<![CDATA[Casa Quilts - Blog]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:37:17 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Amazing what there is to see in your own backyard]]>Mon, 02 Apr 2018 00:54:19 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/amazing-what-there-is-to-see-in-your-own-backyardPicture

With camera in hand, BFF Pam and I took several little trips around the area.  It's amazing what you see when you slow down a little and take time to look around.  The Claret Cactus is a beautiful sight with the bright red flowers nestled atop a cluster of spines.  Taken at the Oliver Lee State Park in Dog Canyon near Alamogordo, NM . Who says the desert isn't colorful.

On Saturday we were fortunate to accompany White Sands Missile Range retirees Jim Eckles and Gerry Veara to the Hal Cox Ranch located on the missile range.  Although deserted now this was the site of an active ranch located near the homestead of the infamous Pat Garrett.  Garrett was originally appointed by the then president as a customs inspector.  Later he served as Sheriff of both Lincoln and Dona Ana Counties and is well known for having killed Billy The Kid.  This is a view out of a building on the Hal Cox Ranch - It is easy to see why settlers of this barren desert fell in love with the area. 
The next side trip took us to visit the White Sands Missile Range Museum.  This photo of Missile Park shows a small example of the many systems tested at the Missile Range.  The contributions to the defense of this country by the dedicated professionals, military and civilian, are huge.  The museum also does a super job of telling the history of the local area.
The end to a perfect weekend of exploring, taking photos and just enjoying each other's company.  We spent the evening at White Sands National Monument waiting for a beautiful sunset and taking pictures of the this breathtaking landscape.  The largest Gypsum dune field in the world lends itself to and ever-changing land of shadows and huge dunes.  The plants and animals have adapted to live in this stark environment.
Although we didn't get the bright purple and red sunset we were hoping for i'd have to say this golden sky was well worth waiting for.
<![CDATA[Bataan Memorial Death March 2018]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 04:00:57 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/bataan-memorial-death-march-2018
Another Successful Event - the staff and volunteers follow their hearts again to pay tribute to the suvivors of the Bataan Death March and to the Veteran, past and present who keep this country free
<![CDATA[Bataan Memorial Death March]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 01:35:14 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/bataan-memorial-death-march4617281Picture
On Sunday the personnel and volunteers at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico will host the 2018 Bataan Memorial Death March.  Over 8,300 participants are registered to walk or run the challenging marathon-length or 14-mile honorary route in honor of the survivors of the Bataan Death March.  The event, which also honors all veterans past and present, is a patriotic event like none other I've ever been involved with.  Each person is walking for different reasons.  To honor a loved one, to challenge themselves or to thank the many veterans who put their lives on the line everyday for us.  Visiting with the Bataan Survivors is an honor.  Who would you walk for?

<![CDATA[Visiting Miss Gypsy]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:49:49 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/visiting-miss-gypsy
I recently had the the most wonderful day visiting with friend Gypsy (Pamela Armas) at her magical studio in  Mountainair, New Mexico.   
Pamela is an amazing woman, so positive, energetic - the creativity just flows from her veins. Driving home later that day ideas were filling my brain as the scenery flew by.
I have been taking the "Iron Trophy" along as
i document special visits throughout the Southwest.  The trophy was won by Pammie's Possums during the 2017 Iron Quilters Challenge at Quilt Festival - Houston  


<![CDATA[Thank you for your patience]]>Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:21:06 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/thank-you-for-your-patienceUpdates are wonderful and frustrating at the same time.  All of a sudden my old browser doesn't seem to work with my i-page editor so I had to down load Chrome.  Finally got it all worked out and now I can start posting to my blog again and updating the web page.  Thank you for your patience!!!]]><![CDATA[Down Sizing]]>Fri, 17 Feb 2017 01:30:28 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/down-sizingHave been working on  decluttering my sewing space.  I am very lucky as I was able to convert my son's bedroom to my very own studio and happy space.  Problem is, that over the years I have also collected many books, patterns, and - well we won't discuss fabric and threads.  Now that I have all the time I want to design, create and produce I need more room and less of the books etc.  I have pulled out many books that no longer suit what I do and need to decide on what to do with it.  Think I'll try and sell the books - after all I did pay a pretty penny for them and someone else may find it's just  what they've been looking and want the great bargain.  What do you do when you find you need to move things out......

<![CDATA[Beautiful Weather Hinders quilting]]>Sat, 11 Feb 2017 15:09:37 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/beautiful-weather-hinders-quiltingOk so it's time to confess - I am a lousy time manager.  I succumbed to the great weather we've been having to work on the yard rather than finishing projects on hand.  All these years I had a problem with spring yard work because I was confined to weekends (was already dark when I got home evenings) so I was elated to be able to spend the last few days cleaning and pruning and watering the landscape around me.  Quilting was put on the back burner.  Weather promises to get cold again tomorrow so I will be back on track soon.

How many of you have this problem?   End result is I have lots of work to catch up on - proposals, samples and the dreaded taxes.
<![CDATA[2017 - new year and new focus]]>Tue, 07 Feb 2017 03:06:18 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/2017-new-year-and-new-focusRetirement - a new journey begins. 
The new year brings changes and new opportunities  to be embraced.  Got a new camera as a retirement gift and I'm ready to see what I can capture in the lens -  textures, color and so much more.  Some of the things already on the horizon are:

The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts in June - Alamogordo. 
Craftours Cocoon in July - Santa Fe  
International Quilt Show in November - Houston
 Followed by a wonderful trip to Guatemala with Pam Holland

Stay tune for new adventures, photos and who knows.......

<![CDATA[Alive and Well]]>Sat, 10 Oct 2015 01:46:00 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/alive-and-wellPicture
What a busy busy year its been.  Haven't even posted to the blog or update the web page since February -Biggest reason was my internet connection - terrible!!!!  All fixed now and I can get back to it.

Photo taken with buddies Pam and Eiko this summer.  Yes Pam and I did our annual Thelma and Louise trip although it was a short one.  A few days in Santa Fe and we were relaxed and re-engergized...  More later.

So excited to have a good internet again.  Lots of changes on the horizon and more to come.  Right now getting ready for Houston.....  Yippee!

<![CDATA[Super Bowl Quilting]]>Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:30:20 GMThttp://casaquilts.com/blog/super-bowl-quiltingPicture
I am not a fan of football - probably because I don't understand the rules - basketball is my game.  This year, even the commercials were disappointing from my point of view.

So after making sure everyone has plenty of snacks to eat I get to  play.  A great way to spend Super Bowl Sunday.  Bought this bright and happy quilt fabric a couple weeks ago at the Albuquerque AQS show.  

Fabrics were purchased from Hearts to Holly Quilt Shop - www.heartstoholly.com - from Charlevoix, MI.  Lots of super quick quilt patterns and kits already put together for you - cut and sew - I enjoyed the process...  Granddaughter will be the happy recipient.
Are you a die-hard football fan or do you also spend the day playing.....