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October 4, 2019
Saving Sadie on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

15 years ago, I started a piece in a class taught by Cynthia Corbin.  Now we all know that not all pieces started in class merit enough to be finished.  Some are started with bad ideas  and bad design, some are just samples to learn a technique, and some are just techniques that you just don't like to do.  But not this one.  I've  written about Sadie before because more than once I said I was going to save her.  

In the past, people have offered how to save her... change her initial shape since its not realistic ...

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August 9, 2019
In the Words of Emily Richardson ...Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Edge of an Instant, 16" by 14" Emily Richardson
So if you haven't gotten it in the last two weeks, my Quilting by the Lake was a pivotal in my life.  Its the kind of time where I'll be saying in 20 years, "It all changed after Emily's Class" .  The more distance from the class the more  ideas are constantly jumping in my head.  I had to start a little journal so I wouldn't lose them!

Last week I left off with my little beginner piece.  The second one I wanted to try adapting the way ...

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August 2, 2019
Class with Emily Richardson - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Basically the Before

Ready to Paint!
So the artist/teacher Emily Richardson finally was rescheduled this year to return to Quilting by the Lake to teacher the class Inspiration Through Reflection: Painting Fabric, Creating Quilts. I believe this was her 5th time at the conference over the last 20 years.  Even though I loved her work, I just wasn't in a place that I thought I could confidently be taught what she did.  BUT this year, I was and I'm so glad I did!!  


At QBL, some years I learn just a bit and play a lot ...

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July 26, 2019
A Week at Quilting by the Lake - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

So last week was my 17th year at the quilt conference, Quilting by the Lake.  I love going back every year because it seems so familiar and yet there is always something new.  This year was no

Suffrage Quilt, Votes for Women, Ellen Blalock
exception.  In fact, I'm not sure if its because I'm finally truly over my blue period or because I'm in an up swing of creativity but there seemed to be inspiration EVERYWHERE.  I took a ton of pictures and I thought I would share a few.  This year I kept them to the ...

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August 3, 2018
Sheer Play - QBL 2018 - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Jeannette at work

It seems impossible but another Quilting by the Lake has come and gone.  Taking a class with Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer is always a pleasure and this class was no exception.  What I loved the most about it was that there was a little bit of something for everyone.  We started the week with learning how to paint on silk organza.  From there we learned techniques on how to seam together sheers using the Korean form of pogaji by hand and machine. After that we went into a bunch of
different ways to manipulate the sheers. Quickly we ...

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July 27, 2018
Quilting by the Lake Quilt Show - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Greetings from Syracuse, NY!!  What an exciting week its been!  Exhausting ....but Exciting!!  I promise I'll catch you up on my class, but before that I wanted to share some of this year's quilt show.  Each year, the conference hosts a juried quilt show asking past and present participants to enter quilts.  Each year it is fabulous. 

Here is some eye candy for you enjoyment!



Don't ask me how I chose which to take pictures of for this blog. It was just row after row of amazing quilts.What I really liked about this show was there ...

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July 15, 2018
Getting Ready for Quilting by the Lake 2018 - Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Its that time of year again, when I need to start my research for my upcoming class at Quilting by the Lake.  This year I'm taking a class with Jeannette DeNicolis Meyer called  Sheer Play.  It will be an exploration of layering sheer silk organza using different techniques.  I'm really excited since I've been wanting to take this class for years now and just am getting the chance now.  To me what is so exciting is that we can play with creating texture and using light wherein traditional quilting with the three layers (cotton, batting, cotton) light ...

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June 25, 2018
Quilting Immersion from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Summertime is always a great time to expand our quilting skills.  Life is a little slower and there are some opportunities to immerse yourself with other quilters to learn new techniques from world renown teachers.  It can be anything from fabric dyeing to modern piecing to making art quilts.  I was reminded of this when Sarah Bond visited our quilt guild the other month.  On her "Growth List" was to spend time immersed with a single instructor.  And isn't it a dream to be able to leave the cooking, cleaning and family behind.

Recently, I started thinking about the ...

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