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Friday, January 08, 2016

Quilting, and a Craftours Cocoon!

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I finished the quilting on this quilt yesterday, that still remains NAMELESS!

Isn’t that terrible?

Usually the name for a quilt comes along during the making of it, but with this one? NADA!

I’m sure it will come to me – I’ve just had so many other things on my mind that maybe I haven’t listened to the quiet voice radiating from this wonderful mess of scraps to listen to what it wants to be called.

If this were YOUR quilt – what would YOU name it?

I look at the texture of the quilting on top of all of those little bits of memories and I just feel HAPPY!

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Hanging off the machine, ready for binding!

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Cut, sewn, and ready to be pressed!

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I am teaching at a very special Craftours Cocoon in Naperville, IL April 3-7, 2016!
 
What is a Cocoon?  Think of it as a comfortable place to learn and expand your horizons with 4 days of instruction from 4 internationally known teachers, authors and lecturers!
 
Imagine that this Cocoon is presented in the beautiful surroundings of a first class hotel, the Marriott in Naperville!
 
If you don't like to fly overseas, if you don't like to cruise -- this is a Stateside Stay-cation tailor-fit for you!
 
Along with Master Classes by 3 other word renowned instructors --you can plan on a Midnight Flight workshop with me!
 


 
Class information and supply list found under the Lectures & Workshops tab at the top of the blog HERE.
 
PACKAGE INCLUDES:
The cocoon starts on a Sunday night and continues through the week until Thursday evening. We will feature four “master” instructors for each cocoon event, and the week will be filled with an extraordinary opportunity to participate in something very, very special. Our Craftours Cocoon™ will not only offer four master workshops taught by incredibly talented instructors, but you can also enjoy informative presentations & lectures, exhibits, shopping, receive special gifts, participate in fun & games, and have a chance to win some free trips. 
 
The event will also feature the use of brand new Janome sewing machines, and include four nights accommodations at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, daily breakfast, two special dinners, and more!
 
The price of this amazing weekend: $889.00 per person based on double occupancy.  Bring a friend! Payment due in full at sign up.
 
Space is limited and based on first come-first served. Single rooms are available for an additional $325.00pp.
 
EXTEND YOUR TOUR:
Our cocoon takes place just prior to the Quilt Festival in Rosemont, Illinois (April 7 - 9, 2016), if you would like to be able to enjoy the Quilt Festival, you can extend your stay up to 3 additional nights for the incredible price of $92 per person, per night. These additional nights include taxes and breakfast each day.
 
I have had many many requests from those who live near by asking if they could attend the workshops and the evening events, but sleep at home in their own beds.
 
While the "Stay at the Marriott" all inclusive price is $887.00 I can see why those who live near by would want to stay at home and save their money for FABRIC! And Notions! And other quilty goodies --

So for those who LIVE within the Naperville area who want to come to this event, we have a "sleep at home" deal for you!
 
The workshops, the lectures and evening events will be included in your Local-Student registration of $664.00. You sleep at home, you eat breakfast at home, and then you come play!
For more information, visit my Craftours Page HERE.
 
I can't wait to see you in Naperville, IL in April!  Be sure to tell the folks at Craftours that you read about here from me when you register!
 
To make your reservations call us at 815-663-4046, toll free at 877-887-1188 or submit your reservations online.
 
For additional questions regarding airfare, transfers, insurance, pre-night packages, or our convenient payment plan, please call our toll-free number or use our contact form.

And with that, I'm packing up the van and heading to South Carolina this morning.  Wonder of wonders, my route takes me all the way down I-85 right past the Cox Rd exit and the home of Mary Jos in Gastonia, NC.

I think I'll need to make a pit stop!


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”


The quilt is Crabapples from my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders.

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162 comments:

cityquilter grace said...

ok i'll be first....playtime stars....reminiscent of victoria findlay wolfe's book AND bonnie hunter's love of scraps and stars!
















Becky said...

You should name it NADA as in NADA person wouldn't love this quilt!

Rachel said...

My first reaction and thought would be "Stripes and Stars"
Such a beauty of a quilt!!

Sundae Quilter said...

Stars and Strips Forever

Tina in NJ said...

I've suggested this before, but since you asked, if this were my quilt, I'd name it "Stringin' on a Star." Now I've got Bing Crosby in my ear again! If/when I make this quilt, that will be my name for it.

Tracey Holzer said...

