Thursday, March 27, 2014

COLOR, Flower Power and MORE Color!

I needed a shot in the arm of color today. It is kind of sad during this time with my husband being sick but we both try hard to count our many blessings. So I turned to thought of color in fabric! Why not?
 Found this great photo of Ann's quilt (she is from Copenhaugen) and I love her European flavor....NICE colors on gray-hint: if the gray is TOO cool, it will slurp up your goodl colors (I call it coloring sucking)-some lavendars (firty) and greens (dirty and greyed) and checkboards do the same thing. beware!
 Love the colors and flower in front of tessuti Zoo in Pacific Grove- my favorite shop!
 Speaking of Pacific Grove, I love these real flowers that are always in bloom in Pacific grove when I teach at Asilomar there. Note: Next year will be my last Story quilt class for at least two years. I am switching to Christmas so if you want to take the story quilt class, sign up in May at for next year. I will be there the last session and the best time with weather to visit
 Here is a sampler I did of Flower Power samples ...great color and fun- still need to add the buttons to the middle of the flowers and I am going to use perle cotton on the!

More flowers from in front of tessuti Zoo- so happy, so colorful!
 Above is a sample of a story quilt using some hoochy animals I designed...I am trying to remember the wonderful girl who took my retreat AND asilomar and did this...wonder if she finished it? Awesome

A clock wall at Tessuti Zoo in California...a must see!
And below a green wall with handmade aprins and lovely cups and more clocks and lots of fun....
 Here is a wonderful class I taught in Illinois this past year. These girls rocked at experimenting and having fun. Loved being there!
Flowers where I live also! and a little house somewhere that I want to live in. PLEASE.
I want to buy this little house when I win the lotto (in Pacific Grove- though I told friends I wold buy a huge place so we could all have slumber parties there. Right now I could not afford a trailer there...Haha
The quilt below is by my friend Linda Pederson who I think is exceptional with COLOR and applique skills...I envy her talents!

Below is just a portion of my John C. Campbell quilt. I hope to have it done the end of this is really fun.
 The quilt below is from a Spokane retreat girl named Jennine...she goes by J-9 -love her Flower Power style!

 These fish were from one of my block swaps...pretty fun fish I would say, my favorite is on the lower right
 Sandi from Canada is working on this the colors and the fun!
Below are students samples of birds, hearts and hoochy blocks...pretty and fun!
Below is J-9's quilt it
Hope you enjoyed a little vacation of color and fun. Color can take me on a vacation any day and when it is used in quilts in fun ways, I am extra blessed. Hope you are too!
   Here is a link to Anna's blog who has a nice little snippet of the Asilomar week I attended. I look drug out for sure but have a good reason for it. I had FUN and positive girls in my workshops ad that made my week great! Plus selling that large quilt to Del Thomas for her quilt collection. Blessings are nice when you appreciate them! Have a colorful week, friend!


  1. Thank you for that little vacation. It is something I needed today. Bless you.

  2. Mary Lou,
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Last summer we were in Pacific grove and stumbled upon Tessuti Zoo. LOVED IT. It made me think of you and I asked the woman if she was familiar with your work...she says "She's my friend!". It made sense. What a fun place! Bright, colorful, creative and cheerful- just like you! Praying for continued strength and comfort of faith during this time.
    Mary Beth

  3. Oh I love the riot of colour in your quilts - I must see if any of your books are still available.

  4. Thank you, Mary Lou, for the vacation to Pretty Place where flowers bloom in a riot of beautiful colors and quilts abound with fantastic flowers and creatures!

    I really appreciate your sharing all the colorful pictures, especially today as we get ready for a really rainy weekend ;-}

  5. You are my kind of girl...tons of color and lots of fun!!! Your students must be having a ball working on their quilts at home now. I know I wanted to jump ship and come over and make a story quilt of my own. Very inspiring!...and therapeutic I'm sure.


  6. WOW Mary Lou! The John C. Campbell quilt that you posted is FANTASTIC! Can't wait to see it done! WOOHOO!! Love the borders !

  7. I think the flowers in the 4th picture are called Tower of Jewels. One of our neighbors had some in his garden.

  8. You and your husband and family are in my prayers. You post was beautiful!

  9. Dear Mary Lou, I'm sending you hugs. And, prayers. It helped me to look for a 'smile' daily when John was so ill. I've continued it now that he is gone. Something little will just brighten your day. Many are God things. No one else could have known just exactly what we need right then. Love, MaryJo