Friday, September 16, 2011

Smith Mountain Morning Workshop!

I’d like to thank the folks at Quilting on the Square of Holton Kansas for taking such good care of me while I was there!

We had a wonderful workshop in a very nice rented space just down from the quilt shop..so if we ran out of anything, we could sneak away and go find what we needed!

The ladies were just so wonderful….Some I had met before! Imagine my surprise when Linda and her friends from Missouri came strolling in!

You might remember Linda as the quilter who followed the motor home in Alaska when I was there, the one that said “Bonnie Hunter or Bust!” ((Still laughing over that one)) Well, this group of gals sure know how to have fun, and I was just tickled to see her again!

Sandi also blew me a way with a visit to my past!

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In my “previous life” From about 1992 to 1997 I designed patterns for dolls and animals, which were later licensed by the Butterick Pattern Co under the name “Needle In A Haystack!!” SHE BROUGHT IN MY PATTERNS!! These have been out of print for so many years, it just tickled me to see them. In other words, Boy! You’ve come a long way, Baby! ((Thank you Sandi! It was so fun to spend the day with you!))

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We started the morning ultra spoiled by Marilyn’s delicious…TO. DIE. FOR. Cinnamon rolls. Seriously, these were the best I have ever EVER tasted, and I’ll have to get the recipe from her. My family would go ape over these. I’m not kidding! There were NONE left after we dug in :c)

Our Smith Mountain Morning workshop was all a-bustle with activity. I use this workshop to introduce quilters to the use of Tri-Recs, Easy Angle and Companion Angle rulers. I know many quilters are set in their way about NOT wanting specialty rulers, and I have encountered some “worthless duds” in my life time too, but there are a few that I love for basic shapes that we use all the time in traditional patchwork. I have no affiliation other than the fact that I love the results these rulers give, and they work with the sizes of strips I already keep on hand so they are a win-win.

It took until my THIRD BOOK to even be able to include some pages on the use of these rulers within the book. I love them, and I use them…and I think we have some converts!

Just look at the beautiful blocks they were turning out:

I just love the different fabric choices! Many of the old fabrics came with stories attached. The red/green version I REALLY love….and the black with brights is awesome too! I can’t wait to see how these all come out.

Kansas, I can’t wait to visit you again!

I’m on my way home today. I’ve got an afternoon flight out of Kansas City…I’ll get home pretty late, but at least I’ll be sleeping in my own bed tonight.

Looking forward to a weekend at home….finally over the crud, the voice is back, I’m feeling pretty chipper, and all is right in my world!

Happy Friday!


  1. Bonnie, thank you so much for a great two days in Holton. Your trunk show was fantastic. And the Smith Mountain Morning class was terrific. We certainly learned there is more than one method to make a block. Thanks again. Julie

  2. When you get the cinnamon roll recipe I hope you will share. My mouth is watering!
    I think this Smith Mountain Morning is going on my list.

  3. Anonymous11:31 AM EDT

    OMG!!! I think I had a bunny made from the pattern in the bottom left -- the one with big feet. I bought a bunny like that in a antique/curio store in Branson, Missouri. I identified with it's big feet!!! No longer have it... :( The c-rolls look almost as good as mine! ;-) Did they have raisins? 3 weeks ago I made 8 dozen for the Bikers Sunday at my church -- not a one left! Christy in Kansas (but I didn't get to your workshop) :(

  4. Gorgeous blocks, every single one of them. Looked like a great day :)

  5. I so enjoy your posts and the pictures of the blocks created, but I am REALLY hoping for the cinnomon roll recipe!!

  6. Oh goodness I love that pattern! I just made this quilt out recycled army uniforms for my niece. I can't believe how nice those two camouflage fabrics look with this pattern. And yes, I used everyone of those rulers. They are the only specialty rulers I use on a regular basis. Thanks Bonnie for such a great pattern!!

  7. Anonymous8:25 AM EDT

    I have worn out two of the easy angles. I use that triangle A LOT! Joan from Lakeland Fl

  8. Oh my word, I think I made some of your Butterick patterns back in the day! It really IS a small world, isn't it? I don't want to admit how many works in progress I have, but I HAVE to make Smith Mountain Morning someday. It's so beautiful.


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