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Friday, September 22, 2017

Discover Boca!

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This is the beautiful view from the balcony walk-way outside of my room on the 3rd floor of the Boca Plaza.

I am so happy to see that there are more trees left standing than had fallen in last week’s Hurricane Irma.

Still keenly aware of what nature’s unpredictability can do, I’ve been keeping my eyes on these clouds to see what they will bring, and of course we are all still watching the path of Hurricane Maria, making sure she stays far far away from the recovering Florida coastline.

Still no word from Uncle Tony and Aunt Gail in Puerto Rico.  Power could be out for days, and that goes for cell service too.

Yesterday was a “FREE” day for me – and we filled it full!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Jamestown Landing Day to Play!

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What a fun and lively group we had yesterday for our Jamestown Landing workshop from String Fling!

Our time flew by so quickly, and we really did make the most of it.

Several quilters had never tried string piecing before, and I think we’ve got them hooked!

The neutral strings in both of our workshop days while here with the Gold Coast Quilters in Boca Raton play such an integral role in the quilts!  We are learning to combine a variety of neutrals into a pleasing whole that adds so much more texture to the quilt than one big piece of yardage could never accomplish. 

We are looking at things a bit differently and sewing with reckless abandon! 

My favorite part?  The swapping and sharing going on.  The best!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sharing Some Boca Love!

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Florida is still standing!

My flights were on time, uneventful and all luggage was not only accounted for, but arrived first off the belt.

Things are looking up!

And while Texans may be Texas Tough in the face of hurricane aftermath, Floridians stand Florida Fabulous and pull out all the stops to get back on track.

I wasn’t sure what I was going to see when I arrived.  My hotel, after all had just re-opened on Monday and here I was flying in on Tuesday.  But all systems are go in this area and getting better every day, one step at a time.

And when the going gets tough, the quilters get quilting and that is what we are here to do!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September Quilty Box Gift-Away!

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Good morning!  Things are hustling and bustling in Wallburg NC this morning as I load the trunk show bags and my suitcase and all else in the van for my ride to the airport.

I’m on my way to FLORIDA!  I’ve been home for more than a month this go round, and that’s the longest time home I can remember in many years other than Decembers – it feels good to get back in the saddle and go have some fun with some quilty folks.

I thought this morning would be the best time to put up a Quilty Box for grabs!

And you are going to love what is in the September box.

Here are some highlights to keep in mind:

Monday, September 18, 2017

Quilt-Cam Sunday! 9/17/2017

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Yesterday was a Quilt-Cam Sunday from the basement studio at Quiltville!

I’m not sure how long it has been since we were able to do a Sunday afternoon sew-in together, but this was most needed and so much fun.  I loved that those in Europe were able to join in as it wasn’t the usual middle-of-the-night occurrence in their time zone.

This may have meant that those Down Under missed it, but that’s what re-runs are for!

Isn’t this photo adorable!  This is in from Home Ec with Mel!

She writes:

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sharing the En Provence Love!

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Doesn’t this look like the perfect picnic day?

And do you see what quilt is in the foreground?  Oh, this made my heart so happy!

Quilts are for making memories and should be used and loved, and washed when needed without fear of them being “too good” for every day occasions.

As I was finishing up project number 7 at my desk last night, this photo came in from Catie and I asked her if I could share it with you.

She writes:
“Hi Bonnie,Today is my granddaughter Hadley's first birthday. As you can see, the En Provence quilt was put to very good use. 
I made En Provence for her to use at the pool this past summer, thinking she needed something to crawl on (much to the horror of some guild sisters!). But, she was such a fish, she never got out of the water! 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Whole Lot of Busy!

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This is the view from my desktop while working out pattern section #7 for the BIG DEADLINE project.

I breathed a heavy sigh as I realized that I was 7/12 the way through the pattern sections.  There is still much more to do after those are done, but I am making headway.

I’m doing all I can now to make up for the time shift when I hit up Oregon the first week of December.

I love my super huge monitor for designing.  5 more to go.

The 4-patch quilt was an eBay “Cutter” find many years ago and it adds a bit of color and  comfort to my desktop, also protecting the desk underneath it from pen & pencil scratches, or beverage rings!

 4-patches are just my favorite thing ever and this makes me smile.  When the desk is clean enough to see it, that is!

Friday, September 15, 2017

In the Quilting Zone!

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This is finally happening.

And it started happening last night.

It was a day of dining-room table order filling.  Eco Pouches are on their way to the first 100 that ordered, the second 100 will start filling today.  But last night, it was time to take a break and get some pleasure stitching in.

Not on a quilt with a deadline.  Not on a quilt that needed pattern writing – That was already done when we started the Hourglass Leader & Ender Challenge.  This is a finish just for me.  And I have an idea of what I’m going to do with it when it is done, I just have to get it finished.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sew a Simple Seam!

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All I wanted last night was to feel the fabric.

I felt like it would just be the icing on my day if I could just find a backing, cut two pieces to length, seam them together and feel the heat from the iron warming my fingers and face as I pressed that seam open, simply making it ready for loading into the long arm another time.

Just this one thing.  This one simple thing.

I have a ton of this fabric.  I must have bought the whole bolt, which for me means it has been marked down to $5.00 a yard and it was a great enough print and color that I knew I would use it.  I tell you what, nothing is better than having ENOUGH fabric on hand that you can make a back with one seam.  I don’t have time in my life right now to do a funky pieced back, even though I love doing those as much as I love doing the tops.