Is Blogging a thing of the past..?

Is Blogging a thing of the past..?

Creating a post takes a lot of time. I’ve been wondering what my purpose is. It used to be, so I thought, to keep a journal of my work. For who? For me, I guess. But I rarely look at old posts. For customers? I doubt many people choose me to be their longarmer or quilt maker based on my posts. For my family? Grandkids? Well, I like that idea enough. I’ve been googling a lot of the quilters I admire. I haven’t come across one yet that actually writes about their process. Mostly, it’s filled with lovely patterns, and brilliant tutorials, quilts for sale, and lots of inspiring photos. I’m reminded of the time way back, when I used to believe I was a good Sunday school teacher to the youth at our church. Until the youth minister told me I wasn’t.  I used to think people might be curious about my creative process. Maybe that’s just not a thing. So I’m still thinking about if and how to continue. Maybe I’ll just stick to my gallery and longarm designs. But for now, I’m just going to do what I do! Which recently means making great quilts for the upcoming Taos Studio Tour, Labor Day Weekend. My quilt, A View of Silence has its’ place of majesty, in the form of a banner, right in front of the police station. 66 works of Taos art are transformed into banners and beautify our downtown area.  Such a great honor! I’ve taken to remaking some of my favorite patterns.  This raven by b.j.designs is one of them. SPIKE This piece was inspired by the work of Nancy Crow. ASPIRATIONS   Another favorite is the Dream Big Panel from Hoffman fabrics. I’ve done the turquoise, the sage green, and now the fuchsia.  They’re so cool to work on. Great skill builders!   This 5 yr old graduates from preschool tomorrow (yea, they do that) and heads to kindergarten in the fall.  Ruby Lou And this peanut is just gonna keep saving lives at the beach. Millie Rose Thanks for checking in! Debbie    ...
The Other Side of Winter

The Other Side of Winter

Finally, the wind is calm, the temp is above 60, the buds are appearing – so beautiful.  I currently have so many irons in the studio fire, there aren’t many finishes to share. But in a month, I hope to have 4 awesome quilts finished. Still trying to get my old longarm sold so I can use the new one I bought that’s been sitting in ABQ since JANUARY!! There are a couple interested parties at the moment…but I’ve learned not to get too excited at this point in negotiations.  As for more fun things! This is Roz.  I’ve signed up for a class on making faces with Freddy Moran and Jean Impey.  These are so pleasurable to make.  Just no rules…use any fabric…quick.  I’m looking forward to learning some tricks of the trade instead of guessing at the best process. A few wallhangings for the gallery here in Taos. I made this the week of Ketanji Brown Jackson’s hearings (yes…I am slightly addicted to hearings).  I was inspired to name this Persevere.   Just something different. Simple.   Daybreak   When the bag of selvages starts to overflow, something must be done.   Keep Hoping     This double wedding quilt was an eye opener. I used a pattern from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s book.  I did not realize how much piecing goes into one of these! This one is 102″ x 115″.  All scraps.  Someone who saw this photo told me I was so creative to put that funky bottom left corner in there. Well, it was not planned, and I could’ve gone the rest of my days without knowing about it. But… it is what it is.  The term ‘humility block’ comes to mind. Two Grey Hills was a commissioned quilt. I designed the entire pattern. Credit to all those pattern writers.  What a job. The customer did not want a border on the top. Fits better on her bed that way.     I’m really happy about this piece, A Silent View. It’s been chosen to be used on one of the banners that hang in Taos spring through fall. I can’t wait to see it out there! Well that was more than I thought I had.  Benefits of only writing every 4 months!  These two babes will be turning 2 and 5 next month.  I can’t wait for the party!   Millie Rose & Ruby Lou  Thanks for checking in!...

