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        ...