Martinez Sisters

In a previous post, I mentioned that my mom had seven sisters.
All of the Martinez Sisters were very talented and crafty.
Their skills and talents included one or all of the following: knitting, beading, crocheting, quilting, sewing, painting, drawing, cross-stitching, and embroidery.
My twelve female cousins and I were fortunate to grow up watching these women produce such beautiful products.
Many of us are trying to carry on the tradition.
There is one cousin, Judi, the daughter of my Tia Pilar. We keep in touch and share projects. Judi is also so supportive of my efforts.
When we were younger, Judi came to live with my family while she attended college.
I thought she was the coolest person around!
We called our aunt, Tia Pi.
Tia Pi could do just about anything.
She was also a great joker and prankster.
She loved Elvis.
She taught me how to move and dance like Elvis.
Tia could even cut hair.
On one of her visits, she gave me the “duck cut” which was all the rage in the 1950’s.
Of course, that must have been popular in her hometown of Key West, Florida.
It did not go over too well in San Antonio. 

Tia Pi’s paintings graced the walls of my mom’s house.
I am lucky to have the one she painted of a Cardinal.


I once watched Tia hand-quilt a baby quilt and I was so impressed.
She also taught me some special crochet stitching.
Well, back to Judi.
Judi does excellent work in beading, crocheting, and cross-stitching.
She is now doing some sketching also.
Judi shared some of her work with me today and I asked if I could post them.
She said that I could if I noted that she is “a jack of all trades and master of none”.
There. I said it. But it is NOT true!


I don’t know if you can see the beading on the red and purple flowers.
Just lovely!

Embroidery and Beading…My favorite!

Beading
Mom would have loved this.


Crocheted Dish Towel (These are so handy!)

Cross-Stitch
So precise and neat!


Charcoal Sketch
I think it is time to pull out my charcoal pencils and have fun.

You can see that Judi and I share the “working-on-multiple-projects-at-one-time syndrome”!
Judi, like her mom, is one talented and creative person.

I’d also like to share an art doodle my sister drew the other day.
Emma is the author and illustrator of What This Story Needs is a Pig in a Wig series.
Emma was thinking of our childhood and sent me this art doodle concerning the eight Martinez Sisters.
Any person of Hispanic  descent understands and can tell the story of “La Chancla.”
A chancla is a slipper.
When any of us ever even thought of getting out of line, the threat of  “La Chancla” was enough to straighten us out. I never saw or experienced “la chancla” being used. The stories about La Chancla were enough to keep me in line.
This is my sister’s art doodle…TheChancla Constellation.

Now, I can look to the sky and think of the Martinez Sisters.

 

 

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Pepe

A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
Buddha

It is my good fortune to have the best siblings ever.
This morning, I met my sister, Emma, for breakfast.
We met at mom’s favorite restaurant, Jim’s.

Emma is a talented, creative author and illustrator.
Her fourth book in the Pig in a Wig series will be out soon.
She was invited to attend the TLA Conference in San Antonio,
and it was so nice spending time with her.

Emma is the youngest of the siblings, and I do believe the wisest.
It was a morning of great conversation and much inspiration.
After such a great morning, I returned home and started making the quilt in memory of my dad.
His full name was Jose Leon Virjan, but everyone called him Pepe.

Last night, I designed a lap quilt.
When I opened the bag where I had stored my dad’s shirts, I couldn’t help but smile.
The bag had a faint smell of my parent’s home, and it was so comforting.
The shirts are a bit more frail than I thought, and I was thinking of not making the quilt.
Then I thought that the quality of the fabric isn’t what matters.
The quilt is for me.
The memories, the process of making this quilt, is what matters.
I spent the afternoon cutting the shirts and thinking of my dad.
Today was definitely a family day, where minds contacted with one another.


Dad and his plaids! I can just see him…
wearing these shirts and his bermuda shorts !

This is the center block for the quilt.