Marti Michell is a delightful quilter you should know

I have a new quilt heroine, Marti Michell. You may remember her name from a post I did on a box of goodies I received from her. Or maybe the fun I had meeting her at QuiltCon? This past week I got to not only see a fabulous lecture and trunk show of hers in Downers Grove but we were out for lunch. One of my favorite things! I was able to talk and laugh plus eat some delicious Italian food. Marti Michell is a delightful quilter you should know.

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Marti had terrific hand outs to go along with her fabulous quilts. She has templates to make everything and that you can use to cut eight pieces at a time. Yes, eight! Quilts mm re 15

Her templates also allow you to make the same quilt but in different sizes. I adored these "I Spy" quilts, both hexies.

But the hexagons are in different sizes. It allows the same basic quilt but with a whole lot less sewing. And these hexies are all sewn on the machine.

She had the best tip about an "I Spy" quilt. Whenever you buy any fabric, cut one hexie out of it and save it for your eventual quilt. It will make that one easier to make AND you can say you have used some of all your fabrics!

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Now take a look at this yummy double wedding ring? Don't you love it and to me, it looks modern.Quilts mm re 9 It reminds me of the Best in Show for QuiltCon 13.

Marti also has nifty templates with straight sewing and edges but that look wavy. I took pictures of this quilt in 3 sizes but, well, the other two were a bit blurry. Maybe you should just check out her website.

I had a ball at the lecture and trunk show. I love an enthused quilter and not only was Marti energetic and inspiring, she was one funny lady.

Doesn't humor make everything more fun? Especially when it's sweet and not snarky.

Marti showed us all kinds of quilts with a reason to make each one. I liked the idea of using big pieces of fabric to make certain quilts. I like a fast project!

And some fabrics you just don't want to cut up. They are just too nifty in some way.

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This one had big pieces of fabrics and she had made it for her husband, Richard. It's his fantasy quilt and she got to use a long saved fabric for making certain beverages.

The beverage on the fabric was "Sex on the Beach" which got a big laugh. We were practically crying when she went further and explained it's a fantasy quilt, I don't even like sand in my toes. Quilts mm re 17

After great quilts and fun stories she ended the night with the seven sisters quilt. My night with her may have ended but my fabulous lunch was still ahead.

I had the best time driving with, lunching with and talking with Marti for 3, yes three, hours the next day. Not only is she beautiful, talented and fun but she knows all about the quilt world.

I could have listened to her stories about the quilt world forever. She knows the ins and outs as she has been a leader, innovator and icon most of her life. Not bad for a 4-H girl from Iowa!

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She showed me a super clever way to reduce bulk in seams that could have double batting. For example, this quilt is a quilt as you go and the batting can build up. Or in a table runner which is turned inside out you can have bulky seams.

Not Marti, nope! She has figured out a way to reduce that bulk and she taught it to me. And she encouraged me to share it with you. Which I will! Soon!

Now I only have one quilting problem left. How soon can I get to Atlanta and visit with her again?

Sew happy!

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I am going to make a triangle quilt using her template for my new grandson. I used a simple one to create an Irish nine patch quilt.

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