Friday, September 12, 2014

Pumpkin swap for Mary Lou's block swap group! Do I need to start a club???Salt Lake Fall class such fun!

The darling pumpkins above are by my friend Sandy Fisher. Aren't they are hoot???
So I have had a block swap group for a long time and we swap all kinds of stuff I dream up. This month it was pumpkins and they are so much fun!
I did mine and I have more and better ideas for next time I make these.
I got a couple of requests for a club Mary Lou and it might be a good idea.
For my swap block ladies, don't worry we will still keep our group!
I have too many ideas and not enough time!

Here is my new pin! Isn't it darling? I am selling them $5. or 3 for $10. I am also giving them away with any order of a book.
Soon I will have a Moose pattern for $12.50 and it will be free with those too. Really cute in person! All you have to do is go to something and where you write the note- tell me how many pins you want and that you do not want the product you ordered. :0) I fill the orders so I will know what you want (the pins) and I will send them out. Thank you for ordering-this money helps me pay my expenses.
Below was my inspiration!
I want to do a little Autumn booklet though it probably will not come out until spring because I had too much going on this year with Mark. It will be worth the wait. Look below! And I have more and better ideas to go along with these! :0) Also offer a Fall workshop for guilds and shops.
And below is my friend Camille's pumpkins for our swap-aren't they fun???

These make happy happy quilts! We have 14 people in the Mary Lou swap of pumpkins so there will be loads of variety. Cannot wait to get ahold of them and make a quilt! I wanna be happy and wanna make happy quilts!

Below is my friend Dwighta's quilt which was hanging at AQS in TN-it is wonderful and she made it in my Asilomar story quilt class last year-isn't she good with colors and design? Love this!

I know I shared this before but it still makes me laugh!

Have a good week, be kind and pay it forward in some way. Be what is right with this world. No pushing, no shoving and no unkind someone we all love to be around and you will be happier too! Love you friends.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Cows that keep MOOving to the herd, Maxine,Mary Lou's Easy Piecing class plus Do a Story Quilt!

How is this for a cow quilt! A lady named Butch Bovan who lived not that far from me did this and also the one below! Isn't she a  great artist!
Look at the boots and the many great details in this quilt. Mel and I are hoping these two cows can join the herd! Awesome stuff.

This is also by Butch and her words and details make you laugh. She carves and paints and is really a fun artist! These are so different from the other cows. Great job Butch!
I have been talking about my Prada shoes. This isn't what normal people think of for Prada but back about 15 years ago when I was doing a gig in Kansas City, I went to Halls' and I fell in LOVE with these shoes! They were about $250. I thought that was nuts but I was earning money and so I bought them and I have worn them all the time since then I still love them. The money was well spent. :0)

O just created a ppieced witch that I will be showing as a pattern soon. You will LOVE it. She is adorable. The witch here is one of my story quilts...quite fun too.
If you have not taken a story quilt class from me you would love it and if you don't have one close by, set one with with your girlfriends. You need three days to five days. Lots of process and things to learn. VERY fun.

I heard from Kate Jones who lives in Door County- a place I longed to visit for it's beauty. It isn't going to happen because the powers that be do not want to spend the money. Boo hooo hoooo.
     Anyway, she had some Jane Sassaman fabric she needed to use for a challenge and so she used it here. If you read this program she has done, there are many clever cow ideas here! Love the colors, the cleverness and the Jane Sassaman fabric- she is an awesome designer.  Great job being creative and clever Kate!
I teach a class called easy piecing and we start with traditional blocks like those seen here and then go into Flowers and birds from Flower Power etc. Next year I will be doing a new booklet to replace both Hoochy Mama quilts and also Flower Power quilt and putting them into one book with hats and other cool things using this method! GREAT fun!

Thought I would leave you with something to smile about from Maxine and something to think about- get creative and be happy!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Well, I have had stacks and stacks of buildings and houses sitting around and yesterday Connie came over and we grabbed some of them and started sewing a neighborhood.  There is still more to do and we have another row that is in pieces and a nice border picked out to surround the while thing. I plan to do some embroidery and add buttons for flowers, some rick rack here and there and maybe a small bird or two. 

    Some of you in my block exchange will recognize YOUR house! I have both friend's houses and my houses and trees from the tree swap we did. The houses were smaller so the tall trees are put away with more houses and we will probably do those too.

    While looking through the vault of blocks and things to sew together we found some great Fall blocks I had forgotten about so those will be put together into a little wallhanging to take to Salt Lake and other places I travel.
It is so much fun sewing with a friend.

