Monday, August 25, 2014


Well, I have had stacks and stacks of buildings and houses sitting around and yesterday Connie came over and we grabbed some of them and started sewing a neighborhood.  There is still more to do and we have another row that is in pieces and a nice border picked out to surround the while thing. I plan to do some embroidery and add buttons for flowers, some rick rack here and there and maybe a small bird or two. 

    Some of you in my block exchange will recognize YOUR house! I have both friend's houses and my houses and trees from the tree swap we did. The houses were smaller so the tall trees are put away with more houses and we will probably do those too.

    While looking through the vault of blocks and things to sew together we found some great Fall blocks I had forgotten about so those will be put together into a little wallhanging to take to Salt Lake and other places I travel.
It is so much fun sewing with a friend.

     We put some Pandora tunes on and we both just sew and invent and laugh. It is really fun and this won't just be an ordinary house after house quilt. It will be unique and happy and little surprises if you look!  It is those surprises that make sewing things like this fun. We both agree that to be surprised is delightful and so fun and we love this aspect of creating! Keep in mind this is only the beginning of this wallhanging and you will love it once it is done!
I am going to offer the quilt below as a workshop in Lancaster PA if they choose it for AQS.  It is a fun Flower Power class and I have some ideas for really fun pots if you would like to change them. Color makes these sing!
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This is the culmination of many swaps we did in my swap group. Rebecca Shafer my clever friend is putting hers all together. This would be a fun workshop if your guild might be interested.It would have to be at least two day
The leaf below is just one of the things I am using to build a nice little Fall Wall hanging...color and shape makes Fall images wonderful
More PARTS from my Fall Wallhanings...I actually have more parts than I need...isn't that nice? LOVE my crazy crows and owls...just wait until you girls see them!

This has been a lovely week for me and I feel a lottle Fall in the air even though it is still quite warm-my tomatoes are in abundance and the squirrels outside are digging up my yard hiding nuts and who knows what else -sigh. I do sleep better in the Fall and I love to take deep breaths of the air as I walk. I am thankful for many many blessings and you are on that list. Hope to see you this year or next for laughs and creating and fun! Let's explore and invent!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

STORIES in West Virginia! Come join the fun and just in time!!! ALSO a cow idea....

NOVember 2nd through 7th is my STORY QUILT Retreat in West Virginia at Cedar Creek in Ripley West Virginia. The beauty there is like no other place and we have a blast!
.I goofed and said I was doing a Christmas class when in fact it is a STORY QUILT CLASS.
I will be bringing some recipes  like my Aunt May's raisin cream pie which is delicious and my fajita recipe which also is wonderful and one night we have a kind of party and we all pitch in to buy cheese, breads, and good stuff-people bring wine and some people bring their favorite non alcoholic beverage. Every year our gurus of craft do a great demo on something really fun to make and they bring the stuff! Last year we had two or three great projects and I mean great! This year we have a button project that is going to be awesome and June always teaches us something that is know like I mean a good thing you will want to show friends and wear or show off. If you come bring buttons because she has lots to show! I will probably bring something fun for an idea. I will probably bring some kind of pattern to give out that is new and no one has seen! Bring a story about you or someone you love and let's turn it into a great quilt!!!
Please consider coming. West Virginia isn't that far for you girls who want me to come East!
(NOTE TO JULIEROSE_ this is why you take a class- I help you let go-ask others! The class is the best way to get OUT OF THE BOX!!! You would love it-honest

OR you might want to learn how to do free form birds ow maybe a cow you have in mind. Come and join the fun.
We have one in West Virginia if you live East and one in Truckee if you live West. Both are an easy plane ride.

Hope to see you in West Virginia.
Don't forget about the story quilt class in Tahoe if you are in the West!
For those of you who want a new cow idea, how about COWton Abbey or MOOnions (as in Minions)

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

STORY QUILT CLASS IN TAHOE THIS OCT! Come for the beauty and creativity this time of year!

So I was invited to do a story quilt class in Tahoe which is beautiful in October!I am hoping some people who want to do story quilts and want to see some of my new drawings with stories would love to come and tell their story, make an Autumn quilt with patterns of ideas of Mary Lou's, make a cow quilt (many do), tell someone else's story and just come and enjoy the beauty, FUN people, laughs, learn about what is wrong with your stash that maybe you never thought about, learn about color from someone who started out as a painting artist and knows some secrets others don't, learn how to think creatively and just have a wonderful time! here is the info

