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August 27, 2023
Homeward Bound VII - Applipops - on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Homeward Bound Month 7

Okay, I'll admit it.  Even though this project is a lot of work, I am a bit obsessed with it.  I know
Sarah Fielke designed it and hundreds of quilters are making it all over the world, but it feels perfectly unique to me.  I'm always a little shocked when I get a section done.  Shocked by what I learned, how much better I am at the end of the month than at the beginning, and how it looks totally different from everyone else's. 

This month wasn't any different.  Well, it ...

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June 4, 2023
BOM - Month 5 on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Helen's EQ8 mock-up
Under the wire, I finished up May's section of the Quilt Show's Block of the Month quilt.  I won't lie, it was a struggle.  This month's section was the flying geese that surround the elaborate medallion center.  I spent a good 10 days hmmmmming.....hawwwwwwing on exactly how I was going to handle the color placement of the geese.  When I spoke up about these concerns on the quilts forum, Helen W used her EQ8 to come up with a quick mock-up (Cool right?).  Several quilters were going with solid flying ...

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April 23, 2023
A Quick Update! BOM Month 4 on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


Attempt 1 - I just thought the petals were too BUSY!

Wow!  Spring is crazy around here.  It's like all the ladies across the country woke up and thought, "Gosh, it's spring.  I need some new clothes!"  So you'll forgive me if this is a short  I did manage to get in a bit of applique this week and when I say a bit....I actually mean a bit!  

I am working on the fourth month of the Homeward Bound Quilt from the Quilt Show website.  It's the month when we finally get to put all the ...

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March 17, 2023
Quilting Trends for 2023 on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Me stitching in my studio watching the Mentalist...again

Okay, let's face it.  I'm not one for following trends.  I'm the type that decides what is good for me and mine and then goes in that direction.  I do, however, keep track of trends, just because it's good to stay informed.  I recently got Timna Tarr's latest newsletter and it mentioned that handwork is becoming more of a trend on the national scene.  That I can see.  You hear of handwork everywhere these days.  First English paper piecing made a resurgence with the Millefiori Quilts ...

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February 20, 2023
Works in Progress on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Really I have no idea where the week has gone!  I've been working all day and then stitching for a few hours every night.  One thing I can say is that being this productive really doesn't make for really interesting blogging!  (sorry!) So I thought  I would just show you the progress I've made on my three main projects!

Project I - Homeward Bound BOM  Quilt - Month 2

OMGoodness!!  How could it take me this long to hand applique these little suckers?!?  When I first started quilting (BT - before Tessa), I would do hand applique blocks in the ...

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February 10, 2023
Homeward Bound BOM Month 2 on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


Ya know, even though I don't put much belief in astrology, I can totally see myself fitting nicely under

the sign Gemini.  It's like two people living in my head.  This week it was totally pointed out to me...again.  For the last few years, I've been busy in my quilt studio designing original work and creating it with my Janome.  This month, I've become totally obsessed with the exact opposite.  I have two, yes count 'em two, pattern quilts going at once both mostly done by hand.  Well to be fair, Rain, Rain started out ...

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February 3, 2023
Big Stitch Quilting on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

WoW!  What a busy week.  When I haven't been working at my day job, I've been working in my studio.  I decided once and for all to get "Rain, Rain" onto my quilting frame.  It all seemed a bit daunting because I haven't taken my frame out since the mid-2000's.  Then out of every task in quilting, basting a quilt is the one that I hate the most! Plus I finally wanted to try out big stitch quilting. So needless to say, I've been putting this off.  

I started with the basting.  I watched a ...

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January 27, 2023
Rules of Homeward Bound Month 1 on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

When I first started quilting, I thought art quilting was beyond my reach.  Through the years though I've taught myself how to make them.  Now, with the Homeward Bound Block of the Month quilt, I'm revisiting my roots.  When I decided to take on this project I gave myself some basic rules (yes, I'm a rules chick):

1.  Follow the Pattern, No Adjusting
2.  Use the techniques taught by the designer
3.  Use a new, controlled palette
4.  Finish each month on time
5.  Participate in the Quilt's Forum

So today I looked at the calendar ...

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January 6, 2023
Back to Work on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Yes!  I finally did it!  Got into my studio to finish up the piecing of Rain, Rain.  It's funny, once I was motivated it just took a good afternoon to put the finishing touches on the composition.  I swear, this quick little project has gotten so out of hand! The more I worked on it, the more I wanted to work on it.  Next thing you know it looked like this....

I'm not doing any borders because I personally hate borders (grin).

The only thing left to do is sew up the columns and layer the top for ...

