Marie Sarafinski
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Tell us about yourself—as much or as little as you like.
I am an artist specializing in animals and landscapes, so it was natural, with my love of color, that I would take up quilting. I am most interested in art quilts, and being a beginner quilter, I have only designed two quilts, both small ones.
How many quilts have you made?
Do you want to make quilts, or simply enjoy them?
Make quilts
How long have you been a quilter?
Approx. 7 months
What is your favorite quilting technique?
Why do you quilt?
I love color, and quilting gives me a sense of peace. When I give my quilt as a gift it makes me happy.
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Posted on May 6, 2012 at 9:22pm 0 Comments

I have the following quilting books for sale:


a)  The Art of Landscape Quilting by Nancy Zieman and Natalie Sewell

b)  Art & Inspirations by Ruth B. McDowell

c)  The Art Quilt Collection (hardcover):  designs & inspiration for around the world with foreward by Linda Seward

d)  Art Quilt Workbook by Jane Davila & Elin Waterston

e)  Love to Machine Applique by Caroline Price

f)  Get Creative with M'Liss Rae Hawley

g) …



Posted on May 5, 2012 at 9:56pm 1 Comment

This machine was purchased new in June of 2011 and I find that I do not use it that much.  It runs beautifully and has absolutely no problems.  It comes with original manual, power cord, straight sewing foot, and quilting foot.  I am asking $600.00 (including shipping).  Thank…


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At 9:35am on December 1, 2011, Nancy Gardner said…

Welcome  to both Folsom and MyQuiltPlace. I moved here from San Jose in 05 and became interested in quilting in 07. I attend the Sacramento Modern Quilt Guild. We have a lovely fabric store that is fairly new on Folsom Blvd called Sew Fun. This is where the guild most often meets. Hope to meet you.


At 11:28pm on November 24, 2011, QuilterBridget said…

Hi Marie.  I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.  We didn't do anything special this year; hubby had to study for finals.  He's studying auto mechanics; something he has wanted to do since we were first married (28 years ago).  I'll be glad when finals are over because then he'll have a nice, long holiday break!

I was just at your website and I'm so amazed at your are truly a master artist!  It's too bad you're tiring of it.  That's how I am with all of my hobbies.  I'll get into something and eventually lose interest, but I'm not nearly as talented as you are and it would be a shame if you stopped altogether.  Every time I get into a hobby I go totally overboard and stay that way for a few years, and then out of the blue it's over.  I sure hope this doesn't happen with quilting, as this is the most expensive hobby I've ever had!  You could easily use fabric paints and paint your horses onto fabric and then quilt it.  I've seen many quilters use paints on their quilts these days.  Usually they'll paint their subject, then use matching threads to do thread painting over it.  You should look up threadpainting.  It's pretty interesting.  Sometimes they do applique to recreate a photo; I'm not into applique, but I'm trying to learn.  I think it would be neat if you got into painting onto fabric.  I would if I could paint!  I have fabric paints, but my stuff is more abstract than anything as far as painting goes.

How old is your daughter?  What kind of pattern are you using for her quilt?  The edging is probably the worst part of the entire quilt!  I enjoy the quilting part, but putting the binding on isn't all that fun.  Most people sew it onto the front by machine and then hand stitch the back to cover that seam.  I do mine entirely by machine.  I tried doing it by hand once and hated it.  If I had to do it by hand, there never would have been a second quilt!  I make my binding a tad bit wider than most just to make sure none of that front seam shows (since I'm attaching it from the front and can't see what the back looks like when I'm doing it).  Hope that made sense!

Oh, I just wanted to mention something.  Since we are "friends" here, we can write e-mails back and forth using the in-box at the top right of your page.  That way it's more personal and not everyone can read all of our comments back and forth.  I'll send you a quick note and you'll see that you have a message in your "in-box".  Of course you may already know this, but I thought I'd mention it nonetheless.  PLUS, when you type here you have a 1000 character maximum and after that you get cut off.  With the e-mail you can type 10,000 characters!

