Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Retreat!!

I had the awesome opportunity of being invited to do a trunk show and teach at a retreat. Amy McClellan, who owns American Quilting in Orem Utah put it on. It was SO fun! I had never been to a real retreat, the only retreating I do is to the basement to sew for hours at a time. This one was held at the Provo Marriott (MUCH nicer than my basement).

After I had set up my stuff, I walked across the hall to this conference room where there were tables set up in groups of 4 (and can I just say, there were TONS of tables). Everyone had their own "space" with their sewing machines, lamps, and small ironing boards all set up. It was a sight to behold! The ladies were just sewing away and loving it. They were all working on different projects. It was truly inspiring!

I now love retreats! They bring people together for some relaxation, sewing, eating and you get to make new friends too!
It was a real blast. Maybe if I'm lucky, I'll be able to do it again next year (hint, hint Amy).

So, here's a shout out to Amy and to all of you awesome ladies who were at the retreat, thanks for making me feel welcome! You're great!
Mary

I am very excited to see all of those mystery quilts!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Old Quilts and Lessons Learned


My friend Kathy found some quilt tops that her grandmother made back in the 1960's. For Christmas she decided to have them quilted and give them to her siblings. I had the pure pleasure of binding them for her (OK, I only did the machine sewing part - she is doing the hand sewing part).



I thought I would share some of the photos of these quilts with all of you because they are beautiful and VERY liberating. I love the "scrappyness" of them. They are true patchwork beauties in every sense and are a feast for the eyes.



This Shoo Fly is one of my favorites. I love all of the different blues used in it. This was Kathy's favorite too - it's the one she is keeping



WOW! Many colors and many little pieces



THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE!! Look at it, I just fell in love with all of the different greens she used here. When she ran out of the main green she didn't run from shop to shop looking for more of the exact same green, she made do with what she had and substituted when she needed to.

These quilts are are so refreshing and I think I have learned a few things from them. So thanks Edna, for your beautiful quilts and the lessons that go along with them

Have a great day!
mary

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The Answers!

I know all of you MUST be on the edge of your seat just wondering if I really was a stripper in some former life. So here goes..... (that's a drum roll).

Here are my 2 truths and one lie for those of you who don't remember

1). I once flew an airplane
2). I once had a job as a stripper
3). I once sang on the radio



#1. No, I have never been at the controls of a commercial airplane in the cockpit doing the actual the flying. I have been a passenger on many an airplane, but have not actually "flown the plane".

#2. Yes, I was a stripper (Hey, I was young and I needed the money). BUT you have to think of it in printing terms. I worked in a small print shop and "stripping" was just one of my many tasks. I found this cool explanation on "How Things Work" about the printing process that I thought I would share with you... "Each of the primary colors -- black, cyan (blue), magenta (red), and yellow -- has a separate plate. Even though you see many, many colors in the finished product, only these four colors are used so the color negatives are "stripped" together for each page".

#3. Yes, I did some singing on the radio (and for anyone who knows me and my singing ability, that is a horrifying thought). The song I chose to sing was our own family rendition of our rival's fight song. Hey, it was rivalry week and I just got carried away - but I did win Sportsman Outdoor Expo tickets!

Hope you all enjoyed this fun little game. My friend Meggan, who is a teacher, told me that she plays this with her students on the first night of class. She said it's always interesting to learn more about people that way.

Well, the weather here sucks today. It's gloomy and snowing so I am going down to my quilt room where 29 baskets are calling my name.

Hope you all have a FANTASTIC day!

Happy Sewing

Mary