Thursday, September 5, 2013

Visit with Marit!


This summer's finale was a visit with one of my favorite quilt-makers, Marit, from Norway!
She was in the area visiting her in-laws, but I got to steal her away for a weekend.  



First, we visited Buffy for show and tell.  Here's Marit showing her stunning self-portrait.  
She made it in a workshop with Bodil Gardner.




We visited some fabric shops, and then bought a heap of shirts from Goodwill.




The next morning, I awoke to find Marit's treasures beautifully organized and stacked on the couch.




Later, we got out my "orphans."  I didn't know what to do with these vintage churn dash blocks.
Right away, she noticed how well they went with my scrappy shirt stripe blocks.  Yea!




Then I got out my red and green blocks, and she was off and running.  







These are still on my design wall, getting their tweaks while I get back to quilting flimsies.




Thank you, Marit, for a totally fun and inspiring weekend!!

31 comments:

Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

How fun! I have known Marit for years, we belong to the same real life guild. Small world:)

Shirley said...

What great fun you Ladies were having. Love the new take on your orphan blocks. Will look forward to seeing what eventually happens to them. Love the red and green.

Rachaeldaisy said...

Wow when you two get together you sure know how to have a quilty party!!! I really love both of those new quilts on your design wall. Marits self portrait is wonderful too!!!

Julie Fukuda said...

Sometimes, all it takes is another perspective. Lucky visit I would say.

Cathy said...

Wow, you and Marit in the same room...explosive talent!! Oh, and I ADORE Marit's self portrait, wow, that is divine. You quilts on the wall are going to be amazing! xo

Margaret said...

What a fun post ... so much energy in those photos ...
Marit is one of my favorite quilters, too.

Marit said...

We had soooo much fun! The weekend flew by quickly. Being able to see and touch your beautiful quilts (they are so soft!) is a wonderful treat. Inspired and grateful for a lovely stay in your beautiful, warm and generous house.
xoxo

apiecefullife said...

Wow what fun. it's like you have had a personal coach!

Tonya Ricucci said...

wheee! you are both so talented - fun to see you working together. love both the orphan block quilts - very different. always so much fun to play with someone else's orphans.

smazoochie said...

I've seen her blog but had no idea she is the person behind those amazing appliqué pieces! I've admired them for years.
I can just see the fabric flying as you two worked together -- how much fun!

Teje Karjalainen said...

Hi! I can imagine you had so much fun! Both of the layouts are beautiful and also the quilt on your table! x Teje

Marie said...

Havin' waaaaay too much fun! Love all the projects.

Brenda said...

Too much fun! I'd like to have both of those Norwegian quilters over -- Marit and Mrs. Moen. or any or you, especially Nifty!

Kathleen C said...

Another pair of eyes is often just what we need. Thanks for your post and photos because it all is inspiration for me. I took out liberated red and blue log cabins recently, stitched them together and am tempted to add a plain border-it will be a real small lap quilt. But seeing your two quilts may help me be more creative (and less lazy!) with the log cabins; I could use them as a large center for a medallion quilt. Thanks!

O'Quilts said...

Oh, I do like all of these...Isn't it nice to play fabric with a friend?!!

Sujata Shah said...

LeeAnn, That visit from Marit sounds like so much fun!Her portrait is so cheerful! Both the quilts clearly they have your stamp on them. I am coming there soon, can't wait to see you and Buffy!

Sharon said...

wow, what a great time you two must have had together. She really rocked your blocks. Cant wait to see your finished version of these pieces.

Mary Keasler said...

You girls just had way too much fun. Very very impressive. I wanna come play next time. ;-)

Kim said...

Wow now who knew orphans could have such a great new life with two quilters collaborating? Love the outcome! Nicely done ladies :0).
All that talent together for the whole weekend.....I bet it was really fun!

Happy Sewing

Carla said...

Oh, wowie! You and Marit are two of my favorites...and to have her collaborate with you must have been so much fun! Now, when are you both coming to Kansas City....that's what I want to know! LOL

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Nifty. What a fun post and fun visitor. I enjoyed your introduction to Marit and her work. Also liked your makeover in the previous post--very classy...and how time does fly!
best, nadia

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Nifty. What a fun post and fun visitor. I enjoyed your introduction to Marit and her work. Also liked your makeover in the previous post--very classy...and how time does fly!
best, nadia

MulticoloredPieces said...

Hi, Nifty. What a fun post and fun visitor. I enjoyed your introduction to Marit and her work. Also liked your makeover in the previous post--very classy...and how time does fly!
best, nadia

Sharon said...

Oh wow, that looks like it was a truly creative weekend. What fun! Wish I could have been a fly on the wall. Marit is such an inspiration to me, and so are you. All that talent together! No wonder all your playing together looks so wonderful!

Love your shirt stripe blocks. Makes me want to go play in my plaids and stripes fabrics! And the "leftover" blocks one is coming together - what a knockout that will be! (loved the word in there too)

Barb said...

how great to meet Marit.
I love the compositions you have come up with! The orphan blocks look great together.
The red and green is so vibrant and fun!

audrey said...

Oh how fun to get to collaborate! Love the orange in the pastel quilt and the way your'e not afraid to use your orphan blocks is absolutely marvelous!

cinzia said...

how great to have a friend who shares your passion. the quilts are great! I love the red and green one. Unmistakably you!

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

Fantastic! What fun!

Victoria said...

Wow! You two are a creative powerhouse of a match! What fun!

fiberchick said...

What a fun and productive weekend! When are you two collaborating on a book?!

Rose said...

I love the shirt quilt. Did you use 100% cotton shirts or blends?