimate 9-day creative journey for quilters into the heart of Mexico, as we focus on art, photography, …

The Excitement of Santa Fe.

When I travel I am at the mercy of the speed of the Internet on offer as to the effectiveness of the blog. I was doing two things at once on Wednesday and lost the contents of a couple of my blog preparations.XXXXXX Oh well, its just one of those things. Lisa and I spent Wednesday and part of Thursday in Santa Fe. Of course thats not enough time to do all the things we wanted, but we moved as quickly as our legs and the heat would allow. I think that the aura of Santa Fe is the environment that fits the environment in which I would choose to live. BUT, I don't live there, I can't live there and I never will, so I capture it on camera for my own and others pleasure. The creative exposure lives in my mind and memory pricked by the photos I take. I've already made two quilts with reference to my 2012 visit to Santa Fe. One of them, the african woman (seen below) I photographed …

A gem of a day.

The vista from our hotel is  magnificent. I see  a vast blue sky, and the mountains surrounding the city of Albuquerque. Bright colored balloons are dotting the horizon as they float quietly through the invisible air. Its going to be a pearl of day again today. Its a contrast to the dark wet days of home and a disturbing political event. I'll be there in a few weeks so I'm making the most of this special environment. Communication with friends yesterday found that the Route 66 bus trip was in Santa Fe, an hour from here. "Come and have dinner with us" was the invitation and so we took off on a short toad trip to meet Jim and surprise Ricky and Justin. It was great, caught up on the news of the past couple of weeks and we had a wonderful dinner with the group. Thanks guys. The trip sounds amazing and they have had wonderful adventures along the way. Dinner over and photos with participants we took off with cameras in hand for …

3rd try at this post.

I'm on the road again and I now have faster internet…. but I lost all of the blogs I wrote previously. XXXXXX So I begin all over. Months of preparation. Rushed trips to do media. A year of meetings and planning and finally our event The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts is ON. Its not the fanciest show, it not your hootin', tootin' shootin' show. Its our event and we're sure proud of it. Is it the only show where the entire proceeds are donated to the community?  No, I don't mean a few thousand dollars I mean $45,ooo in the past 3 years. We all donate our time and enthusiasm to make this a special event. The entire community is behind us from the 1st National Bank of Alamagordo, the Mayor, Susie Galea to the Police Dept and Border Control to name just a few. I walked around the vendors yesterday and I saw  this little red backpack sitting on the desk I just want to cry. 150 children need to take home …

My goodness

Friend Lisa and I have been moving at a fast pace for days. I came home the first night of the class, laid on the bed to rest my legs and fell into a deep sleep. I woke half an hour later with a start. "Oh my goodness, its morning already" but it was really only 8.00 pm. !!!We were mentally and physically exhausted. But classes have been wonderful. I have the most enormous classroom with a table for each person, its cool, bright and we have space to move. The first day they designed quilts from my Adventures of the Amazing Alphabet book. It was such fun. We have legs, arms, hands, flying off the quilts. The vendors were busy and I will add an album of photos. in the next couple of day. There are just not enough hours in the day right now. So off to yet another creative day.  

From the green of Ireland to the Orange of Alamagordo.

Its so nice to lay your head on the pillow and let the darkness sweep you into sleep. I'm one of those lucky people who fall  asleep almost instantly the head is down. Its probably due to the fact that my brain is exhausted. I've been like that all my life so I don't expect to change in my middling age. I'm writing this as the sun rises and the humming birds feed just a foot from the window. The temperature rose to 105 yesterday and the day was hazy white. I love the heat and all that goes with it. Cold drinks, blue skies, homegrown tomato on bread, sun, shorts, sandals and 'T's so I'm holding on to every moment, because in a months time I will be in New Zealand. The opposite side of the world and a weather pattern opposite to here in NM The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts begins today. This is the most important event in my calendar year. Every minute donated adds an advantage to a community …

Using the computer for quilting patterns and ideas.

I use my computer as a reference for the patterns of many of my quilts.I thought you might like to see the process and the results. For instance take this photo below. It is a set of dishes I bought at a store called Anthropologie. The photo isn't spectacular but the pattern is interesting. I use an app called pencil sketch pro. Its great for illustrating notes, or breaking down an image into shades. With this app, the image looks like this. I used it to break down a photo into shades for a student. or to create this soft image from a  rather ordinary photo. Using a program called Photo Artista – sketch. I got this result. I like both programs, but I like the bottom image best to create a quilted image.I could print it large, trace it onto fabric and thread paint it.Or I could print the image onto fabric color it and quilt it… it would look like a water color painting….quilted. Fabulous. I can change the angle of the background …

On the road.

  While I sit and wait for my plane to leave I thought I would begin to express my feelings about the Metropolitan Museum in NY. (I have a 7 hour delay in Dallas) I needed to wait a day. I needed to just go over the photos and think. I took over 400 images and its wonderful to have them because I can re-visit over and over again. Of course I missed a lot, but it was extremely crowded and to be honest I was completely overwhelmed. I will feature this picture. I can do so, its in the public domain. Vincent Van Gogh – Oleanders. I was struck by the green in this picture. Blue based with yellow.The leaves, blue green and the pink of the Oleander is so complimentary. Look at the fine orange stripe dividing the wall and the table. Purple, mustard and turquoise…. it makes my heart skip a beat. I have to say the art captured my heart. Matisse, Renoir,Klee, an absolute delight.   Related articles Travel and Inspiration …

Travel and Inspiration

I've been slow with the blog because I've needed to   catch up on business and I'm also looking at alternative methods of communication with my Friends, Family and Quilting buddies. In other words a different blog format. I'm not too sure whether my new ideas will  function as well, but I'm going to give it a try. In the mean time, I will continue with this format. The long room Library at the University of Dublin I always feel the need to capture what I do and when I look at the photos I took I realize that I fitted a lot into the month I've been away from Australia BUT ….   The trip to Ireland is over and now I continue onto the most important program of the year. This is my "Pay it forward' program. Emotionally and physically we can now see it making a significant difference in the lives of some of the young people in Alamogordo and the pressure mounts to continue, expand and go further all in the name …