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September 13, 2019
Power Struggles from Where Art & Life Meet

Above is one of the images my teenage daughter sent me saying that she wants to dye her hair pink. I don’t have a problem with that, except for the fact that her hair is already pretty fried from having gone platinum (like Gwen Stefani) for years, and only in the last year plus has… Continue reading Power Struggles

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September 11, 2019
Coping by Stitching from Where Art & Life Meet

People often say to me things like – “You’re so patient” or “I could never do that, it’s so tedious.” What I want to tell them is that I am so NOT patient. I am incredibly impatient, so much so that as a child my impatience was something often commented on by others, not just… Continue reading Coping by Stitching

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August 30, 2019
UFO's 101 on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Paul:  Nina what are you doing?

Me:  Nothing?  Well, playing a game.  Why?


Paul:  Because its 2 o'clock on Saturday and you've been
          laying there since  11.  Weren't you going to sew?

Me:  yawnnnnnnn, yeah but I don't know.
         Maybe I'll take a nap.
Paul:  Maybe you should go sew.


You know, I knew there was a reason I married him (well besides that he's really cute!)  Now that I've woken up from my blue period, I'm really not sure where to pick up on my creative journey.  I mean I have ...

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August 9, 2019
In the Words of Emily Richardson ...Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Edge of an Instant, 16" by 14" Emily Richardson
So if you haven't gotten it in the last two weeks, my Quilting by the Lake was a pivotal in my life.  Its the kind of time where I'll be saying in 20 years, "It all changed after Emily's Class" .  The more distance from the class the more  ideas are constantly jumping in my head.  I had to start a little journal so I wouldn't lose them!

Last week I left off with my little beginner piece.  The second one I wanted to try adapting the way ...

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August 2, 2019
Class with Emily Richardson - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Basically the Before

Ready to Paint!
So the artist/teacher Emily Richardson finally was rescheduled this year to return to Quilting by the Lake to teacher the class Inspiration Through Reflection: Painting Fabric, Creating Quilts. I believe this was her 5th time at the conference over the last 20 years.  Even though I loved her work, I just wasn't in a place that I thought I could confidently be taught what she did.  BUT this year, I was and I'm so glad I did!!  


At QBL, some years I learn just a bit and play a lot ...

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March 15, 2019
My OPEN ACCESS Challenge - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Let me just tell you ....  don't start browsing  a museum's open access collection unless you pack a lunch!!!  After many....many....many hours, I finally decided on a piece by the Expressionist Emil Nolde (1876-1956) I was first introduced to the art of Nolde when I saw the amazing exhibition Monet to Matisse: Painting the Modern Garden.  When I saw his pieces in the exhibit, I was so struck by the use of bold color it made me gasp!

That's why it surprised to find out that he was an accomplished print maker.....yes prints that were ...

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March 1, 2019
Finding One’s Voice from Where Art & Life Meet

In January I had the opportunity to go to one of Sue Spargo‘s fabulous workshops in Tucson, Arizona, a place I’d never been. While there I met some lovely people, one of whom was Anna Bates, who has a blog, Woolie Mammoth, a YouTube channel – Quilt Roadies, and blogs for The Quilt Show once… Continue reading Finding One’s Voice

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The Landscapes of Charles Burchfield on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


As always the Cleveland Museum of Art had many great exhibits at once.  Included in this visit was an excellent showing of the local painter Charles E. Burchfield(1893-1967).  The exhibit centered on his drawings from 1915-1920 which he described as his golden year since it was a flurry of creative energy.  He created more paintings in those years than ever before  starting with local landscapes and developing an abstract style that would define his work in the coming decades.

Charles Burchfield at work in later years



According to Burchfield's friend and colleague Edward Hopper,"The work of Charles ...

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September 7, 2018
How to Become an Art Quilter - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So this week I've been participating  Benita's Quilter's Meet & Greet Blog Hop.  I highly recommend you take some time and look at all the blogs!! Its been a lot of fun getting to know some new quilter bloggers and get a peek into their world.  Plus, I found the comments on my post interesting.

One in particular comes from Mindy who wrote,  "after looking at your blog I really want to try my hand at an art quilt. I just have to remind myself that I have very little experience and the first one I do will ...

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April 27, 2018
Designer Spotlight: Cottonflower Studio from Camelot Fabrics

This month our Designer Feature series turns the spotlight on Marina Oliveira of Cottonflower Studio, just in time for the launch of her latest cotton collection: Watson in the Woods!   CF – Please introduce yourself and tell us what you do! MO – Hello, my name is Marina Oliveira and I’m a Brazilian surface pattern designer

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April 13, 2018
Rejoice in Spring - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Its been a long winter.  . . .A very long winter here on the banks of Lake Erie.  Not only have we had nearly 200 inches of snow (yes you read that right - 200 inches) but its been cold and gray since November.  Cold and gray can eat at once soul and I'm afraid it has mine!  Even the first day of spring was welcomed in with inches of snow and below freezing temps.

Finally though spring is fighting back and we've had our first real break in the weather.  Its got me thinking of  how to mend my creative ...

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October 13, 2017
The Singer Continues - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Little by little, I've managed to work through this project.   You know how some pieces come easy and some come hard?  Well, yeah, I've been dealing with the latter with this one.

Problem 1.  Coming up with a decent idea.  Since I have been whining about that for the last two weeks we do NOT have to rehash that here.  But, to my credit, I didn't call uncle, and I did manage to come up with a good one!

Problem 2. Getting a decent pattern.  Normally, when I work from a photo, I like to make a ...

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May 31, 2017
Acrylic on Paper from Where Art & Life Meet

Last month I went to Hudson River Valley Arts where Jane Davies was teaching a week long workshop.  I found Jane on Pinterest, which led me to her website where she has tons of videos showing her process and work.  As with most things I find interesting, I soon became obsessed and began systematically going through almost… Continue reading Acrylic on Paper

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