This lecture discusses how to get out, stretch, and stay out of the box. How to learn new things, go new directions and take the road less traveled. How to get "Out of the Box"!
Mary Lou Donahue Weidman began quilting with her maternal grandmother. Mary Lou's father was an artist and musician and encouraged creativity and to look at the world in a curious, positive way. Painting was my Dad's number one love and he passed this along to me. After taking fine arts in school and selling both oil paintings on canvas and posters of girls in bikinis to fraternity boys, Mary Lou graduated and did layout work for the city newspaper, store windows, rodeo billboards, and other avenues in art. All of this with three small children in tow.
While caring for her son as he went through cancer treatments and recovery, she started quilting. She still kept drawing pads closeby and did both painting and drawing at home. In 1988, she began teaching story quilts which she had discovered quite by accident. It was through this discovery that Mary Lou realized that quilters have the opportunity to tell the world who they are and what and who they love. A quilt can last for hundreds of years and you have the opportunity to tell your story and to put in pieces of grandma's dresses, old table cloths, handwork, a watch, necklace or earrings ... and so it goes on and on.
Now I am at a new place in my art life. I am painting again on fabric, and I am piecing, appliqueing, and stretching and not doing the same things over and over. I know that I am truly an artist and as a nun who was one of my best art teachers said "good art doesn't need a description next to it. It either works or it doesn't. My art works and I work hard to make it work.
Mary Lou is always busy. She's written five quilting books for Martingale and C&T. She has a pattern company, and has designed fabric for 14 years, ten of that for Benartex. Weidman represents Bernina, has written many booklets, and has taught all across the U.S. (she is missing 2 states only), plus Canada and 8 countries.
Join us to find the path OUT of the Box.
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Lisa will bring a quilt trunk show plus all the newest tools of our trade including the many rulers that make quilting easier and even more enjoyable.
If you have a few quilters among your antecedents, listen to this: Our August speaker comes from a 125-year family tradition of quilting which has most of us beaten in years. Lisa is an award-winning quilter and has made hundreds of quilts over the last 25 years.
Lisa loves bringing EVERYONE into her quilting world. When her son’s Boy Scout troop needed a service project she taught them all to quilt! The troop made 10 quilts for the wounded warriors returning home.
In her past life, Lisa taught about computers and networking. When she began working at a quilt shop in 2010, she thought that teaching people to quilt was a natural progression in her career! Besides, doesn’t EVERYONE go from teaching about computers to teaching quilting? She soon realized that it's much more fun teaching quilting. However, she feels as though computers are a little less dangerous.
You will find Lisa working part time at a quilt shop in Sonoma, California where she teaches, is a buyer of fabric, notions, and quilting supplies. She regularly attends Quilt Market to find the latest and greatest quilting notions and tools.
Phyllis Martin, Program
Quilting Is A Contact Sport! is a sometimes humorous look at how quilting effects our lives and relationships. The presentation includes a trunk show of award-winning garments and quilts.
Notes from Jenny ...
Joyfully teaching the art of quilting has been my passion since 2006. My classes are encouraging, supportive, and light-hearted. I love seeing my students realize that they CAN quilt their own work. My teaching takes me to various guilds, at IQF Houston and Chicago and throughout the U.S.
Since I was a little girl trying to make my own clothes, I have been working with fabric. I hail from a long line of traditional bed quilt makers, but I didn’t take a formal class in quilting until 1983. In 1999, I “re-entered” quilting and that one class unleashed a need to create that has not stopped.
I use my domestic sewing machine to create art quilts and wearable art. My work has been juried into the Houston International Quilt Festival, Pacific International Quilt Festival, AQS in Paducah, the Curitiba Quilt Show in Brazil, and has shown in several art galleries as well as SAQA exhibits. Some of my work is held by private collectors.
My oh-so-patient hubby, our Basset boy, and I live in Northern California. Our two grown sons have left the nest to become men, leaving more room for books, fabric and notions.
Phyllis Martin, Program
Meetings are generally held on the first
Monday of every month at:
Pacific Grove Community Center Directions
515 Junipero Street (at 15th)
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meet-
ing starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.