     We put some Pandora tunes on and we both just sew and invent and laugh. It is really fun and this won't just be an ordinary house after house quilt. It will be unique and happy and little surprises if you look!  It is those surprises that make sewing things like this fun. We both agree that to be surprised is delightful and so fun and we love this aspect of creating! Keep in mind this is only the beginning of this wallhanging and you will love it once it is done!
I am going to offer the quilt below as a workshop in Lancaster PA if they choose it for AQS.  It is a fun Flower Power class and I have some ideas for really fun pots if you would like to change them. Color makes these sing!
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This is the culmination of many swaps we did in my swap group. Rebecca Shafer my clever friend is putting hers all together. This would be a fun workshop if your guild might be interested.It would have to be at least two day
The leaf below is just one of the things I am using to build a nice little Fall Wall hanging...color and shape makes Fall images wonderful
More PARTS from my Fall Wallhanings...I actually have more parts than I need...isn't that nice? LOVE my crazy crows and owls...just wait until you girls see them!

This has been a lovely week for me and I feel a lottle Fall in the air even though it is still quite warm-my tomatoes are in abundance and the squirrels outside are digging up my yard hiding nuts and who knows what else -sigh. I do sleep better in the Fall and I love to take deep breaths of the air as I walk. I am thankful for many many blessings and you are on that list. Hope to see you this year or next for laughs and creating and fun! Let's explore and invent!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

STORIES in West Virginia! Come join the fun and just in time!!! ALSO a cow idea....

NOVember 2nd through 7th is my STORY QUILT Retreat in West Virginia at Cedar Creek in Ripley West Virginia. The beauty there is like no other place and we have a blast!
.I goofed and said I was doing a Christmas class when in fact it is a STORY QUILT CLASS.
I will be bringing some recipes  like my Aunt May's raisin cream pie which is delicious and my fajita recipe which also is wonderful and one night we have a kind of party and we all pitch in to buy cheese, breads, and good stuff-people bring wine and some people bring their favorite non alcoholic beverage. Every year our gurus of craft do a great demo on something really fun to make and they bring the stuff! Last year we had two or three great projects and I mean great! This year we have a button project that is going to be awesome and June always teaches us something that is know like I mean a good thing you will want to show friends and wear or show off. If you come bring buttons because she has lots to show! I will probably bring something fun for an idea. I will probably bring some kind of pattern to give out that is new and no one has seen! Bring a story about you or someone you love and let's turn it into a great quilt!!!
Please consider coming. West Virginia isn't that far for you girls who want me to come East!
(NOTE TO JULIEROSE_ this is why you take a class- I help you let go-ask others! The class is the best way to get OUT OF THE BOX!!! You would love it-honest

OR you might want to learn how to do free form birds ow maybe a cow you have in mind. Come and join the fun.
We have one in West Virginia if you live East and one in Truckee if you live West. Both are an easy plane ride.

Hope to see you in West Virginia.
Don't forget about the story quilt class in Tahoe if you are in the West!
For those of you who want a new cow idea, how about COWton Abbey or MOOnions (as in Minions)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

STORY QUILT CLASS IN TAHOE THIS OCT! Come for the beauty and creativity this time of year!

So I was invited to do a story quilt class in Tahoe which is beautiful in October!I am hoping some people who want to do story quilts and want to see some of my new drawings with stories would love to come and tell their story, make an Autumn quilt with patterns of ideas of Mary Lou's, make a cow quilt (many do), tell someone else's story and just come and enjoy the beauty, FUN people, laughs, learn about what is wrong with your stash that maybe you never thought about, learn about color from someone who started out as a painting artist and knows some secrets others don't, learn how to think creatively and just have a wonderful time! here is the info

 HOUSE PHONE: 530-550-9606 Ann’s Cell 530-308-1840 The house is approximately 7 minutes drive from down town old Truckee. Elevation is at 6750 ft. DIRECTIONS: I 80 EAST TO EXIT 188B, SIERRAVILLE 89. Turn Left onto 89; go through first Roundabout following 89 north, go ¾ around second Roundabout, to take ALDER DRIVE. Proceed up Alder Drive 0.9 mile to a LEFT on Beacon Rd, go up through 7 big curves on Beacon Rd, 0.5 mile, until Alder Hill Rd on LEFT. GATE CODE: 5149 on Alder Hill Rd. Driveway to the house is .7mile from gate on left. It is the first house down the hill on the left, you will see the roof with grasses and wild flowers on it. GPS or MapQuest may give you the exit before the one I have recommended but then there are 3 roundabouts to go through to get to Alder Drive. You will end up in the same place.
-FRIDAY: Arrive in the afternoon any time after 3PM. Time to get set up, get acquainted and enjoy the mountain, happy hour and dinner -
QUILT CLASSES: SATURDAY, 9:00(8:30?)AM-12:00, 1:30-5:00: SUNDAY 9:00(8:30?)AM-12:00, 1:30-4:30

 ACCOMIDATIONS: Upstairs (FLIGHT OF 23 STAIRS) will sleep 10 all in own bed: 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms: 3 bedrooms sleep 2 and 1 bedroom sleeps 4. Everyone can use any bathroom that is free. Powder room is off hall downstairs. All beds have sheets and at least one comforter and there are pillows for all. If you could bring your own towels it would be appreciated, although if you forget there are ones available. Feel free to bring your own pillow and hair dryer.

