Welcome to classic traditional designs of the Mimbres people. This pattern was inspired by preprinted Mimbres block designs I purchased about 20 years ago. In 2017, I finally put them together in a quilt that won first place at the New Mexico State Fair in the professional category.
In preparation for designing this wall hanging pattern, I studied the ancient Mimbres designs on line and in museums in New Mexico, simplifying these nine silhouettes for my pattern. Using machine applique and paper-backed fusible web, the black silhouettes are fused to off-white blocks. The splashes of color are my addition, as the Mimbres used very little color in their pottery. The purist can forgo the colored fabric and use only black and white if desired. Either way, enjoy!
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!
I was surprised by the recent increase in cost by the United States Postal Service for shipping packages overseas and to Canada. The prices increased by a third or so, which I find prohibitive for my pattern business. Who can afford to buy a $9.50 pattern plus pay $44 to have it shipped overseas? So it is with regret that Pam Wolf Designs will only sell within the USA as of now. If shipping prices come down, and/or I find another reliable, less expensive shipment method I can easily use with Pay Pal services, I will let you know.
There are eight quilt shops that carry most of my patterns:
Taos Adobe Quilting -102 Teresina Lane -Taos, NM 87571 -575-751-3219
Santa Fe Quilting -3018 A Cielo Court -Santa Fe, NM 87507 -505-473-3747
Quilts Ole` -3923 Corrales Road -Corrales, NM 87048 -505-890-9416
Ann Silva’s Bernina Sewing Center -4520 Alexander Blvd.NE -Albuquerque, NM 87107-505-881-5253
Quilts from the Heart -417 Tramway NE -Albuquerque, NM 87123-505-292-8560
Bernina Sewing and Design Center -1601 E. Lohman -Las Cruces, NM 88001 -575-523-2000
Sew What’s New -3961 E. Lohman Suite 9 -Las Cruces, NM 88011 -575-524-1739
Sew What’s New -7410 Remcon Circle -El Paso, EX. 79912 -915-760-5300
This is a very exciting time, getting Pam Wolf Designs on the web. I am a designer of southwest quilt patterns, and have been in business since 2006. My home is Albuquerque, NM, where my husband and I have separate businesses out of our home. We have one son who lives in Albuquerque with his wife and baby daughter. I made my first quilt in 1965, and didn’t get back to it until 1994. In 2005, my quilt guild, Thimbleweeds in Rio Rancho, NM, encouraged me to sell a pattern I had designed and taught as a Block of the Month guild project – the Ivory Chili Sampler. A couple of ladies in the guild, Gloria Shapiro and Jeanne Hurt, made theirs with a black background, which was so beautiful I had to make an alternate pattern for it too – the Black Chili Sampler. From those beginnings, I have made a new pattern each year featuring red and green chilies so popular in Southwest cooking. This year I deviated, designing two patterns based upon the fabulous landmarks of New Mexico, and a few quirky sites regularly seen here. I sell my patterns mainly to quilt shops in New Mexico, but have wanted to make them available throughout the USA. Chilies are grown all over the world. I hope to reach more quilters with this web site.