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Friday, September 28, 2012

Cathedral Stars Fun!

Yesterday’s Cathedral stars class was such a great way to start off the Bluegrass Quilt Festival!

We even had a newspaper photographer come through and take pictures of my ladies working on their projects, and we answered all kinds of questions about our love of quilting and what draws us together.  I don’t know when it will show up in the paper but I hope someone sends it to me!

No, this tan featherweight beauty is NOT mine, but I still had to get a picture!  I see these so rarely, and I love it when I do!  I’m not on the lookout for one, but you know what?  If one crossed my path and the price was right, oh yes, it would come home with me!

We had several featherweights a humming in class yesterday ----happy little girls just to be sewing up the scraps!

Cathedral stars is a lot easier than it looks.  We focused on getting our seam allowances to where they need to be by working at getting our strip sets for the 4-patches the right height.  From there we worked on streamlining the process of getting pairs matched and nested, ready to sew in the CUTTING process ---avoiding the whole “I have piles to dig through, which one should I sew to this one” conundrum which takes up so much time!  I love showing my students how I do all my choosing of what goes next to what in the cutting process – not the sitting at the machine process --- so when I sit down with my matched pairs I just rapidly feed them through the machine one after another.

From there  we moved on to half-square triangles and the Easy Angle ruler ----and after lunch on to Tri-Recs and the rest of the day was production time to put all the units we’d made into blocks!

Take a peek at how much my girls got done!

Today’s workshop is a clear-out of bricks and squares!  Hopefully there will be swapping going on as variety is the spice of the scrap quilt!  It’s an Oklahoma Backroads day ---bring it on, I’m ready!

It's also my dinner-lecture night ---This should be a fun, full day.

I have a little bit of an announcement to make.  I have had to remove the ability for anonymous comments.  If you have been commenting as anonymous, there are other options for you to comment, such as registering with blogger or getting a google account or using other accounts that are listed in the comments area.  If you can’t make that work for you, you can leave your comment in my guestbook.  The button is in the left side bar of the blog.

Lately it seems that anonymous commenters feel they can hide behind the guise of their anonymity and say what they want, when they want, how they want in not very nice ways and I just don’t need to tread through those negative posts on a daily basis.

I hope you understand!

Today is a brand new day with another full class of quilters whose names I won’t likely remember by the time I move on to the next town either, but I will remember their smiles and their laughter and the special connection that we feel quilter to quilter!

It’s FRIDAY!  Get out and enjoy it!

48 comments:

Kat said...

Go for it, Bonnie. Somtimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

Mtntop Quilter said...

Way to declutter the negativity out of your "life closet" If you don't need it, get rid of it. You go girl!

Mary W Quilts said...

Thank you for the happy Friday message. Have a great day! :-)). Mary in Boston

Linnie Quilts said...

Sad that some people have such a lack of character that in order to "stir the pot" they need to hide. Sorry you were attacked ... totally unjustified IMHO. Wishes for a great workshop, Friday and safe travel for you ... LOVE the slideshows and thanks for all you do! I will always remain an BIG fan .....

Kendra Grove said...

You go girl!!! If someone can't leave positive thoughts then move on to another blog. I always feel bad for you when I read a negative posts. Thanks for all your interesting blogs.

Michele said...

This beautiful quilt is on my bucket list. I've always loved it. Looks like everyone was having a blast.

SweetAmbrosia said...

OH Those TriRex things just scare me to bits! Wish I were taking this class. I even have brought the rulers. buttt....lolol
Smiles
JulieinTN

farmhousequilter8 said...

Bonnie you have a wonderful, devoted following of quilters. Please don't let a few people ruin our fun.....
Paula in KY

C said...

I'm working on a simplified version of this quilt for a Christmas gift. I also have all my "Jared Takes a Wife" blocks finished from the Bedford PA workshop in July. I think I would like to travel around the country and attend all you workshops! You are such an upbeat, inspiring person. I'm glad you have decided to eliminate the negative commenting. I was always taught that if I didn't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all. Fortunately, that doesn't apply here! I only have nice things to say about you!

Shelia said...

Bonnie, I did not read the comment by "Left Handed Quilter" until in your post to her. I would like to say that I have been reading your blog for about a year now..daily and often times more than once a day. I have been quilting over 20 yrs, am self taught, but I have learned soooo much in the last yr. You are a great teacher (though I have never taken a class from you), a great quilter, a very generous person (you openly share patterns, tips, techniques and not to mention your life with us). I am proud to say that Lord willing I will participate in my first Bonnie Hunter mystery this year.
Thank you for ALL you give to us as your students, followers, blog readers and groupies. Thanks to you DH and sons as well.
Shelia in AR

Judy D in WA said...