ADIOS 2021

I’m done for the year.  Forty five(ish) quilts of my own, although only 2 large ones, and 76 customer quilts on the longarm. Thrown in are countless bowl cozies, zip bags, pot holders, prayer flags, and book marks. I am surprised, looking back, at how much the focus was on small wall quilts.  It’s due to being in the women’s co-op gallery here in Taos.  It’s not the right venue for large quilts, so I was ‘forced’ to branch out. But I miss the big ones. Starting in January, I already have the plans (and the fabric!) for 2 large quilts. One for our bed, one for fun. Well, they’re both for fun… 2022 will see a new longarm (once I sell my current one!). This Innova 22″, non-computerized machine is for sale. It works perfectly fine! I just like new gadgets….I’ve played on Innova’s new model, and the rest is history. Let me know if you talk to anyone over Christmas Dinner who wishes Santa had brought them a longarm! I’ve been intrigued by fabric faces (face collage…fabric face art….so many names) . I took a class with Melissa Averinos, and I’ve admired faces by Freddy Moran (of course) and Jean Impey. I’ve come up with 4, and have about a dozen more in mind! MONICA   BRIANNA   AUDREY   JENNY They’re fun, and pretty quick!  Our little guild has puttered along through the year, with lots of Covid guidelines and limitations. We miss the ones who choose not to get the vaccine. I’ll never understand it. We’ve had outdoor gatherings, and a small class taught by our own Terrie Mangat. I can’t wait to go to a quilt show in 2022. For Christmas this year, Santa will bring Ruby Lou and Millie Rose over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house they fly.   Four 1/2, and one 1/2. Now that’s Christmas! And late Hanukkah! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year, and thanks for checking in! Debbie          ...
TAOS STUDIO TOUR 2021

TAOS STUDIO TOUR 2021

Fall is happening in Taos, and I’m just getting around to doing something with all my pics related to the Studio Tour, which took place over Labor Day.  I skipped last year, so I had a lot of work to share with people. It was a great weekend, with lots of people out and about taking in the local art.  A lot of my pieces left the premises, on their way to spread joy in other homes. It was bitter sweet, but at some point, one has to share the love! Since then, I’ve been catching up with customer quilts, (seen here) and starting anew with my own creations. So here is a plethora of photos from that weekend. My husband and I hang the quilts outside each morning and take them down each night. This is the first time (of the 3 occasions that I participated) that the wind was not our enemy!       Moving on into the studio….. And now you’ve been to a small sliver of the Taos Studio Tour!  You can see the work of the other artists at Taos Artist Organization. As always…a glimpse of my little loves…. Thanks for checking in!...
JULY 2020

JULY 2020

It may not be a great day to get back to posting, since the best title I can come up with is ‘July 2020’.  Pretty sad! I’ve got lots of irons in the fire! But I’ve completed several smaller projects during the spring. I’m working on 2 lap size quilts, and I’ve got a king size already finished (but only in my head). The Taos Artist Organization is having their annual Studio Tour over Labor Day Weekend.  Thirty four artists welcome visitors into their studio for 3 days. I like to hang my quilts outside in the yard, as well as in the studio. It’s very festive! Seems they never get to stay up until 5PM, though. The wind reliably gets crazy mid afternoon, and down they all come. I set up a practice quilt on my longarm and invite people to play around. It’s pretty fun!   My recent finishes include several wallhangings.  This one is the result of an online class with Luke Haynes. It’s a method similar to reverse appliqué, sort of…I think.  You get to use an exacto knife, so that’s pretty cool.   It’s tough to do an elephant justice! I also completed my 3rd raven, using the pattern by bjdesigns.  I enjoy making these, and people love ravens! The batik background is, admittedly, a cheater fabric.  But I can’t resist, and I certainly can’t make something better! I can’t recall why I decided to try a blue dragonfly.  But something must have caught my eye.  I made two fairly similar ones, so I could try different quilting designs on the longarm. Hard to choose a fave!  I made a brief return to my comfort zone of simple strip piecing in this pretty piece. You can tell that my little cluster of aspen trees is my new photo op spot. I’ve been inspired by the work of Allie McCathren, aka exhaustedoctopus on Instagram.  She has a series of Seaglass Quilts.  Using different color schemes, I came up with these. Great use of scraps~ Lastly, just a quick look at an ‘old’ quilt (not that old), in a new place. I designed this quilt before I thought about where I could hang it. Since it really didn’t look good on any walls in my house, and only fit in one place anyway, I decided to paint my bedroom so I could hang it there.  Do I love how it turned out? Yes.  Will I ever paint a huge room with a 12′ ceiling and huge vigas that require intensely tedious work, holding a tiny paint brush, over my head, for hours? No.  If you visit Taos, be sure to check out Las Comadres Gallery. It’s a co-op owned by 9 local women, all Taos residents. Of which, I proudly am one. Their work is very diverse and amazing!! These are my biggest distractions, by far!  Wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks for checking in! Debbie        ...
HANDS OF TIME

