Mary Lou Quilt Designs

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)


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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 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

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.

                    Mary Lou

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