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July 30, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

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July 23, 2021
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July 16, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


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July 2, 2021
Ideas for Hanging Your Art Quilts on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 So this month we officially became empty nesters!  If I'm being honest, I really haven't gotten used to the idea yet.  For 24 years, it's been the 3 of us, through thick and thin and to think it's just two now...well, feels sorta surreal!  I bring this up because it has inspire a good bit of cleaning, clearing and refreshing in my old Victorian.  With that I started looking at how many quilt pieces I have stored flat on my spare bed and how many I have up on the walls.  The bed won even ...

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June 25, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 



Thank you for your patience while I handle family matters.



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June 18, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 

Family Emergency... Again!

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June 11, 2021
Things I Wished I Knew on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


The 2nd full size quilt I ever made

I was thinking this week of when I first start quilting.  Everything seemed so new and mysterious. I remember I was so excited by it that it would keep me up at night.  Finally, I was on my way to learning how to make those amazing quilts  I so admired.  Now nearly 30 years later, I wonder if I have done what I set out to do.  Now don't get me wrong.  There has been a lot going on in the last 30 years
My first original design inspired by a ...

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June 4, 2021
A Little Focus on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 Back!  Finally!!  Thank you all for the prayers and kind thoughts!  This week I entered back into my real life after spending three weeks helping my parents out.  When you're gone that long, you're normal routine starts feeling a little surreal.  Four days back and I'm still not quite into the swing of things.  My good friend Rhonda said that all I needed was a little focus and routine.  She's so smart!

Just to show you how little focus I have, I was cleaning out my room and found the latest book by Jennifer Sampou called ...

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May 28, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 



Sorry Blogger was down all Thursday!   Thank you for your prayers and understanding.   Hopefully, things will return to normal next week!!



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May 21, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 


Thanks for your understanding during this time!!


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May 14, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre




So sorry....I'm dealing with a family emergency and it may mean a few weeks of quotes instead of blogs.   Please pray for us !!

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May 7, 2021
Artist or Quilter or Whatever on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre



 This week, I was catching up with an old friend who said, "I didn't know you were artistic!"  That


struck me as strange since he knew darn well I've been quilting for nearly 30 years.  "Oh, I know you quilt, Nina, but I didn't realize that you did art too!"  As the inside my head exploded a bit,  I explained that what I do is design art which I then create with fabric.  

long pause

crickets

blank stare

"So do you frame them?"  OMG what this country doesn't know about art is crazy.  I mean. people ...

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April 30, 2021
Maintaining Momentum on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 I remember the first time I realized that the amazing quilts I saw in quilt magazines and national shows were made by very human women and not some kind of artistic geniuses.  Before that I thought they must have some special gift from God bestowed on them on some higher level  to achieve such masterpieces.  Well,  they did, but it wasn't really what I originally thought. Don't get me wrong though.

These women are all talented artists but their  real "magic"  lies in the fact that they have discipline, patience and perseverance.   Behind every great piece are hours ...

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April 23, 2021
A New Master Bath on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 


The longest Spring Rush continues at my house.  Contrary to what most people would think, Spring Rush is the busiest time of the year for selling women's clothing.  Apparently, ladies have places to go and "doings" planned for 2021.  As most things this year, Spring Rush is unprecedented.  What normally is a 2 week buying frenzy of everything short sleeved and coral has turned into 6 weeks with really no end in sight.  It's exhausting.  

This is the empty wall
As I spend my day talking to ladies about what size tank tops they need and if they ...

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April 16, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 

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April 9, 2021
Animal Crossings, My Guilty Pleasure on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 

Me in Sewing Studio on my island

They say the first step in recovery is admitting you have a problem.  Now, I wouldn't say I have a problem so much as  a guilty pleasure...it's Nintendo's Animal Crossing New Horizons game.  Early this year, I decided that TV and social media had become toxic to my life so I made a change.  We cut our ties with Direct TV, bought a new smart TV that streamed easily and I got myself a Nintendo Switch game console. So now if we do watch TV it's usually something ...

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April 2, 2021
Let's Talk Pattern on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 

#1

My gosh, a moment to breathe!  Believe it or not, in my retail world Spring Rush is more hectic than Christmas.  A Spring Rush as the country is starting to open is that much more hectic.   I take call after call which all start out in the same way..."Thank You for Calling My Company, I'm Nina-Marie how can I help you?" It's a familiar pattern but after that you're never quite sure where the call is going to go!  (And since my customers are all about 75-100 years old, I'm sure you understand...grin ...

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March 26, 2021
Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 Thought we could all use the remainder....

So What have you've been up to creatively??


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March 19, 2021
Color Trials Continue on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre

 So last week, I finally finished up my first exercise in color and value.  I'm all proud of myself since it really illustrated visually what I knew intellectually.  So much easier with a picture don't you think?  

You can see my observations on the first four columns here.  This week I added the last which was to add the complementary color of  the red - green.  Now it didn't turn all Christmas which was my daughter's guess.  I knew enough to combat that by  changing the saturations of the green.  What I did notice was that as ...

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March 12, 2021
Masterclass Session III on Off the Wall Friday from Creations - Quilts, Art, Whatever by Nina-Marie Sayre


 My masterclass with Rosalie Dace continued last week with us delving into the world of pattern and rhythm.  Listening to these lectures which are recorded so you can re-listen to them I find very helpful.  It's not that it's new material.  It's that #1 material that you just don't think of in your everyday of housework, errands and laundry and #2 Rosalie offers these "nuggets" of wisdom that help you focus on what is important.  This lecture really focused on pattern and rhythm in your everyday life.  I especially found this fascinating.  I do promise to ...

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