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December 31, 2022
My Next Big Idea on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

Homeward Bound, Sarah Fielke, The Quilt Show's BOM 2023

So did all of you in the northern states make it through last week's blizzard?  For once, my part of Lake Erie missed the worse of it.  I think hearing a week of the "Worst blizzard in 30 years" is going to hit on Christmas weekend was worst than the actual event. We stayed warm and safe and kept our traveling down to a minimum, but we still got to spend time with friends and family!  Blessed!

I was also blessed by my husband who gave me a year ...

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September 30, 2022
A Finish and a Restart on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


So I'm happy to say that the 20 Minute a Day rule is working ... mostly.  I won't say I've been perfect this month but I've gotten a lot more sewing in than I have steps!  Because of that, I can announce ... drum roll ...that Tessa's Mosaic is finally completed.  LORDY, I'm so happy to announce it!

The Facts

  • 36 in by 24 in

  • Machine applique/pieced, machine quilted

  • Commercial Cotton, hand dyed cotton by the artist

  • Cotton, polyester thread

  • Original pieced based on a photograph taken by April Meyer Smith 

I really ...

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October 15, 2021
Generations - a New Series of Historical Paper Dolls from easypatchwork

After several years of being a quilt and quilt block designer, I have developed a passion to create mix and matchable figures especially females. This love and desire stems from a childhood hobby of drawing barbie dolls with different outfits. Did you also design clothing for your dolls? 

New Paper Dolls Series

After taking a very long break from quilting, designing, and sewing, I sat down one day and just "doodled" - designing on the computer. I wanted to see if I could create a new figure with a historial flair. After several hours of diligent changes, Quilter Grace was created ...

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September 17, 2021
Book Lovers Rejoice with Bookish Fabrics by Sharon Holland from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Everyone cherishes their “me” time! That time of day where we can focus on something we enjoy, whether it’s sewing or reading our favorite novel. Now with Sharon Holland’s new fabric collection, Bookish you can cherish both moments at the same time! This collection encapsulates the delightful moments of drinking a hot cup of tea, reading a good book, and curling up in a cozy quilt. Bookish tells a tale of classic romance and modern whimsy in dusty-colored book covers of rose, burgundy, teal, peach, and gold.

I always have the pleasure of talking to our designers before ...

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June 18, 2021
Exotic Jungle Escape with Boscage Fabrics by Katarina Roccella from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

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Welcome to the jungle!! Did anyone else hear Axl Rose’s voice in their head? Haha! What a good song to introduce you to Katarina Roccella’s latest fabric collection, BOSCAGE! This fabric collection is quite exciting and a little different from our past releases because it only comes in one colorway and LOTS of substrates. Looking at these fabrics in real life, you can see why there are so many substrates, and it’s because they are quite iconic and bold!  Your fabric-loving hearts are going to skip a beat with the 12 quilting cotton prints, 2 knits, 4 ...

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March 1, 2021
A Brief and Incomplete History of Quilting from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

Fabric stored and organized for the purpose of quilting.

As we begin to celebrate National Quilting Month, it is important to look back upon our history and appreciate how the art of quilting has evolved throughout our past. Each of us has a special responsibility as a quilter (whether you realize it or not!); we are tasked with keeping an ancient art form alive and well and with every stitch of fabric, we’re sewing the threads of the craft’s future. Whether you learned how to quilt in the traditional way of having the skill passed down from previous ...

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December 11, 2020
Back to Work on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Overheard at the Sayre's House....

    Paul:  Nina can I use your studio to wrap presents??

    Nina: Ahhhh...No...why would I let you do that?

    Paul:  Because I do it every year

    Nina:  But this year, I have the quilt I'm working on all over my table

    Paul:  Define "Working"

Honestly how did I marry that man!?!  But he's right.  I haven't been in my studio in ages and I know why.  When you're getting pulled into the Holiday Hoop-La its hard  to settle


into your creative active place.  Finally though I'm ready.  Two ...

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December 7, 2020
My Dream Quilt Project from Carol Lyles Shaw

Today’s Blog Writing challenge prompt is “my Dream Project”. Well this is going to shock you….for a long time, my dream project was to make a Baltimore Album Quilt. Yep…traditional as they come!!  I am from Baltimore and I have seen these remarkable quilts up close and personal at the Maryland Historical Society.  View the …

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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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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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August 28, 2020
Guilty Pleasures on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 Yes, the umbrellas are continuing to take up all my free time and I can easily say that I've become addicted.  It's been so long that I've done this much hand work its so much fun albeit slow....I mean slow that I've only gotten about 12 blocks done.  Still the collection is starting to shape up!!  I have really love playing the pattern and color.  Some umbrellas make bold in your face

statements while others have soft edges that kinda just melt into the background.  Funny how this little block becomes an ...

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