HANDS OF TIME

This post has a lot of photos.  Even I am still entranced with the process.  And I know that in 6 months, I won’t remember how I did it. So it’s here for future reference, as well as to share it. I started this back in January, getting photos of the hands of my mom, my daughter, and my two granddaughters. And me.  (Side note:Getting a photo of a 7 month old’s hand is not a feat to be underestimated.)   I had the photos enlarged in black and white. Using my light box, I traced each hand onto a piece of clear, plastic template.    (Side note #2: That light box was pricey, but I have used it dozens of time.  Very worth it.)   Again using the light box and the templates, I traced the hands onto white cotton. Next comes filling the hands with small pieces of fabrics in different tones of  ‘skin color’. This is all done with glue appliqué, raw edge. My mom’s hand in the center, above, had to be totally removed and redone. The colors were a mess. Everybody got fingernail polish. Ruby Lou had blue initially.  But upon consultation, she stated, “Actually, Grammie, I don’t like blue. I like pink and purple.”  So the blue came off, and the purple went on.   Once the hands were finished, I filled in the background with the red batik. It stayed at this stage for quite a while as I pondered what to do next.   I decided to add wavy pieces of turquoise with hopes to have a swirling, water effect, a sense of life flowing amongst us. (Note the purple fingernails and mom’s new hand.)   Things went pretty fast after that. I added the Tree of Life, with bright, new spring leaves.  Still going with the ‘life theme’.   Next came the seed stitches.  For me, they represent the idea that, like seeds, we are just blowing and flowing through this space. Here for a minute, but for a lifetime.   And lastly, using my longarm, I stitched some floral designs in the corners.  Just because they’re pretty. And filled with life. And pink for Ruby. I was very heavy handed on the layers of stitching so they’d stand out. I knew I would be covering this piece with black tulle, and they had to come through that.   Now I was on the home stretch. I covered it with the tulle, and quilted the fire out of it.  All those raw edges had to be secured down. The back is pretty cool, too!   Thanks for checking in! Debbie...
STUDIO UPDATE