How about String of Memories? And I'd love to live anywhere close to be able to take one of your classes!! Have a fantastic weekend, Bonnie.

Anna said...

How about Stars Galore! Happy Stitching Bonnie! Anna in TN

Mary Frances Yoos said...

Scrappy Strippy Stars! Stars and Strips! Scrapbasket Stars!

Eva Howard said...

Well, since you said just looking at this quilt made you happy, I say name it HAPPY STARS. Love you Bonnie. Enjoyed Quilt Cam last night. Thanks.

Jennifer Krieger said...

STAR TURN

Naomi Stolo said...

How about sCRUMBtious memories?
I also like the "String of Memories" suggestion.

Anonymous said...

I would call it "Stripolicous".

Anonymous said...

My first thought when I saw the quilt was "Love in Action". Your quilts are always full of love and lots of action.

Claudia

Betsy Salomone said...

I see stars and brightness: Starlight Starbright

Anonymous said...

How about Starry Strings? Have a safe trip.

Sue
redvette1954@yahoo.com

Margaret Cooley said...

Delightful Reminiscence

moonwolf233 said...

I commented on the facebook. I will go with Folk Stars or Appalachia Stars.

sally said...

You have not used your name in any quilt name....like "Bonnie's....." Or "........a la Bonnie". This would be a good time to use your name in the title. This quilt shows your love of scrappiness, your use of crumbs and liberated piecing in the middles, your string piecing, everything you love! So I am thinking I would name it something with your name included in the title.

Have fun in South Carolina! How I wish I could be at your workshop, but I could not get out of work.......

Sally in SC

Jen Hinwood said...

Whirlygig! With the texture from the quilting and the way the string blocks appear to twist my first thought was of a bunch of whirligigs spinning in the wind. Looks like I'm going to be doing some string piecing in the not too distant future.

Anonymous said...

Starstruck -- thats what came to mind first.

Beautiful quilt.

Elaine Wibben
lecraft@aol.com

MamaDoc said...

It reminds me of gemstones. So maybe Aquamarine or Crystals and Diamonds

Trish said...

I immediately thought of Kaleidoscope Stars. You are spot on. Looking at this quilt makes me smile!

Brenda E. said...

Color wave stars. Hopefully one of us will help in your name search!

Brenda E. said...

Color wave stars. Hopefully one of us will help in your name search!

Ruth-Anne Hayes said...

When I read, "I look at the texture of the quilting on top of all those little bits of memories and I feel happy!", immediately my mind said Starstruck.

Ruth-Anne Hayes said...

When I read, "I look at the texture of the quilting on top of all those little bits of memories and I feel happy!", immediately my mind said Starstruck.

Theresa said...

Strung Along Crumb Stars is my two cents. Have a great trip!

Anonymous said...

I would name the quilt Supernova. The string stars and background quilting appear to be exploding into string blocks. Beautiful quilt!

Leslie
Lstinger03@gmail.com

Debra in Ohio said...

Since the voice of this quilt hasn't sung out yet, how about "A New Song" for its name?

Anonymous said...

Instantly thought of Starbright.
Kim Orosz
kaorosz@sbcglobal.net

Ginny said...

I agree with Eva; the word "Happy" should be in there. Happy Days . . . Happy Dance . . . Happy Feet??

Claudia said...

How about Crumbles or Crumbley Stars.

Patricia Moore said...

Memory Stars comes to mind as when I am piecing from fabrics in the stash the memories come back from where the pieces originated...

Suzy said...

Looks like a "Kaleidoscope Galaxy" to me! I love the aqua accent around the blocks.

Terry said...

wow Beautiful all the above names are great this is what I thought of when I saw it My stars of many Colors, now I am singing Dolly pardons song my coat of many colors...always loved that song. twrow@wispernet.ca

Edith Jones said...

Star Light Star Bright

Edith Jones said...

Star Light Star Bright

Kathy said...

Sparkling memories... or Twinkling memories. All those scraps have so many memories attached. It is a beautiful quilt and I want to make one like it!

Anonymous said...

Forgive me if this has been said already, and if you already have a quilt named this... but the first thing I thought of when I saw it was that it reminded me of looking through a kaleidoscope when I was little :D So I vote for Kaleidoscope.. Have a great day!

Margie Musselman
Bedford, PA

Nancy Heffner Jacobson said...

String along stars...... my contribution. ♡

Anonymous said...

