Our guild guest speaker was the very talented Mary Lou Weidman.  She was so entertaining and inspiring!!  I enjoyed her lecture and trunk show so much.  I really wish I would have been able to take her workshops too, but it’s just not a good time for me.  At least not right now while I have feathers on the brain!  LOL!  Her whole concept was to think “outside the box” and story quilts.  It was definitely “outside of my quilt box.”  I’ll be honest, I love very traditional or scrappy quilts.  Initially, Mary Lou’s quilts look very nontraditional, but after her lecture and seeing her amazing quilts, she uses some traditional blocks and a scrappy flair.  I loved them!!!  I will apologize now for my terrible picture taking skills…here are just a few of her quilts…

I love her beautiful colors of fabric!!  As well as her great sense of humor!!  See the article of clothing hanging in the middle of the clothesline??  LOL!

I love all her details.  Mary Lou would talk about the importance of a quilt telling a story and how many of her family members would inspire her or life experiences, like your mom, aunts and Mary Lou becoming a grandmother.  I loved that concept!  That you could make a hundred beautiful pieced traditional quilts, but if you made one unique, personal story quilt that would be the quilt everyone would love and want some day.  So true.  The next quilt was my favorite.  I think the story is pretty evident.  ๐Ÿ™‚

You can’t see in the photo all the gorgeous crystal embellishments, but it is stunning!!

Her book is wonderful, Out of the Box.  You can purchase it on her website here

She also has a new book coming out on July 11 that she talks about on her blog Mary Lou and Cherries Too as well.  I’ll be looking forward to that!!

It was a great evening filled with inspiring eye candy!


  • Mama Pea says:

    Looks like I missed a really great meeting. Thanks for sharing the photos and the gist of the discussion!

  • Abby and Stephanie says:

    What a fun evening. LOVE the clothesline quilt.

  • Desley says:

    Fun quilts – thank you for sharing

  • West Michigan Quilter says:

    I love to hear Mary Lou talk. She has so many interesting stories! Her quilts are awesome. I think that Witch quilt is my favorite too. I've never seen the one in your first picture. I really like that one too.

  • Michele says:

    Thank you for sharing! What a wonderful experience ๐Ÿ™‚

  • WoolenSails says:

    How fun to Meet Mary lou. Her quilts are so fun and inspiring.
    I really want to do a memory quilt.


  • Lori says:

    I tried to make a quilt that uses her philosophey. It was really hard for me, but a lot of fun. Her books and quilts are so inpiring!!

  • Cathy says:

    Love the pictures. Mary Lou makes such happy quilts. Hugs

  • Candace says:

    What a fun evening! Mary Lou is from my old neck of the woods, too! I know there is never a dull moment when in her company!

  • Yvette says:

    I wish I could join a guild! I would love to see trunk shows like this.

  • Linda says:

    What fun quilts! And you were so lucky to meet her!!

  • Sinta Renee says:

    That must have been a great evening! Her quilts are so whimsical.

  • Allie says:

    I'm GREEN with envy. I have a few of her books and just love them. I adore her wonky style. And I love that her quilts tell a story – my favorite kind of quilts!

  • Mary Lou Weidman says:

    Thank you for the lovely plug for my whimsy! It was lovely meeting you and seeing that feather quilt that I coveted. I LOVED that quilt! So beautiful. You are now on my links list on my blog. Thanks so much. What nice people you have visiting your blog. I am blushing from the comments!

  • LuAnn says:

    Looks like a fun evening. Cute quilts – I especially like the one with laundry hanging on the line.

  • JanDee says:

    Hi, I was wondering if there is a pattern of the girl holding the chicken? It is just to cute and would be so appropriate. I love your blog. Thanks, Jan

  • Donna says:

    How cute her quilts are! They make me smile ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for sharing these with us!

  • Kathy says:

    I'm a clothesline lover. I have an old picture of our clothesline of clothes, blowing in the wind—a picture taken from the inside of our bedroom. I've always wanted to quilt that. Your
    example just reminded me of that. Fun , whimisical quilts.