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June 14, 2024
» Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina- Marie Sayre

I know you can relate!


So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?


 

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June 7, 2024
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


So right now my life is in a season of change.  I was laid off suddenly from a job I love because they outsourced the positions to the Philippines.  In all honesty, I was VERY ready for my next challenge but there were so many good benefits with the job, I hadn't made the move.  Until I was made to.  As always, God blessed me with finding the right job, right away.  Go figure that having good customer service skills would be very marketable in today's job climate.  

I'm working now for Channellock, Inc.  They have been ...

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May 31, 2024
Being Pulled into All Directions on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I remember when my daughter was growing up, I used to think of May as social season. It's that time of year where they are end of school year activities galore, graduations, weddings, family picnics, and beginning of the summer festivals.  Even now that Tessa is 26, it's still going on!


Finally, after 24 years of going to school, her education ended with her receiving her Master of Art degree from Mercyhurst University.  Looking back at the beginning at the Early Learning Lab in Edinboro University in 2000, I'm still a little shocked that my plan came ...

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May 24, 2024
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


Just a gentle reminder to all my peeps who work with fabric!  It's been a crazy week, so forgive me, but I'll just host!  

So, What Have You Been Up to Creatively?


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May 17, 2024
A Day of Exhibitions on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

First of all - I want to apologize for the technical issues last week's link up had.  There was one on my end  - if the margins are off on the blog for some reason it affects everything.  Then, there was some weird issues going with InLinkz which seems to have been sorted out before the link up concluded.  I've been using InLinkz all these years and its very rare that they have technical issues.  If there are ever any issues or questions concerning linking up your blog post - please reach out - my email is ninamariesayre at g mail yada ...

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May 10, 2024
Needle Book Tutorial on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So, this week, I once again got after hand quilting Rain, Rain.  It dawned on me that it’s nearly 80% done and I could actually enter it in this year’s community fair if I finished it.  Well, as you probably


know, restarting a project is harder than it looks.  I had all these supplies – needles –
pearl cotton – needles threaders – thimbles and no idea which one I had finally decided on using.  Luckily, I had left the needle in where I last worked, and I could match the thread.  From there I found a great video that taught me ...

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May 3, 2024
All About the Quilts On Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

A Fantasy Garden, Christine Weise/Shelley Cassatta

You know when you go to a Sewing & Quilting Expo, you are overwhelmed by the amount of things to buy and classes to take.  Well at least that was how it was for me during the recent Cleveland Expo.  It was a lot!  But tucked in the back of the Expo were rows of black curtains, filled with the most gorgeous quilts!  SAQA had shared a few exhibitions and there were also some from the North Texas Quilt Festival.  The exhibit was so stunning, I ended up going through it 3 times during ...

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April 26, 2024
Famore Rotary Cutter Review on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Okay, so I don't like change.  I know most people say that, but I really don't like change.  Of course, this

translates into my quilting life as well.  When I find a tool I like, I like it for life.  That would be why I am using the same rulers (Quickline designed by Nancy Crow) as I did 30 years ago.  Not to mention, I have my square rulers (Bias Square from the Patchwork Place) and rotary cutter by Kai.  When they wear out, I just check on ebay for replacements.  

That all said, I still keep my ...

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April 19, 2024
Sewing & Quilt Expo on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Waiting for the vendors to open!

Okay am I the only one who has never been to a Sewing Expo?  This year I finally got to attend since it was returning to the I-X Center on the westside of Cleveland...and let me tell ya....most of the women I talk to have been going for years.  After spending the day, now I understand why.

Reason 1 - the Expo encompasses all that is sewing and quilting - If it has to do with those two things, then you will find it there.  There were vendors for EVERYTHING which includes but not ...

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April 12, 2024
Let's Talk Improvisational Piecing on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 

Curves II,  Nina-Marie Sayre
Improved pieced to a planned pattern

Improv Surface Design with a little bit 
of Improv Piecing, 


Taking a class in improvisational piecing, got me thinking of how many uses there are for the technique.  For that matter, how much a non-technique, improvisational piecing actually is.  The reason I say that is improvisational piecing's only rule is that there are NO RULES.  So, it can basically do whatever you want, whenever you want, letting your fabric, your vision or even your intuition be in
the driver seat. 

That can be very freeing or a little scary ...

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April 5, 2024
Hemming Pants on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 Okay, I have some secrets and since we've gotten close lately, I thought I would share 'cause what's good having a secret unless you're going to share it, right?!?

Secret #1 - Although I love clothes shopping, I hate shopping for pants.  The reason being is that I'm so curvy....no I mean, really curvy!  Whether I'm a size 8 or 18, I'm still one big curve and it's pretty hard to find pants to fit those curves.  Over the years, I have found brands that seem to have the right waist to hip ...