Well, you used everything but "the Kitchen Sink", soooooo... :D Chris Gray Augusta GA chrissybluebird@hotmail.com

Valerie said...

When I read how this quilt makes you feel, I thought, Well, of course, it's name shall be HAPPY! (In all caps and with the exclamation point) After all, you said it loud and clear. But I'd cast a vote in favor of either Starbright or Supernova Stars as well.

Anonymous said...

Star Burst was the first that entered my mind when I saw the finished quilt. Truly beautiful.
Neta

Jo said...

I can't name my own quilts so I have no idea why I'm chiming in...
Hot Mess is what I pick.
It's one of those slang terms my kids are always saying.

Lilac Joan said...

I vote for Sea Stars for your quilt. Each star is surrounded by aqua.

Luce Stitches TN said...

Stars Over Naperville

TbMacL said...

My suggestion for a name qof th quilt would be "Stars in the crosswinds"

jet said...

Aquamarine Beauty

Anonymous said...

What about Stringles



Connie Wells said...

My choice of names is "The Night has a Thousand Eyes". Or maybe change the " eyes" to "I's"..... Can't make your workshop but I'll see you at guild meeting Monday night.
Connie W from WNC

TheEclecticAbuela said...

You said it--"Wonderful Mess"!

It is lovely.

Alcea Rosea 31 said...

Swinging on a star, comes to mind but I'm sure I'm not the first with this suggestion.

Lori Huffman said...

I like the name Stars and Strips

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The Nifty Stitcher said...

Happy Stars !

Sandy H said...

I really love this quilt!! I thought "Happy Little Bits and Memories" .

Cathy Warren said...

Star Daze

Cathy Warren said...

Star Daze

BBQuilts said...

Happy Scrappy Stars

HelenMarie said...

Love this quilt!

Star Stringin' Memories

hm

Janet Beyea said...

Follow Your Star

Judith Burry said...

I would call it star bright.

Kathi Pauling said...

It reminds me of your "Peruvian Marketplace" photos. I thought
For sure it had been your inspiration.

lindap in il said...

Waves of Happiness ...Happy Strings...Happy Stars...
Have fun shopping!

Melody Lutz said...

Sparkle Stars! Or.....When Stars Dream. How about Stringing Along Star by Star (like singing along side by side). Stop me now!!!

Melody Lutz said...

Sparkle Stars! Or.....When Stars Dream. How about Stringing Along Star by Star (like singing along side by side). Stop me now!!!

lindaroo said...

I like Eva's comment (#9), Happy Stars!

terry said...

After reading your post about how happy you feel when you see this quilt, the one name that came to my mind was "Happy Stars.

Terry

Hannah Wellens said...

How about "swimming stars"? Due to the quilting it's like you see them just submerged, that ripple effect.
Well, you started someting soliciting for a name ;-),
H.

Mary said...

Star Shards is my suggested name for this quilt. The shards of fabric in the strings made me think of shattered glass. I already made the Midnight Flight so I won't be coming to Chicago.
Wish you were making something Different there so I could come stay with my friend in Shaumburg and go to the Chicago show again. It was so fun last year!

mangozz said...

Another beautiful scrap quilt! I would name it "A Star Is Born"

Tammy Morrow said...

Happy Go Lucky!
Tammy (morrowrj at telus dot net)

Betsy Madsen said...

Stars in the Cabin. I know they are string blocks but at first glance it looked like a star block on top of a log cabin block. I also like the previously suggested "Star Shards".

Anonymous said...

Spangles ?

Anonymous said...

Star Reflections/Star Plateaus (the stripped blocks make it looks like they are reflecting depth in a beveled mirror or depending how you look at those blocks, they could be holding the star blocks up on a plateau). Extra thoughts .... Scrap Happy! Scrap Happy Stars! or Happy Down Time! Happy Home Time!


Louise Young
floridafly@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Scrap Happy

Mary Walker said...

Peruvian Stars, Love this quilt! Your so inspiring!

Diane Motley said...

Bonnie----I love the names you choose for your quilts....what pops out at me in this quilt is the beautiful shade of light
aqua and of course, the stars. This is a very soothing quilt to me....reflects comfort. Those are things I would consider
when naming. How about Stringed Stars on Ice?

Quilting_Chris said...

Such a pretty quilt with memories attached to each piece. Love the aqua. My suggestion is Happy Memories

Thank you for this years mystery. I am working my way along enjoying each moment.

