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Paducah, day 2

I jumped out of bed in excitement and anticipation. I just love sharing my ideas, meeting new people and encouraging everyone to take a small leap out of the box.  On the road, you eat what you have in the fridge if you’re busy. Broccoli, cheese soup, yogurt, coffee and hummus. All pretty healthy, but not your normal form of sustenance for breakfast.

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.

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.