Phew! Its hot but oh so beautiful! I am putting photos of my backyard on my blog and showing things I am doing this summer! Hope you are enjoying ice tea, lemonade, colorful fabrics, summer cow quilts, dogs and cats from my new book (Hoochy Two-chy), good friends, family get togethers, water, blessings that show up here and there, Green leaves and plants and the bounty of summer. I got enough huckleberries to make a cream pie which I do once a year! Delish!
I am working on embellishing a quilt about where my husband and I met and the lakes and oceans we enjoyed that first year together. Lovely and we were so young and had so much to go through. Too many stories to do all of the quilts but this one is fun. I am using rick rack in a fun way for waves and beads for lights on the lighthouse and buttons for trims on the houses and flower gardens. It is a good chance to think of the old days and how lovely it was.
I have made a list of stories that are important to include before I die. There are things I want to be remembered for. I would like to do a small quilt about my Mother (who was a good softball player when she was young) and she had a lovely garden, liked to cook and was fun. My Dad had so many things that I would like to say about him. He kept me in buttons to this day thanks to garage sales and each Christmas he took me out to a lovely restaurant and bought me something I really wanted. It was very special. He had 6 siblings and they were Irish and a lot of great stories there. I seem to never run out of stories of my Grandparents.
This month I am invited to a dinner and a luncheon with my grade school friends from 1st through 8th grade. I loved living in that neighborhood and have so many lovely memories of school. Halloween parties, Christmas and growing up together. I have not seen most of them for over 50 years! But I remember them so well and dearly. Lovely children now grown. I moved away in 9th grade. I will no doubt have a great story or two after the get together.
I am hooked on florals for a basket or I should say baskets from the Hoochy Two-chy book. There are so many pretty ones and I am adding a chicken or two and some other fun things. I teach this as a class and it is fun to add other things to make a one of a kind basket and think of a Fall basket or a Christmas basket or? So many ideas.
I am hosting a Retreat in October as well as next June. You can find information on these if you click on "retreat." There have been many prize winning quilts made here. And ideas from the girls and from me. I have my library open and my studio where we can find just the right touch to make your quilt a lasting memory that people will love. I have things in the works here and next door to my studio is a lovely classroom and great cooks to provide all meals except a lunch and a dinner on our field trips which I pay for. Its not only fun but an opportunity to make lasting friendships with women from east to west. I have already started to gather gifts. You get nice things each day. It is so much fun!
I am cleaing out my inventory and I found a box of "Autumn" scarecow patterns. I do not have any covers left and will find a photo to post on my blog and facebook. It has a darling scarecrow and a cat and a chicken and pumpkins. It is a true "Mary Lou" pattern. I also found a box of Big Dots books. The fabric called Big Dots is gone but they are five inch circles so you can fuse anything instead of using the fabric. I am offering these two things with any order of "Hoochy Two-chy" or an order of two of my patterns or an order of the angel BOM. I will throw in a fabric surprise of GOOD new fabric too.
Sewing on the deck at night is fun and thankfully I have air conditioning here at the studio. It is cool and alovely to sew here! I finished up a couple of portrait quilts for classes this Fall. I have openings for next year if your guild wants a fun lecture and fun, ah ha! class! Please contact me.
Stay hydrated, do something nice for someone, give a hug (its healthy for both of you), Keep a gratitude journal, smell the flowers, smile and feel the good feeling a smile can give! You mean alot to me and I am thankful for my friends and pray for them. I pray for good things to come your way in the way of happy attitudes and thankful hearts. Blessings to you.
It is a beautiful and happy sunny day. I have a pile of fabrics to make blocks from the new book with and am making plans for good ideas you would like to see in this club. I am giving out a nice prize of pretty fabrics to the person with the best idea. :0) FUN is going to be the theme and sharing friendships as has always been a theme in all of my clubs and blogs. Many of you have been with me for years and I thank you for that. Friends and Quilts are my favorites along with great colors and embellishments and giggles.
I am preparing for my retreat and we will have great prizes and alot of fun! I have new samples and enthusiasm and we have really creative people attending! What fun! Once the retreat is over weI will announce the dates for next year. I think I have waited to late to announce and there are people interested now in signing up and planning a fun trip to see this part of the world, tell their stories for history, Meet new lifetime friends, visit great shops, see Farm Chicks, visit Coeur d'Alene Idaho, see my studio, enjoy great food, and other surprises.
My book has been well received and I have gotten many nice personal letters from those that are stretching and getting out of the box as I have always invited people to do! Yes I do sell these wholesale to shops, just contact me for details. For those of you who d not want to use a charge card you may send a check through snail mail. Send it so Mary Lou Weidman, 2406 S. Dishman-Mica, Suite 5, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. The book is $22. and priority postage is 7.50 shipping and handling. for a total of $29.50. The book has many many ideas and get some friends together to stretch and have fun!!
