Green Chilis are here…so what happened to summer?

Green Chilis are here…so what happened to summer?...

I’m trying to think of things I’ve accomplished this summer.  Other than a boat load of customer quilts (which are posted here), not much.  I’ve only made one quilt, and it’s not done yet.  Oh, and then there was this little gem:                                                                                                           Ruby Lou And I did win Best of Show at the Taos County Fair with this quilt named Goodness Gracious.  That was a pleasant surprise. Mostly, I’ve spent the summer longing to see Ruby, and looking forward to taking care of the little tike when mama goes back to her other job.  Just for a month, but I’m so looking forward to it. This was the end result of a class with Nicole Dunn of Los Alamos. I love it, and of course someone bought it.  So it’s in the que for a remake.   A seriously bland summer…..but gorgeous.  Always gorgeous here! Thanks for checking in~ Debbie...
Juniper Quilts, the Studio Tour

Juniper Quilts, the Studio Tour

I miss my studio. We are in Los Angeles, waiting for a certain someone to decide she’s ready to join us out here in the real world.  Who can blame her for having a few reservations…We try not to discuss current events in her presence. Meanwhile, on a recent trip back to Texas, we spent some quality (not quantity) time with our friend Eric Whetstone, who designed my studio 3 years ago. And we realized he has never seen it. Not even since we broke ground.  So I promised I would send him some photos.  ‘Some’ is a fairly subjective word, so here goes….Come on in! It’s not quite spring, so what’s missing are the hanging plants and the beautiful large potted plants that  live out front all summer. The pretty quilted wood art is a gift from my precious friend, Barb.  My hubby gave me my sign for our anniversary.     It’s 13′ x 34′.  The floor is stained cement. Not a day goes by where I do not appreciate the fact that I have such a gorgeous place to do my thing.     So here is my stash.  Most of it.  Not too, too terrible.   And still, I never seem to have the right color thread!!!!   My show and tell wall, and my rulers.  My wonderful, wonderful rulers. Mostly from Jamie Wallen  @ quiltersapothecary.com and Linda Hrcka @ thequiltedpineapple.com     That beauty on the design wall is NOT MY QUILT.  It’s a customer’s quilt. All those appliquéd little houses and trees and fences and flowers?  I could never do that. I can quilt it, though. I’m hanging it up for a while so it can marinate in my brain.     The view…I love my windows.     There’s my three Jukis.  I don’t go looking for Jukis.  Really.  They find me.  And I love them all.   This corner has my shelves, my sink, and behind those curtains…well, there’s a reason it’s covered. A serger, for one. Weights, cleansers, freezer paper and lots of very necessary crap.   My awesome cutting table that I had the builder make for me.  It’s 72″ x 36″.   The indispensable rolling utility carts from Ikea.     So thanks, Eric!  You did good. You did great! Again!!  Eric & I bartered our services.  I DEFINITELY got the better end of that deal, but this was the quilt I made for Eric.  The only one I’ve ever done in all solids.  Why? I do not know. I love this thing.  Eric designed it.        Thanks for checking in~ Debbie...
Linda’s Quilt

Linda’s Quilt

  The winner to date of ‘Most Hours Spent’ goes to this beauty pieced by Linda in Arlington, TX.   This was really enjoyable. It’s a busy pattern, so finding a good balance between enough and too much was constantly a challenge.         And that’s enough of that!  What a great quilt it was to work on.   Thanks for checking in!...
The Trip Around the World Quilt, aka Ruby Lou

The Trip Around the World Quilt, aka Ruby Lou...

Sometimes, when I am working at the quilt shop here in Taos, but not actually working because it’s a really slow day, I read the quilt books we have for sale. This is always expensive.  I see something that I have to make because the world can’t live without it. That’s how this quilt came about.   It called for 24 different fabrics.  For once, I was able to accomplish this without buying any new fabric.  I have seen these types of quilts many times, and tried to figure them out – how did she do that?  I never could work it out.  Turns out, if you just read a pattern, it’s pretty darn easy.  And fun.  Each ‘charm’ is 2″,  finished. You can’t really know how it’ll look until you get the first few rows started, and then it’s just…WOW! I’d like to make at least one more of these now that I know how it works.   I made this for my friend, Lynn.  As luck would have it, she likes it.  It ended up louder and more ‘in your face’ than I had expected. I like that type of quilt, but not every one does.   I purchased a new design board to quilt this with.  No sense doing anything fancy with the longarm.  You’d never see it with all that color.   Oh yeah, the back is pretty wild, too. I forgot to mention that. So, this will hang in our guild’s show over Memorial Day, then it’s off to Raleigh, NC! Thanks for checking in Debbie  ...
The Postage Stamp Quilt that took 4 years to complete, and other stuff.

The Postage Stamp Quilt that took 4 years to complete, and other stuff....

In 2013, I partook in a couple postage stamp swaps organized by Mary Wilbourn, the Curious Quilter.  I ended up with hundreds and hundreds of the things. I did nothing with them until last October, when I needed a project for a retreat with our guild. I put 4 columns together that weekend, thinking it would be a pretty throw.   But I had soooo many squares left, and I could see it as a beautiful queen or king quilt.  More traditional than I usually do, but I could see how cool it would look. So it grew to about 80 x 90.           So it’s all done, and I still have a couple hundred squares.  This one took 1320 different 2″ squares. I must be having a thing for squares because the next one I came up with also uses 2 inch squares. It’s a version of Trip Around the World quilt. The pattern is in the book Tradition With A Twist. This is about 80 x 90 as well.  It was fun to see it come together. When I pull 25 fabrics, I can only hope for the best.  I used a design board to quilt it as it was so busy, nothing detailed would ever show.  It can be seen on the back …     And lastly, although this was the first finish this year.  A quilt for the first grand baby due in May! It has black minky on the back.  I wrote up the pattern for this. If you like cutting lots of black and white pieces and putting them back together again, I’ve got a pattern for you! Thanks for checking in! Debbie        ...
Pleasant surprises…

Pleasant surprises…

Today held a pleasant surprise.  My most recent quilt, My Inner Yogi, has been accepted into the Houston International Quilt Show this year, as part of a special exhibit called A Celebration of Color.  I’ve been waiting for the rejection email so I could enter it in the Santa Fe show coming up. Guess not! I’m not gonna lie…it’s pretty exciting.   I totally enjoyed surgically reconstructing Mr. Chillingsworth into whatever poses would fit in the frame I was making.        Then some background… Then, what to add  in each room?  Yoga studios are, by nature, fairly sparse in an effort to shed ourselves of materialism and distractions for a mere 90 minutes.  So, I had to restrain from over- decorating the rooms.        And then the quilting, the most fun…     Fun. On to something else.  My 15 minutes are up.  Thanks for looking! Debbie  ...