Tacos, translators and Texture.

Some people say that happiness comes from “encountering unexpected positive events”

Indeed it does. I put things into  boxes.

Being Grateful Tag Pinned Blue Dotted






That said, my events in Mexico have ticked all of those boxes.  Each class is different of course. The outcome really depends on the participants and the facilities that they are held in.

Yesterday was no exception and we began a new class, thread painting. Each student has their own image to create in thread and in some instances there are emotional ties to the image as it comes to life.

Lourdes is doing a cat from my pattern but everyone else is creating a personal portrait.

To be really honest, my carefully prepared class almost flies out the window because we have a language difference. At times its hilarious and my translator has now become so close to my work, he could almost run the class. It was so funny the other day, he pulled one quilt after another out of the bag and described it with such enthusiasm I just smiled.

Jaime and Eduardo after class….. its a little different to home.

We have another man in class who is incredibly funny and the day rolled past with bursts of hilarity and small episodes  of quiet concentration. I wonder if other Tutors have taken a class with a translator at their side and two cameramen following their every move.

I’m smiling folks.

As soon as class if finished we take a walk, touring and visiting some of the wonderful antiquities of Morelia and then it is capped by dinner with friends. Last night we visited a local family restaurant, it was wonderful. Of course it was decorated in bright colors, the smell of the food was tantalizing and I’ve eaten more corn in a few weeks than I have in my life time. Last nights delight was a thick drink made of corn and cooked pineapple.

The women assistants wore traditional dress and I’m told there are 9 meters of fabric in the skirt.
The apron is heavily stitched with cross stitch.


I ate tortillas cooked in chile and stuffed with chicken, they were delicious.

The conversation flowed through interpretation, we talked about the history of quilting in Mexico and I was told about a lady who teachers and quilts on her treadle machine… that was the signal for a quilt to be shown, right there in the restaurant. Fabulous. I;not sure if this is one she quilted or that she has taught the owner to quilt.

It’s all pretty magical really and I count my blessings over and over again. Tonight I get to meet other quilters from the area and tomorrow night, our last night here we will have a reception with other quilters and students.

Then its on the to Easter celebrations and there will be processions through the streets to film and photograph. We will be going to an artisans market on Saturday where artists from all over the country share their art

I’m so lucky.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Wendy in Kennewick says:

    It looks like you are having a blast! What a treat to have this experience filmed. I just imagine what your grandkids share at school about their grandma’s globe hopping adventures!

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Wendy, its amazing, and so much fun. I love the creative spirit here.

  2. Martha says:

    Hi Pam, thanks for sharing your Mexican trip. Your posts make me long for my chaotic home country. Safe travels!

  3. Eduardo Ramirez Cato says:

    Dear Pam, I was really honored to be your personal assitant during this last 9 heavily class days. Your work and yourself are inspiring and make me feel so lucky to get to know you and be able to develop a great friendship with you.

    1. Pam Holland says:

      Eduardo, thank you, I’m sure you could teach the class on your own. You and Lourdes are doing a wonderful thing for Quilting in Mexico. It was a pleasure to work with you and I’m sure there will be more opportunities to share ideas on quilting in your fabulous country

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