Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Road to California Great Creativity and Color-Jane Coserelli and her fab jackets and something funny and true!

Thought I would share more photos of what I took at Road to California with you.
Below I also gave you a little thing about manicures to make you smile- it did me as everytime I walk into my place for a pedicure, they say "hello" and then a long sentence or two and then they all laugh.

Below is photos of Jane Coscarelli's jackets -but she wrote "The Tortilla Quilt" which is a wonderful book. She has such style and like me she LOVES color. This red jacket is fabulous in person! NOTE- Jane buys her jackets at the thrift store and then turns them into magic! I don't think I could find something like this where I live....need to find someone who can make a wool coat...if anyone does such a thing these days.

I have always admired Jane Coscarelli's style of quilting with everything she does-wool jackets, Day of the dead, Hispanic images- Here I took some photos of one of her wonderful jackets- you can see above the red one she wore...wonderful.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Cow Parade, Road to California and Creative Ideas for YOU

I had to show you what someone can do with the Flower Power book and a little imagination! Isn't this wonderful? This lady was a lovely and fun student and she really was creative!

Wanted to show off my photo of me and my friends- me, De Tina and Mel -we had so much fun together- quilting friends are the best aren't they?

So at the Road to California show we had so much fun and here are the cow quilts from the show "cow parade" that Mel and I curated. The good news is there are other shows we will be doing and the new cow quilts keep coming! Wanna make a cow quilt? Buy the easy pattern and choose a theme- the pattern is in the book "Out of the Box with Easy Blocks"-buy it from me and get a fat quarter, a free chicken pattern and a pin. Marylouweidman.com

Want more photos from the show to be inspired by?
Go to my other blog which is "google "Mary Lou and whimsy too" GREAT stuff to inspire!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Images to Make You Think And Inspire Your Inner Artist

The beautiful quilt above was made by Sue Cresse. My friend who I met while she took many classes at Asilomar and other places. She inspires me. This quilt won first place and it is covered with crystals and lovely details. Sue and her friend De got into a car crash in Sept, that nearly killed both of them. De broke her neck and Sue broke most of her ribs, her arm in many places, crushed her hand, punctered her lung etc. She is still healing. The loevly thing is she is planning new quilts and what she wants to make next! That has to be healing. Many of us have prayed for her and that her inner artist gets some rest and comes out raring to go!

This girl was photographed when I taught in Galveston last year...I think she would make a lovely quilt! BUT, she needs a bit more color.....

I have two new favorite subjects....farms and farm people and trees. I thought this photo was cool and the following one is a great beginning to your own Tree of Life

The photo to the left came from my files. I am cleaning them out bit by bit and I thought these were very cute and might inspire you to make something very fun! Don't copy it, do your own version.Stay tuned for quilt photos from Road to Calfornia. Please check out my other blog as well. Google "Mary Lou and Whimsy Too"

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

OHHH the Weather Outside Is Frightful, and Not at All Delightful,I've got Somewhere to GO, Stop the Snow Stop the Snow, Stop the Snow!

So here I am in Washington State which is basically shut down. I called two business's in Seattle and also called the Washington Tax Commision and they said they are closed because of the snow....wow.
It has been coming down all day long and we are supposed to get between 2 or 3 feet this week. I am flying to LA tomorrow to attend Road to California and I need to get there for photos of quilts to show here! I am sure thwy will be impressed when I tell them this at the airport.

I am always looking and thinking and inventing in my head and my artist is out here so often, she almost never goes back in as I have TOO many good ideas. I have posted some fun photos here and want you to enjoy the artist "Mattie Lou O'Kelly" who did fabulous folk art and not that many people know of her. Since I am trying to get more and more people to do story quilts I like to show her work and give examples of how she tells so much in one painting. This could easily be done with fabric and embroidery which is my new passion....that and free form cutting!
I am teaching alot of longer workshops this year and I hope that you are one of the quilt artists I get to meet. This is such fun and there is so much to say about one's life. Hope these photos inspire you.

I added these two heart blocks to show you something I love to do. The one block has two hearts in it for my husband Mark and I . The other block has three hearts sewn in for my three wonderful children. You could make these kinds of heart blocks to show who and how many you love too! Simple ideas lead to great quilts!

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Costco Diet Plan-Thank you Wendy-I howled at this.....


Yesterday I was at my local COSTCO buying a large bag of Purina dog chow for my loyal pet, Jake, the Wonder Dog and was in the check-out line when a woman behind me asked if I had a dog.

What did she think I had an elephant? So because I'm retired and have little to do, on impulse I told her that no, I didn't have a dog, I was starting the Purina Diet again. I added that I probably shouldn't, because I ended up in the hospital last time, but that I'd lost 50 pounds before I awakened in an intensive care ward with tubes coming out of most of my orifices and IVs in both arms.

I told her that it was essentially a Perfect Diet and that the way that it works is, to load your pants pockets with Purina Nuggets and simply eat one or two every time you feel hungry. The food is nutritionally complete so it works well and I was going to try it again. (I have to mention here that practically everyone in line was now enthralled with my story.)

Horrified, she asked if I ended up in intensive care, because the dog food poisoned me. I told her no, I stepped off a curb to sniff a poodle's ass and a car hit me.

I thought the guy behind her was going to have a heart attack he was laughing so hard.

Costco won't let me shop there anymore. Better watch what you ask retired people. They have all the time in the World to think of crazy things to say. Forward this (especially) to all your retired friends...it will be their laugh for the day!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A Winter BLAH Day NEEDS Color and Happy Inspiration and HERE IT IS!

I don't know what it is about New Mexico that thrills me so much but it does. I think it is the color and the mix of people-I have said this before, I have never seen such beautiful bone structure on people as I do there. And the color and the subject to create from is wonderful. I am ready to start a couple of large New Mexico quilts again. I am full of ideas and hope that these photos I have given you here of some tree of life sculptures jmight help lift your blahs into "aha!s" and "ahhh's." Color is so much fun to play with just watch me!

You know I would not want to ruin my sewing machine under any circumstances but when I saw the sewing machine here covered with buttons I had to stop myself for a minute and say "NO do not get that glue gun!" Isn't it wonderfully fun?

So, if you have the winter blah's, I hope I gave you a little something to laugh at and to ponder for new projects!