She wrote to me
Thanks to Bee Happy for sharing your quilt photo!
Hopefully, I will get going on mine soon!
I remember this quilt and the fabrics were so pretty...it is far back here so you can't tell....it is always a really cool story. :0) Very fun to do something that everyone in the community and of coarse your family remembers! I love this.
Speaking of my workshop in Idaho....
Dear Mary Lou,
I took a class from you at Empty Spools back in March of 2007. I started this quilt in that class and finally finished it this last fall and wanted to share it with you. I am so happy with the way it turned out, in fact I just entered it in my guild's show (Mid Valley Quilt Guild) and it won a First Place Blue Ribbon (Traditional Mixed Wall Quilt) and two special recognition awards (Whimsical/Fantastical and Patchwork Humor).
This is what I wrote in my 50 word description: "I love Mary Lou Weidman! This quilt is a resutls of a class @ Empty Spools I took with her back in 2007. Bob and Bailey were two wonderful Labradors I had for 9 years. Bob always greeted people by running to get his dinner dish, then stacked Bailey's dish and a ball into his dish. He would run around with that stack until we all prasied him! The cat is Cleo." (They only gave me 50 words so I had to give the Readers Digest version.) I am sure you recognize several of the characters and flowers in this quilt, I poured over and over your book 'Quilted Memories' looking for ideas to fill up this quilt.
I have two quick Mary Lou stories to share with you as well.
1) I had no interest in quilting until I saw you on Simply Quilts in about 2001. You were talking about your Angel quilts and something just clicked in me and said "I could do that!". I have been an avid quilter since. And I can not express to you all the joy, creativity, friends and passion it has brought into my life!
2) A few years after that I was at the Sisters Quilt Show and took a picture of the cutest chicken quilt. I loved that quilt, and decided to make it, but I searched all over for the pattern, but finally decided to just make it without a pattern using my picture as a guide. It is one of my favorite quilts even now. About a year ago a good friend gave me your book 'Whimsies & Whynots' and I was amazed to see that very quilt in your book! You inspired me even when I didn't know it was you. Thank you!!!
Anyway I just wanted to share all this with you, and let you know you have an avid fan in Oregon (I am so honored by this letter tears come to my eyes)
Hi Mary Lou,
I took your class in 2011 at Cedar Lakes in May. I finally finished designing and creating the story quilt of our family vacation. It is a combination of 2 vacations... one with one daughter, husband and 5 grandchildren and the other with our other 2 daughters, their husbands and 4 more grandchildren. (Now there are 11). My husband is buried in the sand, the little boy with the boogie board represents all the little boys except Danny who is snorkeling. The little girl making the sand castle represents 3 little girls, the man in my son-in-law's boat represents all sons-in-law and the lady on the beach towel drinking a marguarita represents me and our 3 daughters. Our last name initials are on the boat and the year while FL and OBX on the airplane streamer says where we were.
Thanks for a chance to save this memory. Linda Luggen Certified Judge
The National Quilting Association, Inc.
I think I have not loaded everyone's photos they sent me here. Please send me a gentle reminder if your quilt did not make it here and I will happily post it.
I LOVE these special quilts. :0)