This collage from Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque shows the different ways this reversible Kantha quilt vest can be worn.

Three “H’s” of the Kantha Quilt Class

Happy colors, history, hand-stitching: these three inspirations emerged from A Reversible Kantha Quilt Vest class experience. The word Kantha, pronounced (KAAN taa), means rags in Sanskrit. A Kantha stitch can also refer to a small straight running stitch in Bengali embroidery. Something about alliteration tugs at my heart. It resonates. I’m prompted to repeat it. Thus, …

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The picture here entitled "heART" depicts the theme for a Year for Mary Ellen Beads Albuquerque.

Add Focus With Theme

Do you choose a theme each year? “When you are inspired…dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” – Pantanjale, the father of modern yoga In a world where people laugh about New Year’s resolutions, or brag about breaking …

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This photo captures the finished projects of 10 in the Bird Tree Love Paint Party.

Bird Tree Love Paint Party 2016

Ten family members willingly tackled a new project, a “Bird Tree Love” paint party for craft day 2016. The results were outrageous. A large family , we enjoy games and activities. Craft Day usually consists of a single creative session in which we make handmade cards for the immediate group of 32 members. We did that …

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