Chris
chris_quilting at yahoo dot com

Rosalie Sharps said...

Bonnie, I think "Heavenly Stars" would be a nice name for this quilt since they shine brightly and are so full of love..and would protect and circle the one sleeping under them. Thanks for all you do!

Julie Kaye from KS said...

Well you use the word radiating in your description. So I might would call it "Radiating Stars".

Have a great weekend.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Happy Stars is a great name for that quilt. Pretty! and they make me smile.

Anonymous said...

I would call it, "Strung Out Stars". It is a very happy quilt. Janice k4squilt@zoominternet.net

Anonymous said...

Happily Starlit

Tantie said...

Happy Memories because it evokes different memories depending on what fabrics each quilter uses.

Terri in BC said...

Isn't that the same aqua from your mother's(MIL's?) stash that you used for the sashing? maybe you could name it after her! I love this quilt!

Marcia F. said...

Confetti Stars

suzanne, dutchess county NY said...

Bleu en pointe?

Ursula Yeo said...

How about naming it "Starring Bonnie" to piggy back on someone's comment earlier about using your name in a quilt that you designed. This quilt totally reflects the things you love so much in quilts and the things we love about you and your quilts so much. Thanks Bonnie for all of your giving and sharing with us.

PeggyB said...

I don't have a reason for the name, but Serenade is what I would choose.

Anonymous said...

Tickled by turquoise

Sherie said...

I really like this one and can't wait for the pattern. I think you already named it in your post. "Mess of Scraps"

judyp said...

StarShine Thanks Bonnie for all your inspiration and help!

Jeanne said...

how about
Stars on a string

joolz said...

Glass shards

Gale said...

Joyful! Because it makes you happy.

Dino said...

Carnival Star, with all the twisting and turning it reminds me of Ferris wheels and lights going off when you win a game and all the fun and excitement of a carnival

Denise Terry said...

the STAR WARS movies are popular right now. " May the star force be with you!" HA!

katybell said...

Spaghetti Stars!!!!!!!!!!

Deb M said...

I thought of 'Blue Diamonds' as soon as I saw it

Sewgirl said...

I would call it Bits and Pieces!

VaNella said...

I would call it "Happiness Overload" or better, just "Happiness!"

karen said...

Sadie's Symphony.

Anonymous said...

String of Stars
starry, starry strings
Twinkling Strings
Love the quilt! It looks so happy!
Phyllis

pscutt33@gmail.com

Jeanette Wertz said...

My first impression was El Nino, the sashing reminded me of the ocean and the scrappy blocks reminded me of how this weather pattern can create havoc in our weather. But really I think it sounds kind of romantic and mysterious.

grammajudyb said...

Over 100 suggestions, you should be able to pick a great one. I thought Memory Stars but so did someone else. Anyway I love it! Way to go, Bonnie!

Anonymous said...

I like the suggestion "Serenade". It prompted me to look up the musical term for happy, which is "Felice". Carolyn, robbies77@internode.on.net

anniebee0307 said...

Oh crumbs, I see stars..anniebee0307@yahoo.co.uk

Kelly said...

My first thought was 'Starburst'! Congratulations, Another beautiful quilt Bonnie!

Anonymous said...

My first thought this morning was "Happiness is...." And I still like that name.
Rosalie
rjoehnk@txwinet.com

Quilting with Mudge said...

I would call it "Because I'm Happy!" Plain and simple as that is. I do love that teal.

BJ from NJ said...

Beautiful quilt! As for a name, how about Estrelita?

Carol June said...

Name it HAPPY!
caroljune6@hotmail.com

Eileen Schamel said...

You said it yourself "Happy Stars". Eileen
eileenschamel@gmail.com

Kathi Cappellini said...

Because it was finished around the New Year celebration, I am suggesting TIMES SQUARE STARS!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

"Stained Glass Stars" .... this looks like my worktable when I am working in stained glass -- colorful shards and bits everywhere.

Kar

CynF said...

Love the crumb-pieced centers of the stars. Would call it Nebula [or Nebula Star] b/c it reminds me of the 'birth' of stars & the rainbow splash of colors as seen with infrared lens of the Hummel telescope. Super duper!! Have fun in S.C.! Can't wait to see you again this February, in So California. YIPPEE SKIPPEE... so excited to be in your workshop.
Hugs,
CynF
cyn4rest [at] Hotmail [dot] com

Dody said...

How about Star Crossing. That would be a good name.

