The newest addition to my quilt patterns, Southwest Deja vu 3, is available on this website and at Quilt’s Ole in Corrales, NM, Santa Fe Quilting, Taos Adobe Quilting, Ann Silva’s Bernina in Albuquerque, Bernina in Las Cruces, NM and Sew What’s New in Las Cruces, NM, and El Paso, TX. Like Deja vu #2 and Deja vu #3, it consists of seven quilt blocks. They are the Organ Mountains near Las Cruces, a Pronghorn Antelope, El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, NM, the iconic Green Chile Cheese Burger, the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe, a silver Navaho Squash Blossom necklace, and Pueblo Bonito at Chaco Canyon. The layout of #3’s blocks is different from the other two patterns, but the overall size remains the same at 18 3/4″ square.
All of the blocks are machine appliqued in the traditional manner. Each block has a Full-Sized Diagram and reversed applique patterns for easy use and placement on the one or two-pieced foundation. The finished wall hanging has a 1/2″ binding all around. If you want a larger wall hanging, instructions on adding sashing and a border are included in the patter
The patterns sells for $12.00, and consists of 40 pages of instructions with diagrams, applique patterns, full-sized patterns and a quilting diagram in a 9″ x 12″ plastic bag.
Sure hope you like it!
I have completed my 2015 pattern which is called “Chile Fix.” It is my first place mat pattern. The pattern makes a six-chile rectangular placemat ( 13 1/2″ x 19″) for a square or rectangular table, and a five-chile wedge-shaped placemat (13 1/2″ x 18″) for a round table. By extending the rectangular placemat, a table runner of any length may be made.
The Chiles adhere to a Foundation cloth with paper-backed fusible web. Once the Chiles are fused to the Foundation, Stem Caps are fused over the Chile tops, and everything is applique stitched to the Foundation. Once the Top, Batting and Backing are sandwich and sewn together around the outer edge of the applique stitch, the project is turned right side out, pressed, and quilted.
You may use any Chile colors desired. I chose to use prints of bright red and green, as my original inspiration was of large baskets of glossy red and green chiles at El Rancho de las Golondrinas living history museum outside Santa Fe. They were glorious in the morning sun.
I have priced this pattern the same as my other two Table Series, at $9.50 each. It is another way to get your daily “Chile Fix!”
I have finished my new 2013 pattern which I am calling a Quilter’s Valise. Valise is an old fashioned French word for a piece of hand baggage. Use your favorite fabric collection to make this bag uniquely yours.
The Valise is medium-sized at 14″ x 14″ x 5″. It is built on an oval base, so it has no side seams, but it does have a front and a back. The three foundation pieces use duck cloth for body and strength. It has an “optional” recessed zipper closure, which I encourage you to include, using ONLY a Coats and Clark 22″ Closed Bottom SPORT zipper for the best success.
There are 10 compartments on the outside that are sized to fit a quilter’s tools. Six of these are pockets with flaps that have Hook and Loop Tape to secure them. The rest are pouches or slide-ins. Inside are three patch pockets. Nearly everything is lined, and the flaps have additional interfacing for body.
The back is a feature block, 12 1/2″ x 12 1/2″, surrounded with a 1″ border. You may use my Drunkard’s Path Block as specified in the pattern, or your own orphan block. My “option” for the back is to add more pockets instead of a feature block.
There is a 2-Pieced Band that runs around the top of the Valise with two Strap Handles.
Daryl Perry of Rio Rancho tested the pattern and made many suggestions for improvement. We agree that it
is a pattern for Intermediate and Advanced quilters. It helps if you have worked with zippers and pockets with flaps, and thick layers of fabric. I always use a lot of diagrams and detailed instructions to make the pattern as user-friendly as possible. Don’t expect a quickly made Valise. It will take a little time, but is well worth the effort.
The pattern sells for $10.00, is 27 pages packaged in a 6″ x 9″ plastic bag.
I got a new order yesterday, and the first item listed was the Chili Rounder pattern. It isn’t surprising. It has been my best selling pattern.
Sandra Eichenberg (owner of Quilts Ol`e in Corrales, New Mexico)and I were brainstorming pattern ideas at her shop one day when she said she would like to see chilies formed in a circle for a round table. I said, “You mean a Chili Rounder rather than a Chili Runner?” She said, “YES!”, and I ran with the idea.
I don’t know if it sells well because it is an interesting concept, or because there are three sizes in the pattern, or because it can be hung on a wall, or even cut for a Christmas Tree Skirt. Whatever the reason, it is my best seller, and I am forever grateful for Sandra’s inspired idea.
Long before there was a PWD, before the Chili Sampler quilt, even before I began quilting in earnest, I wanted Chili Stockings for our fireplace. The “Red, Green or Christmas” chile question had been instilled in this transplant to New Mexico, and I could easily see the traditional Christmas Stocking shape morphing into a Christmas Chile shape. But it just didn’t get done.
I bought Chile Ristas to hang on our house through the winter months, and had a Chile Wreath on the door much of the year. Finally, when the Chili Sampler pattern was completed and I was asked, “What’s next?,” the Chile Stocking design came into its own. It has been a very good selling pattern, with two chile shapes done in red and green. Some quilters hang them on the wall, and some have done placemats with the shapes. They are also nice for filling and placing under the tree if a fireplace isn’t available.
The winter holidays are coming. Do you need a little Chile Stocking in your agenda this year?