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March 22, 2019
March's Mentally Strong Women on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So with March comes three more things that Mentally Strong Women Refuse to Do.  You can see the first two installments of this series Here and Here.  I was so struck by the original concept of Amy Morin's book because while reading the list they were all things that I have learned to practice in my own life.  I just wish I had mastered them at 25 rather than 50!

Continuing on. . . . Mentally Strong Women . . .

Don't Put Down Others to Lift Themselves Up

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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 14, 2019
The Open Access CHALLENGE on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The Digital Wall At CMA where you can look at images right there
Have you ever heard of the Open Access Movement?  Yeah, me either.  Well at least that was true till my last visit to the Cleveland Museum of Art.  In its simplest definition the Open Access means that academic research (but for my purposes art work) is distributed to the public free of charge and copy right licensing.  With a little bit of research you will find that this movement has its cheerleaders and naysayers (as you can imagine - but really in today's climate what doesn't ...

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March 1, 2019
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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Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Okay, is it too late to say I want to be Georgia O'Keeffe when I grow up?  Last Saturday, we finally made it to Cleveland Art Museum to see the exhibit Georgia O'Keeffe: Living Modern.  All I can say is WoW!  I mean it.  It wasn't your average exhibit of just her paintings but a glimpse into  the woman herself.  It showed you her work, her style, and her passion to be a modern original.  The funny thing is that you get the idea that O'Keeffe didn't have to remake herself (or Brand as they ...

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February 15, 2019
More Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



So this week I continue on my take on 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do by Amy Morin.  I really love this list and I think it will translate well into our creative lives.

They Don't Let Self Doubt Reaching Their Goals

Wait!!!!  We're suppose to have goals????  Nobody told me THAT.  Well if they did you probably weren't listening because goals are scary.  Why??  Because if you set a goal you are suppose to reach it right?!?  You Bet!!  But there are two secrets to setting goals....make two types...short attainable goals and ...

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February 11, 2019
Off Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Normally, I write my blog posts Thursday night.  This Friday though, I'm taking a creative day off and I thought it would be fun to share my progress of what I got done.  So I'll update tomorrow.  But the show must go on - well - at least Off the Wall Friday has to so as always....


Sunday Night:   Leave it to me to take all weekend to get this much done on my block of the month quilt. But finally the curves are done and also the month of August.  Next week....onto   September.


What Have You Been Up ...

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February 1, 2019
Mentally Strong Women on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre




Weekly report on my Block of the Month Quilt....Yes, I'm still finishing up the curves.  I thought I would finish them last weekend but 9 hrs later I'm still doing them.  It seems like they are going to go on forever.  The nice thing though is I"m really getting good at doing a curve seam and I'll never shy away from them again.




So today I read an interesting article about Amy Morin's latest book, 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don't Do.  As I skimmed through the list, I realized that most of ...

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January 25, 2019
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


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January 18, 2019
This and That...Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Well I can happily report that the floodgates of creativity have once again open and I'm feeling much better!  This weekend I spent a TON of time working on the curve piecing of my BOM quilt.  Its tedious and exacting work, but truly I think that is exactly what I need!  I mean one of the reasons I'm doing this quilt is to drill in my head some of these techniques.  I did find out this week that I can do a nice curve seam.  What I can not do is tell the difference between a 6-3/4 ...

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January 11, 2019
Fact Vs Myth on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



So I was down with a cold this weekend and it gave me some time to peruse the rabbit hole they call Pinterest. Of course, I ended up looking at all the amazing art quilts that are collected there.  With each new board, it just seemed like the quilts got more and more gorgeous . So much talent.  So much creativity.  My gosh how can a girl compete??  Why do I even bother trying to make art quilts when I'll never be able to be that good?

And I realized  that's the myth my inner critic is trying to ...

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January 4, 2019
Public Domain Day - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The Blue Room, Suzanne Valadon, 1923
Odalisque with Raised Arms, Henri Matisse

 This week I came across something of interest on Facebook (Yeah, I know, it surprised me too).  Apparently, January 1 2019 was named  Public Domain Day.  Now I thought that, all works published before January 1, 1978, were entitled to copyright protection for 75 years; all author’s works published on or after that date were under copyright for the lifetime of the creator, plus 50 years.

 But thanks to the lobbying of Disney in 1998 (who was trying to save its copyright of  Steamboat Willie) another ...

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December 28, 2018
Much To Do - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

First of all, thanks for all the support on my last post.  I wrote it not only to explain why I have been

Block of the Month Pattern
all over the place in 2018, but also in hopes that it would help someone else.

With that said, I spent a lot of time thinking while I cleaned out Christmas from my studio.  During the weeks before the holiday my studio becomes wrapping central for the family since its off the beaten path and it has a really nice cutting mat.  But this week I reclaimed it and came up with ...

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December 21, 2018
The Word of the Year - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

I'm sure it won't surprise anybody, but this last year I've been struggling.  Its not so much just creatively, but struggling to do anything.....and everything.  I jokingly call it my not-depressed depression.  My doctor, though,  didn't find the humor in it and took me seriously.  Thank God she did.  Its like for the first time in about a year in a half the menofog that I've been experiencing is lifting.  The weird thing is that once the fog had lifted I looked around and found all the things that I've let go!  Little ...

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December 14, 2018
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre




As the week closes, so does another Christmas Rush at work.  I love my job as a catalog sales rep, but gosh, I'm glad to see this Christmas Rush end.  It has been crazy and has drained every last bit of creativity from me!  Still I was smart!  My shopping and decorating are all done.  All I have to do is wrap and then back to my sewing machine I go.  I can not wait.  So with that all said, I'm just hosting this week!




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December 7, 2018
7 More Christmas Gifts Quilters Want - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre





So here is yet another list of ideas on what to give your favorite quilter for Christmas.....or maybe.....what to put in your letter to Santa!  You can see previous lists here from years gone by.  This year I thought I would go a bit more traditional since lately I've been doing more traditional work.    You'd think I'd run out of things that quilters want....but no..... there is always something new and interesting coming out!!!!





7 More Gifts Quilters Want

1. Quilt Fiction ....Most quilters I know like to read and now there are ...

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November 30, 2018
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Having Internet Problems 


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November 23, 2018
Thankful for Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


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November 16, 2018
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

As my time here helping my parents draws to an end, I started reflecting on family and how important it is to our lives. There might not have been a lot of creative time this week, but we had a whole LOT of family time and that's important too.  I want to thank everyone for your prayers and encouragement through the last couple months.  You all are great!



So What Have You Been Up to Creatively?


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November 9, 2018
5 Things You Didn't Know about Georgia O'Keefe - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


Sitting in my parents' cabin, I watched as fall turned into November.  I've gotten a lot done on my pinwheels quilt and have found it very therapeutic.   I also started thinking about the exciting things that are happening this month.  The best of which is the upcoming exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art entitled, Georgia O'Keefe, Living Modern.  Its going to offer  "a unique look into the fascinating connections between the paintings, personal style, and public persona of one of America’s most iconic artists."  The idea of connecting her work with her clothes is really interesting ...

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