Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Things that are Fun and that Matter

love my Christmas tree because I have collected loads of ornaments over the years and friends have given me my favorites. The one above was bought last year in Germany at a Christmas Market in Baden Baden. I think she is adorable.
My friend Gloria who lives in West Virginia where I teach (Cedar Lake) every year sent me this last year. I love it. Hand made and darling.
This silly chicken came from an Art Museum somewhere. I cannot remember which one but she is so cute! I love folk art.
Someone fun gavemr this silly cow last year because everyone knows how much I love cows! Makes me and my Grabdkids laugh!
This ornament was purchaed last year when I found out my husband was ill. This year he is gone and Ibrealuze more than ever how important love is.
This little ornament was made years ago at a decorating ornament party I had. Little Jesus has many French knots for hair and accents on His halo. It's old and I love it.
This ornament was a gift from a friend who knows I buy tiaras for my story quilt students. I love this as she is so whimsical
.making ornaments from gourds is something I love because it is folk art. This one is the cutest reindeer ever!
I bought this girl year ago because she is paper mâché. This year my daughter laughed loud and said she is the homeliness ornament she has ever seen. I think she is beautiful.
I received this beautiful ornament from Karen Schmucker from TN a Nebraska of years ago in an ornament swap. She is dear to me.
Many of you know that I have given to the homeless for years here. I buy men's pajamas for the Mission each winter as when a man spends the night there they must bathe and wear pajamas. Then their clothing gets washed and fixed. Sometimes they are given new and better clothing. So years ago I started saving from my quilt teaching money. 

    This year I took my two Grandchildren to buy the pajamas and then we drove to the Mission and dropped them off.  I am hoping they learn the importance of giving. It makes the season brighter for all of us!

     Thank you to those of you who prayed for me this year and helped me in so many ways. This was a tough year and I pray that next year will be a blessing to all of us.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Christmas in Chicago, Story Quilts in Winter

Here I am at a craft sale in Chicago that is called ONE OF A KIND. It was pretty wonderful as it was huge and had everything imaginable! Compared to the craft shows here in Spokane it was like night and day. Hint: want to be inspired and get out of your rut? Go to craft and gift shows. If nothing else you will find smiling people. I got inspired to put paint on my wool
Projects!
While in Chicago at Bernina ambassador training I spent some time with Nary Mashuta who makes me laugh and she makes amazing quilts too... On her Bernina which inspires me because these machines do so much!
I took a photo of her latest quilt. I love this Alexander Henry fabric stripe. Weird and wonderful colors! Mary has a great eye with color!
So after we left Bernina training Mel and I went to The Miricle Mile and stayed at the Four Seasons hotel and the view out our window was lovely! Mel's husband and Nel travel a lot and this is their favorite place to stay. A real treat for me as I choose places my pocket book can afford.
The Christmas tree at the Four Seasons in Chicago gave us a good place for photo ops. But look at the Bloomingdales Christmas tree!
And below is the Anthropologue feathered tree.
This time of year I study winter paintings and this painting was at the Chicago Art Institute. It is like a story quilt I think.
I was especially interested in this story because when I was little I would go ice skating at a place called Tulee Pond. People would build a fire and bring hot chocolate and sandwiches and we would skate for hours. 
Now it never freezes over and I think my Grandchildren are missing out on a lot of fun.
     We did so many wholesome and good things back then and we shared what we had and we were kind and helpful to those who needed it. 
     These are the kinds of messages I try to get in my story quilts. Isn't there some nice memory you would like to share In a quilt? I am teaching story quilts in Tri Cuties Washington on March and also in late May I will be at John C Campbell teaching this for five days. Hope to see you!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chicago is My Kind of Town!

I am at the end of an exciting trip to Chicago to visit. I started the week with Bernina Ambassador training. A nice group of us got to learn all of the fabulous things the new 880 sewing machine can do. It is simply so inspiring and exciting when you see what you can achieve. And my mind has been spinning with ideas for story quilts, projects to work on with my Grand children and how I can take embroidery and fill up some of my people and things I have painted on muslin.
Remember how I always say how WORDS are powerful? Well, you can print off anything anything you want to say using this machine. Wonderful and provides ways to follow through with what your mind invents!
Here are some of the Bernina teachers who taught us so many trucks. Some of you might know Jeanne Delpit who is the Grand Poobah of Bernina and helps them and all of us and always with a smile and great sincerity. She is the face of professionalism and is not only pretty but fun too.
Here I am with Mary Mashuta who was in my original class maybe 15 years ago?
Above, Nancy Prince won best of show this year at Market With her quilt that took four years to make! She is a doll!
Scenes I took of her large quilt
Sue Nickels gave a talk that was informative and fun. She is a fabulous teacher if she comes to your area.
So I sat by the window on the plane and here are a couple photos of Chicago from the air. Funny how brown it all looks.
Kirby Smith shows his cat quilt made with his Bernina. He is very creative.
Mary Mashuta with her quilt. Stay tuned she has a new book coming out. Really I got so few photos of the girls because there was no time! We were all so excited to learn as much as we could.
If you need a machine do what I have done many times - but a Bernina! 
Side note;- I burned the motor out of five (YES FIVE- honest) Singers. I kept paying a couple hundred dollars each. Finally I went for a Bernina thanks to my friend Julie and I have never looked back!
�� The tree above is at Anthropologie! We went to stay in downtown Chicago when our Bernina Adventure was over.
Bloomingdales Mall
Horses to represent Fallen Pilice Officers. Beautiful and sad too.
In front of the Chicago Institute of Art.
I will share more once I get home. It has been an inspiring and wonderful trip along with Mel McFarland . A great memory! #Bernina #Nancy Prince #quilt teachers #mary Lou Weidman

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Chickens Happy Not to be turkey's!

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This week Debbie Frey sent me this darling chicken she made from the Out of the Box with Easy Blocks book. I think she is darling and she has cheddar for a background which is the best color to use in quilting as it shows all other colors off beautifully!
I had lunch at my Cupcake friend Eilenes yesterday and this was on her wall!
I love it
She made us turkey Panini with Apple, herbed cream cheese, cranberries, and smoked Gouda on sour dough. Amazing!
This was our dessert! Really quite wonderful.
This week I had a fabulous surprise . Yvonne Porcella my California friend sent me a darling cherry necklace. Yvonne is one of the most creative people I know.
Very fun! I adore cherries.
Our organic turkey this week. So good
My daughter and I went to Nordstroms today and these two signs were on sale. They made us laugh! No we did not buy them.
My friend Eilene made this snowman! So cute for this time of year!
As many of you know my Grand daughter is crazy about bugs and has been for years. Eilene found this fabric for me. Wish it was enough to make her a little blouse. So fun!
This was a project that Carol made in my story quilt class in West Virginia. Love the fun and won't this be great quilted and on a  wall?
Found this wonderful photo of my parents who were born the very same day. This will make a darling story quilt! Look at those styles!
I found this fabric I designed in my stash and it reminded me of the shopping madness! Maybe it is time for more fabric like this. Happy and fun.