Month: June 2017

Things I saw in Santa Fe and Carrizozo NM

We arrived in Santa Fe New Mexico late afternoon yesterday afternoon. We have a 4 year old and an 8 month old in tow and so we are looking at things just a little differently. However, these are a few of my favorite things to look at when I visit this amazing place. The following images were taken in Carrizozo New Mexico on our way to Santa Fe. Carrizozo is a town in  New Mexico  with a population of 996. Founded in 1899, the town provided the main railroad access for Lincoln County, and the town experienced significant population growth in the early decades of the 1900s. However, with declining relevance of the railroad, the population of the town has gradually declined. It’s know now for its statues of burros, some even hiding on rooftops.

A shout out for the young people learning that a quilt is a piece of art.

I shout it from the rooftops that we need to  encourage the younger generation to take up a needle and thread. Our event, the Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts does just that. A group of young people dressed in orange with  “Ambassador” on their back worked tirelessly to help set up the event, serve in the food court and assist the ladies in class by bringing in machines and the baskets of supplies needed. Thank you. We have a dedicated organizer to hep them and they work as a well oiled machine despite many of them are quite young. They also have the opportunity to take classes from Miss Sue. creating their own small quilts. One young man called  Reese, aged 11, didn’t want to leave the class room and he completed 5 small quilt tops at the event.   They cut the images free hand from fabric that had pre-pared fabric with fusible. I just love this image. I love their enthusiasm. Thank you again.        

The stories behind the Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts.

I know it makes a difference.

I donate my time, airfare…. Well, everything really and this year we had students come from all over the USA to attend. It’s a humbling experience.

Thank you too to Tutor Sue Rasmussen for donating her time we really appreciate it.

We have about 50 booths and I have to say almost all of the participants in the booths are there with stories to tell, so I will share those with you over the next few days.

Leon – Mexico.

I’m in Leon, Mexico attending a Quilt Seminar. After almost three long days of travel from Australia I needed to get out and walk before my commitments for the next four days. I’m staying in the Courtyard Marriott  which is equal to any top rated hotel I’ve stayed at and there is a walkway through to the conference centre. It’s hard to imagine you are in Mexico, this city is just like any large city wide formal streets, a huge sports stadium and big business buildings. Just a few blocks from the hotel is the Guanajuato  Museum of Art and History, so I took the opportunity to visit. I loved this painting by Diego Rivera.  The pink with the background green of the wall and then the green chair. Wonderful.   This is the art of Luis García Guerrero who was a Mexican visual artist. 1921- 1996. There was an amazing exhibition, Unexpected Journeys, Remidios Varo. Remedios Varo Uranga (16 December 1908 – 8 October 1963) was a Spanish-Mexican para-surrealist painter and anarchist. Born in …

Another day of travel, another country.

I sleep little the night before I leave. Goodness, I spend most of my life traveling, you’d think that I would be used to it. OK, yes I am, but it’s the fact that I need to have all my ducks in a row and I have been known to forget something… Like my undies for instance. Having to replace them in Thailand was hilarious. I’m not huge, but I’m also not Thai size!

Blogging difficulty.

It’s been difficult to do a blog each day over the past few weeks. Our Internet friends Telstra have been playing with the Internet since they decided we all need their fancy service.  Dozens of phone calls and a few visits from the providers have resulted in a promise of decent internet in 4 weeks. Just in time for me to arrive home.!!!

The colors of Guatemala.

We don’t stay in Guatemala City, but venture out to the city of Antigua, an hour and a half away from the main city. Antigua is a small city surrounded by volcanoes in southern Guatemala. It’s renowned for its Spanish colonial buildings, many of them restored following a 1773 earthquake that ended Antigua’s 200-year reign as Guatemala’s colonial capital. Notable architectural examples include baroque La Merced, a squat, yellow-and-white church. It’s an integral part of the city’s famous Semana Santa, a holy week with parades and rituals.

The second part of the trip will be to stay at Lake Atitlan at a hotel nestled on the lake. The beauty will take your breath away.