Thursday, October 25, 2007

"Out On A String!!"

Hello Quilters!

I have added a new pattern to the Quiltville website!

Do you love string piecing? Do you have a bin of random sized small scraps that you just can't bear to part with? These little pieced diamonds may be just the ticket for you! I foundation pieced these little gems onto diamond shapes cut from recycled phone book pages. I also used the old fashioned tried and true method of using inset Y seams to sew this block together. I know there are "easier" methods out there, but I just didn't want additional seams in my block corners or in the side triangles. Sometimes a bit of extra effort is worth it! These block instructions will teach YOU to sew those Y seams too! Pattern available Here:

Things in Quiltville are in a bit of an upheaval as my DH continues to interview for jobs in (and out)of our area. The plant he has been working at is closing it's doors and being moved "more centrally" and combining with another plant somewhere in Iowa. No offence to Iowans....I really want to stay in the south east! He has 3 interviews pending with 3 different companies, one of which would keep us where we are and we wouldn't have to move. You know which one I am pulling and praying for?!? You got it! I want to STAY HERE!

Please keep my family in your thoughts and prayers during this small upheaval in our lives. I know it is small potatoes compared to those losing their homes in california fires right now, and other places around the world. But I still need your prayers for my own sanity :c)

As the holidays come closer, I want to thank you for being part of MY quilty family of friends! I love your emails and the pics you send of the quilts you have made with the instructions and patterns from my website. I am encouraged to find I'm not the only one wondering how I ended up with so much fabric and how was I going to sew it all up in one measly life time!

In Stitches - - - - - - - - - -


  1. Another beauty! I do hope you don't have to relocate.

  2. Another beauty! I do hope you don't have to relocate.

  3. Oh it's lovely, Bonnie! Really...you leave no *string* unturned, do you! ;-)

    Hope your wishes and prayers keep you in the area that you love!

  4. Bonnie,

    Sometimes I feel I need to go back to my high school geometry class when I'm sewing. I'm a self taught quilter which basically means I do a "hack and jab" job and hope for the best with each quilt I make. :-) Nevertheless, thanks to wonderfully helpful quilters and websites like yours, I'm encouraged to continue and am gaining confidence with each project.
    Thank you.

  5. Bonnie, I'm hoping things work out on the job front. You know our move to Minneapolis was r/t a relocation of my husband's company. For a few brief scary months it looked like Keith would decide not to stay with this company after our year was up and I was facing another move ...ugh. Luckily things worked out really well for us and we'll be staying here. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that things will work out the way you want them to.

  6. Bonnie,

    I love these string stars! About using the pages from the phone book. Do you have any trouble with the ink coming off onto the fabric or the ironing board?

  7. Great quilt Bonnie! You have been moved around enough since I've known you. I'll be sending good thoughts that Dave gets the job in S.C. Take care!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful Bonnie! Now if only I can find time to make one!

  9. Anonymous10:55 PM EDT

    Long-time reader and fan!:-)
    My daughter just chose her first quilt pattern from your website, and I have to finish my string hatchet-head blocks before I start this pattern. My bits and pieces box keeps growing faster than my quilt tops--why is that? :-)
    We'll be praying that you can stay settled where you are, and that God would give you grace for whatever lies ahead. Blessings, Annette

  10. Oh wow. Best of luck to you!

  11. Much love and prayers to you and what if set for your future.
    The quilt is beautiful! I really like the way lattice setting is multicolored and not symetrical. Just lovely.

  12. Bonnie, you know I love you and want you to stay put. Or closer to florida! Most of all I want you to be happy. Great pattern - I do want to make one of those great big string stars too, yours is magnificent. and fun to see Howler!

  13. Hi Bonnie,I have just come across your blog and I love it ,you are so talented.I have started going to an over 50's activity group and I'm enjoying the patchwork,quilting and craft sessions.your site is inspiring ,the many block the ladies have made are so beautiful and they look so proud of what they have achieved and so they should ,I will certainly recommend your blog to others,Kathyann (megsmumsmuffins)

  14. Oh, that is a pretty quilt!! Hope you get your wish about staying where you are (I'll take your place in Iowa LOL).

  15. Bonnie,
    Hang in there! We often learn many things during difficult circumstances that carry us further into our journey in life. I hope sunnier days are headed your way! Thanks for the sonshine you spread with your wonderful blog. I am praying many blessings your way!


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