Have you ever taken a multi-day quilt class? I took my first one last week, and it was spectacular!
I went to the Spokane/Coeur d’Alene area and spent five blissful days with nine other quilters,
a fabulous cook named Tina (above)…
…and Mary Lou Weidman. It was pure heaven.
There was nothing to do but sew, learn, eat, relax and talk quilting with like-minded women. I sewed for about 8 hours each day. I could have sewn longer but I was two time zones from home and I got tired early in the evening.
You just can’t imagine how much fun it is to work on an exciting original project (above)…
…and continually enjoy everyone’s enthusiasm!
Mary Lou Weidman makes some of the most interesting quilts you’ll ever see. She helps quilters move “out of the box” to create their own fun, funky, artistic, original quilts which tell stories. You may be familiar with some of her books.
The most recent is Out of the Box with Easy Blocks: Fun with Free-Form Piecing. I absolutely love it.
Other books by Mary Lou you might enjoy are Out of the Box: Unleash Your Creativity Through Quilts, published by Martingale,
and the self-published Flower Power
and Hoochy Mama Quilts. Each one tells something about Mary Lou’s story quilts and the techniques she uses. I have read them over and over. Now that I’ve met Mary Lou, I’ll read them again in a new light.
I love the idea of story quilts because everyone has stories! My family is known (for better or worse) for telling stories, dramatically! What good’s a story without a little drama?!
I had a great time brainstorming ideas for future story quilts. My list is long! I want to do a quilt about my Valentine’s Day birthday, one about my grandson Duncan who is nicknamed “The Donut,” and a quilt about being the area “pork queen” when I was a teenager. (Believe me, I know how strange this sounds now.)
If you think through the fun, weird and happy things that have happened to you, I know you’d have a list of potential story quilts, too.
Mary Lou shared many of her quilts with us. Her quilts say things like “Grandma was a cowgirl”…
…and “This is the house that Jack built.”
In our group last week, the themes ranged from “I Love Moo” by Mari from California…
…to a quilt celebrating the Monterey Bay Aquarium by Judy, also from California. Besides California, those attending were from Florida, Texas, Idaho, Washington and Nebraska (that’s me).
A few more blog posts related to this adventure are percolating. I hope you’ll stay tuned because there is much more! At any rate, I would highly recommend this experience. Perfect bliss!