 HOUSE PHONE: 530-550-9606 Ann’s Cell 530-308-1840 The house is approximately 7 minutes drive from down town old Truckee. Elevation is at 6750 ft. DIRECTIONS: I 80 EAST TO EXIT 188B, SIERRAVILLE 89. Turn Left onto 89; go through first Roundabout following 89 north, go ¾ around second Roundabout, to take ALDER DRIVE. Proceed up Alder Drive 0.9 mile to a LEFT on Beacon Rd, go up through 7 big curves on Beacon Rd, 0.5 mile, until Alder Hill Rd on LEFT. GATE CODE: 5149 on Alder Hill Rd. Driveway to the house is .7mile from gate on left. It is the first house down the hill on the left, you will see the roof with grasses and wild flowers on it. GPS or MapQuest may give you the exit before the one I have recommended but then there are 3 roundabouts to go through to get to Alder Drive. You will end up in the same place.
-FRIDAY: Arrive in the afternoon any time after 3PM. Time to get set up, get acquainted and enjoy the mountain, happy hour and dinner -
QUILT CLASSES: SATURDAY, 9:00(8:30?)AM-12:00, 1:30-5:00: SUNDAY 9:00(8:30?)AM-12:00, 1:30-4:30

 ACCOMIDATIONS: Upstairs (FLIGHT OF 23 STAIRS) will sleep 10 all in own bed: 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms: 3 bedrooms sleep 2 and 1 bedroom sleeps 4. Everyone can use any bathroom that is free. Powder room is off hall downstairs. All beds have sheets and at least one comforter and there are pillows for all. If you could bring your own towels it would be appreciated, although if you forget there are ones available. Feel free to bring your own pillow and hair dryer.

 WINDOWS: There are no window dressings on any windows. The house is on 20 acres of woods, there is only one close neighbor Dan and Anne down the hill, we cannot see their house. Only two other residences are full time on the hill and one is at the gate and one about .3 mile away down the hill. So there is no one to see inside the house.
 Snacks in the morning and afternoon, coffee, tea, water available all the time. Feel free to bring additional drinks and snacks. Happy Hour Friday and Saturday is BYOB.
SEWING ITEMS PROVIDED: tables, chairs, irons and boards, 2-3 cutting stations with cutting boards, extension cords as needed. BRING YOUR OWN: sewing machine, rotary cutter and other items that Mary Lou will include in her instructions. Also an extra light, turning cutting board and seat cushions may be useful for this class.-
    Mountain Honey Stitching, a small sewing and fabric shop is near the Truckee airport that is open until 5:30 Friday and all day Monday. Windy Moon Quilt Shop is only 25 minutes away in Reno and open all weekend, if you forget an essential item or just want to shop.

 MEDIA: Excellent cell phone reception for AT&T and Verizon, wi-fi network to each bedroom, docking stations for charging and music for smart phones or ipods in bedrooms, 160 inch screen for DVD’s in theater, so bring quilting programs for viewing, and there is a modest library of quilt books. OTHER

RELAXING ACTIVITIES: outdoor hot tub, patio lounge chairs with a view, walking private

 Registration for Mary Lou Weidman 3 DAY QUILT Workshop IN TRUCKEE October 11-13, 2014 Storybook Quilt NAME:_________________________________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________________________________ PHONE:_______________________ E MAIL:___________________________________ ROOM MATE PREFERENCE IF ANY: NAME:_____________________________________ NAME AND CONTACT INFO. OF PERSON IN CASE OF EMERGENCY:_____________________________________________________________ • Friday-Monday-3 nights stay, meals, snacks and Classes=$630 to pay in full • $200.00 deposit or pay in full, due before Aug 1, 2014 and balance of $430 By Sept 1 • $200.00 deposit now and monthly payments of at least $50.00 until paid in full by Sept 1 Please make checks out to Breznock Ranch and send to: 27956 State Hwy 128, Winters, CA 95694: 530-308-1840 No cancellation refunds after Sept 1 unless we can fill your spot. All cancellations will incur a $35 fee. We reserve the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of participants is not reached and all moneys will be refunded to you. Mary Lou taught this class at Asilomar this year!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Darling BIRDS- Great Polka Dots, Jason is an IronMan, Fun, Jennifer Sampou fabric and some treats at the end

Do you like color and whimsy and birds like I do? These birds were done by me and my friends in my block swap. I just sashed them in with my friend and neighbor Connie and it was alot of fun! This will look smashing on an entry wall in my home as a "WELCOME"! 

I am going to teach a workshop of birds starting Sept. I know for sure I will teach this in June next year for  It is a very fun and easy workshop and we laugh alot too!
 The dots I used for the sashing in Michael Miller dots. The colors were perfect and whimsical which I must have in what I work with!
If you would like to book a workshop , contact me at   We love color and we love fun! This makes for positive thinking and new friends!

 HELP!!!! I have started a project with this very old Jennifer Sampou dot from Robert Kaufman and these little strips is ALL I have left. Can you help me finish my quilt? I need at least a yard of any color way of this! Thank you friends!
I love Maxine because she is funny and tells the truth!
OK I admit it and I cannot let the fact go that my sweet son made Iron Man this weekend in Whistler BC, Canada. My Grandparents would have been thrilled as they were from BC and my husband Mark who died in May was there with him in spirit I know.

