Monday, September 20, 2010

I'm an Auntie!!

My baby sister had HER baby yesterday! Isn't it great how families can grow, and I don't have to do it myself? LOL!! I still haven't heard on the name, but they are thinking of calling him Logan. So when Auntie Bonnie gets home, the quilt that is all done and waiting will get its label finished and off it will go in the mail. I'm sure Kenzie and Porter are all excited about their new baby brother, and I can't wait to see pics of him either. I just wish I weren't so far away.

Michigan keeps flip flopping between rainy cold and windy autumn weather, to the most glorious Indian summer glimpses!

Yesterday was my "off" day, and I was picked up in Saginaw by Linda, the programs person for the guild here in Clarkston, and she brought me to my new digs. There is a huge mall here, Great Lakes Crossing. I had my first experience at a Toby Keith's "Man, I love this bar & Grill" restaurant, complete with a mechanical bull!

I walked and walked and walked around this place, it's HUGE..and it was the perfect afternoon for doing so.

Look at this color! Isn't it glorious? This was yesterday morning when I did a 5+ mile hike around Saginaw before being picked up. But the whole day was like this....short sleeves, no jacket! The day before?? BRRRRR! But I was told, if you don't like the winter here, give it a few minutes, it will change.

I wish there was more to report....it's been busy fun days of quilt teaching and laughing, and eating, and trying to walk/jog it off!! LOL I think I'm fighting a losing battle!

I am gaining ground on the "In The Pink" quilt though! I've started the second round of fans, and it is OH SO MUCH EASIER to quilt in the white areas, than in the brown ones. Again, it's the fabric, the weave, the thread count and thread thickness of the fabrics that make all the difference. But I still think this quilt needs to be hand quilted. I just can't see myself being happy with machine quilting stitches marching all over the whole thing with piecing this intricate...so on we go. I've been working on it in the evenings, and my quilting callouses are pleasingly tender, since I started working on the hexagon thing I stopped hand quilting, and heaven forbid you lose your callouses all the way and have to start OVER!

Today's class is Cathedral Stars. I was told we have quilters from all over coming, even some from Canada, so it's going to be an exciting day!

Tomorrow is the busy day...we have Blue Ridge Beauty workshop during the day, and the guild meeting and trunkshow tomorrow night....

Come Wednesday morning...I'll be on another plane making my way to Jacksonville Florida and the Jacksonville Quilt Fest!

Have a super Monday, everyone!


  1. I know what you mean about losing your callouses! I am hand-quilting while my sewing machine is being repaired, and I'm certainly grateful that my callouses didn't deteriorate too much! The left index finger and right thumb callouses are still alive and well!

  2. Oh yes this quilt really does call for hand quilting.......it is looking just beautiful!

    Safe travels Bonnie......say hello to my granddaughter in Michigan while you're there :0).....Hi Lily.

    Happy Sewing

  3. I wish I lived in a place where we actually had fall. Here in California we get green and brown :) Love seeing the changing seasons on your blog. Keep the pictures coming!

  4. What's a callous? ;)

    Everyone back home misses you~ but, the fall foliage there is gorgeous.

  5. Anonymous9:43 AM EDT

    Hi Bonnie, Had an enjoyable day Saturday quilting with you in downtown Bay City, MI at the Fabric Fair - even if it was a chilly day outside. I'll keep on working on My Rainbow Heaven blocks. Enjoy your stay in Clarkston - yes, Great Lakes Crossings is a fun mall. Keep yourself in stitches. Chris

  6. Congratulations on your new nephew!

  7. Congrats! My neighbor's daughter is named Logan.

  8. I love look of your 'In the Pink' quilt so far, very antique.

  9. Anonymous5:55 PM EDT

    It sounds like you are having a great time Bonnie and I agree a hand-pieced & appliqued quilt like "Dear Jane" does deserve to be hand quilted.

    Hey, just got a glimpse of the backing is that a plaid?

    Gail :)

  10. First congrats on being a new Auntie and 2nd: welcome to MI!
    You will be here again in November for the Oakland County QG - and I will take a class with you that Friday, wohooo!
    Soooo, if you feel like exercising I can take you to Lifetime Fitness Center, open 24 hrs (no excuses here). I mean it! Wish I had known you were in town earlier, Great Lake Crossing is only limited for nice walking and I prefer Nature to shoppers, but there are tons of trails in the area as well.

  11. I love the name Logan - I have a 19 yr old son with the wonderful name!

  12. Congrats Aunt Bonnie!
    Sounds like you are super busy as usual. Enjoy your travels.


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