Today I'm joining the 50's club and I have a strange mix of feelings. I don't know what to think: if I am already old, if I'm still young --this thing they say that "these days 50's are the old 40's". You may have experienced it already.
Going over my life in my mind as a film rolls at the movies, I could see how many things I went through and how happy and grateful I am about everything I've achieved!
For this occasion thought that a blog post had to have something different about me. Told myself: "Pat, you better come out with something special to share"!
Hope you like it.
- I was born in Argentina, this same day 50 years ago
- I still feel like 25
- My parents divorced 26 years ago. I never saw my father again, so I don't know if he's still alive
- My mother taught me how important is to love your family and your sewing machine. As I grew up I realized how right she was. She is 84 and lives with me as well as my only sister, the best one a person can have
- My father taught me how important is to love dogs. He also taught me to hunt. These days I love dogs but I hate hunting
- I moved to the US 22 years ago
- Never knew what a quilt was until I came to live here
- My original hair color is dark blond and now white hair is rampant, so I use extra light brown to color it
- I met my husband Walter when we were both 20 and we fell in love immediately
- Since then we are together for the good and the bad
- Always thought that I could not have found a better husband than him
- We got married at 23
- I still drool over him :-0
- My only son Alex is the best son a mother can have
- I suffer from Endometriosis
- So I had to have four years of treatments before I became pregnant
- I lost one pregnancy before and another one after him
- Alex came to this world through C-section, because I didn't dilate more than 3 cm
- He had Wilms tumor when he was 9. After a year of chemotherapy the cancer disappeared
- I think I was born with a special gene in my body. The "sewing" gene. I sew since I can remember
- Also love to cook since I can remember. My first cooking book was a present from my mom for my 7th birthday
- My first year married I cooked 365 different meals for Walter. Bad thing. He gained 45 pounds
- I lived in 3 countries during a same year
- I am 5'4" tall and weight 138 pounds
- OK... I confess: I am a procrastinator! This thing of "Don't leave for tomorrow what you can do today" doesn't go with me. I prefer to wait till tomorrow
- My family call me the handywoman of the house. I can paint walls as well as installing an entire tile floor on the kitchen or bathroom
- Many years ago I learned that for the chinese people roosters symbolize harmony in the family. I love them. That's why I began collecting many in all sizes and materials
- Because I'm so fortunate in life, every day I wake up thinking how much good I can make to the people around me
- HATE to exercise. I'm a couch potato at heart
- LOVE to read. I can lay down an entire day reading and having Dulce de Leche Häagen-Dazs
- I am a perfume compulsive buyer. Never use the same fragrance everyday. For me, it's a mood thing
- My favorite color is... of course... PINK!!
- And my favorite flower a peony
- I am a history junkie. Favorite readings: royal biographies. More than 300 books on the subject are sitting on shelves at my house
- Still can't speak and write 100% perfect english; people say I do it very good. I don't know why but I feel embarrassed by that. I would love to speak more slang
- All my life I was an admirer of Coco Chanel, but if I have to confess, the designer that inspired me the most was and still is Kenzo. He changed my vision of fashion and print fabrics forever...
- I could never get up early. It's a great effort to do it. It seems that my body clock did not come well set from the factory. My ideal day would begin if I wake up at 12 noon. At night I feel is the best time of the day. That's why I design complete collections at night. My senses awaken and the best of me comes alive --or this is what I think, 'cause everybody is sleeping and can't see it :)
- The first time I made a quilt 20 years ago I didn't have an absolute idea of what I was doing. Hell no! Everything I know today I learned myself. Trial and error were my friends
- Should I introduce you other friends I have: quilting books!. I learned so much from them
- I LOVE quilting, but never thought that would be that much and that I would become so obsessive about perfect piecing
- I came to this industry hand painting fabric panels during my period of landscape quilter. Because I couldn't find specific colors in stores I decided to paint my own. All my quilting friends told me they would love to buy them at quilt shows. The first panel I sold at a quilt show in Dallas was "a moment I'd never forget". Selling panels to award-winner quilter David Tailor made me feel like I was in heaven
- Years ago, never thought that I was gonna design fabrics. Now I can't imagine my life without designing
- Neither that I was gonna work with my husband as my partner
- I have cried after working a lot of time on a collection and didn't come out the way I wanted
- I have pulled out the hair of my head too. Well... almost
- Is there a color freak? That's me! Thanks Pantone :)
- When I start designing, a color palette always comes first. That triggers a mood and... the name of the collection draws in my mind very vividly
- For me, drawing was a long journey of personal evolution. Designing fabrics walk the same path
- One of the best designers and master of color for me is Kaffe Fassett. The first time I met Kaffe I couldn't believe my eyes! He came to my booth to shake my hand and congratulate me on my designs; I was sooo excited but he didn't realize that my knees were shaking too...
- I LOVE to be connected with you in here. Many people say that a blog shouldn't be written only to expect comments. I don't think so. Every time I write a post I wait with excitement to read yours!
All my love,