Tuesday, October 6, 2015

A Quick Post Again! Winners from Previous Post Coming

Working on a story quilt about Mark and I when we were young. It's taking more time than I planned. Don't they all?

Below, I get some kind of a post now and then about these chairs. I thought you all would love to see them! Inspirational!

I heard this is a pattern and it is featured in the new Quilt Shop Sampler. Very pretty!
I like ve anything chicken and thought this gourd was a great quilt idea.
Love the colors in the one below.
I had a gourd birdhouse and it was ruined in the weather (don't leave them outside!
Last year my block swap group got together and swapped jack o'lanterns. Such fun!

I teach an Autumn sampler class and this was the beginning of such a class. It is really fun and gets people out of the box and on their way to originality!!

Took photos last year at market in Halloween- worth Shari g again
Today I  in Iowa teaching. I have lots to say and share. Going to give lecture today and tonight. Davenport is a lovely Midwest town with nice people and good down home shops and great food. Life is lovely in the Fall. And aren't the pumpkins darling? So fun! I have a Fall workshop I teach and it is fun to work on this stuff when you don't have to hurry. Know what I mean? 
Share your smile with someone who needs one.

Betty and Wilma below. Haha

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A. Quick "HELLO"- winners found with next Post- hopefully tonight or tomorrow!

Above says it all- I LOVE chickens! No matter the size!
Piecing greadt fabrics together and thinking Autumn makes for great Autumn classes and creativity!
 The quilt below was made by Mari Linfesty from Owl blocks we swaped. It is a wonderful quilt and shows how you can take anything and turn it into something really wonderful. It was quilted by Pam Dransfelt. Both girls who I met in classes have become lifetime friends.
This was a little coloring I did so my Granddaughter could have an idea for something to draw.
Another bird I did for a quilt. Rick rack and striped fabric adds so much.
 These flowers samples below were done at one of my retreats. After handing out some ideas and a couple of people trying things out the class went nuts with great things.

Below is a student's work in Easy Piecing. Love the colors and effect!

This is a student's example of fun easy piecing work!

 I wanted to add this old photo here. You know how you go to someone's home and they have something you would give anything for? Well I have been in love with this fish at Freddy Morans house forever! It is so cool isn't it? A Large vase that isn't just a vase.

 Love doing words and Flower Power seems to say it all for what I draw and sew!
 I know people think I have given up on my drawing book but I haven't. I am doing some fun people and animals. Please hang in there. I have had a tough last year and a half and am trying to make up for lost time. :0)
I have always loved chickens and birds and they are in most stuff I draw and make these days. :0)

 Sewing easy piecing birfds is loads of fun to do and this is a workshop that is alot of fun because you can do birds and add flowers or do flowers and add birds and everyone loves them. This week Connie and I took different fabrics and we both made four of the same bird. They turned out cool and I will use the photos in the new Hoochy Mama Two book and for workshops I teach. We have some new secrets to make birds look even more different and fun.
These birds were made by my swap group on Yahoo.

Friday, August 14, 2015

New quilts, Workshops, Life and Being Thankful

Susan Garrity took my Moose workshop
In Jackson Hole and made the quilt above!! Isn't it just wonderful??!
Below is the pattern that you can order by writing to me at Lattegirl@aol.com or by ordering something else on my website and in the customer notes write "I need the Moose pattern" or " I need the cow pattern." IMPORTANT - enter youn3 digit number there also. 
Thank you. 
The photo below made me smile big
I saw this picture of a lady in the garden and knew she'd be great in any quilt. I have often used these in my garden quilts. Quite fun!!!

I have a new self portrait class for a smaller sample and instructions on doing eyes, noses, mouths and secrets to hair styles, flesh fabrics and how to get ideas of themes that describe a person. Embellishment, embroidery and paint discussed. These are great fun!! The samples here are not quilted yet. Students get good handouts and a simple body from the Breast up. We will be discussing hats and how they can hold loads of fun things for a great quilt.

This made me laugh!!
As many of you know I am hooked on chickens and I have six of my own. I gave four to my daughter as ten seemed to be too many. My friend Florine sent me this darling table chicken thT I keep on my deck. Makes me so happy!!

Below is my chicken named Tilly after an Aunt. Tilly is the biggest chicken ever and when I throw food down age runs and when I am close she runs and when I take earthworms for the chickens she wa Ts one but when I try to get close to her so the other chickens don't grab hers, she runs. She's pretty but she is dumb.
The chicken below is Ethel. Ethel's best friend is named Fred. My Vrandkids said they think that Fred should be Lucy but I like Fred. ☺️
Below, is a kind of wash cloth for the kitchen. Molly sent it to me with a chicken finger puppet. Funny and fun too.
Wendy who is a fun friend sent me this sign for the chicken coop. There are a lot of people who are crazy chicken ladies and I am turning into one myself. I go back in the backyard and watch them scratch the dirt and run after each other. They are really fun. Glad I only want eggs as it would be hard to hurt them for meat. They are too lovable!
I saw this photo somewhere and had to post it. Reminds me of the nutcracker!

Many of you have asked how I am doing and Inam gettingy energy back, I had a restful summer, enjoyed my family and neighbor and a few friends and have started sewing again. I am teaching next month in Houston on the 15th and cannot wait!! Many teaching opportunities with great gals this Fall! 
I am working on new things and fun ideas. Can't wait to connect with many of you.
My schedule is available here - Marylouweidman.com
      I am open to other Florida guilds or shops tagging on in January. I am hoping to see Sanibel Island which is on my bucket list.
 Here are my two Irish cousins. The one on the left is Donna Lou Donahue and I am Mary Lou Donahue. We both took a lot of teasing growing up!!
Loved this great hours chicken I saw a photo of. Pretty funny!
My John C. Campbell folk quilt is hanging there now in the Keith House. Lots of detail and good stories too.

Below is one of my Christmas tree samples. I just love Christmas and started teaching a Christmas tree or wreath workshop. It's popular and so much fun. This is a two day more workshop. There are so many fun ways to do these!
The second photo is from another tree I did. Great fun!
I have four half yard cool fabrics to send to four people who comment.
The question is, next summer I want to plan a few fun trips for me to visit somewhere and see something great!
Suggestions please. I will draw four names in a little over a week! You may get another surprise with the fabric!
Happy week friends !!