Friday, April 18, 2008

Friday AM...pre-gym update!

It's a gorgeous morning here in NC....

I remember a song from my childhood "In the leafy tree tops the birds sing good morning...." I have leafy tree tops!

Yesterday DH took the day off, stayed home to fix some things, and we grilled out. Instead of grumbling about carrying all the picnic stuff down to the grove by the creek where we put the picnic table, DS Jeff thought he was quite ingenious loading up the little trailer that pulls behind the riding lawn mower, and rode it down to the creek to deliver the picnic goods..*LOL* It was a lovely supper! We ate surrounded by dogwoods and the burble of the brook next to us.

Here's a couple pics from my MD trip last week! The pic of me in the house quilt was taken by quilting pirate at our Sunday workshop. FUN! Her house pics are in a previous post, and she was using wild Halloween prints. I thought of Tonya when she was making these, I know she would have loved these houses!

The bathroom pic?!?!? It's at a Taco Bell somewhere on the way between Richmond VA and MD! *LOL* Quilting ideas abound everywhere you look. The toilet of course, is optional :c) Wouldn't this be an amazing border for quilt?

I also heard from my editor that the book has an official title now! How exciting is that? The title is:

Scraps & Shirt Tails!
(reuse, repurpose, recycle..the art of quilting

I am just so tickled and how this is coming together. The recycle hints everyone sent will be put in little individual boxes on each page and spread throughout the book.

I've got the photography shoot under works....I was asked what kind of setting I wanted, and I said RUSTIC RUSTIC! Old barns, old fences, old furniture,and I'm not even opposed to an old outhouse! *LOL* I think it will fit the feel of the old plaids and recycled fabrics perfectly. I'm anxious to see what they come up with for the photos.

I've also got an illustrator who is going to do the drawings of all my steps. It won't be the same as having photos for each step as on the website...but hopefully he can draw examples FROM my photos because I am not a drawing artist. That's what got me to use the photos for steps in the first place....can't draw a stick person!

Today's special set-apart time? Taking the laptop down to the picnic table in the grove and writing some more book instructions while enjoying the out of doors. The world is my office....it doesn't get much better than this!

It's 9am...gym time. I hope everyone has a lovely day, and on into the weekend!


  1. Congratulations!! And the book's title is perfect!! It describes your quilts to a T! I can't wait for your book to come out. Are you taking pre-order now? ;-)

  2. I love the name of the book! It is all coming together! And yes - they need rustic settings! Very cool!

  3. How wonderful! Can't wait to see!

  4. I'm so excited for you Bonnie hon, I can't wait for your book to come out. When I get my copy, it's coming straight over to you for an autograph! I was just thinking about it today - I've 'known' you for 11 years - that's a really long time!

  5. So exciting! I am really looking forward to your book "hitting the streets"!

  6. frantik@sympatico.ca
    Great news Bonnie, I, like everyone else can't wait to get my hands on that book. Great title by the way. When do your publishers think it will be out for sale? Also will the book be available in Canada also? If not I'll have to give my daughter a heads up in Nevada to pick it up for me. Ever since I found your site I've been a scrap addict. My DH says I can't go by a thrift shop without stopping,lol I have a long way to go if I want to make even half the quilts on this site. Have a great day :-)

  7. YAH for an official book title...I think it's perfect!!

    You just look like you are having soo much fun in the scrappy houses :)

    Sounds like sitting on the picnic table outside is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon! It's going to be a gorgeous day! Have a nice one!

  8. Bonnie, COngrats on the book and I love the name of it. I can't for it to come out. I guess you will let us all know when that will be. What a beautiful border that bathroom would make for a quilt. Have a good weekend.

  9. You sound chilled out.

    That's a great book title. I can see I'm going to have to get my sister in Los Angeles to buy it and send it over.

    Have a great weekend. We're antiquing this weekend. No quilts, but might find some plaid shirts.

  10. Bonnie- congrats on the book in progress!!! I've been a fan of yours since I found you blog about 9 months ago. You are amazing It's a treat to see God's gift in you being so well used! Bravo!

  11. Sounds like the perfect chill-day. Glad the title is worked out. Such progress!

  12. I LOVE the title! I can hardly wait to have one of my own.

    Good job going to the gym! :)

  13. How exciting Bonnie,
    Love the name of the book
    Will we be able to get your book here down under?
    Julia / Australia

  14. Great title! Can't wait to see the book? Any idea on a publication date? Working on your laptop outdoors sounds near perfect. Take care,

    Becky in Georgia

  15. Congrats on getting a title for your book! I just saw on your website that you were looking for ideas for how to use fabric selvages. Wasn't sure if you still needed any, but here's a link to a blogger, Tree Fall, who makes pincushions from them.



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