Thursday, May 26, 2016

Feeling Like This!

This is where I go to take a breather when I’m here at home in Wallburg, North Carolina.

My covered back porch with the yard stretched out before me.

Sometimes I’ll just sit out here in the morning and look at the green.  Oh, the green!

I love to listen to the birds.  They become very active here about 5:45am.  Sometimes they wake me up long before I am ready, but I do like an early start to my day, so I throw off the covers, and get going.

I woke up wondering what I was going to post about today, and it is going to be a bit more personal and wordy than quilty.

Because I’m home.  I’m not on the road.  There are no workshop photos, and heck, I just shared with you the finished quilt from yesterday that still doesn’t have binding on yet…

I admit it.  Sometimes I feel like I am just spinning my wheels.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

H’s to the FINISH!

There are days when you put off writing the blog so that you can finish the quilting, and get some photos in!

The Quilt is Calling and I Must Obey!

Actually, it was one of those “The birds are calling at 5:45am and now you are awake.”  I have a sneaking suspicion that there WILL be a nap this afternoon. 

I was so wound up after last night’s Quilt-Cam that it was hard to settle in and fall asleep….so extra short night, last night.

Whatever the reasons, I came down to the studio extra early and finished the quilting on the H quilt!  Can you see the H’s that found their way on to the backing in the above photo?  This is just as they were rolled up and visible on the take up bar as the quilt was advanced to the next area.  So much fun!

I’m really glad I took the time to do these….even though it DID take time, it was so worth it.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Quilt-Cam! 5/24/2016

Meet Caroline!

Her mama Karen sent along this photo during our LAST Quilt-Cam, the first one ever they had watched live together!

She writes:
Hi Bonnie -- we've recently found your archived quilt-cams and were hooked from the first!
My 8-year-old, Caroline, and I started to watch our first live quilt-cam last week when your sound went out.  

She is just starting to sew and was working on a baby quilt for her new cousin that is due in a few weeks.  She found a charm pack that she loved and we went from there.
We're trying it again tonight -- and we just finished up the last round of borders on the baby quilt. 
Sending a picture of the pinwheels in progress and one of the finished top  :)
Working on hexies tonight.  Thanks for a fun evening!
Karen and Caroline Dawson
Wauconda, Illinois
Check out the baby quilt that they made together:

Quilt Late & Sleep In!

I am SO happy to be home for more than a week that I couldn’t wait to jump into getting the H quilt into the longarm as soon as some deskwork and mail order duties were done.

H blocks were calling!

You mean there are MORE H blocks?

YES!  Remember when I was at the Vermont Quilt Festival last June, and an entire guild had gotten together to make me H blocks so I could get this quilt done?  I ended up with a plethora of H’s!


They didn’t know what size my blocks were and their beautiful blocks turned out a different size than mine.  WHAT TO DO!?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Classroom Quilt Sharing!

These ladies are so busy quilting away!

I had a great most-of-a-week with the Pride of the Prairie Quilters in Plainfield, Illinois.  Three days of workshops, and a day to run around with an evening lecture –perfect! 

It gave me enough time to get to know these gals, meeting some for the first time, and many for a second time as I was here with them just 4 years ago.

What they have accomplished in 4 years is amazing.  What they have done with their lives outside of quilting in the past 4 years is also inspiring!

And our after-lunch-time show & share was varied and uplifting and oh so fun!

I love seeing Allietare finishes, this one in an easy wall hanging size.  Remember when the mystery comes out that if you do half of the units you’ll have enough, or mostly enough to do something like this without too much time investment.  Didn’t it turn out lovely?

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Quiltmaker July/August 2016 Give-Away!

 While I make my way home from Chicago with a few slight delays, I thought I would throw THIS goodie out here for fun!

Besides, writing a post takes up some time.

Before I left for Illinois, I received this lovely issue of Quiltmaker that just screams SUMMER at its best!

Aren’t you ready for summer? I know I am!

Inside this issue you will find many ways to spend your available quilty time.  From patriotic to summer splash, it’s all in here!

Take a look:

A Day with Texas Tumbleweed, Pride of the Prairie Style!

I love the resilience of women!

In any group I visit, if I stop to think about it, there is a wealth of knowledge, an ocean of compassion, a force of determination, and a mountain of friendship and open arms ready to welcome in visitors and members alike. This is what quilters do.  This is who quilters are.

Now, I know someone might say that “well, MY group isn’t like that…..”  and my answer to you?  If you find that your group is lacking in any area – BE the thing that is missing yourself!  BE the one that welcomes, that encourages, that helps, that shares, that smiles.  It all starts with ONE person. YOU.

In the four years that have passed since I last visited with the Pride of the Prairie quilters of Plainfield, Illinois there have been many changes.  There has been loss of loved ones, end of employment, illness, cancer scares, BIG life changes for many.  And I love it when I walk into a room and catch little bits of caring conversation and hugs, laughter, conversation and connection.

BELONGING.  And I’m so happy that this group has made me feel part of them.  I can’t wait to come back at some point.  We had an amazing 3 days of workshops, but more than that, we built friendships.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Someone is Getting a May Quilty Box!

Hey everyone!  It’s a beautiful sunny evening in Joliet, Illinois!

I’ve just returned to my room after a really fun Texas Tumbleweed Workshop day with the Pride of the Prairie Quilters and friends, and a yummy dinner out for Mexican in Plainfield.

My trip here is winding down and I head home tomorrow.

But before I start packing ((There are still several hours that I can spend with a sewing machine in my room this evening…)) I wanted to do the drawing for the May Quilty Box!

ONE lucky winner is going to find this box coming their way!

Is it you?

A Happily Scrappily Irish Day in Illinois!


Check out Susan’s shirt!

When I came to teach to Susan’s guild a couple of years ago, a friend gifted her this shirt as she knew what a Quiltville fanatic Susan is.  I was so happy to see her walk in the door for our workshop yesterday wearing her “Proud to be a Bonnie-fied Quilter!” shirt!

How fun is this?

I’ve been thinking long and hard about doing a line of Quiltville tshirts for cruises, retreats and guild events, and also for on the website.  Wouldn’t that be fun? I’ll keep thinking on it.  I just need to know where to go to get them going, figure out sizes and colors and what to say on them, and how many and try to keep it affordable, and how many sizes to carry, and oh my!  That is a lot to think about!

But we WILL do it!