Monday, 1 February 2016

Creativity with Mary Lou Weidman!

Today is Mary Lou Weidman's birthday and a few days ago she announced that she will be having a retreat in Spokane in June this year.  The last retreat was in June 2013.  I'm so excited to be able to join her along with other creative ladies that like to explore their abilities.  I put this group of birds together at the retreat from one of our swaps.
 But in October last year I decided to change up the layout at our guild retreat.
At the Mary Lou retreat I worked on these flowers for a then upcoming retreat that was going to use the same colours we used in the watering can swap we had done earlier.
 I finally got my fish swap blocks together and have an idea for that hole.  I think I'll take this along to the next retreat in June.
 At the retreat Mary Lou chose these fabrics for a basket swap.
 Mari had brought along her watering can blocks from the swap, mine hadn't arrived by the time I left to attend.
 I finished off my story quilt about the many road trips mom and I did in the past.
 When I got home I borrowed a friend's design wall and put up my watering cans and flowers to see how they looked.  I'm bringing them along in June to get them together with some other ideas.
These birds were a second bird swap that we did and I added the whimsical tree, they are almost ready for quilting.
 Extra hearts from the last heart swap made into a Valentine's Day wall hanging.
Mary Lou, have a Very Happy Birthday! For more information check out Mary Lou's website.  Or check out her blog Mary Lou and Whimsy Too!


WoolenSails said...

That is going to be a fun class and Marylou is a wonderful and inspirational woman.
She wanted to do a class in RI but I cannot seem to get any stores interested, which is why I don't take classes.
We did have Susan Brubaker but of course I was sick and couldn't get over to say hi.


The little book of Nessie said...

Sounds like a lovely and fun retreat to look forward to and great creativity. Regards, Nessie

Susan said...

You've done a lot of her wonderful things. So many lovely swaps, too. I have done the chicken that was in a magazine way, way back - 20 years ago, or close to it. I still have some to finish. My best friend and did them together at Sisters, though not the year Mary Lou was actually AT Sisters. I've had a Mary Lou style story quilt in my head ever since I heard her lecture that year. Someday. =) I am so excited you get to go to the retreat in June!