My new 2014 pattern is available on this web site and in quilt stores that carry Pam Wolf Designs. It is a wall hanging called Chili Balloons that finishes at approximately 15 1/2″ wide x 21″ long. It is inspired by the Albuquerque International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta which brings in thousands of visitors to our state every October.
It features five chile balloons, four from my imagination, and one which actually flies – the Chili Ristra. Of the other four, one is a traditionally shaped hot air balloon – the Chili Gathering – playing Splash and Dash in the river. SMOKIN hot is a green chili-shaped balloon that has flames coming off the chili. The Poblano Pals are two red poblano chilies that fly separately, but like to bum around together, side by side. The Embrace is two chili-shaped balloons, one red and one green, that are intertwined and fly as one balloon with one gondola.
The chili balloons fly in a blue sky above a river and mountains. A quilting diagram is in the pattern. To keep the wall hanging smallish, I skipped the border, opting for half inch binding to finish it off.
Paper-backed fusible web fuses the reversed appliques on a foundation of sky fabric. The appliques are then zigzagged or satin stitched around the edges. This is the easiest pattern I have designed, and one which I hope you will enjoy making. Like all my patterns, it celebrates something special to New Mexico, Hot Air Balloons.
The pattern retails for $8.00, and can be ordered on the Pattern portion of this web site.
Come Fly with Me!