A Personal Invitation from Marilyn

Hello Dear Quilter,

We have selected the dates for 2018…and YOU are invited to join Marilyn to co-create an amazing week long OVER THE TOP –  Quilt Retreat in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina. Classes are limited to 6-8 students per week.   We still have 2 spaces available in the August 2017 Retreat!

I guarantee that you have never, experienced a Quilt Retreat so full of creative exploration, growth productivity and value!  Everything is included and taken care of! Lodging, meals, entertainment and Education!!!

Marilyn Doheny – Author, judge, instructor and inventor of the 9 Degree Circle Wedge Rulers…has selected her Quilt Retreat dates for 2018. All of which will feature her amazing 9 Degree Circles Wedge Rulers – all 5 sizes and over 26 diverse, unique, wedge designs.  Students will produce wedge designs for 3-4 days, then begin to utilize the wedges and fans arranging them into One OF A Kind – Stunning quilts.  Students can expect to design at least 3 entire projects.  Quilts, garments, home decor, as inspired.

Marilyn Doheny has authored over 47 Contemporary Quilting Books and invented 11 different tools for the quilting world. She has a passion to inspire and educate and has travelled around the world – inspiring and educating for 30 years.  She always wanted more time with each student exploring design variations. Hence, her 25-year dream of establishing a week long, Quilt Retreat Location with indulgent space for students live and sew in a beautiful, unique, stimulating, relaxed setting.  Her dream has been realized.

Please view Marilyn’s Historic Melrose Inn www.melrose-inn.com  to see the creative and beautiful environment you will immerse yourself in.

Accommodations, each student may have their own private bed and bath…decorated in a unique theme.  Sign up as soon as possible – to get your preferred room.  Marilyn has created 19 different room themes…some of which are:  Angles Abound, The Jungle, Egyptian, Birds and Nature, Golf, New York New York, Asian Influences and Country, to name a few.  If you would like to share a room with a friend, King Rooms are available as shared rooms.

All rooms and hallways feature quilts on display.  During your class week – you will view over 200 additional quilts and literally hundreds upon hundreds of “in progress” samples – be sure to bring a camera or camera/phone and charger!

Her retreats are 7 days of active, dynamic instruction and production! She invites every student to add 2 additional FREE days…. either prior to the week of class or following the week of productivity. Whichever suits your schedule and personality.

Each student has their own large table to cut and sew. The sewing area never closes. Amen!!!

Marilyn’s retreat is All-Inclusive, we will pick students up from the airport if necessary, loan the use of a top grade sewing machine if desired, the relaxed pleasure of having 3 gourmet meals daily.  NOTE: any allergies or food preferences accommodated, gladly. Chocolate, wine and beer, coffee, tea and snacks are available 24 hours a day – self-serve, as desired!

There will be 2-3 Filed Trips – during the week. One of which is to a local Quilt store!

There is a detailed fabric supply list provided with registration. In addition – students are given a Prep-Sewing guide, instructing to pre-sew several fabric units called strata = strips of assorted widths sewn together before arriving.

Thanks From a Student

Thanks From a Student

Comments from a happy student:

Dear Marilyn, as I was going through my photos, I found pictures of the bargello quilt class during Quiltexpo 1994 in Karlsruhe. This Expo opened a whole new world for me! I enjoyed all classes I attended and was impressed by the energy you sent out to us! These experiences had a big impact in my life. I taught patchwork and quilting classes for 20 years, in 2005 I opened the first professional longarm quilting service in Austria. Now that I am retired I still make quilts. I want to thank you for the joy you brought into my life by teaching us a wonderful technique! I attached the photo of the finished quilt I started in the class in 1994.

Sincerely, Edda Katz

Using the 9 Degree Wedge Ruler

How does a quilter use (1) 9 Degree Circle Wedge Ruler to make different sized fans…..different than the actual size of the ruler they own?

This is a great question and a fabulous desire! The answer is “very easily! First let me clarify about the 9 Degree Circle Wedge Rulers.

The 9 degree circle wedge rulers come in 5 sizes…they are all 9 degree rulers. They are simply shorter and or taller versions of the same angle. The individual sizes are 9″ miniature, 14″ miniature, 18″ miniature, 25″ Original, and The 37″ Extension Wedge (which used with the 25″ original ruler).

The size of the ruler is the size of the fan that it will make. Circles will be twice the fan size. For instance the 18″ ruler makes an 18” fan (in 20 different patterns) and also a 36″ circle.



They say that inspiration is like inhaling the memory of something you have never done. That saying feels so magical to me…I remember times of blissful inspiration where I forgot to make dinner, pick children up after ballet or swimming lessons..Forgot to eat or sleep while riding on waves of creativity exploration. I believe inspiration comes from seeing differently…simply letting the air and light into my world or my thinking — it makes a difference!

What stimulated this reflection and appreciation was cutting down my five Camellia bushes some time back which formed a hedge at one end of the huge front porch of my B&B Quilting Retreat Center. Don’t worry they were simply “significantly” cut back, not eliminated! However, I apply everything I experience in life as some aspect of my quilting. Removing the wall of Camellia branches from one end of the porch became a metaphor for removing a project from “the project wall,” in my sewing area and putting it away. I love my Camellias and I love this particular quilt – but a standstill had evolved for both. The bushes,  trees actually, had become ‘not-as-beautiful’ from inside on the porch where I spend my time, and the quilt had begun to dominate the sewing room every time I entered (or even thought of entering) to try and move on with a different project. Both the camellias and this particular, “in progress” quilt top needed to take up less space – give me space and a new view!

9 Degrees of Inspiration

9 Degrees of Inspiration

If you’ve ever wondered what a class with me is like, Terry Turnage at the Tsquared Life Blog does an absolute fan-tastic (pun intended : )  ) break-down on her blog. Filled with pictures, descriptions and enthusiasm, she shows you the tons of strata possibilities and color combinations we created during our time together.  This class was one of three in a series sponsored by the Mississippi Quilter’s Association this month.  I really enjoyed working with these quilters and seeing their imaginations come to life!
Another New Quilter’s Creation

Another New Quilter’s Creation

Mary Nielsen was kind enough to send me this photograph from her “Fan of the Month” club. New student Laura Lezier created this gorgeous quilt using fans – even the frogs are fans! Quite a feat for a new quilter! I love frogs and though I’ve been able to use the 9 degree ruler to make ladybugs and all sorts of other creatures, frogs still elude me. “Fan”tastic work Laura and Mary! Thank you for sharing. You can check out Mary’s blog at www.keepmeinquilts.blogspot.com.