Tuesday, August 16, 2011


This is the wonky cat and heart wallhanging I made from Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland’s new book  Out of theBox With Easy BlocksThis is a book you are going to want to own. 

You can read in my previous post about how this wall hanging came to be.  

You can’t help but smile as you look at the ideas and pictures throughout this book.  You’ll want to view and read more about Mary Lou and her quilting fun on her blog  MARY LOU AND WHIMSY TOO.  (It’s also on my sidebar).
You will love the free-form piecing ideas and techniques.  Also, you will find the complete instructions for the Hoochy Mama blocks.  There is even a Hoochy alphabet that is a pieced, rather than appliquéd.  This style of making quilt blocks lets you put your own personal style into a quilt.  You put yourself, your talent, your skills into each quilt.  You are not just making a copy.

If you’d like to get out of your box, just leave a comment on my previous post and tell me about a quilt you would like to make using Mary Lou’s and Melanie’s techniques.  You could win your very own autographed copy of Out of the Box With Easy Blocks!   I’ll announce the winner on Thursday.    Even if you don’t have a Google account that lets you leave a comment, you can still participate in the drawing.  Just send me an e-mail at

IF you don’t want to wait, I saw a copy at the Attic Window Quilt Shop when I was there Saturday.
Stay calm! Stay kind! Stay Positive!


Sue said...

That is just the cutest! I've not heard of the book. I'll have to check it out.
Wonky is just so much a part of my life :)

Barb said...

I can tell that we have similar taste when it comes to quilts....just love this book.

ladybelle1234 said...

I would love to make a story quilt!! I love Mary Lou's whimsical ideas!

Allie said...

I love your quilt! I love her book too, but....I'm not a piecer....I'd much rather draw it and fuse it, lol.

Mama Pea said...

I really hope I win!

Tonight at our guild meeting we had Frieda Anderson. It was really very interesting. I liked it a lot! I wish you had been there. I think you would have enjoyed it. I'll show you some photos on the blog, soon!

Quilting Teachers at the shop.

Quilting Teachers at the shop.
Chris, Marilyn, Jill, Lee Anne, Sue, Vickie

Quilts For Wheels

Quilts For Wheels
Many thanks and much appreciation goes to the women who work diligently each month to make quilts for those in wheel chairs. Kudos go to: Yvonne, Mary T., Fran, Joan, Mary Ellen, Barb, Lee Ann, Nancy, Mary.

Quilting for Kids With Cancer

Quilting for Kids With Cancer
Generosity has no bounds. Above are the women in the Quilts For Kids group at the Attic Window Quilt Shop. Left to right, Henrietta, Phyllis, Nancy, Carol, Karen. These women donate their time, fabric, money once a month to make quilts for kids who have cancer.