The last couple of weeks I was in Dallas teaching self portraits! The idea is to think of who you are "inside" today and not what you look like! The results are awesome. The girls in Dallas are so much fun and they took me on some adventures and I am hooked! Would love to just go to visit and see what all I missed! Lovely guild members there. And alot of talent!
From Dallas I went to Atlanta to see my friend Kathy Collins who I just adore. She has made many winning Story Quilts over the years and has an amazing history of what and who is important to her. I admire her great style and she and her husband are great historians who are sure to teach you alot about our country and anything brought up historial! We went to the Atlanta Historical Museum with many mnay acres of gardens. The Swan house was amazing. The trees in Atlanta are just thick. If you have never been there it is friendly people and green trees thick everywhere and the most beautiful leaves and shades of green! It is a beautiful city with alot to do!
From Atlanta, I drove to John C.Campbell to teach a story quilt class! Loved the girls in the class and their stories and sense of fun and sentiments. The stories are always amazing! I took many photos of leaves this time. I normally only do this in the Fall. The spring greens were lovely and the red bud tree was so pretty with reds and greens! It just made me think I want to do more leaves in what I am working on now! I believe I might see some of these girls next year at my retreat. Will be fun to show them this part of the US. It is beautiful also in a different way. We have alot of trees and lakes and mountains here. The gardens at John C.Campbell are always lovely and I went there to visit the chickens several times. Wanted to sneak one into my suitcase. I was good though and let them stay there with the most handsome rooster I have ever seen!
I have good news for those that live East of Washington State! I will be teaching at Madeline Island school of the Arts in October next year! https://secure.madelineartschool.com/Classes_detail.cfm?recordno=26&Product_CatalogID=555&ProductNumber=QMLW100818&ProductCode=48&NewProduct=0 I asked for October because of the color and the beauty there that time of year. I am excite about this and plan to make a large story quilt to bring with Autumn ideas of some of my story ideas in my life and hope you have ideas to come and enjoy. Many of you have asked for Story quilts classes closer to the East. For those of you who like California, I am teaching at Asilomar next year too. There is nothing like a Story quilt class to help you leave a legacy quilt telling who and what you love.
Have a wonderful time this time of year. I just love the colors, the ideas and the pure joy. If you are thinking of something sad, turn it around with happy music, weeding your friendship garden of begative friends (Wjimsies and Whynots suggestion), being around young people, helping someone who needs help, getting outside, going for a walk and starting a new happy quilt and making blocks out of my new book! Hoochy Two-Chy. God bless you today. YOU make ME happy!
Just got back from beautiful Asilomar in Pacific Grove. I took a class on painting things with inks. So much fun and a step back into realism. The girls that go are all lovely and Suzanne and Gail who are in charge do everything they can to make it a wonderful time. Food was good this year and lattes there are great! The ocean had many beautiful flowers all around and it was lovely to walk and see families on the beach making castles...it was very windy but the ocean is a draw and two days I saw many surfers out there. Burrrrrr. Lots of lovely spring casual outfits and fun hats. Made me want to sketch and do some things with people at the beach!
I am on my way to Dallas in the Morning for a lecture and then self portraits. These are self portraits of who you are "inside" not outside. We vary the faces and hair and eyes. It is all about who you imagine you are that day! Imagination and creativity are the point of these great quilts. Lots of fun and bring smiles from the creatoers and the viewers. Being happy is the point while we create and create something original and happy. Who doesn't want the goal of their life to be happy and positive? We all should! A happy life is a good life!
After I leave Dallas I am on my way to Atlanta and then I will drive to John C.Campbell Folk School. We will work on story quilts there in an area that is lovely and rich for creative thinking and going back to our happy memories. I have a very full class so there will be many stories and the studio there is quite well lit and nice. The walking trails are great and the people from all over the world that attend are so very nice. Meals are communal and so you sit with someone new every day and you learn about them and the areas they come from and what they do etc. It is lovely to see all of the folk art there and the things for sale in the shop.
I get home and get the gifts and lovely fabrics together for the retreat girls and the handouts and some of my paints to show ideas for lettering and adding paint to fabrics in the Story quilts. I will be showing great ideas with Easy Piecing and discussing my new book and the Block of the Month we will be offering. Farm Chicks will be the fun event to kick us off. Thousands of people fly and rive in to shop there. SO many ideas and fun things to see! It fills many buildings and has everything you could imagine. I always find treausres there! We will wear our tiaras and then we will go out to Perry Street Pizza for dinner! Wonderful place with great pizza! Looking forward to our field trip to Coeur d'Alene and lunch at the large hotel too. Lots of fun things planned and fun girls coming this year. Happy they can see my studio and we will have everything we need right next door to our classroom. The people who own this complex are hoping girls will bring quilts to hang and show off in the foyer. Sounds cool! They are lovely to work with! And I love my studio! Can't wait to see everyone come to town! :0)
Spring is a time of hope and happiness and I am focusing on things that are positive and good and true and excellent and beautiful. No time to listen to negative things that bring me down. As you get ready for warm weather and beauty, think positive, happy and lovely thoughts of things and places and nice people!