STUDIO UPDATE

Since it’s been so long since I updated this, I reviewed my last post.  I just want to repeat the first sentence of that post, again:  Thank you, Georgia. I’ve been very busy doing customer quilts, (which can be seen here) it’s hard to get to my own stuff sometimes.  Quilters have had lots of time to make quilt tops this year! Nonetheless, I have added a bunch of small art quilts to my repetoire. I’ve been taking an 8 week, online class with Katie Pasquini Masopust; one assignment every 2 weeks.  They’re hard. I skipped one when I realized I was about to cry with frustration. Three more to go.  Definitely learning a few tricks. Here are the 1st 4: These are still painful to look at. That 1st one is now a dog bed. Moving on…. Another class I took online was with Susan Carlson.  This, I loved. Other than the longarm business at the end, there is no sewing. It’s all glue appliqué.  It starts with drawing on a piece of white cotton: The swirl is filled in with hundreds of small fussy cut pieces of whatever color you choose.  Once it’s filled in, you do the same with the background with a different color.   After the quilting is done, even the binding is glued on.  SO much fun.   I can’t wait to do another one.  You can draw anything and fill in.  Her work is spectacular.       The last one I’ll write about is called Tangerine Dream. It has a long story. Plan A: make a bunch of 3″ squares using strips of scraps. (say that 5 times). And then play with them. This was my original plan:   Somewhere along the way, I started to fall out of love with this layout, and put the squares on point:   This I liked. Once the diamond was complete, I had to come up with a plan for the 4 corners.  Which required designing a paper piece pattern.  This took forever.  A math genius could have done it in an hour. I spent most of a day pretending to be a graphic designer.     But it worked!!  I auditioned a couple colors for those spaces: (went with left) Added the red  ‘spokes’. That was good, but a bit too uninteresting.  So I added tangerine half circles: (I just really like watching the process….) Better, but still lacking something.  So I added yellow bias appliqué.   I felt that was enough. I did experiment with some playful eyes….but decided that was a bit goofy.   Last steps: quilt it and bind it.  I draw my quilting options on clear plexiglass.   Add the magic…             I went with a facing, instead of a binding.  Very happy with that choice.  And best of all, the BACK.  An out of print, delicious design by my friend, Terri Mangat. It’s ok to be jealous. That is IT!  Obviously, I’m a bit enamored with Tangerine Dream.  It’s my design, and I love it. (Unlike the beginnings of this post.) Well, if you stuck with me to the end on this one, I’ll send you a dollar. The trick is to post more often.  However, if anyone tells you it’s quick and easy to post on your blog, they’re lying. I’ll be fully vaccinated in 6 days.  Shortly after that, I’m off to see these two lovelies again.  I can’t wait to...
2020: Bye Bye; Good Riddance.  HELLO DEMOCRATIC SENTATE

2020: Bye Bye; Good Riddance. HELLO DEMOCRATIC SENTATE...

I just have to say….Thank you, Georgia.  Time to catch up on things going on in JQ studio over the past few months! I guess being too busy to keep my website up to date isn’t a bad thing.  Being a member of the Las Comadres Gallery, a woman run co-op here in Taos, has made me put more focus on smaller projects.  It’s been fun, and always a challenge. This one didn’t last long in the gallery. I’ll definitely be making another one soon. This is a special quilt for little Ruby Lou. I’ve had these blocks for years.  I’ve had to wait until I was sure she could identify who they all are!  And she sure can. ( and yes, I have another set for Millie Rose as she comes of age!)     This is an improv art quilt, one which I chose to attempt in order to master sewing these small curves into something pleasing.  I didn’t master anything, but it is more pleasing than unpleasing. Those overlapping curves are hard.    That fly on Mike Sycophant Pence’s head during the debate with Kamala was the inspiration for these gifts:     I’ve never done a quilt with all low volume, neutral colors.  So….I made one! It’s called Cape Cod.   This is a memorial baby quilt.  Meaning, it was made for a baby using her Grandpa’s jeans. It was very simple yet sweet.   If this piece reminds you of a calm and peaceful afternoon at the beach, I’ll send you 10 bucks. These rice bags! I’m not sure what a rice bag is, but that’s what they’re called. The pattern can be found here.  I made one, loved it, so true to form – made 10 more.  I can’t help it. They were all Christmas gifts.   And then there were a few other little treats for Ruby. I like to bring her something each time I visit. Aardvark pattern by Funky Friends Factory. Always with the one glove…picking up treasures. Simple drawstring bag.   Fish pattern by Svetlana Sotak The last thing I’ll share for 2020 is this quilt storage rack. I saw it in a video talk that Joe Cunningham did. I emailed him for some specs, and Rick & I (mostly Rick) put it together.  It can store 24 quilts.  And it rolls around on casters.  It’s a game changer when it comes to storing these things.  At all times, I am grateful to have a hobby I love and a beautiful space to do it in. But even more so in a pandemic. 30 quilts, 12 other projects – a good year.  Especially great after being able to be with Hannah and Adam and Ruby and Millie for Christmas.  We all tested negative prior to Rick & I (and the dogs) driving 930 miles straight through.  SO worth it.      Sincere wishes for a good year for all!  Thanks for checking in. Debbie...