Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July is coming to a Close but I have GOOD things in store for you and I!

I thought I would start this blog with this silly cow I did. Decalf. Love the fabrics and colors. Very happy and that is what my quilts are about!

Above is a flower pattern that is in my Hoochy-Two-chy book. If you order this book this summer I have a box of Big Dots books in my garage and if you replace 5 inch dots of fused fabrics you can make anything in the book. I also have the pattern for My Autumn Scarecrow. I do not have the cover photo nor the instructions but it is simply fuse or applqie and using scraps it is awesome! I will include those two and a piece of fabric to any order of the book.
Go to Marylouquiltdesigns.com to sign up for my october 2017 retreat or the retreat next June. Patterns, many prizes (lovely), field trips to great quilt shops, lunch at the Coeur d'Alene Hotel (I pay for this, Dinner at Perry Street Pizza (I pay for this), access to my studio and it library, Classroom next door, fun girls who come, adventures and great instruction should you wish for making Story quilts, Flower quilts, pieced dogs and cats and raccoons and chickens and great borders. It is a ton of fun in both seasons. I hire great cooks who provide all meals and they are delicious!! It is a great time for all of us!
This quilt was made in one of my workshops by judy. Isn't this great?
This lady who is Pam Dransfelts Mother has passed on and this lovely quilt hangs in her Fathers retirement room. A great memory for the family. Just what a story quilt should be. What are you leaving for a memoriy of your life?
This quilt was made by Charlotte who had a dear brother die of AIDS. It is a memory of the things he loved. A lovely tribute to someone dearly loved.

A bit of one of my quilts. My Aunt and My husband and I.
 Hearts are important in quilts they say so much. These three represent my kids. Come to class and see all of the other things I add for symbolism. I am leaving alot to think about in my quilts.
Another self portrait.
Nancy was in my workshop and decided to do all flowers.
These flowers above and below are in the new book. Hoochy-Two-chy. They are fun.
I am having a senior moment. I want to say Judy did this quilt and I am pretty sure I am wrong. Sigh But it is a great story with the golf cart and the flower and books and chicken!
 Above this was done with one of my patterns. I love it!
 One of the Bunny Sisters, Laura from Texas did a story quilt about Grandmothers. Isn't this great? It is awesome now that it is done and a great memory for her kids and Grandkids.
 This was a quilt I did about my daughter and her friend who had A LEMONADE STAND one day. They were thrilled to make some money!

 I belive creating keeps you young and happy. If you are sitting around wishing, make it a point to create and enjoy life!
 This is me in Western Washington teaching at LaConner Museum. I have the New Mexico quilt behind me. I adore New Mexico!
 Below a self portrait of me and France.
 The cow below was done by Sue Cresse who does awesome quilts and has taken several classes and become a close friend. The best part of classes is the friendships you can make!
I truly believe this. I surprise myself sometimes and it is always something that seems to come out of thin air but not really. It is a gift if you believe God helps you. On my checks I have this quote "We continue God's creativity through our hands and artwork." And we do.  
Please comment it lets me know you are actually reading my posts. If yu do, I am going to put my berry pie recipe and a great salad recipe too! :-)
    Bless you this summer, have a happy time sharing and helping those that come along. And rink lots of water.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

(Backup) A Retreat Fit for Any Princess! A Stack of beautiful Tiaras Ready!

  2. Prizes are all ready for each day at my retreat. We will be using the Focused Fitness Classroom next door to my studio so I have access to my library, paints, quilts, fabrics and anything else we need to tell our life's Stories in beautiful fabrics. It is so much fun.
  3. We have girls coming from New York, Maryland, Virginia, California,  Canada, Spirit Lake, and Tri Cities.  Some people say that they cannot come because they live too far. That is the point of coming! Come see Washington and Idaho and the Great Northwest!
  5. I have NO IDEA why these numbers are showing up so ignore them please.
  6. The photo above is me in another cowgirl outfit. Think of this as a story quilt with cowboy boots, play gun, Hopalong Cassidy and the others and a horse! Every girls dream in my day!
  8. Part of my Story Quilt about John C. Campbell Folk Art School! Really a fun story to tell!

  10. I have been having so
  11. Much fun teaching Self Portraits! The idea is to tell who you are today!! Not what you look like but inside who you are!
  12. This is a story about a retired Stewardess and she used her 50 year old skirt to make the top. All of this is in the works but includes her pins, her hat and lots of other things she has kept!! Wonderful!

  14. The eyes here are just the best. So many ideas here and lots of color and texture will be added!
  16. It is a lot of fun to see what people choose for hair and skin!! 
  18. A sample of one of my pieces. My parents lived in Phoenix for 22 years as snowbirds. I decided this background was perfect!!
 One girl is going to do many blocks from my new book Hoochy-Two-chy. This dog is pretty darn lovable. Hee hee.
 I started this basket in my studio and I am working on borders. Then I am adding an angel and many flowers and leaves and some kind of a letter. Can't wait to continue it and tell a story about something in my life. What would you tell?
        I will be telling the dates for next year soon. I will have it during Farm Chicks and Art Fest again. It is so much fun going to see both. Farm Chicks is online if you Google it.
Later this week we will go to Coeur d'Alene Idaho fir a field trip and lunch at the hotel ad fabric shopping. It promises to be a great week for all of us!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

(Backup) Empty Spools experience for Mary Lou

 Beautiful flowers everywhere in Pacific Grove California     Flowers and succulents are happy here just like the people!
California Poppies and more
 The ocean views are exciting and beautiful!  
Flowers along the beaches are red red and wonderful!
Even weeds are exciting!

Large sprays of ocean water and smells out there today mixed with flower smells. Delicious!!
Those upper two photos got mixed around. BCk Porch is my favorite quilt shop! Amazing!
Gwen's (Marston) wonderful  work!
Dinner at Peppers with Melinda Bula last night and today at Red
House for lunch with Robyn Hazard and her husband. 😊👍
 My friend Sue sent me a photo of a dog she made from
The new book. Pretty cute I would say!!

I am ending with this photo taken here last month. It is always changing and always lovely. Stay tuned for what I do in my class with Lura Schwartz Smith. Can't wait!