Friday, March 29, 2013

Boom! Success.

If I don't get the blue and red morning star cushion done tonight for Harry, I'll give him this sweet 12x16 feather pillow I made last week. I really love this one. Not really a good cushion but still sweet pillow. I've been carrying Ze's around for days. Thanks to Anna Marie Horner for the feather design idea from her feather quilt pattern. I love making them.

Boom! The center points are much better! It really pays to take the time to cut and pin the best you can. I kept this one 16x16. Not perfect but already way better and only my second one!

Blessed Holy Week folks. Peace.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Uncle Harry's pillow

Well here's Harry's pillow that I finished today. Finally got the kids down and had a few hours to catch up for myself. Spent the evening leaning about blogging... and doing dishes... and reading Ninjago.

I didn't have a pattern for this pillow so I just logically reduced from the two larger Lonestars that I have made. They were cut at 2 3/4" and there were 11 colors. This one I cut at 1 1/2" and there are five colors.

What you can't see is that my points suck. Well only in the center. I'm going to try to pull together a another star before we leave for Oklahoma. Even if I don't finish the pillow I'm just determined to figure out how to get points on all my stars. I wish they had a class on it at the EspaƱola Fiber Arts Center, which is an amazing resource for all things textile. I think I'll request it.

Off to read and doze.

Welcome to my sewing room

Well. This is it. I am officially blogging. Welcome to my little world in Northern New Mexico. I decided to start with a few pics of my beloved sewing room.

My sweet new machine

Diamond's daily naptime on the ironing board
After so many things knocking me back the past few years, I decided to take some time for me this year. I am off-call for the first time in years. I work only ten hours a week now so that I can spend time everyday in my sewing room. I am so happy here. No one can hurt me here. And I am always right. It's so sweet after so many years of fighting the good fight everyday, I am so blessed to be a 100% mom more often and enjoy my family and our home. I feel like I am putting myself back together right now just like patchwork and I feel like if I just sit here and keep sewing fabric pieces together that everything is going to be alright. Yup. It's my therapy.

I am a woman of color, a midwife, and a mother of four. I am an Executive Director and a Graduate student. I am a beader, knitter, and singer, a dancer and a quilter. I am a 19-year survivor of childhood sexual trauma and incest and an inter-generational survivor of cultural genocide. My cultural identity is important to me and central to who I am as a lover of the Earth. I have walked across the country, traveled on a circus bus playing a tap-dancing bird, recorded a CD, and started a doula program. I have given birth at home four times and first-held hundreds of wet babies in my humble hands. I am a proud Filipina-American. I am a proud queer. I am also a proud wife to a beautiful man named Mateo. 

I am excited that I finally got this started and I look forward to being able to be part of the great blog community of creative folks out here. I hope some of you follow along on my blog about my Quilting and healing journey.

Wow. A whole new world for me. Let's see where this goes...