Word for 2015

Another year. I am thankful to be in God’s loving hand, because things don’t usually turn out the way I expect them to! I know His plans for me are always for good. What a wonderful promise. For the last few years, I’ve picked a word for the year. When I do, it inevitably turns out differently than I expect. Last year, I chose the word “enjoy.” I want to … Continue reading

Play date with George

Beth Schillig

I had a play date with George on Friday, and I invited two of my friends to come over and play, too. Beth Schillig is so knowledgeable and such a good teacher! She used to sell Berninas. Once she retired, she thought she would do something completely different, but thankfully she gravitated towards quilting. She makes fabulous, award winning quilts. Now she sells the George machine, too, and she wants … Continue reading

Art quilt retreat

I just came back from another two weeks at the Barn studying under Nancy Crow’s supervision. This time I was spending some intense time trying to continue my development as an artist. While I have had a lot of training in representational art, I am extremely weak when it comes to abstract art. I really just don’t “get it” a lot of the time, but I want to continue to … Continue reading

Packing Checklist for Quilt Retreats

Everything fits in a rolling cart with room to spare

Have you had the opportunity to attend a quilt retreat? Nothing can be better! My quilt guild holds one each year. I’ve also been blessed by being able to attend several week-long workshops at Nancy Crow’s Timber Frame Barn. The wonderful thing about retreats is that all you have to do is sew…sweet, uninterrupted sewing! Someone else does all the cooking and cleaning. You get to eat, sleep, and sew. … Continue reading

UFO no more!

Foreign Language #2 by Maria Elkins

Another UFO — no more!!! Somehow, finishing this piece seems like a major accomplishment. Of course, you realize, I’m using the term “finished” in the sense that the quilt top is finished, but it’s still just a top. I’m not sure I can even use the term “quilt top” since it isn’t quilted! So technically, some would say it’s still a UFO but I don’t care. I’ll consider this finished … Continue reading

Transforming UFOs

I’m still working on this UFO, although I haven’t had too much time to work on it the last two days. It does appear that I am making progress on transforming this from a “UFO” to a completed project. Here’s where it stands right now. I think I have three sections left to design and then I can finish sewing the whole thing together. At this rate, maybe another day … Continue reading

Attacking another UFO

another UFO

Here’s another UFO (un-finished object) that I’ve decided to attack. It is from a June 2012 Nancy Crow workshop. Nancy calls these “bull’s eye quilts.” This one is so big it doesn’t fit my design wall. Each of those sections are 20″ square. I’m taping the top ones to the storage boxes that sit on top of my cabinets, and half of the ones on the left hang off the … Continue reading

Completing old projects

First Nancy Crow workshop, 2nd project by Maria Elkins

I decided to take a little bit of time to complete some old projects. This one was the closest to being done, so I started with it. Don’t we all love immediate gratification? I started this piece in the very first workshop I took from Nancy Crow in May 2012. Each of the panels were basically done, so it just need the final assembly. I’ll probably wait until this summer … Continue reading