Yesterday I shared Part 1 of the quilt eventful day I had last Friday in New Mexico. You can read about it here if you missed it!
Again, we had a need to go to Alto, NM to empty our storage unit before our big move to Hawaii later this year. We knew the trip had to wait until June, at the earliest, due to our trip to Kauai, end of tax season deadlines and due to the summer heat if we waited until much later in the summer. Summer in the mountains can still be pretty warm even though the evenings are nice and cool. The smell of pine trees in summer…aaahhh!
Sierra Blanca, Ruidoso, NM as seen from our previous home in Alto
Remembering my first (as well as theirs!) Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts which I attended in June, 2010 (ironically just before our move to Norman!), I hoped there would be a way to attend in 2014 before our move to Hawaii. Well, the hubster agreed the week of June 16 would be the week to go to New Mexico! We would work and clear out the storage unit the first of the week and then I could visit with my long-distance quilting friends on Friday evening!
It was just a fluke I attended that first event back in 2010. Another quilting friend, Janelle, called me all excited about a quilt show coming up in Alamogordo and Pam Holland was going to be teaching a class. Janelle said, “Get on your computer and find out who she is! She is from Australia and must be a BIG deal! I don’t know how they got her to come to little ol’ Alamogordo, New Mexico, but do you want to go?!” I had not heard of Pam Holland either but got on the computer and found her blog. She sounded interesting, so I called Janelle back and said “Sure, why not!? Let’s go!”
We had a blast! Pam is funny, colorful and has traveled the world teaching her quilting techniques and taking fabulous photos of her travels. I have been a huge fan ever since. Her humble beginnings into the quilting world have taken her all the way from Aldgate, Australia to her quilts being displayed in many quilt shows and exhibits plus several museums!
She and friend, Lisa Blevins of Alamogordo (the story of their fluke meeting is a fun one, too!) wanted to have an event to benefit local children. Five years later, the SNFQ is gaining speed, vendors and quilters from all over New Mexico. The attendees this year came from as far away as Nebraska and California. Every year a children’s charity in southern New Mexico counties is selected to receive the proceeds from the Festival. Pam generously donates her time, talent and fee to the event as well as offers a dinner lecture with tales of her travels and gorgeous photography. She is a proud Gamma to 23 grandchildren and shares their sweet faces with the world on her blog and her lecture slides.
Pam sharing one of her grandies with us!
The dinner lecture attendees has grown and a new venue this year was needed. The Desert Lakes Golf Course stepped up and provided the 19th Hole banquet room and Pam with her favorite (green chile cheeseburger) and a buffet of tacos, enchiladas and the fixings for the rest of us! (I got my green chile fix while we were in New Mexico, too!)
Display of Pam’s quilts outside the classroom.
…becomes a thread painted work of art…AMAZING, no?!
And…as if she isn’t busy enough, she writes books, too!
Here is a sampling of the Festival…
Quilts on display at the entrance
Excellent vintage feedsack fabrics in a new quilt
Feedsack quilt detail…love the ric-rac stems!
Viewer’s Choice Ribbons
Here is a link to the Viewer’s Choice First Place…it was the raffle quilt for Pecos Valley Quilters of Roswell, NM (of course I didn’t get a picture of it!). I was a member of this guild when I lived in Alto!! It was designed by J. Michelle Watts and Kerry McCall and quilted by my friend Rita Galaska! I am pretty excited to know the designer AND the quilter of yet another award winning quilt!!
There were many door prizes awarded during the dinner lecture…and I won one!! Click on the link to see my prize! The Adventures of the Amazing Alphabet book signed by Pam!
Thanks to Facebook, I have made some life-long friends from New Mexico. I only met these women in 2010, at a quilt show with a dinner lecture featuring a world traveling quilter, for one short day but will stay connected with them through the magic of the Internet, blogs and Facebook.
The two who started it all…Pam Holland & Lisa Blevins (aka Thelma & Louise -complete with road trips!!)
My friend, Caron Rohde Smith. So nice of her to wear a hat that matched my shirt!!
Who knows when or where our paths may cross again!? Perhaps in Hawaii?!?
So that was my fun filled Friday…two quilting events, catching up with long-distance friends and more fun memories of New Mexico. Take it from me…never miss an opportunity to meet someone new, learn a new technique or skill and always make time for reconnecting with friends.
Live each day to its fullest…love with all your heart…bring laughter and hugs with you where ever you go. Who knows? You might just get some it in return! That is my wish for you all!
P.S. Save the date…Pam will be returning to Alamogordo July 16-17-18, 2015!!
P.S.S. Why does Pam like coming to visit Alamogordo, NM in the summer? Because now it’s winter in Australia, mate…and she hates the cold!!