Thursday, January 22, 2015

A Blue Heaven Day in Clarkesville, GA!

This is Marge!

Sweetest gal ever, at 84 she says she has been quilting for 60 years.  SIXTY YEARS!!!  And from what I hear, she has the stash to show for it.

Marge, you are my hero!

We had such a great day in our My Blue Heaven class.

You know, it’s not just about all of us making any certain quilt together.  It’s about everything else that goes on WHILE we are making this quilt together. 

I can stand back and tell when a group really meshes.  When folks have been together a good long time and actually love and respect and enjoy one another. 

When they know they can count on each other to be there through it all.  When groups go on retreat and what is said at retreat and what happens at retreat stays at retreat ---you can just TELL when a group has something really special.

This group is special!


Cuttin’ up at the cutting table!


Having a blast while fine-tuning some skills!


Hooray for more scrappy quilty fun!

Things to love about My Blue Heaven:

The entire quilt comes from 2.5” strips!

Learning to use 2 basic specialty rulers that I can’t live with out:  The Easy Angle and Companion Angle!

Three basic units we use all the time in quiltmaking:  Half square triangles, Hour Glass Units from quarter square triangles, and Flying Geese units from a combination of the two. 

Discovering just what works as a neutral and what doesn’t!

Loads of eye opening streamlining fun, and we shared it all!


You can find the free pattern for My Blue Heaven under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog.


And of course, you don’t have to make it blue!

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My Blue Heaven, Clarkesville, GA 2015

Today I’m on my way to Cartersville from Clarkesville.  I can’t tell you how many times I have confused these two cities with each other over the course of planning for this trip.


115 miles to drive today!

I’m meeting up with the Etowah Valley Quilters Guild for a presentation tonight, and a Midnight Flight workshop tomorrow.  A perfect way to spend my 53rd birthday.

53?!?!  How did I get here?  And what a wild ride it’s been!  And what lies ahead??

Have a great Thursday, everyone!

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QuiltyGal said...

Happy Birthday Miss Bonnie! Thank you so much with spending another fab year with us. You are a treasure!!

Deb said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Bonnie! I don't know how I got here either until I try to get out of bed after a particularly active day, Then I know! lol

Verna said...

Hippo Birdie Two Yews
Hippo Birdie Two Yews
Hippo Birdie dear Bonnie
Hippo Birdie Two Yew

sung to the tune of Happy Birthday!

have a wonderful 53rd and many healthy more

Verna of Honeoye Falls

Ellie said...

Happy birthday ! Hope you have a wonderful day and year! Thank you for all you do. You are a real treasure!

Connie said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie. Make it a great one.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie.

Linda K said...

If you have time, stop at Queen of Hearts antique mall in Buford GA, right off I-985, exit 4. Looks like you're driving that way from Clarkesville. Happy Birthday to you!!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie - you have a lot more years to go - 53 isn't anything in the age department :)

pwofford said...

Hi, Bonnie, my birthday is jan. 23, too! I'm turning 60--where did the time go? Happy birthday!!

Barb H said...

Bonnie, I want you to have the best birthday ever! Doesn't life keep getting better and better the older we get?

Capi said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Friday is also my sweet daughter's birthday! Have a wonderful day and enjoy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!
Have a safe and wonderful day!


Deanna W said...

Hoping you have a great drive and arrive at your destination safely. Hoping tomorrow is a great birthday for ya!!!

sally said...

Oh gee. I live in Mt. Pleasant SC and seriously considered trying to attend the lecturer/workshop in one of these two Georgia towns. We have so few in SC. It was just too hard to plan time off from work because they fall smack between my son's 18th bday (last week) and my mom's 80th bday (next week). Big sigh. So far, looks like a good time had by all....even without me! :)
Beautiful color combinations in the quilt blocks. Love the colorful 221s. First time I saw the lady sewing on the purple one, I thought the black light was the sewing machine and was trying to figure out what kind of funky/cool sewing machine it was...that is when I finally realized it was a black lamp over the purple featherweight. Lol.

Marlene Chasteen said...

Happy birthday. Have a safe trip. I would love to make a trip to Georgia but to a different part (Statesboro) and for different reason (to our granddaughters).

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful BIRTHDAY today Bonnie. You have a great life doing wha you are so passionate about, Your a very lucky gal. May you be safe in your travels.

Darla H said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!
Do what I do,, and buy yourself a nice gift just in case you are disappointed with your other gifts!

Lisa said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie!! Hope you have a "Best" day!

JaneB said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie. Enjoy your day.

JaneB said...

Happy Birthday, Bonnie. Enjoy your day.

Sharon said...

Happy birthday Bonnie! Wishing you Safe travel, a fun day and many thanks for your generosity, kindness and inspiration :)

thimble said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie and Many Happy Returns!

Enjoyed the pictures... in photo 16 there is a neat looking notions holder that is standing behind a beautiful machine in a flat desk top. Wondering if there is a pattern for the notions holder or if it was designed by one of your students?

Marietta V Gartner said...

A very Happy birthday from Brisbane Australia, at 2:00!! (I was awake in bed and thought..mmm should see whats going on here with USA people!) Nice way to spend your day, gong what you like!

Anna said...

perfect birthday and it looks like every one is have a bang up time at class.

Carole D. said...

Oh, you'll be so close to me. I'm in Waleska, northwest of Canton, and not all that far from Cartersville. Wish I could be there!

Loris said...

You are living a great life, Bonnie, enjoying each moment. Thank you for sharing so much of it with us. Have a sweet and wonderful birthday. You are loved!

Jean C. said...

I do hope that you have an enjoyable birthday..... along with everyone else!
Hopefully you will be able to take a little time to yourself on "your" special day.

Vic in NH said...

Happy Birthday to my quilting guru gal! Your mystery quilts and instructions took me from being a wanna-be quilter into a real quilter, thank you!!

Marie said...

Happy birthday Bonnie enjoy your day

CathyQuilts said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!!

Donna Endresen said...

Happy Birthday, Miss Bonnie! All beautiful quilts. Although I LOVE the Blue ones, The Red and Brown/beige one is also beautiful. She is doing an awesome job with it! .

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Linda H said...

Just like to wish you a very happy birthday and that you for all you do for us. Have a great day.

Sharon J. Hughson said...

Bonnie, my cyber friend, Happy Birthday. You share my sister's b'day and I miss her terribly, but you ease the miss. Thanks for all you do for us and me in particular.

martha said...

Happy Birthday Bonnie!! It only gets better as you can tell from most of your student !!

Marti in Mt. Pleasant TX

New Quilter in Texas said...

The one thing to love about My Blue Heaven is FINISHING IT!!!!! This is one huge quilt! It took me a month of dedicated sewing time to make it but the recipient loves it. Now, let's see how long this illusion thing will take...since I can't seem to finish STEP 2!!!