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March 29, 2024
Improv Piecing on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Hard at Work

You know sometimes all you want to do is sew and boy, have I done that.  Taking Improvisational


Piecing with Veronica Hofman-Ortega
at John C. Campbell's Folk School was one of my better ideas.  I love a class that starts with design exercises that will lead into bigger and better ideas.  Not to mention the ladies in my class were great!  There was a full range of quilters in the class  - from the very experienced to the beginner.  All were traditional, so this was pushing pretty much everyone out of their comfort zone.  But let me ...

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March 22, 2024
Mission: Pack 4 Class on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Okay, show of hands, who out there gives a small groan when you get the supply list for a big quilting class?  25 years later and many, many 5-day quilting classes and I still get intiminadated when I first read the list.  You think to yourself, "Self!  Does she really want us to bring all this stuff?  Are we really going to use all of it? And how much fabric is actually enough?"  I mean nobody wants to get to class and think, "Gosh I wish I had  "insert the most perfect fabric here" with me."  But also you don ...

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March 15, 2024
Learning to Fail on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


So last week, I was talking to a friend of mine and she said, "Ohhhh I don't have a creative bone in my body."  If I only I had a dime for every time I heard that.  I do believe people are born with strengths and weaknesses and there is no reason that you need to be strong in everything.  HOWEVER...I believe that everyone can enjoy the joy of "making" no matter what their talents.  I mean think about it.  How many kids don't like to color and draw?  Hardly any.  It's only when they hit ...

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March 8, 2024
Pegboards for Quilting on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

My Pegboard, white, cut to fit the space, painted stripes, electric orange tape.
Baskets, cups used for additional space, labeled

So today I read an interesting post on my Sewing/Quilting Organization list on Facebook.  A member was looking for ideas for the use of a pegboard in her sewing space and asked for pictures.  My first thought was lots of people must have pegboards and they all must use them the same way.  

Apparently, I was wrong.  As goes it with a list of 110K (yes you read that right 110,000!) quilters/sewers, you get many opinions and ...

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March 1, 2024
It's Been A Week on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Dorothea Lange, Seeing People Exhibit


 Okay so here is this week's tip....don't think you can take a quick 2-day trip to Washington DC and not come home exhausted and your mind a big creative blur.  We only saw 2 museums, The National Gallery and the National Museum of American History and it still was stimuli overload. It wasn't just the museums which were amazing in themselves, but also the whole National Mall area.  We took the metro in from Arlington, VA, and popped up in the Federal Triangle station which is the middle of 10 ...

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February 23, 2024
6 Facts You Didn't Know about Dorothea Lange on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 

Dorothy's Lange


This week finds me traveling to Washington DC to visit the National Gallery.  We love the National

Dorothea Lange, Formerly enslaved
woman, Alabama, 1938

Mall since we are kinda museum junkies.  But we haven't been back since 2019 due to the dreaded plague.  I keep an eye on the National Gallery's webpage and discovered that they are running a Dorothea Lange exhibit through March.  So Paul is indulging me with a quick trip down to see it as well as the Mark Rothko exhibit and Masters of American Furniture, the Kaufman Collection (see a little ...

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February 16, 2024
The Changing World of Social Media on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 So this week, it was brought to my attention, how much social media has changed over the short life of the internet.   In the late 90's, it wasn't unusual to connect with other quilters on different sites including www.quilt.com.  There were also forums (Reddit type)  where you could ask questions and form groups.  I joined a quilt guild that was active but just virtually.  At the time,  it was all very new and



interesting.  I also belonged to two email groups (one traditional - one art quilt-based) where you would start a topic and people would chime ...

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February 9, 2024
Improv Quilts at John C. Campbell on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Fall 1


With 2024 starting, I thought it was a good idea to look into our next creative vacation.  Paul and I both wanted to get back to John C. Campbells Folk School in North Carolina so I started there.  Luckily, 

 I found the class, Intro to Improvisational Quilts taught by Veronica Hofman-Ortega.  The class description reads....

Explore improvisational cutting and piecing methods to create one-of-a-kind contemporary quilts. Dispense with templates, exact measurements, and block-based patchwork, and embrace the unexpected and exciting outcomes you can get with improvisational patchwork. Arrive with a sense of adventure and spontaneity and prepare to ...

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February 2, 2024
Designing a Calendar Cow on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I was looking back at previous posts (and when I say "back" I mean wayyyyyy back) and I realized that


I hadn't shown how I designed the Calendar Cow blocks.  So I thought it was a good idea to, since so many times I hear from people who see my work, "I wish I could draw."  I always smile and answer, "Me, too!"

So here is how to design a representational block when you can't draw but you know how to use a laptop, pencil and tracing paper.


1.  Come up with an Idea.  Since these blocks are ...

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