Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Long Drive Home!

I stayed the night in Amish Country, Delaware!

About a week before I left for Maryland my friend Marti from Delaware emailed and said….”I’ll be seeing you in Jamestown, NY in June..do you want me to deliver cases of books for you so you don’t have to ship them ahead?”

I said..YES! 

I had to drive past Delaware on my way to/from New Jersey and it was a no brainer just to leave New Jersey at the end of my workshop and drive to Delaware for a home prepared meal, some great evening visiting, a comfy bed, and an early start the next morning.

There are boxes of books now waiting in Marti’s long arm studio  and I’ll meet her in New York to retrieve them.

This sweet Amish buggy was clip clopping down the road as I made my way from Marti’s house toward route 301 that would take me “the slow back way” through Maryland and Virginia, bypassing the Washington DC area all together.

That was a no brainer also.  It was a beautiful morning for a drive, and I had no curfew and wanted to take this day as leisurely as possible.

I had lunch and a bit of a wander in Richmond, and made it home through RAIN by 8pm last night –by the time I unpacked the car it was nearly 9pm.  Just too late to sit and write a blog post, but you can bet that I dug right into the boxes that were waiting for me:


Garden Party is back from Quiltmaker Magazine!

I’m so happy to have this bit of colorful happiness home.  This is the quilt we are doing for the Vegas Retreat with Debbie Caffrey and Charlotte Angotti in August!  If you are retreating with me there, pick up a copy of the magazine, you’ll need the pattern!  Your class supply list with some pre-cutting is on the way, but you won’t need to do any sewing until retreat starts because I have some speedy tips and streamlined helps..besides…we may want to do some sharing and swapping of strips!

If you are cruising with me in October, this is also our project!  Be watching for that class supply and pre-cutting list to come soon too!

You’ll find the pattern in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker Magazine….it’s on the cover, you can’t miss it!


Oh boy!  Big Box! 


From Pepper Cory!

Pepper’s Scraps!  And I spy some Peppered Cottons right on the top!


This is going to be a ton of fun!


Oooh, some big hunks and chunks too!

Good thing..I’ll pull the blues and add them to this stack:


Another stack of “Nearly Vintage” blue!

Remember that quilt I was doing with the blue piano key border?  I was going to be lazy and just use one piece of yardage for the backing, but I really want this stack to have a purpose…so today  ((Today and tomorrow are my WEEKEND!  I leave again on Sunday)) I will be piecing a back and hope to get this loaded in the long arm for some quilting.

I can show you the back, I showed you the border..I just can’t show you the whole top yet, but just wait – it’s going to be good!

I’m thinking of some Quilt-Cam time tomorrow evening..I hope that will work for you!  Join me here on the blog on Fri, Apr 17th at 9pm EST.  Maybe I’ll have a back to show you by then.

Question is…do I throw in some orphan blocks too?

Oh the wheels are turning..it’s studio time!

Have a great Thursday, everyone!

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  1. Quilt cam on a friday and I will be visiting a quilty buddy...what a great combination!!! Having our quilts home is like welcoming home a child!!

  2. Thank you so much for having quilt cam on a Friday night, as it will be 10am on Saturday morning here in Albany, Western Australia, and I won't be at work! I have started a Scrappy Trip Around The World so can work on that. I will see you then! Andrea

  3. My Friday is becoming even more quilty. I am going to a quilt show, stopping at my favorite quilt shop and then Quilt Cam. Going to be a really great day!

  4. Hi Bonnie-
    Glad you are home and safe.

    Quilt Cam on a Friday? Yes, please.

    BTW, have you seen the Great British Sewing Bee? Season 2, episode 6 is part Vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns!Fun!!

    Take care. Thanks for all you do.

  5. Happy to see who the Box of FUN was from. Pepper is very generous with her scraps. Loving the Blues! See you on QUILTCAM. Hope to have a binding to work on by then. Longarming on my agenda today- after I fix and put that last border on a UFO from 2008. It's TBT!

  6. Oh, definitely throw in some orphan blocks. I love your pieced quilt backings. I will enjoy catching up on Quilt Cam as time differences mean I can't watch it live.

  7. Glad you are home all safe and sound. Thanks for thinking of Quilt Cam. I'll be there.
    Of course throw in the orphan blocks...the more the mereier!
    See you Friday.

  8. Anonymous6:39 PM EDT

    Give those orphans a home!

  9. Oh Bonnie I live off of 301 in southern Maryland! Glad you got home safe!

  10. Garden Party is my favorite quilt now. I am cutting 1,5 inch strips and plan to sew the blocks this spring and put it together before next mystery. I do not have the pattern, but I think I will find an easy way to sew the blocks.I have learned so much from you by doing your mysteries in 2013 and 2014 that I am better at "reading" quilts.Thank you Bonnie.

  11. Jamestown , NY in June?? I live 15 miles away. Is there a class?? I have not heard!!!


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