Saturday, July 15, 2017

Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts: Quilters of Mexico

The Quilters of Mexico Exhibit was my favorite part of the Southern New Mexico of Quilts. In case you missed the last posts, you can find them here and here
Marco Quilt: Magic Towns of Mexico is a group quilt created by 75 people who were each assigned a town to represent.
Macro Quilt: Magic Towns of Mexico
Endemic Flora and Fauna of Mexico, a contest launched for the 9th Expo Patchwork & Quilt, was designed to be a sister collection for "Made in Australia: Flora and Fauna."

Images by Rosa Elba Quintana was "inspired by the beauty, strength, fragility and colorfulness of some Mexican endemic species."
Images by Rosa Elba Quintana
Images by Rosa Elba Quintana
The Eleukerodactilus only lives exclusively in the shrubberies of the Pedregal Reservation. Els used tyvek to represent the frog's skin.
White-Lipped Chirping Frog (Eleutkerodactilus)
White-Lipped Chirping Frog (Eleutkerodactilus)
SissiGutierrez chose to highlight the critically endangered, golden-tailed pygmy raccoon as she also has bags under her eyes and enjoys working with her hands. ( The Nathuatl name for raccoon, mapach, means "the one with hands".)
Pygmy Racoon from Cozumel by Sissi Gutierrez
Axolotl, a Fascinating Monster was paper-pieced by Maria de Lourdes Cruz Romero. It features the endangered salamander with the ability to regenerate almost any part of its body and a transparent skin during its youth. The pattern was drawn by Maria de Lourdes' daughter.
Axolotl, a Fascinating Monster by Maria de Lourdes Cruz Romero
In the Cuatrocienegas desert there are water pools caused by subterranean currents containing plants and animals that have remained unchanged for 150,000,000 years as they cannot escape the area.

The Living Fossils from Cuatrocienegas by Maria de Lourdes Cruz Romero
The Living Fossils from Cuatrocienegas by Maria de Lourdes Cruz Romero
The Living Fossils from Cuatrocienegas by Maria de Lourdes Cruz Romero
The Living Fossils from Cuatrocienegas by Maria de Lourdes Cruz Romero
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Friday, July 14, 2017

Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts: Pam Holland

I'm back with more from the Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts. Today I'm sharing some pictures of Pam Holland's fantastic quilts. She and Sue Rasmussen were the 2017 instructors for the event, which raises money for a different children's charity each year.
The Cat
The Cat (Detail)
Requiem to the Elephant
Illustrative Thread Painting
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts

In late June, I attended the Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts in Alamogordo, NM. Today I thought I'd share a few quilts from the show. My apologies for the lack of information. There was no identification on the quilts, or in the show program. So here are my anonymous favorites, with the exception of the information I could find on the festival Facebook page.
I suspect these on-point, batik stars were paper-pieced.
I enjoyed the non-standard grid layout of this sampler.
Feathers, which was pieced by Susan Petty and quilted by Kittie Suchimming, was awarded Viewer's Choice Second Place.
Feathers by Susan Petty, Quilted by Kittie Schimming
The same computerized quilting design was repeated in varying sizes within this densely quilted beauty.
Feathers by Susan Petty, Quilted by Kittie Schimming
Jean Bolton of Mayhill took Viewers Choice First Place for her original design, Mystic Trees, which was quilted by Kittie Schimming.
Mystic Trees by Jean Bolton, Quilted by Kittie Schimming
The stained glass effect on these was very pretty.
The raffle quilt using Sue Rasmussen's Robots Gone Wild pattern was very cute.
That's all for now, but I'll be back with a special exhibit and an instructor's featured work.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Declan Travis Warrick

Announcing Declan Travis Warrick, who was born June 28 at 6:36 pm. He was 7 pounds, 5 ounces and 19". Photographs were taken by Jessica Inman, who is a wonder with children and has blessed our family with many captured moments over the years.
On June 28, I began to feel some contractions around 8 in the morning. I called my husband who had recently left for work, and told him to keep posted. He was about to make a presentation and asked if I needed him to come home.

Then I called my mom. My parents were about to head out to visit my brother in Idaho Falls before heading to Albuquerque following my due date (July 7). I cautioned them that the baby wasn't going to wait until 40 weeks, as anticipated. By the time my husband's presentation was finished, I knew I was unfit for parent-tot swimming lessons, and called him home to serve in my stead.
I'd been instructed to go in for some lab work, as I had preeclampsia with my oldest child, and my midwife wanted to check out my levels. Around lunch time I went in to have my blood drawn and a "sample" collected. Ooops! Things would have gone much faster if I hadn't relieved myself right before I was called back.

My husband picked up my chauffeuring duties (art class for my oldest and Lego club at the library) as I consumed half a bowl of Cheerios, left a message for the nurse on call, and started having more frequent and unpleasant contractions. After Lego club finished, I had my husband head to the hospital to drop me off at triage, battling some rush hour traffic. The midwife called back and confirmed that I should go in, and I called my good friend, Betty, who kindly skipped out of work early at a local sewing machine store to entertain my three children with Legos and princesses at her house. Meanwhile, I struggled and admitted defeat when faced with hospital gown assembly and dressing. It really should be a baby shower game.

Arrangements were made for my oldest son to have a slumber party at a friend's house, and for my most trusted babysitter to stay the night at our home with the remaining two children. After an hour, I was promoted from triage to a delivery room and my water broke. In spite of his urgings, I insisted my husband take the children to their respective evening locations before it was inconveniently late in the evening. I resumed my epidural begging with fervor. An hour after being admitted to the delivery room, the anesthesiologist arrived and struggled to find an opportune time between contractions to accomplish her task.
Immediately thereafter, one of the women attending started shouting, "Crowning!" which I wish was a royal ceremony and not a head coming out of...
Three consecutive pushes and baby was out.
Then, to my dismay, my legs began to go numb. Ten minutes more was all I needed;  ten minutes was longer than the baby wanted to wait. Numb legs after you deliver a baby are totally overrated. I'm pretty sure I didn't get my money's worth on the epidural. I begged for them to hold off the cord clipping until my husband resurfaced, but they were too eager.

Then my husband showed up, looking pretty dismayed that he missed the glorious whooping and wailing, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Honestly, I don't get it; if I had my druthers, I would have shown up precisely when he did.

During Declan's check-ups with the pediatrician he was losing too much weight, so I was instructed to supplement with formula. Unfortunately, he must have signed on as an Enfamil affiliate, because he now refuses to nurse, or turns it into a rigorous resistance sport. Here's hoping I win this battle of wills.
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