Check out Susan’s shirt!
When I came to teach to Susan’s guild a couple of years ago, a friend gifted her this shirt as she knew what a Quiltville fanatic Susan is. I was so happy to see her walk in the door for our workshop yesterday wearing her “Proud to be a Bonnie-fied Quilter!” shirt!
How fun is this?
I’ve been thinking long and hard about doing a line of Quiltville tshirts for cruises, retreats and guild events, and also for on the website. Wouldn’t that be fun? I’ll keep thinking on it. I just need to know where to go to get them going, figure out sizes and colors and what to say on them, and how many and try to keep it affordable, and how many sizes to carry, and oh my! That is a lot to think about!
But we WILL do it!
We sewed from simple squares yesterday!
I know most Irish chain patterns are written to be constructed from strip sets, 5 strips tall.
But then you always end up with the same thing next to the same thing – I wanted to go REALLY random in mine, so I made my blocks as Leaders & Enders and they are all so completely varied there are no two blocks alike. We made our blocks from four patches and connectors, what a fun way of doing this traditional pattern. It is more manageable than multi-strip panels as well!
You can find this technique and pattern in my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders.
Sections coming easily together!
A glimpse of our workshop of busy quilters!
Look at all of this scrappy goodness!
Great job, ladies!
Here are the rest of our photos, including more of Cheryl’s beautiful hand crank! I love seeing her in action. Cheryl is the one who has loaned me her 301 and the card table it sits in. I have enjoyed spending some time here and there sewing up my own project during my spare time.
See how much they got done?
After workshop walkabout!
At the end of our workshop day, my friend Valerie came and picked me up and we drove back to Naperville to spend the evening with a bite of dinner together, a lovely walk along the riverwalk, and the perfect finish – some frozen yogurt in beautiful old town Naperville.
One of life’s greatest pleasures has to be sitting on a bench on a beautiful evening eating fro-yo and discussing every day normal life things with a friend. I’m so glad she could come and whisk me away for a bit!
Beautiful along the river!
The heady scent of lilacs in bloom!
Not sure what these are, but lovely!
What a difference 6 weeks makes! Remember when I was here in early April and it was SNOWING?!
Me and the Cat & the Hat!
Back to my room, queen of the remote!
I was too tired to sew last night, but there is nothing wrong with tossing the “way too heavy” hotel duvet off of the bed and snuggling under the day’s workshop quilt for a bit of Criminal Minds! Okay, this show should give me nightmares, but so far it doesn’t. It wasn’t long before the tv and the lights went off and I was out for the count.
Today is my last workshop day with the Pride of the Prairie quilters. Texas Tumbleweed is up on deck!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
I am giving a resounding yes to all of the above! Except for maybe that eating half thing - that might be difficult!
I chose this quote after the walking along the river that Val and I did last night. After eating double. LOL
Have a lovely Saturday, everyone!