You’ll Want to See This!

But wait! There’s more!

The lovely Gale and Ann near a collection of stitch samplers.

Before leaving Santa Fe I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of International Folk Art. My friend Ann Anastasio is a docent at the museum and offered a tour of the eclectic collection of folk art in the Girard Wing.

From the folk art collection of Alexander Girard.

Alexander Girard (an architect and interior designer) not only collected over 100,000 folk art objects but designed the displays and arranged the items himself. There are toys and dolls, costumes, masks, textiles (samplers, weaving, embroidery), religious art, paintings, beadwork, and much much more.

Rabbits cheering on a clown.

Girard seems to have had a sense of humor and whimsy too. A man after my own heart!

There are dozens of dioramas like this.

This vast array of folk art was created by people from every continent (except Antarctica for some reason). I strongly recommend you visit the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. It is an extraordinary, enthralling museum. But be prepared. It is overwhelming!

You’ll Want to See This!

But wait! There’s more!

The lovely Gale and Ann near a collection of stitch samplers.

Before leaving Santa Fe I had the opportunity to visit the Museum of International Folk Art. My friend Ann Anastasio is a docent at the museum and offered a tour of the eclectic collection of folk art in the Girard Wing.

From the folk art collection of Alexander Girard.

Alexander Girard (an architect and interior designer) not only collected over 100,000 folk art objects but designed the displays and arranged the items himself. There are toys and dolls, costumes, masks, textiles (samplers, weaving, embroidery), religious art, paintings, beadwork, and much much more.

Rabbits cheering on a clown.

Girard seems to have had a sense of humor and whimsy too. A man after my own heart!

There are dozens of dioramas like this.

This vast array of folk art was created by people from every continent (except Antarctica for some reason). I strongly recommend you visit the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe. It is an extraordinary, enthralling museum. But be prepared. It is overwhelming!

Is It the Chili Sauce That Causes the Enchantment?

Le and Lynn encounter a fusing dilemma.

It’s always hard to leave a group of friends behind. If I could fit them all into my new red suitcases, I’d bring them home with me to play. We’d make quilts and make up goofy songs and put chili sauce on everything we eat.

Glorious collages made by Julie in the Object Lesson class.

But alas, my time in New Mexico is at an end. And just when I was getting used to breathing at 7,000 feet above sea level!

Anna created 4 beautifully designed panels in the Colorful Leaves class.

The quilters of Albuquerque and Santa Fe kindly shared their time and art with me. They call New Mexico the land of enchantment. Call me officially enchanted and pass the chili sauce.

Is It the Chili Sauce That Causes the Enchantment?

Le and Lynn encounter a fusing dilemma.

It’s always hard to leave a group of friends behind. If I could fit them all into my new red suitcases, I’d bring them home with me to play. We’d make quilts and make up goofy songs and put chili sauce on everything we eat.

Glorious collages made by Julie in the Object Lesson class.

But alas, my time in New Mexico is at an end. And just when I was getting used to breathing at 7,000 feet above sea level!

Anna created 4 beautifully designed panels in the Colorful Leaves class.

The quilters of Albuquerque and Santa Fe kindly shared their time and art with me. They call New Mexico the land of enchantment. Call me officially enchanted and pass the chili sauce.

How You Know You Are In the Right Room

Quilts by Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild members.

Ever walk into a room full of strangers and feel instantly at home? That’s how I felt at a meeting of the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild in Santa Fe on Monday evening. As I entered the theater where I was to give my lecture, this is what I saw: a field of red, white, and blue.

Over 80 quilts ready to donate to the QOVF.

Members of the NNMQG generously made and donated over 80 quilts to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Soon they will give them to New Mexico National Guard members returning from their tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Quilt makers are generous people. They welcome everyone. That’s why it’s easy to walk into a room full of strangers and leave as a friend to all.

How You Know You Are In the Right Room

Quilts by Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild members.

Ever walk into a room full of strangers and feel instantly at home? That’s how I felt at a meeting of the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild in Santa Fe on Monday evening. As I entered the theater where I was to give my lecture, this is what I saw: a field of red, white, and blue.

Over 80 quilts ready to donate to the QOVF.

Members of the NNMQG generously made and donated over 80 quilts to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Soon they will give them to New Mexico National Guard members returning from their tours of duty in Afghanistan.

Quilt makers are generous people. They welcome everyone. That’s why it’s easy to walk into a room full of strangers and leave as a friend to all.