The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

Terrie Hancock Mangat is, well, … now that I think about it, hard to describe. For one, she is a fabric designer.  As have many others, I love her fabrics.  They’re crazy wild.  When it comes to embellishing fabrics, she is a leader in the quilt world. She is a spectacular artist when it comes to fabrics and fibers and textures and paints. She is also a resident of Taos, and a guild member here. I have accumulated quite a stash of her stuff, much of it in the form of large scraps. I finally got them all out and with no plan, as usual, started putting them together in a way that hopefully would have some sense of cohesiveness in the end.  I don’t usually post photos of the processes I go through, but I will here. That busy fabric behind the diamond shapes…it’s now part of the backing. Didn’t work on the front. I like busy, but that was too much. I made the little circles using the piece-lique technique, solids and Alison Glass fabrics.  AG fabrics also in the middle column. The large diamonds were made to provide a focal point for the many clever designs in Terrie’s Rio Grande fabric.  (Hence the quilt name.) Then I thought I’d hone my wedge skills. Ay-yi-yi.  They still need work.  Each wedge has strips ranging from 1/4″ to 1.25″.  It was nuts.  Then I made a template to go around the wedges.  Lots of wasted fabric figuring that out. Still not pieced together for the most part, I tried that stuff on the outer edges. I was trying to use up left over pieces from a previous quilt.  They did not work AT ALL.   86 all the hours spent making those.  At this point, I moved the columns with the piece-lique out to the sides. Things started coming together once I did that. Those round template things, though…ugh. I suspect I will try to avoid those in the future. The rest of these photos are just close ups.  Enjoy! Here come the EIGHT diamonds, fair warning. The top border… The Bridge over the Rio Grande:   The wedges…. And my attempt at creative camouflage….I accidentally tore fabric while moving my longarm hopping foot – not once, not twice, but three times.  So that was a depressing 24 hours.  It was impossible to hide these flaws so I decided to accentuate them with hot pink embroidery thread. and just for fun… This quilt, along with 11 other of my quilts, and a bunch done by two other local quilters are currently hanging in the Trading Post Italian Restaurant (now there’s a contradiction in terms) until May, 2018.  Stop in if you come to the high desert! Thanks for the look! Debbie      ...
We Didn’t Start The Fire

We Didn’t Start The Fire

My most recent piece was inspired by the LA Fires.  My family lives in Westwood, an LA neighborhood near UCLA, so they were very much on my mind.  Several years back, I bought some wild fabric at the Houston show, called Sumi-e, by Karen Kurka Jensen. I went in for the entire line, and that poor fabric has been languishing in my stash ever since. I just could not come up with a good way to use it all.  Until the fires.  I love this quilt.  It will NOT be in my Etsy Shop. Lots of photos because A: I love this quilt and B: I was trying out my son-in-law’s new camera.      Still into using older, unwanted fabrics to piece the backs. And just because she’s adorable…. Ruby Lou   Thanks for checking it out! Debbie  ...
Christmas Time!

Christmas Time!

 This little punkin’ is a whopping (almost) 7 months old already.  Sitting, teething, becoming her own little person. We are so so lucky that we get to see her & mom & dad this Christmas in Taos. But back to the quilting and sewing world….Knowing I would not be traveling for a full 2 months, I’ve been more than a little productive.  I’m committed to cutting/piecing/quilting/binding all the projects that I’ve purchased at quilt shows and quilt shops over the past 5 years, and then ignored.  It’s a long list, but I’m knocking them out.  Who knows what will become of them, but they are done!  And they’re just as cute as I thought they would be.  That’s  why I bought them!  Surely, they are destined for my Etsy shop. For our Texas friends who alway are so gracious to put up with us when we come to town, I made this cross quilt.   The wonderfully talented Nicole Dunn from Los Alamos, NM taught another class with our guild recently, on wedges.  I made two quilts out of that class.  One, SLYTHERIN, is a stretch when you think of wedges…they took on a rather unconventional shape: She is cute, isn’t she? The second wedge quilt is more obvious : WEDGES WITHOUT BORDERS Originally, I had 4″ red borders on it, but felt that really detracted from the quilt, so I took them off.  Hence the name, ‘Wedges Without Borders’. The back…. I had every intention of keeping in line with that borderless theory by not using a traditional binding, and instead using a ‘facing binding’.  BUT I neglected to review that technique BEFORE I trimmed the backing and batting.  Without leaving any excess backing and batting, you can’t do the facing business. So I made the skinniest black binding I possibly could. I had 2 little stacks of 6″ x 6″ squares, one with turtles, the other with giraffes.  The squares have been pinned to my design wall for YEARS, as if they would become something functional just by being there.  And to think they each took only a few hours to complete, it’s pretty stupid to have ignored them that long.  One is a wall hanging, Jungle Play, and the other a table runner, Turtle Trot.     This year, I made 3 quilts using 2.5″ postage stamps (2″ finished).  I made a bright one for my son-in-law’s mom, RUBY LOU This one for me, GOODNESS GRACIOUS and most recently, I used fabrics that looked vintage, but weren’t actually all that old. I hand quilted this one, since I was going for a vintage feel. A LITTLE BIT VINTAGE prepare to be overloaded…..I like this one. The back… The ridiculousness of my fabric hoarding has led me to the process of piecing all (almost all) of my backs with fabric that I have had far too long, and will probably never want to use in a quilt top.  It’s an awful lot of work to do this, sometimes a whole day. But my stash gets a trim, and I really love the look of these backings. I actually have a few other recent finishes.  But even I am tired of looking at these.  Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy 2018! Debbie        ...
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!...