I appreciate YOU stopping here. There are books and patterns and fun fabrics for sale. Thank you for supporting me Friend.
It is a lovely sunny day outside and two days past Easter. I spent Easter again this year at the Mission with the homeless who hang on every word said there and their faces show it. It is lovely. One man and one woman share how their lives took a bad turn and often it is related to their family growing up. Loving mentors help put their lives on track with love, understanding and no condemnation. When we know better, we do better. This is what the world needs. Being taught better methods to be giving and a blessing in life to others which actually blesses them. :0)
I am getting ready for many things on my plate. I will be taking a class at Asilomar and kind of doing my own take so I finish it. It is a class from Lenore Crawford and we will be fusing. I do not use glue or fusibles normally but I like stretching and doing things that are out of my comfort zone. "If you always do what you have always done, you always get what you've always got!" And NO ONE should want that! Right> We want to grow!
I will be leaving Asilomar and going to Dallas to teach self portraits. My self portraits as they are "who you are feeling you are that day INSIDE." Not what you look like. Thats too predictible. It is fun to see the ideas and creativity and growing in this class. I am thankful it is two days which it really needs to be too have time to think overnight. :0) I am a process teacher and this is the process.
From Dallas I will be flying to Atlanta to drive to John C.Campbell folk school. A lovely place to learn and stretch and have time to think about who you are as an artist and a quilter and as a person. No one teaches there for the money as it is little but for the experience of many people there sharing ideas in many classes and meals served family style. The people in the community are lovely and loving and it is an experience like no other place I teach. Lovely and fulfilling.
Two weeks after that I will be hosting girls from all over the US, Canada and a part time resident of Germany. I have lots of fun things planned and a great cook that will be making sure we are full and happy while we stretch and grow and create! What fun! We have a field trip I love going to Coeur d'Alene for adventure and beauty and fabric and great food at the Coeur d'Alene Hotel which is lovely. Lots of prizes and tiaras and Farm Chicks and adventure and life long friendships. A treat for us all.
My new book is out and is great and its fun to see what people come up with by changing angles and sizes. The idea is great quilts and imagination and giggles as you sew and stretching. For $22. it is a good buy. I have also included what is wrong with your stash which every quilter should know! Your stash is what makes your quilt!
I hope you have fun and positive things planned for the sunny time of our year here in the US and for Fall in Australia and New Zealand. No matter what the time of year, be a blessing to others by sharing what has been shared with you. Stay away from negative people, negative energy, negative comments and choose instead to be around laughter, good vibes, upbeat people and people whose purpose is to make the world a happy and better place.
I appreciate YOU and hope you enjoy what I provide. I have some fun fabrics that you might not be able to find other places. They normally are sold out immediately and that is why I have them here. :0)
Happy and Colorful Greetings to my friends coming to my new website. It is long past due and there are things I need to add as time lets me.
Many changes are coming along to my life. Two years ago I lost my husband of 45 years to cancer and the next year I found out I had cancer. After treatment I am cancer free. Hooray. Now, my daughter and her 15 year old and 12 year old will be moving in which is quite wonderful. Both children are straight A students and really very thoughtful and sweet.
I needed to free up my studio in the daylight basement for a TV family room for the kids and so my Happy news is I have a new studio space in a wonderful space about five minutes from my house. My daughter in law helped me pack a studio I have had for 28 years. Imagine! Oh so many treasures I had forgotten about and lots to go to the Mission store. You cannot keep everything. I gave away a few quilts and lots of gadgets, gizmos and dolls, projects, baskets etc etc. It felt great to purge. Tomorrow I move in. I will be posting photos here and there and I will have them on my blog and Facebook. I am so excited to have a new clean space in Bright warm yellow and turquoise. Just the thing to be creative. Later on I will have a SMALL retail space but not for awhile.
I have some patterns I am developing and hopefully some kits once my fabric gets there. They tell me spring. I am working on some smaller little story quilts. Fun ideas and embroidery and some beads make them extra fun!
Speaking of story quilts I will be teaching this at Emptyspoolsseminars.com and also at John C. Campbell Folk School the end of May. I have some drawings I am bringing to help out. My new book will be available then also.
“Hoochy Twochy” is at the printers but most likely with their schedule it will not be done until after Christmas. I am down the list. I am including the seven styles of fabric and what Is wrong with your stash you might want to think about. There are secrets to making a great quilt and sometimes its nice to see how to improve your colors and impact. I am excited about the whimsical dogs, cats and fish in the book plus other fun things for happy quilts. Who doesn't want to be happy?
If you are wondering about other information you would like to see with “hoochy easy piecing” or Story quilts, drop me a note at Lattegirl@aol.com
I would love to hear from you. Soon we will be into the New Year and I am looking for 2017 to be a year filled with happy surprises and positive people. And I am wishing that for you as well friend. Thank you for stopping by.