Well, I hope you had an enjoyable day and I hope to hear from you again soon!

At 4:36pm on November 23, 2011, QuilterBridget said…

Hi Marie~sorry I haven't written in a few days.  There has been a lot of stressful things going on in my life right now that it feels like I don't even have time to think.  I haven't been able to work on any projects either, and that really bugs me because that's what keeps me sane!

I'm really glad you've been posting your really do wonderful work!  Now all you have to do is to make the same thing only use fabric instead.  A lot of people make pictorial quilts, but for some reason I can't get the hang of doing applique.  I like to do regular piecing.  Most of my quilts were made during the first 5 years that I quilted.  I made a lot to donate to sick kids, and that kept me busy.  I made quilts for all of my family members too.  I've slowed down over the past year and I'm not sure why.  It's like I just lost the mood, but it's starting to come back now.  I signed up for the quilting bee the last time and I did everything on my list, so that really helped to motivate me.  I signed up for this next one too. 

So, how much time do you spend painting?  What made you want to get into quilting?  I never learned how to sew until I made my first quilt and it was so much fun and I was hooked from there.  I've had lots of hobbies over the years, but quilting has lasted the longest.

Well, I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving; we aren't doing anything special this year because my husband has finals coming up and tons of homework, plus he works Fri-Sun so he won't have time to work on it then.  So it's going to be like a non-holiday.  That's OK though. 

One more thing...are you making a quilt now or have you made one already?

Write when you can!


At 2:52pm on November 21, 2011, QuilterBridget said…

Maybe you should post pictuers of your artwork...people post pictures of all kinds of things here...sewing projects, crochet projects, pictures of their kids and pets, etc. 

I used to have a quilt shop that I could walk to, but they closed down.  Which was a shame because I was a new quilter and learned so much from them.  And their fabric choices were right up my alley.  Every quilt shop seems to have its' own personality...some have loads of civil war fabrics, some really into batiks, etc.  This one was more contemporary and had lot of brights...which I love.  I also love the 30's era prints, and there is a quilt shop about an hour away that specializes in those.  Although I like to support my local quilt shop, I'm also on a very tight budget, so mostly I shop on-line.

At 3:57pm on November 17, 2011, QuilterBridget said…

Hi Marie~thanks for adding me as a friend!

It's funny that you've lived in Oregon; what part?  I'm originally from California.  I've lived in Woodland Hills, Huntington Beach and San Jose.  I was born in VanNuys.  I don't care too much for this part of the state; it rains way too much and I need the sun!  Southern Oregon wouldn't be so bad.

Thank you for the compliment on my quilts; are you going to post some of your photos?

At 10:27am on November 17, 2011, QuilterBridget said…

Happy birthday, Marie~I hope you have a wonderful day!

I'm Bridget and I live in Seaside, Oregon.  I never learned how to sew until I made my first quilt and I was hooked from there.  I'd love to see what you've made so far; I'm sure with your artistic background you probably make lovely quilts!

This is a great place to meet other quilters as well as to learn new things.  I've learned a lot since I've been here!  I hope you'll join some of the groups, as that's the best way to get to know others on the site.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and happy birthday!

At 2:02pm on October 15, 2011, Linda Hubalek said…

Welcome Quilter Friend!

Just wanted to pop in to say “hello” and introduce myself. I’m Linda Hubalek, fellow quilter and author from Kansas. Books about pioneer women are my specialty, with a cooking or quilting theme mixed into each historical fiction series.

My Trail of Thread in written in the form of letters sent back home while my ancestors traveled to Kansas. Each book mentions twelve old-time quilt patterns, and I put drawings of them in the back of the books.

So if you like to read—besides quilting—please enjoy my blog and book excerpts on my website. Besides printed as paperbacks, my ten books are also available for your Kindle or Nook.

I have about a dozen quilts made by my great grandmother, (that we used all the time when I was a kid) so I’m into antique quilts and patterns. What kind of quilts and patterns do you like to work with?

Happy quilting and reading!

Linda Hubalek

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