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January 19, 2018
Fighting the Doldrums of Winter - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Okay, I'll admit it.  January is ALWAYS  the hardest time of the year for me.  Its always cold and gray here on the shores of Lake Erie.  It always feel like spring is forever away.  I always feel a little bogged down by the mundaness of working at home.  What I don't feel is motivated to do anything creative.  Even this blog was hard to write today.

It has me asking where did all my motivation go and how do I find it again?  If you're in the same boat as me (well maybe not boat, because ...

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January 12, 2018
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


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January 5, 2018
Mark Making - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

My sister in law, Susan blessed me with some new Gelli Printing Plates for Christmas and it really
has my mind working over drive.  I can't wait to explore the myriad of ways that this product can be used to make a mark.  Researching I found these great videos
and so on, and so on, and so on. . . . . . .

  Yes, I did fall down that rabbit hole known as youtube tutorial videos.  (As an aside ...

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December 29, 2017
Happy New Year!! Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

There are White Christmases and then there are White Christmases Erie Pennsylvania style!!  You might have heard, but this week we had over 5 feet of snow drop in a couple of days time.  It put a big damper on the holiday for a lot of families.  For us, we just sat and watched it snow. We broke all sorts of records and it puts us at 103" of snow already for this winter!   Just in case you wonder what that looks like . . . .


There is the pretty side of it . . . .


And then there is the not so pretty side of ...

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December 22, 2017
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


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December 15, 2017
The Art of a Selfie - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

SelfPortrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird , Frida Kahlo
Rembrandt, at about age 60
As the snow comes down outside my window, its getting to be that time of year for self reflection.  I always try to carve some time out at the end of year to look back at where I've been and get an idea of where I want to go.

That got me thinking about the idea of self reflection  . . . . onto the idea of reflection. . . .and our society's new fascination of the selfie.   But really is it new? I started thinking about how many artists ...

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December 8, 2017
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


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December 1, 2017
10 MORE Gifts Quilters Want - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Its time for my annual "What to Buy a Quilter for Christmas" List.  You can read the first two years of the lists Here and Here.  I even made a list of what to buy a Creative Kid (all tried and true on my own creative kid).  So here are this year's selections!!

10 More Gifts Quilters Want for Christmas


1. A Big Cutting Mat - Having a big self healing cutting mat makes a quilter's life so much easier.  You can buy a couple of 24" by 36" ones but they also sell bigger ones and even CUSTOM ...

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November 24, 2017
Thankful for Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So I was going through my email this morning and noticed a new comment to my blog, and  it hit me -  Oh My Gosh.... I forgot Off the Wall Friday.  My only excuse was I cooked yesterday for my extended family and then fell promptly asleep!  Please forgive me!  On that note, I'll just host and get this up for the early Black Friday birds!

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday weekend!!


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November 17, 2017
5 Facts You Didn't know about Sewing With Nancy for Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Nancy Zieman, 1937-2017
This week we lost the host of Sewing with Nancy, Nancy Zieman to cancer.  Nancy was fundamental to my fascination with all things sewing since I started watching her show in high school and continued on to this day.  Even though at first I didn't sew, I loved watching Nancy with her easy going, peaceful approach to the craft.   Sew in honor to her, here are some interesting facts you might not have know about her.

Facts You Didn't Know About Sewing With Nancy Zieman
    1.  Sewing with Nancy first broadcasted in 1982 and was ...

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November 10, 2017
Craft VS Art - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So I did manage to break out of my creative funk this week.  How?? Craftsy's Amish Medallion  Block of the Month.  I bought the kit on  a whim earlier this year.  I mean, gosh it was a really cute quilt with its traditional roots and neon colors and I thought it looked fun.  Plus you can't beat the price $77 which included all the fabric, pattern AND online class for this 90" by 90" quilt.  But it sat in the box in the corner until I decided enough is enough, I feel like having fun.  For once ...

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November 3, 2017
Creativity Exercises - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The days get shorter and darker and it seems like a cloud descends on me.  Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer once suggested to me that since I'm half Sicilian, its in my blood to seek the sun.  I'm not sure if she's right but I do get blue when the sky gets grey!  I've even had a little extra time on my hands lately and have I done something creative?  NO!  I'd rather sit and listen to the Harry Potter series on my Echo Dot!  Again!


So I thought I would come up with a list ...

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October 27, 2017
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October 20, 2017
6 Ways to Pick a Palette - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

This week, my friend Debby and I were talking about how to pick a palette.  As I started going through my quilts over the last couple of years, you could see where I've somehow fallen in love with this Warm, Warm, Cool kind of thing.. . . . Like I would pick Red, Orange, and a touch of blue.  You can see it over and over and over.  Now I didn't do it consciously, its kinda like - the heart wants what
the heart wants.

The Old Guitarist, Pablo Picasso
First of all what is a Palette?  Its the colors you ...

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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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October 6, 2017
The Square - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

And the 10" by 10" square  saga continues.  But  after a couple of false starts, I finally came up with a good idea.  This morning.  At 7 amRight, just a couple hours before work.  #somylife

How did I  come up the idea?  Well, the thing about this design is that the square is going to be auctioned off at the Schweinfurth Art Center's 10 x 10 = Art.  So I thought not only does it have to have a decent design BUT it has to capture the interest of the bidder.  That got me thinking.  What would I like ...

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September 29, 2017
It's all about Scale - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The Lacemaker,  Johannes Vermeer
I'm stumped.  All week,  I've been working on creating a design for the 10" by 10"= Art event for the Schweinfurth  Art Center.  And all week, I've come up with nothing.  Well, nothing that I would allow out of the house.  Or even on this blog!


One of the problems, I've decided, is that I've never worked that little before.  I mean, seriously, is 10" by 10" big enough to say what I want a piece to say?   For me with my pieces, bigger is better.  I like it big ...

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September 22, 2017
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



I'm feeling a bit quiet today and its 80 degrees in September. . . . I'm going for a walk!

But don't let me stop you from Blogging!!

What Have You Been Up to Creatively?
 

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September 15, 2017
Facts You Didn't Know about Quilting - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

The AIDS Memorial Quilt
Thought you knew everything about quilting?

Well you thought WRONG!


1.  The word Quilt comes from the Latin word, culcita, meaning stuffed mattress or cushion.  There is evidence of quilted clothes in Egyptian tombs as far back as 5000 years ago.

2.  Dr. Dunn, the Father of Occupational Therapy (1868-1966)  used quilt making as a form of therapy. He was said to have taken up quilt-making in 1915. He felt that the bright colors were pleasing to patients, and that the cutting and sewing helped to take their minds off their inner
problems.

3.  The largest ...

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September 8, 2017
Focal Points Found - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

"What's the Focal Point of your piece?"

Huh??  Welllllll......ummmmmm..........this section  here?????

Let me tell you, this is NOT the answer you want to give a teacher or viewer of your art.  I mean, the focal point is  the area  around which the rest of the composition is centered and where you want your viewer's eye to rest.    So you should have an idea where it is!  Okay, I get that buttttttt. . . .
Achieving it is a whole different story!

So let's take a look at how the "Greats" managed to create a great focal point ...

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