Monday, October 10, 2011

Cats and Birds and Story Quilts Make for FUN at Madeline Island School of the Arts with Mary Lou

Above Mary has her blocks going for her quilt canvas for a story quilt...nice colors and fun designs.

Here the girls are hard at work making borders to set their color palettes on their story quilts...lovely, well lit room at Madeline School of the Arts. I will be back there same time next Autumn and the place is magical this time of year for inspirations and ideas.

Judy has her sketch of her husband and herself and many things to go into her story quilt about their love of each other and marraige-below her quilt canvas is almost ready for the story to go in. It will be a quilt with a nice story to remember and names and dates and such.

Above Mary has her drawing of her story quilt already to go into her ready made quilt canvas. Her story is a fun one which is no surprise because Mary is fun. It is all about her making stolen's for Christmas-70 of them for friends and family...I want one! She has her family looking in the window and waiting and her mixer, kitchen drawers, flour, sugar, her Mother's recipe and more. A family tradition becomes a family story quilt! Pretty wonderful.

And below is Barbara's border that is coming along piece by piece. She has a lovely color palette set for her story to go into (her quilt canvas). Barbara is a talented quilter and I was honored she came to take this class where you let go and free form piece and get out of the box.

Below is Sue Bright whose name is a story quilt in itself. Sue has lost over 50 pounds and I don't know many people who could pull of laying in this hammock. Sue hasn't eaten sugar in ages and given the choice for apple pie and cinnamon ice cream, she pushed herself away to get some sweet potato fries for her treat. That pie was wonderful. I didn't have her will power.

A lovely class of lovely people- all nice and nice to one another and FUN. We had some really good laughs and shared many stories with one another as well as fabric and other things.

Here Mary holds up her little bird that was so happy. We all cheered when we saw what she was adding to her lovely quilt. Mary has participated in many of my block swaps on Yahoogroups and her blocks are coveted by many of us! She is very talented at making happy things.

I am on my way to the grocery store but wanted to share this lovely photo from my last workshop of jackie who did a cat for her story quilt....isn't she fun? I love great blocks and smiles also...stay tuned for more color and fun from the workshop at Madeline Island...where you can take a five day story quilt class next year. It is in Wisconsin about two hours away from Duluth and close enough to Michigan and other Midwest places to come. You won't be sorry. Stay tuned for more....I need some time.

1 comment:

Sandi said...

Great blocks and wonderful stories. Looks like they got a good start on their story quilts.

Happy faces on everyone!