So much fun! I love the slide shows. Just when I think I've picked my favorite-the blue plaid stars, I see purple stars, then yellow! Thanks so much for sharing those with us.

lovetostitch said...

Thanks for always sharing the good, bad and the ugly. In a world where there is so much negative, especially during these trying times, it's always nice to have someone to try and shield us from that. You are usually on an upbeat, and I really appreciate that! I don't always comment on blogs, but I read quite often, and know how much you give of yourself and your knowledge (my gosh, just look at this site!!) - never loose site of who you are. Keep on being Bonnie, and know that others appreciate you more than can be expressed.
Now............. get out there and enjoy another gift of a beautiful day, and enjoy the people who enjoy you. L.xo

Becky G said...

Love your blog, books & quiltcam. I have learned so much from you... Thanks! I continue to reflect on your posts from & about your Bali experience; especially the sunrises and the abundant expression of their relationship with God... All those lovely offerings. So special.
Your photos & reflections in all your travels make me smile.
Your tips, techniques, designs and images regarding all aspects of quilting have certainly borne fruit in my sewing life.... Plus my ibooks OVERflows from your fun selections.
I've learned sew much @ sewing machines too!
I'd also like to thank-you for protecting me from sour & fussy comments.... and for demonstrating a strong & appropriate means of responding.
Thanks for everything! Fondly, b

judy crumpler said...

Everything about quilting makes me HAPPY.......Back to stitching. Happy Quilting Judy...

Jeanne in Ohio said...

Thanks for all you do and contribute to my life as a quilter. You inspire me every day to be a better, more giving person, and a scrappier quilter. I've learned so much from you and I'm sorry that there are those who would try to bring you down to their depressing level. Keep up the good work!

Kristy said...

Edmund Burke is noted for the popular saying, "All that is required for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing." I love that you put you foot down on the negitive Post. Your blog is always up lifting and real, Thank you for keeping it that way!

Luann said...

Oh I love it! I just got another FW! Haven't used it yet and am thinking of a good name. We'll see what I can dream up! Thanks for all the fun posts. Enjoy them so very much. You're a great inspiration.

Debbie Lou said...

Love the slideshow! Such great variety! Good job ladies! Happy Friday to you, Bonnie! Sounds like you have a fun, full day ahead of you. Enjoy!!!

regan said...

Wow! Such variety in those blocks.....and I love that one with the black and white swirly fabric as the neutral! Really fun!

Sarah Bales Strom said...

You have every right to handle your blog in the way that seems right and fit to you! It's amazing what some people will say when they are hidden by anonymity.
I read your blog almost every single day, and always enjoy your posts a great deal. You are an inspiration to so many of us as quilters, and it seems to me that you live your life with great grace, which is an inspiration to me simply as a human being.

Nonnie said...

Bonnie, I love your blog. It is such an inspiration and motivation. Just cleaned and oiled my fw so she is ready to go for winter. My quilt room is north facing and often to cold for sewing so I set up my featherweight in the living room so I can sew by the fire. And now I will be near the computer so we can sew together when you are on quiltcam! Thanks so much for all you do.
Carol i n. Nj

Nonnie said...

Bonnie, I love your blog. It is such an inspiration and motivation. Just cleaned and oiled my fw so she is ready to go for winter. My quilt room is north facing and often to cold for sewing so I set up my featherweight in the living room so I can sew by the fire. And now I will be near the computer so we can sew together when you are on quiltcam! Thanks so much for all you do.
Carol i n. Nj

Nonnie said...

Bonnie, I love your blog. It is such an inspiration and motivation. Just cleaned and oiled my fw so she is ready to go for winter. My quilt room is north facing and often to cold for sewing so I set up my featherweight in the living room so I can sew by the fire. And now I will be near the computer so we can sew together when you are on quiltcam! Thanks so much for all you do.
Carol i n. Nj

JaneB said...

Every time I see Cathedral Stars I am amazed at how well it works with so many amazing, beautiful results. I think that is the hallmark of a great pattern. Thanks for sharing it.

Sandra Henderson said...

