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November 20, 2020
Quilter's Christmas Gifts on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 As the years go by this post gets harder and harder  to write.  Now don't get me wrong.  It's not because there is any shortage of gadgets and fabric for a quilter to acquire.  It's more about coming up with a list of things that a "real" quilter would want and use.  After a quick investigation of the
web, it seems like the same things kinda popped up on all the lists.  Sighhhhh....I hate blog posts that aren't original or filled with fluff. (BTW, One great post I found which was definitely worth the read ...

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November 13, 2020
Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 These are interesting.... I thought ...Oh these will help....Then I got to 30 and I said HELLO HONEY! 


SO WHAT HAVE YOU'VE BEEN UP TO CREATIVELY??

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November 6, 2020
Momentum in Quilt Making - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 I really don't know where the time goes!  I peeped in my studio the other day and realized that it had been  a full week since I had been in there.  There my umbrella quilt sat...almost done.  Why is it that in the beginning of a project you are all Gung-Ho, and then somewhere along the line you start losing momentum.  Does it suddenly get boring?  Is your mind off onto  the next shiny new project?  Are you at a point where you just don't know where to go?  Or did life just start getting busy and ...

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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 23, 2020
Zink's & Lehman's on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 



My favorite thing to do during the fall is take a road trip.  The leaves  are at peak color and the air is crisp.  This year getting out of Erie for a bit was especially important since we never get out of Erie any more!  So I dragged my husband on a day trip to Zink's Fabric Outlet  and Lehman's Hardware in the Amish Country of Central Ohio.  Both are about 2.5 hrs from our house and it was a gorgeous day for a drive.

Zink's Outlet was on top of my bucket lists of places ...

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October 16, 2020
The Umbrellas Continue on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


Okay, I admit it.  This one got away from me.  And when I say away, I mean REALLY away.  Now I won't pretend that this is the first time a quilt has taken on a life of it's own...basically a life it was never meant to have.  Still, I'm a little shocked that this one did.  It was suppose to be quick little project that was to stir my creative juices and get me visiting my studio on a regular basis.  Next thing ya know, I'm spending hours and hours piecing bits and pieces of ...

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October 9, 2020
Bullet Journaling for Quilters on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

You know I just noticed that  that should read BOOKS  :)


 I love journals.  I love the feel of them in my hands, the pretty pictures on them, the way they smell.  What I don't like is actually journaling.  Over the years I've  bought so many great journals with every intention to fill them up with my hopes, dreams, vents, etc etc.  But NOPE!  not a one gets past a few beginning pages.  

Well except for one...and that didn't even start as a journal.  You see, I have a very busy, social church.  With that busy church ...

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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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September 25, 2020
Facts You Didn't Know About Faith Ringgold on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Sunflower Quilting Bee at Arles, 1991

 I love female artists....all ages...all media.  Shrug...maybe it's because it seems like I can relate to their subject matter. Basically what they think is important is lots of times what I think is important.  The female condition.


That's what originally brought me to Faith Ringgold (age 89).  Not only was she a female artist, but she was one that took her subject matter from causes that were important to her...racism, sexism...segregation.  Every woman, especially every African American woman could look at her work and relate.  

Subway Graffiti ...

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September 18, 2020
The Value in the Umbrellas - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 I'm so happy to be sewing regularly again.  I try to get in a couple of hours a day which goes a long way at getting a quilt done...go figure!  Progress Report on the Umbrella Quilt....40 Umbrella Blocks done ... 40 Fussy Cut Little Girl Blocks Done ... 10 Pin Wheel Blocks Done. (For the record I literally had to take out my first quilt book I ever used to remember how to do quilt block math and get my half square triangles to come out right .... how soon we forget!! )



I stopped right there and looked at all ...

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September 11, 2020
EPP According to Tula Pink on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


La Passacaglia, Tula Pink Style, 2016

So yes, it's true.  My English Paper Piecing bug has been reawaken and has been taken to new heights.  I knew that my creative juices would start to flow again...sooner or later...but I would have never guessed that a simple EPP kit in little girls colors would spur it!!  While I finished up the 40 little umbrella blocks of the Abbie quilt I'm making, I started to think what next?!  As usual I started

researching what other people are doing currently with EPP.  Well, apparently, while I've been in ...

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September 4, 2020
All About Hand Sewing Needles - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 Ever since I was 7 and I got my first hand sewing kit from my Aunt Bert, I've always loved the way the needle felt going through fabric,  Plus they are so fine but strong and lethal.  I'm sure there is a good essay in there on how historically women have mastered a tool like the needle .... refined, graceful yet can draw blood....So let's talk Hand Sewing Needles!

Have you ever gone to buy needles and are faced with a plethora of choices?  So many sizes, names, companies....What's a girl to choose?  

Okay let ...

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August 21, 2020
The Umbrellas Continue - Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Am I the only one that is kinda shocked that we are going into the third week of August?  It's starting to get darker earlier, ragweed season is plaguing me and all our customers are calling for fall clothes!  How did THAT happen???  Not to mention, this will be the first time since 2000, that August doesn't mean Back to School.  Instead my only daughter is starting a new job in her chosen field and she's out to change the world.  I repeat...how did THAT happen?!?

So with all that, I was glad to finally master ...

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August 14, 2020
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 

 Sew....Write my post...Sew ....Write my post....sew sorry!!!  Sewing won out and I'm blowing off my post just so I can have some quiet time and work on the umbrellas.  I will say glue basting is an acquired skill and it looks so much easier in youtube videos!!  


So What You've Been Up to Creatively?

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July 31, 2020
Feeding the Inner Artist on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



One thing I've noticed in this year of Corona, is that being in one place is not good for my inner artist.  Over the years, I've developed habits that will feed my creative soul and keep it ref
reshed.  Needless to say, being held up in small town America might be good for keeping one self safe from a global pandemic but it's creating a drought in my soul.  Don't get me wrong.  I've enjoyed spending the summer with less social obligations and more time to finish some projects that have fallen by the wayside ...

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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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July 10, 2020
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Taking a couple of days off...

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June 26, 2020
W.I.P. - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



Well, anybody who has been paying attention will realize my personal work has stalled a bit the last
couple of years.  I normally would whine and apologized and be racked with some good ole fashion guilty but ya know what???  I've decided to be kind to myself.  In the old days, it wasn't unusual to hear about middle age women having "nervous breakdowns" or empty nest syndrome or their husbands leaving them for a younger woman.  At 54, none of that has happened to me.  I've just had a bit of a creative pause.  Even with that ...

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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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June 12, 2020
Sewing Studio Make-Over ... Off The Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So over a month ago, I decided that my studio needed a full over haul.  I  mean if you can't do a make over of your sewing room during Stay At Home Orders when can you??  I knew it was bad but I really hadn't a glimpse of how bad.  Since the federal government was kind enough to send me back some of my tax dollars, I thought I would spend some and stimulate the economy!  I set a budget of $400.  Originally when I did my studio, I tried to spend as little as possible reusing things ...

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