Sunday, December 9, 2012

Christmas Inspiration - A Quilter's Christmas Party

Well, to tell you the truth, I'm not a huge Christmas fan.  Its such a more is more kind of holiday.
Now that is good in many ways but still it always equates to more work and more stress.

Still this time of year always brings out sights and sounds that normally are all packed away the rest of the year.  With that comes new compositions, new color palette, new textures that normally one might over look in the hustle and bustle of the season.    Since SewCalGal was nice enough to host this online Christmas gathering of my favorite people - quilters I thought I would join in with some interesting yuletide inspirational photos.  And also because  its a party - I thought I would share a little personal info so you can get to know me better.

The Basics:  I'm Nina-Marie, 46 yrs old, married to a nice cute guy Paul and have one talented teen - Tessa who turns 15 on the 31st.
I've been quilting 20 years and pretty much started doing my own original work after the first year.

I have an engineering degree (did that for 10 yrs) but gave it up to raise Tessa and  underachieve that being the Best thing I ever did.

My Quilting/Art/Whatever:
In the beginning it seemed my quilting took me all over the place.  In the last 7 years, I've made a conscious effort to learn more about the design principals of good art.  Also, I've been trying to find my own voice.  I do take classes but usually they are ones that will let me learn at my own rate with a teacher there to guide me.  I've finally started doing art in series.  And yes I still have at least 2 or 3 traditional quilting pieces going at any given time.  I am a Gemini after all!

Other Stuff I want you to know:
Well I'm a Christian.  My main rule of life is to do what makes you happy in the long run.  I don't live by the values that this world or other people put forth.  I love to be on the computer  - almost as much as quilting but not quite.  I love music.  I'm nice but super out spoken and wished I had an edit button.  I stopped watching the national news 5 yrs ago and can barely tell you who the vice president is.   I'm a saltaholic - love my sugar pure - so any kind of sugary candy is my favorite.  I don't like chocolate, pizza or spaghetti so my husband thinks I'm unAmerican.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
 And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. 
 Isiah 9:6

God Bless Everyone and as always  - Thanks for Reading!


Thearica said...

My granny did not eat chocolate either and she lived to be 94, American as apple pie! :) ... She didn't drink sodas either though. :)

bohemiannie! art said...

I'm very glad to know you better. I had to open your post when you confessed that you're not a huge Christmas fan. I'm not either...although I do love the cheer the season brings out. When I say that out loud though, there are lots of people that look at me like I'm a total freak...which in many ways I am. But, it's nice to know there are others who don't go all gaa -gaa over Christmas.

Nanbon44 said...

I am not into the commercial Christmas. I do try to bring a little joy to others not only at this time of year but all year long with the quilts my charity group makes for seniors, abused shelter and ill children. I also find the best time of this year is making memories with my children and grand children... This afternoon we will be decorating gingerbread houses.. so many grins and giggles in my dining room with these delightful children

Quilter Kathy said...

WOnderful Christmasy photos! What a fun party - I didn't even have to get out of my PJ's to attend! LOL

Rebecca Grace said...

Merry Christmas, Nina-Marie!

You know, the "More Is More" stuff isn't Christmas at all -- it's XMas, the Retail-Binge-Consumption-Overkill. When you strip all of that away, underneath it all is the Bible verse you so aptly closed this post with. For unto us, a CHILD is born, the Prince of Peace -- and none of that other nonsense matters one little bit. :-)

Quilting Babcia said...

Thanks for sharing! I think you have this Christmas thing exactly right, though I can't agree with your chocolate theory, lol! It's great to learn more about our quilty blogger friends!

Anonymous said...

While commercialized version of Christmas is not something that I like at all, I do love Christmas. After all, who can resist celebrating the birth of our Savior, and all that it brought to us!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

It has been a pleasure meeting you and I've loved reading your post. Lots of great get to know you information :)

I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and that it is all you need it to be.


QuiltSwissy said...

Love love love to know more about you. What a great idea!!!!!!

I have been so busy lately, but I have a grat Friday piece to show next week.

I am so glad we are friends!!!!


Missy Shay said...

I love your photos, how very eye-catching!

The Quilted Dog said...

I'm so glad you're comfortable and happy being yourself. Enjoy life!