Sunday, March 23, 2014

Asilomar girls create great color, happy stories and use Process to stretch!

Isn't this the cutest? Nancy Donahoe took my Flower Power book and combined the flowers and also the frog pattern in the book. Isn't this the cutest? Happy and Spring like....just like Asilomar!

I love it! Carol who took my workshop made this adorable hat from the Flower Power book and she said she took my adnice from class and remembered that "Bigger IS better" for the flower...isn't this darling?
Elise was off and running with her blocks and the Flower Power book also...isn't her border looking like one happy Spring day??? Love it!
How happy for me! I had 20 of the nicest and most creative girls ever. We had alot of laughs and alot of sharing in class. Lots of good stories of our lives too. LOVED every minute of it. I went home happy and refreshed!
Who says a butterfly has to be boring? Isn't this great with the applique and the embroidered details???
It is fun to have serious butterflies and funny ones too. Judy did a funny one and I love it's face!
We trade fairy gifts in my longer workshops and Gail from Florida made each of us a fabulous pin cushion...isn't it COOL? Here is Gail below....
This was the cow quilt in the beginning but it didn't look like it does now...this is why process is so much fun-you never know what you will have!
The quilt below was made for a daughter who is graduating from Nurses School...we all laughed over the nurse sayings -very fun!
Below is Rosemary who lives in Hawaii and has three different radio programs for the blind. Isn't her quilt wonderful with these awesome, playful and inventive sail boats? LOVE this!

Below is May Wong's great border waiting for her three Grandchildren as toddlers...she has the drawing done and it is fabulous...waiting to see how wonderful it is as it progress's. She is now making a cow along with her Bee group....pretty fun!
Below Judy works on a quilt for her husbands that tells about the time his dog shot his hunting partner. :0)
Below is Carol's quilt, I love her colors and style!

Robin brought the most amazing colors...soft and kind of contemporary and we learned about how gray is a cool color and can recede like green, purples and blues....gotta show it whose boss with a few little secrets. This is beautiful..
Below I think this is Linda's wonderful blocks and she is doing a story about the seashore and her Grandkids...darling and beautiful blocks too!
This is Judy's happy quilt that will be called "Lil Dudes" about her twin Grandsons...very happy picture in the middle of these happy blocks!

Below is Leslie Matthews who has taken my class before and she had made a Baby Hawaii" quilt for her Granddaughter and then her other little Granddaughter said "when do I get MY Baby Hawaii 'quilt? So here is the second one getting done. isn't it wonderful?

Below is ___(having a senior moment cannot remember her name but will and will add it)  and she didn't want to start with the border so then she did some border and then got her girl larger and then got her items in there the right size etc. She decided to do a story about the places she has gone and visited....she also was doing an amazing cow but I cannot find those photos...nuts!
Below is the room or part of it...we had tons of room to enjoy creating!
Below is Biddy's quilt- she lives in Arkansas and she has a touch with contemporary looks ...isn't this gray wonderful? Her cow is awesome and she got most of her blocks done but I didn't get a photo....very cool!
Below is Elise's quilt-she is from Mass. and she has great color sense and fun. here she is looking to see if a cow will show up on this wonderful background! Her colors are super and she taught us all a lesson on value.
Below is Gayle's border blocks...she drives from Florida to California and stays for all five Asilomar sessions in Pacific Grove. She is doing that for a story!

Look at these dainty and beautiful blocks! I think these colors are fabulous and will be the perfect springboard for a story quilt! LOVE this!
Below is a border by Dwyta who lives in Spokane. I live in a small communtiy next to Spokane so we will probably work together when my life gets simpler. She might turn this into a cow. Once people saw the cow I brought they were inspired. Love the ideas in this creative and inventive class. Very nice having people who were willing to stretch and do something different!
I think these colors are so pretty! Just the ticket for a happy quilt with a great story!
We all laughed and LOVED this coffee pot by Margaret because if you turn it on it's side, it is a fish! Pretty wonderful, happy and inventive too! Margaret kept adding bits of black and white and it just added so much! Loved what the San Diego and oregon girls did...their tables were together.

Nancy Donahoe who has taken three of my ASILOMAR CLASSES Qwas working on an Antarctica quilt. It is her with wonderful penguins all around. She was appliquing it so it took some time. She has a fabulous pieced black and white and random colored blocks border. It is going to be awesome! Her drawing was adorable.
This was a wonderful and happy Asilomar Story Quilt week for me. If you would like to take my story quilt at Asilomar sign up for next year (in May at because the year after that I will be doing a Christmas quilt workshop. Hope you will come and do YOUR story for all to see and enjoy!


  1. That baby Hawaiian quilt is amazing love her fabric choice for the grass skirt. My friend Anna from Sisters was in your class can't wait to see what else you have to share.

  2. Thank you, Mary Lou, for sharing all the smiling faces and happy chaos of the sewing room! There's nothing like quilting in a group of happy people - it must be especially wonderful when it is led by an artist such as you!!

    The quilts all look wonderful - look forward to seeing pictures as the quilts evolve/are finished. The little Hawaiian girl is adorable! So many pretty flowers and the FROG!!

  3. What fun quilts and fun stories behind them.


  4. Love all the bright colors! How awesome it would be to be able to attend! Did Mark's car quilt get finished? Would love to see a photo of the finished quilt.