2 1/2 Miles swimming, 112 miles biking up steep mountain terrain and 26.2 miles running and all in less than 14 hours!
This kid had leukemia as  child and his knees were honeycombed and eaten away when he was diagnosed and his shoulder bone as eaten away as well. God was good since they misdiagnosed him for weeks and by the time they figured it out, his prognosis was terrible. God blessed him and us and today he is an Iron Man. I wish his Dad had been there at the finish line to hug him. I stayed home because I could not take another one- all I do is worry!
I am so proud and so happy that this NICE young man is an Iron Man!

 I love Maxine because she tells the truth whether it hurts or not-she is funny with the truth!
 A beautiful bouquet of sunflowers for you!
I ended with a good thought- Be NICE to everyone! It'll make friends and share the love- which we need!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Birds from Flower Book for Swaps and GREAT Quilts

As many of you know I have had a block swap group for years and we are back to trading birds with each other. Flower Power (my book) has lots of fun ideas for birds and bugs. I think that the birds I made above are my most favorite and I am making a whole quilt of these for workshops for guilds and cruises. They are easy and fun and you don't know what the bird will looks like until she is done! The blocks below were made by girlfriends in the swap. I have to find out who made which one. There are a dozen of us making birds. This will make for more fun quilts!

To order this fun book go to 
And to book a workshop contact Mary Lou at

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Colorful,Cool, Cowmedic COWS-they just keep popping up everywhere- Have you done one???

Fifi the cow is now complete! She was started by Kathleen below in my Asilomar workshop this spring. Isn't she magnifique!? Mel and I are hoping she is about to join the Cow Parade!

Rebecca from Nebraska has long done my kind of stuff and I love her choices of color and design-she is a wonderful quilter. Here is her Hoffman challenge for this year. FUN

Below is Lorraine's quilt -she lives in California and she is awesome and talented and fun and BUSY, always joining, taking classes, taking care of many animals and signing up here and there. This quilt was started in an orange county workshop. I love Lorraine's choice of color and design don't you? She came to the workshop on fire! So to speak....
Below is Lorraine's buddy and our favorite California quilter Pam Dransfeldt! Pam's middle name is Joy-really her middle name is JOY. This is a Christmas memory as she got a purple cow for Christmas one right?
Below is Mel's new Cow- she has done at least six-they are addictive! Really! This is the MOOterhorn quilt for Switzerland, haha. Great isn't it?

Below is a quick photo of me and Mel in Sister's Oregon by the cow display- great fun and lots of nice gals. The cow pattern is in our book "Out of the Box with Easy Blocks-" Available here-
Don't the Cows look great against this clock shop?
Below is a close up of Lorraine's Cow quilt from my workshop
Stephanie did this cow before she came to take the cow class in Arlington (Smokey Point, Wa) at Aunt Mary=s. I will be teaching there in February- some and join us please
Terry Jones LOVES  babies- one boy and one girl....isn't this great? She always knows how to change the cow pattern to be loads of fun!
 Below is a Christmas COW by Wendy who is alot of fun and did a great job! Mel has about 65 to 75 cow quilts right now that are always traveling. We require postage for the quilts and sales of a certain amount of the cow books. Everyone loves these COWS and they always bring more ideas and fun for people who haven't tried them yet!
My friend Mari Linfesty who I have known for years and years did this fun quilt called Bovine Intervention. Pretty clever I'd say! Pieced border is great too! Mari is alot of fun
Below is my buddy Michele who many of you may know. We always connect when we are both at Sisters-she is a doll!

Here I am standing in the HOT heat talking to quilting friends! Fun day with Mel
Below is a darling close up of Kathy Collins Vegie to see it hang and close up too- cool background

Close up of the Vegie quilt by Kathy Collins 
And below people crowd in to take many photos of the cows as they smile and laugh, very fun!

Two fun quilts by Terry and Sandi- brought lots of smiles and close up looks!  
I grabbed these two and asked for a photo-he asked why? I said they were the most FUN thing at the show- she was really cute and she made the outfits
 The quilt below had loads of people pointing and laughing. It is so clever and many pig lovers thought it was expecially wonderful! Barb Lambrecht is very clever! And a great quilter too!

Below is the Art DeCOW quilt that my dear neighbor Connie made- such fun! And it has lots of vintage jewelry on it too!
I hope you enjoyed this cow show- I have a cow from Dwighta to show you and some others that I will post soon. If you have not made a cow think about making one! We have an offer from a publisher to make a COW book- will be super fun and have lots of color in it!
 Thought I would share the humor too- the last one really made me laugh and a guy I went to high school with commented that it is probably GAS powered. Please comment on the cows if you love them like I do!
The cow is on the hood of the car because it is way below Zero and it is cold, haha

Have a wonderful week and count your many blessings!