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October 30, 2020
Why Create on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 

I was thinking today about my "Why"?  Why is it that when I have a day off from work, the first thing I want to do is make a To-Do  list in my studio?  Why is it that all my Christmas gifts start at DickBlick's and the Fabric Shack?  Why are vacations required to be creative  rather than relaxing?  Why?  Why? Why??  (And yes for this discussion my Why will be a capitalized noun...why?? because I think my Why is that important!)

I think from time to time its good to re-examine your "Why".  Why look at your ...

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October 2, 2020
Wonderfil Thread Review on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


Okay, I'll admit it.  I'm getting obsessed...with thread.   Yes, there are more dangerous and worse things to get obsessed with but still, it's getting out of hand.  It all started when I saw that people were using bobbin thread to English Paper Piece.  Then I started looking at  new and different thread lines that have come out in the last 10 years.  Then I started ordering samples, trying them out, watching videos...etc etc....You get the picture.  Yes, I've gone  down that rabbit hole of THREAD.  

So what have I learned in my journeys ...

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August 28, 2020
Guilty Pleasures on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Yes, the umbrellas are continuing to take up all my free time and I can easily say that I've become addicted.  It's been so long that I've done this much hand work its so much fun albeit slow....I mean really....slow....so slow that I've only gotten about 12 blocks done.  Still the collection is starting to shape up!!  I have really love playing the pattern and color.  Some umbrellas make bold in your face


statements while others have soft edges that kinda just melt into the background.  Funny how this little block becomes an ...

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July 24, 2020
Global Quilt Connection - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So right now I should be at Quilting By the Lake if it wasn't for this pandemic. I would be lying  if I said I haven't spent the week pouting.  After 20 years of going, I can stop any time of the day and know exactly what I would be doing there.  I know....first world problems......that doesn't mean I have to like it.

BUT...under things I do Like..... Global Quilt Connection

Sue Bleiweiss and Lyric Kinard came up with the brilliant idea to bring together quilting teachers from around the world with guild representatives ...

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July 17, 2020
The Zen of Repetition on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

It's been hot.  I mean really HOT....well at least for the Lake Erie region it's been hot.  With that I've spent a lot of time hold up in my air conditioned bedroom doing hand work on my pinwheel's quilt.  There is something relaxing about the white noise of the conditioner  and just stitching piece after piece.  It's meditative and soothing.  Many summers I've spent the dog days of August finishing up hand quilting for our county fair.  I love the repeating of the small little stitches adding so much texture where once there ...

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June 19, 2020
Be a CopyCat on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



So I've been thinking about what project I wanted to work on now that my studio is all done.  Finally work is slow, the studio is cleaned and I have time to sew.  But WHAT??  Lord knows, I have a ton of unfinished projects from all the false starts of the last couple of years.   I also have a couple of big ideas in my head for new original projects that I can't seem to let go.  Hmmmmmm



One of the ideas is to do a "Mary Blair Inspired" piece that would also have hints of Paul Klee ...

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May 29, 2020
Just a Quick One on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



So yes, I feel asleep while Microsoft updated my computer...so I'll make this quick!!

Under things that I like....Have you tried Hoopla yet? You definitely should!!  Hoopla is an on-line service that allows you to stream TV shows, movies, music, books, graphic novels and audiobooks for free....yes you read that right FREE.  You merely have to enter your library card number and you can access all its content.  It's super easy and the selection is huge.

Here's the best part....in that huge selection resides nearly 700 ... yes ... 700 quilt books.  All the latest ...

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May 1, 2020
Where Lines Meet on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



So the Spring Spruce of my studio continues this week.  How come with this type of project, things always look worse before they look better?  Right now there are boxes every where, shelves pulled apart and barely room to move.  UGH!!  On the bright side, I've been finding things I've stashed in there.  Among them is my collection of old Art of the Day Calendar sheets that I've been saving for inspiration.  I was just about to chuck   file them away, when I thought of a good use!!

COMPOSITION STUDIES

I mean doesn't everyone stare at ...

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March 27, 2020
Corona Quilt Along - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So how are you all doing?  Are you as thoroughly sick of your house as I am? Normally, I'm happy to stay at home for the most part.  But with the first day of spring, it feels like it should be a time of rejoicing and renewal.  Nope.  We're stuck in the house as if its still January.


I have not  been wasting my time though.  Not only have I've been doing a bit of spring cleaning, but I took back out my Craftsy 2016 Block of the Month  Quilt.  I mean what better way to celebrate ...

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February 15, 2020
Digital Fiber Art, A Review on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



You would think looking at my bookcases that I have enough art, quilt, surface design books.. Apparently not.  This week, I finally gave in to my wishlist and bought, Wen Redmond's Digital Fiber Art. I've been wanting it forever but hadn't had the right project where I really needed it.

Boy, so glad I did!  I've watched Wen's classes, seen her work and basically love the whole mix media vibe, but was too afraid to stick my toe in.  Reading through book, not only do you stick your toe in but she manages to throw ...

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January 31, 2020
It's All About Erie, PA......Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

If I could  I would take the whole month of January off from life.  While the whole world is making New Year's Resolutions, I'm struggling just to complete my daily routine.  After 50 years of it, I don't fight it because its really only 31 days and sooner or later it will be February  This year it was a little worse than normal but as the days get longer, the sun on the banks of Lake Erie is out a bit more  and I slowly come awake.

With that, I was looking for new project that would ...

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