Sandy said...

Without reading any other posts..so as not to be influenced...I would pick..."Stars, Strings and Squares".

Joanne Wood said...

How about simply, Stringing with the Stars.
Joanne W

BettyC, MO said...

Stars in chaos!

Susan Paulson said...

SIMPLY HAPPY.... It is how it makes you feel when look at it!

Love it!

susanlpaulson@gmail.com

Susan Paulson said...

SIMPLY HAPPY.... It is how it makes you feel when look at it!

Love it!

susanlpaulson@gmail.com

brenda said...

Just call it
Strip-Tease

betz2u said...

My first thoughts looking at it before even reading your comments was "Happy Days are here again!" Enjoyed QuiltCam last night. It was a lot of fun. Have a great weekend.

betz2u said...

or another thought, just O' Happy Day!!!!!!!

pharmgirl75 said...

How about "Stars and Strings."

Paula B said...

STARBURST

Bev Harrison Bev not Beth said...

Starplay!

Colleen Oleary said...

It immediately made me think of pictures of the different colored beach umbrellas you would see in old pics of the French Riviera...I would call it... Riviera Reminiscent

Colleen Oleary said...

It immediately made me think of pictures of the different colored beach umbrellas you would see in old pics of the French Riviera...I would call it... Riviera Reminiscent

pineneedles4 said...

I would name it Forever Waves!

Liz B. said...

I immediately thought "Tutti Frutti", but I like some of the other suggestions better. It is a beautiful quilt, whatever you decide to call it.
Liz B in England.

Anonymous said...

I just love this happy quilt. Is this one going to be in your new book? I hope so as I really want to make it. It just makes my heart sing.... .how about that as a name? My heart sings :)

Andrea in New Zealand

Gretchen Weaver said...

I guess I have a simple mind, I would just call it Scrappy Stars. Have a great day! Gretchen villacrestfarm@gmail.com

Kathleen Gillian said...

Glacier Stars. The edging around each star made me think this. So pretty

Emelia Harrison said...

Kaleidoscope String Galaxy...since that's that is what it looks like. Have a great trip.

Sharon J. Hughson said...

"Color in the Universe"

Sherrod W said...

Stars and Strings

Maggie Keller said...

Maybe it's where I live but it's screaming Cinco de Mayo or PiƱata to me!

Rinachiyya said...

Scrappy happy stars

deelynn51 said...

I would call it Crumbly Stars

BerninaGirl said...

I would go with "Soften & Happy" that will remind you of your word for 2016 and how the quilt makes you feel.

Mary Jo said...

Stars at dusk

Jory said...

Color Me Happy?

Elaine M said...

"Star Gazer" since can't stop looking at the quilt. Very lovely.

anon said...

Radiance or Radiant Star. First thing that came to mind. :)
Colleen

Sharon Smith said...

How about Big Bang Theory!? The stars and the rest of the quilt just burst into something beautiful, out of "nothing" (scraps :) ).

karenf said...

I'd call it "Carousel" It seems to go round and round with fun colors.

Susan T said...

Feliz Fiesta or Feliz Estrellas for Happy Stars

Susan T said...

Feliz Fiesta or Feliz Estrellas for Happy Stars

Wendy said...

The quilting makes the stars appear to be spinning in the photo. Not sure if you see that when actually looking at the quilt. So name it Spinning Stars, or Rotating, or Twirling Stars. Love the Laura Ingalls Wilder quote. Can't tell you how many times I've read all her books, since the first time in 3rd grade!

Anonymous said...

Is it going to be available as a pattern soon???

Charlotte Taylor said...

Scrap Happy Stars.
Charlotte Taylor cdtaylor81154@gmail.com

Bon loves to stitch said...

Yes, name it Nada

Suzanne Carlisle said...

I am no help with the naming, I am trying to think of a name...but all I can think of is Starry starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze...

Susan said...

I see that someone has already mentioned this, but STARS GALORE is my choice.

Lisa S. said...

You said it: A Wonderful Mess

Denise Terry said...

CATCH THE RAYS

GeeGee said...

IOTA STARS (iota-extremely small pieces )

Betsy M. said...

Hi there. I look at that lovely and unusual quilt and i see "STARS OF THE EARTH". It is a strange name but it's what I see.

Marcia Gaffney said...

Swinging On A Star came to mind Bonnie. I Would you like to swing on a star...... I have no idea why, but there it is.