Thursday, December 24, 2009

Miles of Binding To Go!

If children have "visions of sugarplums" dancing in their heads...I've got miles of binding dancing in mine!

Bring on the "Home Alone" Marathon! I'm ready! Bring on Holiday Inn and White Christmas...I'm ready!

These are the 3 projects that have come off the machine so far.

First up? the Blue Lady of the Lake variation. I've loved this one for a long time, but you know what? that border was REALLY woooooeyyy....This top is at least 7 to 8 years old. I've learned a lot in that time frame....I quilted it with a floraly kind of design that took oodles of thread and I don't know how many bobbins to do. It took 45 minutes for one pass of the machine, and about 2 days for me to quilt it. Way too dense of quilting for my liking, but hey, I'm still learning.

I'm loading a 4th...the Old Kentucky Album top that was just featured in the latest Quiltmaker Magazine. what you saw there was just the TOP..so now, I think I'm going to quilt it with the baptist fans. I LOVE fans, you know I do, and look how cool they look on this quilt!!

This quilt doesn't even have a name! It was a shop sample that I made before I left Texas I believe. Again...really wide borders and wasn't inspired to do anything in them really. I LOVE the fans.

Funny thing is....I can't put the red binding on this quilt, until I get the Old Kentucky Album one going as well! I think having a quilt running in the machine is just like leaders & enders. You have to have something there so your time is being used in the way it should. Or something like that.

This little ditty was the first. Stephanie from my guild in Columbia gave me a bag that had all these ENDS of pieced panels...you know how it is? You can get so many sections cut from a pieced panel, but what do you do with the odd ends? I made this Kaleidoscope top with them years ago as well. There are orientals and batiks and some others in it. There is one piece of oriental fabric that I just love..it has a waving white kitty that reminds me of Oscar! He only appears in that one section of the quilt. Fun. The orange binding was sent to me from a friend knowing I loved orange,it was what was left over after she used one of my patterns. So it was fun to use it as the binding on this quilt.

On the kitchen remodel....well...the guy just left from doing all the planing work to level the cabinets. It's nearly Christmas, so I won't be able to get the granite installed now until next week...maybe the week after because of New Years? Oh well..it will get done.

Jason and Kim can't make it for Christmas, he has to be to work early the day after, and it's just not worth it for that long of a drive up here. Besides, I'm not cooking! No counters, no sink, right? So...Sounds like the Hunters will be hitting the Fire Mountain All You Can Eat Buffet for Christmas this year! (And you know what? I'm fine with that since there are only 3 of us anyway!)

Happy Christmas Eve, everyone!


  1. Merry Christmas, Bonnie. Looks like you and your new toy are having a grat time.

  2. Just three of us here this year too. I'm working Christmas or I'd join you at our local all you can eat place! I hate to cook anyway. Merry Christmas to you!

  3. Gee Bonnie if you and your family could make it to Nova Scotia I'd love to serve you Christmas dinner.
    The quilts are wonderful.
    Thank you for your wonderful patterns and ideas you give quilters the world over. You are an inspiration.

  4. These are beautiful quilts Bonnie. Your Christmas sounds wonderful - no cooking, no dishes to wash - just time spent with family.

  5. Bonnie...are they really "dancing" or are they participating in free-form rhythmic movement???
    Merry Christmas!!

  6. Bonnie, I hope that you and yours have a VERY Merry Christmas.

    Your Lady of the Lake (variation) quilt has convinced me that my "collection" of indigos and shirtings really NEED to be made into a Lady of the Lake (or some variation of that block) quilt. Thanks and thank you for sharing your quilts with us.

  7. Happy Christmas to you and your family, Bonnie.

    Love the Lady of the Lake.

    Best wishes, Susan in the UK.

  8. Merry Christmas Bonnie! Thanks for another great blog year, I look forward to following you next year!
    - Anna in Sweden, sy.lugnagatan.net

  9. Wow you and your new computerized machine are amazing!
    Love the baptist fan too.

    Merry Christmas
    and have a blessed 2010.

    Happy sewing

  10. hi miss bonnie,

    i love all them all. i'm curious though.......what is an "end of a pieced panel?" you'll have to explain what that means, because the quilt turned out lovely and cheery and whimsical.

  11. i love the new quilt!! or wait, old quilts that are new again! i sure wish i wasn't so wabbly and could do the fans. love how they turned out. maybe i need that new toy too. :) have a merry one.
    10 days 10 winners

  12. THANK YOU(!) for giving me a happy Christmas. I have been working on the Carolina Christmas mystery quilt and have enjoyed it thoroughly! Thank you for sharing your talents, the wonderful pattern and fun, and helping me enjoy the Christmas season! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! Karen

  13. wow, you sure mastered that really quickly ,,,wonderful job and wow...love those quilts... happy holidays... looking forward in seeing what's next...love it..

  14. Your Blue & White quilt is wonderful. Thanks for sharing all you do with us, it's an inspiration and motivator for me, The best of the season to you and yours, I wonder what 2010 will bring? It's exciting starting a new year!

  15. Bonnie- you know I love that dense quilting, especially once the quilt is washed and all crinkly. Your KY quilt is to die for! And yes - nobody does fans like you. I just can't get anyone around here to do those fans. They all have these yucky variations. Hope you had a great Xmas!

  16. Anonymous8:40 AM EST

    Hi Bonnie
    The quilting looks great, I have nearly finished your new mytery, I ony used blue/creams, there is a photo on my blog if you like to see it.
    Does this mean you are no longer using papper patterns for your quilting?
    If you dont and want to sell any I would be interested.

    Happy Quilting


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