Review of 2014

Introducing Hazel Rinoa

I can’t believe it is already the end of 2014! This has been a busy, eventful year for our family. Being “Mimi” means a lot of quilt making gets put on hold temporarily so I can focus completely on little Hazel, but I expect in the coming year things should start balancing out more. Here are a few of the bright spots for 2014. Click the caption for the full … Continue reading

Autumn Fields Complete!

Autumn Fields by Maria Elkins

I am happy to say that my “Autumn Fields” quilt top is done! This is the fourth in my “Foreign Language” series. I am placing all of the quilts that are started in a Nancy Crow workshop in this series. I understand realism very well, so it is more like my native language. Abstract art is a mystery to me, more like a foreign language. That’s one reason I keep … Continue reading

Shuffling the pieces

After spending some time looking at this on my design wall, and moving pieces around, I decided it would be faster and easier to move them around in Photoshop Elements. I isolated each “block” on its own layer so I could move them around and rotate them however I wanted. As I worked, I became reacquainted with them. It has been nearly two years since I made them, after all. … Continue reading

Nancy Crow workshop: sets and variables, days 1 and 2

What? Another Nancy Crow workshop? Spend an entire week sitting in a barn in the middle of nowhere? I must be crazy! What am I doing in a workshop where I’m actually sewing seams? And I’m loving it, too. If someone is familiar with my quilts, inevitably they ask why I am taking these classes since it’s so different from portraits. I typically say I’m “cross-training.” Or maybe I’m just … Continue reading