Friday, November 21, 2014

Jackson Hole provides Much for Visitors and Quilters who Live There

This week I taught the quilt guild in Jackson Hole Wyoming. This was exciting for me as I was born in Casper and worked at Yellowstone Park in college and visited Wyoming every summer with my family. It is in my heart and I adore it's rugged beauty.
Annie Mueller sent me a letter asking me to design a Moose for their guild. This was a fun idea and so I designed it and did the sample with Connie my neighbor. We created "duck duck Moose". It made us both laugh. We started another one and I took it for an example if an unfinished Moose. In a couple of weeks we will be selling the pattern. Can't wait to see the fun.
Checking out colors for "Ain't Moose Behavin!"
Merry ChrisMoose
Each Moose had its own beginning personality!
My computer has a horrible virus that we have been fighting and I am hoping to get corrections to the pattern so I can sell it soon! It is TOO much fun!
This has all kinds of Moose fabrics
Coronel Moosetachevin in the Library- she has great plans for lots of details!
Not the metals!
This place is fabulous any time of the year!
Some of our girls had four hour drives and we took this photo after they left- nuts! But the whole group was fun and great cooks as well as creative sewing girls.
One of the girls took this photo outside her home the morning we began.
I took this amazing photo- on the left side you see some little dots that form a line in the snow back by the mountain. It is about 1000 elk all huddled together laying down. The huge stags were closer to the right but all you saw were huge horns next to each other. Amazing!
     We have such a beautiful country and such amazing and good women quilters. Each one the artist of their own creations. We are ALL Art Quilters! My Grandmothers were and my Mother was and my Aunts. It is art grown from necessity. My Aunt was appalled I bought fabric for my quilts. She would really be disgusted today. Haha.
      My son is here to work on my computer virus. I am praying he fixes it as I owe some of you answers to booking teaching in 2016. I cannot get to those until he fixes my computer . I am sincerely sorry. 

Monday, November 3, 2014

West Virginia IS HEAVENLY and so are their quilters

So I have been trying to catch up with my posts and it is hard since I have done so much (and could not figure put how to post on my iPhone). So now I can even though if is kind of hard. This week I am in Cedar Lakes in Ripley and the capital of WV , Charleston..I have taught Story Quilts here for five years.     
Tonight we had show and tell and girls came back with their story quilts from years past either done or almost.
      Mary did a quilt above , and below too about her husband who passed away. When they went to bed she would say "good night husband " and he would answer "good night wife." She put things in that reminded her of him. Quite wonderful.

June did a story about her Grandmother going to the Outhouse and being bitten on her bottom by a chicken. I thought this was quite a cute story quilt!

Sharon from Kentucky made this three generation quilt about her Mother and Grandmother and she sewing. I think it is wonderful! Photos do not do it justice!
The trees are just fabulous. The color, the air, the water, the coveted bridge here ! All so beautiful! And the girls who come from near and far are all
First rate fabulous- no kidding!
Deb made this story quilt from her Granddaughters drawing about their fog who caught a critter. It is wonderful in person! She hand wrote the story and it is on the back- wonderful. A little creativity equals an amazing quilt!
Great blocks to start off by Ginny.
Show and tell
Was fun when Stephanie showed her knitted hat!
Stephanie made us all Aprons and this was what mine said- made me smile Big!
This is Gloria who we ALL love. She is always upbeat and fun and helpful . Everyone who works here has that WestVirginia  humor and kindness . I think it is the air and beauty that foes it,,
June started this quilt last year. It is covered in beads and buttons and fun stuff.
I am going to end with what I always tell my students. "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you always hot."
     Are you still doing the same thing without risking the joy of creativity? Maybe now is the time to
Plan a change. It is SO much fun!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Salt Lake City Exciting fun for Mary Lou

So I was invited to teach for the Utah Quilt Conference . I did not know what a treat I was in for! Everyone there was SO very very nice and creative too! Lots of laughter and color and fun !
I taught my Autumn Sampler quilts and Flower Power and Hoochy Mama quilt classes! Great fun .
As you can see we had lots of variety.
I have to say I think this is the cutest photo ever of Mrs . Dye and her girl! She really got into Hoochy piecing!
Above is my hostess with the MOSTEST! She is holding a pair of witch shoes from Enhland. She took me yo this amazing place with witches all over the place and there was a shop with witch hats, shoes, dresses and jewelry etc. it was amazing! 
Sharon was amazing and have a fabulous class on her favorite things and she brought kitchen utensils and sewing gadgets and the most delicious recipes with samples of each. It was the best class I ever took! Sharon is LDS and as every one knows they know how to cook , bake, care family and save money! 
At lunch I looked around and saw NO one was drinking coffee... I wondered what planet I was on. :0)
     I had a lovely time along with Ami Simms who gave a great program as always! Love teaching in the Fall ! Energizing and fun with nice quilters!
I really see where students are more willing to stretch and get put of the box far more than they used to in my classes. I think they "get it " now and can run with it.
     I came from an art background and I see where people can listen and take art principles and put them into quilts in a great way! Sure is fun watching this develop!