Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Carol and Eldora brought two quilt tops, pieced by the Quilts of Valor Sewing Group at La Vida Llena, to our December First Friday Sew-In. The group meets regularly in the fiber arts room to create quilts for presentation to Service men and women returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Shortly after this picture was taken, the quilt tops were taken to Taos, where Ron Olson has dedicated himself to quilting quilts for this cause - 1224 quilts, and counting. (If you donated patriotic fabrics to the shop for our charity quilts, you might see some of them in this picture.) Other sewing groups at La Vida Llena make clothing protectors LVL residents, and pillow cases for the UNMH Pediatratics ICU.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


We also thought of titling this item "Pfaff in Camo." Jane Ann's sewing machine, with walking foot in place, would be hard to spot in many different environments. But, in a quilting class, it, ...well..., sort of stands out. An older machine, and a gift from her sister, Jane Ann's machine was beginning to turn a bit yellowish. At the same time, Jane Ann had a lot of extra toe nail polish (She has very small toe nails). As they say, "the rest is history." And now, the Pfaff in Camo is an integral part of Jane Ann's creative quilting experience.


Marilyn Dolan died 2 August 2011. We had the good fortune to find this picture in our archives. It was taken at the 5 March 2010 First Friday Sew-In. Here, she was sewing on one of our charity quilts, and we captured for all time her infectious smile. We can not say it better than it was said in her obituary on page C3 of the 20 August 2011 Albuquerque Journal: "Sewing and quilting were some of her passions in her life. Anyone who watched her work in her sewing room witnessed unparalleled determination, as well as a lesson in West Texas slang. Her quilts, produced with immense love and imagination, will be cherished by friends and family for generations." Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing your life with us.