 WINDOWS: There are no window dressings on any windows. The house is on 20 acres of woods, there is only one close neighbor Dan and Anne down the hill, we cannot see their house. Only two other residences are full time on the hill and one is at the gate and one about .3 mile away down the hill. So there is no one to see inside the house.
 Snacks in the morning and afternoon, coffee, tea, water available all the time. Feel free to bring additional drinks and snacks. Happy Hour Friday and Saturday is BYOB.
SEWING ITEMS PROVIDED: tables, chairs, irons and boards, 2-3 cutting stations with cutting boards, extension cords as needed. BRING YOUR OWN: sewing machine, rotary cutter and other items that Mary Lou will include in her instructions. Also an extra light, turning cutting board and seat cushions may be useful for this class.-
    Mountain Honey Stitching, a small sewing and fabric shop is near the Truckee airport that is open until 5:30 Friday and all day Monday. Windy Moon Quilt Shop is only 25 minutes away in Reno and open all weekend, if you forget an essential item or just want to shop.

 MEDIA: Excellent cell phone reception for AT&T and Verizon, wi-fi network to each bedroom, docking stations for charging and music for smart phones or ipods in bedrooms, 160 inch screen for DVD’s in theater, so bring quilting programs for viewing, and there is a modest library of quilt books. OTHER

RELAXING ACTIVITIES: outdoor hot tub, patio lounge chairs with a view, walking private

 Registration for Mary Lou Weidman 3 DAY QUILT Workshop IN TRUCKEE October 11-13, 2014 Storybook Quilt NAME:_________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________________________________ PHONE:_______________________ E MAIL:___________________________________ ROOM MATE PREFERENCE IF ANY: NAME:_____________________________________ NAME AND CONTACT INFO. OF PERSON IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:_____________________________________________________________ • Friday-Monday-3 nights stay, meals, snacks and Classes=$630 to pay in full • $200.00 deposit or pay in full, due before Aug 1, 2014 and balance of $430 By Sept 1 • $200.00 deposit now and monthly payments of at least $50.00 until paid in full by Sept 1 Please make checks out to Breznock Ranch and send to: 27956 State Hwy 128, Winters, CA 95694: 530-308-1840 No cancellation refunds after Sept 1 unless we can fill your spot. All cancellations will incur a $35 fee. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of participants is not reached and all moneys will be refunded to you. Mary Lou taught this class at Asilomar this year!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Darling BIRDS- Great Polka Dots, Jason is an IronMan, Fun, Jennifer Sampou fabric and some treats at the end

Do you like color and whimsy and birds like I do? These birds were done by me and my friends in my block swap. I just sashed them in with my friend and neighbor Connie and it was alot of fun! This will look smashing on an entry wall in my home as a "WELCOME"! 

I am going to teach a workshop of birds starting Sept. I know for sure I will teach this in June next year for  It is a very fun and easy workshop and we laugh alot too!
 The dots I used for the sashing in Michael Miller dots. The colors were perfect and whimsical which I must have in what I work with!
If you would like to book a workshop , contact me at   We love color and we love fun! This makes for positive thinking and new friends!

 HELP!!!! I have started a project with this very old Jennifer Sampou dot from Robert Kaufman and these little strips is ALL I have left. Can you help me finish my quilt? I need at least a yard of any color way of this! Thank you friends!
I love Maxine because she is funny and tells the truth!
OK I admit it and I cannot let the fact go that my sweet son made Iron Man this weekend in Whistler BC, Canada. My Grandparents would have been thrilled as they were from BC and my husband Mark who died in May was there with him in spirit I know.

2 1/2 Miles swimming, 112 miles biking up steep mountain terrain and 26.2 miles running and all in less than 14 hours!
This kid had leukemia as  child and his knees were honeycombed and eaten away when he was diagnosed and his shoulder bone as eaten away as well. God was good since they misdiagnosed him for weeks and by the time they figured it out, his prognosis was terrible. God blessed him and us and today he is an Iron Man. I wish his Dad had been there at the finish line to hug him. I stayed home because I could not take another one- all I do is worry!
I am so proud and so happy that this NICE young man is an Iron Man!

 I love Maxine because she tells the truth whether it hurts or not-she is funny with the truth!
 A beautiful bouquet of sunflowers for you!
I ended with a good thought- Be NICE to everyone! It'll make friends and share the love- which we need!