Sonia Ruiz – Country – Literature

Inspiration:  “Like Water For Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel

The novel, “Like Water for Chocolate”, creates a world of passion, romance, and adds a little comedy and a lot of quail, garlic, honey, chiles, mole, cilantro, rose petals and corn meal.  It takes place in a Mexican border town, circa 1910, where the youngest daughter in her family, the beautiful Tita is forbidden to marry her true love, Pedro. Since tradition dictates that Tita must always stay at home and take care of her mother until she dies.

Tita has a deep connection with food and a love for cooking, enhanced by the fact that Tita’s primary caretaker as a child was Nacha, the family cook.  Her love for cooking also comes from the fact that she was born in the kitchen.  Tita’s powerful emotions become infused into her cooking, unintentionally affecting all the people around her through her food.

Fire in this novel represents the effects of love and passion on the human spirit.  When this happens to Tita and Pedro as they make love at the end of the novel, their inner flames are so intense that their bodies catch fire.  After the fire, the only thing that survived under the smoldering rubble of the home was Tita’s cookbook, which contained all the recipes described in the novel.

I used a photo transfer method, sketching, painted with acrylic paints, sharpies, embroidery, free motion quilting, red eyelash yarn, a ribbon rose and a golden hoop for the earring.

Detail views:


  1. One of my favourite books and movie, so glad you chose it for your theme. You have put a lot of work into this piece and it looks beautiful. Bravo

  2. Wow, so much detail and interest in this piece, I don’t know the story but the message is a strong one. Well done.

  3. Reading your story makes me want to read the book. Your work is wonderful, so much to see and admire. Beautiful executed. I don’t know how you did the transfer, but it worked out very good. Bravo.

  4. Another book on my list to read !
    we can feel the atmosphere of a warm kitchen in your quilt ! your photo transfer is well done and all the details you added makes the piece come alive. Bravo.

  5. I love your cosy kitache. There is so much too see here, so many clever details. Well done.

  6. Wow, very interesting story and your quilt tells it perfectly. It really makes me smell the spices and feel the heat. Love the texture and embellishments. Bravo.

  7. Feel the intensity of passion in your work. I really like the colors and the power that comes out of the piece.

  8. I love the composition. Your free motion quilting is so well done! Bravo.

  9. What beautiful detail you have managed to include in this piece which is a wonderful depiction of the story you describe. the fabrics, threads and stitching are perfect. Well done

  10. studiociboulette

    So deep and full of emotions. I love it. Beautiful piece!

  11. Never heard this story, it sounds fascinating! Your piece is full of details, a feast for the eyes!
    What a lovely way you have chosen to illustrate this beautiful story. Great composition and choice of fabrics! Bravo!

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