Sunday, July 29, 2012

Marilyn Doheny class day 2

Hey all,

Boy I feel like my head is going to explode...Marilyn is such a good teacher.  She showed so many ways to look at how a simple shape can be put together.  It gives so many choices.  A picture is worth a 1000 words and Marilyn brought a huge number of samples, so we could get lots of ideas of how and different things we could do with our stratas.  We also learned lots of finishing techniques and ideas that would add drama and make the garden come alive.

So I think I will just post a lot of pictures and caption the ones that will illustrate a fraction of what we saw and learned.

Watana's bird

This strata made that shape!

You can put your critters and flowers on aprons or other items.

Sometimes you can be super dramatic by combining several shapes

Sometimes you can kind of weave the shapes by releasing a seam.
Combining two different types of cuts.

Making a top of a stem with a circle.

Marilyn showed us how to cut a chevron, and then showed how many different ways it could be put together...well not all the ways, but enough to get you to really take time to audition a number of different looks to see what will fit your vision for the quilt.

Notice what adding the center to the flower does.

You can use states to make leaves.

sorry this is sideways!!  But loved the flower.

Several different techniques put together into one thing.

OK, I am having trouble remembering the terms, but Marilyn combined two techniques to make this.

All of these designs were made from the same strata.

When you add a body or head, check out what cool critters you get.

all of these came from this strata

two iris blooms

This is my fabric that Marilyn cut up for can't see it, because it blends into the table, but there is a cream square at the top of the iris on the top.

Love the yoyo bodies to this bug.

This was my favorite of was to represent the Wizard of Oz.  The quilting doesn't show up but it was really cool.


Thanks for changing the way I will look at fabric.  Loved it!!  Can't wait to finish putting my elements together and seeing what I can create!  Also looking forward to visiting your B & B.


For more information on her retreats or workshops click here.
Julia Graber also wrote about inspirations from the here to read about Julia's experiences.


  1. Terry, thanks (again) for posting your pictures. Marilyn really made her mark on Mississippi. Your pictures will help to remind us of what we saw and learned in the classes.

  2. This one was my favorite! Love the class.