Good girl!~ I always wondered why someone would write something and not put their name behind it. I can not believe that they not allow journalists to quote "anonymous sources".
Hey, on that note... I'm going to be at a quilting retreat for this year's election!~ what better place to be??!!? I'll be sewing and away from the dang TV, with fun people! :) It just worked out that way and I'm so thankful!
I'm at the age where I surround myself with happy people. If someone does not want to play nice, I go on and find me some new friends. I can't change everyone and pour my energy into trying. I've done way too much of that. Sift em out like sand Bonnie... Keep your creative energy flowing. PROUD OF YOU!~

Sandra Henderson said...

meant to write NOW allow.. type too fast. sorry

Mary said...

Have a great Day! I've never accepted Annon comments. I like to be able reply to the people who take time to comment. Thanks for sharing the process. Hope to see you again soon on Quilt Cam. And at the QM Retreat next Spring in Portland, OR! I can't walk into an Antique Mall without thinking of you. Today is Road Trip day for me...

Janet Taylor said...

We understand! We love your blog. Have FUN today.

Shanon Yawkey said...

Hi Bonnie, I'm checking to see if I've figured out how to post "not anonymously".
Shanon

Sandy D said...
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Mary Ellen said...

Sift 'em out like sand. Love it! I'm gonna borrow that one.

Sandy D said...

Here I will say it again without the spelling mistake.
I so enjoy your blog.My computer was down for three days and I had a lot of catching up to do.

Judith Davis said...

You do such a good thing for all of us. I read you blog multiple times a day have all of your books. For every detractor I bet you have hundreds of fans. Don't let the bad eggs spoil what you do. You do have a huge cheering section that will stand by you all the time.

Granny Stitch said...

They say it takes all kinds to make up the world and it is also said to surround yourself with possitive people. You go girl. There is no place in this wonderful blog for people hiding behind "Anonymous" postings to dish out negative opinions. If they can't say something nice, they should just keep quiet! You do a wonderful job and I look to your blog for the good ideas, the beautiful quilts, the yummy recipes and the just all around warm fuzzies you send out to all of us!!! Thank you!

Lori in Virginia said...

Good way to put it!!! I agree

Lori in VA

mcwoof said...

Bonnie, you rock! I love being able to 'join' you on your travels and learning new things from you. Keep on sewing, June x

Luann said...

Bonnie I am so sorry it came to this! Geesh! Keepthat Happy cando attitude! I have enjoyed meeting you on several occasions. It is always a pleasure. I also live my life sending out only good. Negativity is just not worth the return! Enjoy your classes as we all enjoy you teaching us to make wonderful scrap quilts. The Boxy Stars I did in VT is going to a Fallen Hero's family his wife and son. I will send or post a photo as soon as I get it off the camera. Love and Happiness being sent your way! Luann

Karen said...

You go girl!!!!!1 We do not need that negativity in our lives.
I love your blog and all that you do for us quilters.
Keep up the wonderful job1!!!
Karen

Cindy, The Purple Quilter said...

Bonnie, I have found that some people are so unhappy in their own life, that they have to bring others down to make themselves feel better. Sad, but true. Today is another day to rise and shine!!! :)

Sue K said...

"I love showing my students how I do all my choosing of what goes next to what in the cutting process"

Is this something you have shared on previous posts? Sure would love to here about it!

And to reiterate what so many others have said, you are a beautiful person who should always be surrounded by happiness and joy!!!

Kelly said...

Whoa...how did those spool blocks make it in to the slideshow? Someone's not following directions!!! But they are so cute, too. :)

Lee Ann Turinsky said...

You just have to do what works for you! I think everyone understands! No negative comments allowed!
You are so sweet to share your life and love of quilting with us! Thank you for being you!!!

snausages22 said...

I am sorry some people have been mean to you.
I love you and your quilty wonderfulness!

scrapsgalore said...

I also need to test this to see if I can comment on here, I'm not sure how to do this! Carol in AR

Lynda said...

Just give them a try Julie - they are not difficult at all! If I can do them, you can too!

Bev said...

Going to be some really beautiful quilts from those samples you have in the slide show! Like to play with Tri-recs-neatest way to do those star points!

Sharon said...

Good for you! Figuring out how to handle that "SPAM" ing that was going on in your own blog. So happy I'm able to comment again. I'm not shy and if I have something to say, I'll always sign my name. LOL Love you Bonnie. A couple of Slaonies and I are planning to do your NC Mountain meet up next summer.

Diane said...

Life is too short to deal with negative people! Have a great time and hope you find some goodies to take home.