Sunday, October 23, 2011

Show & Tell Sunday!

It’s been a while since we’ve done this, and I’ve been going through emails with attachments while chillaxing in my hotel and I thought it would be great to do some Show & Tell!

I love the pictures that you send of the quilts you’ve made and the story that goes with them. Sometimes the story really shines through the quilt, so by all means don’t forget to include the story! I can't promise when I'll post the show and tell quilts, or if I"ll post them all, but I do the best I can!

First up!

Pattie in San Diego!


This is Pattie’s Little Monkey!

She writes:

Hi Bonnie-

Here is a photo of my finished quilt. I call it Little Monkey on My Back since once I started making the blocks I got addicted and ended up making enough for a large lap quilt. It was quite fun to scramble through my scrap bin to cut up piles of small shapes and then match them up to form blocks.

Thanks for your blog!

Pattie in San Diego

Pattie, I love how the blocks seem to change with the value placement of the fabrics! FUN FUN FUN! The bright colors are so great too! Thanks for sharing!

Next up is Priscilla and her Pineapple Blossom quilt!


She writes:

Attached is my quilt top. After completion and a few days away from the top, I am happy. I was even happier when I saw the picture. The white border does the top justice. I did notice one error in the top, so, as soon as I noticed it, that error got fixed. Just could not handle
knowing that something was wrong.

Thanks again. I hope to take another class when the guild sets up
another one with you. I really had a great time.
Thanks again.
Priscilla F

Priscilla was quite the power sewer! One of those I refer to as the “Silent but deadly” type…she sewed and sewed in her quiet little corner and by the time class was over she was SO CLOSE to having it all done! I love the florals she used for this top!

Our next show and tell is from Naomi B! I love her Scrappy Trips quilt!


It says around the border, “Lydia’s House – Changing Lives, One Piece At A Time!”

She writes:

Bonnie, a couple from my church have surrendered to full time mission work in Eastern Kentucky. Dee will be running a home that will open at the end of October, 2011, for unwed mothers from the ages of 18 - 28. The home is an old boarding house which has been renovated for this purpose. Rick will be working repairing homes and other handyman type work in the area. I wanted to make them a quilt to hang in the home, which is called Lydia's House, from the reference in Acts 16:15. As I hope you can tell from the pictures, the inspiration was your pattern for Scrappy Trips Around the World.

I call this quilt Scrappy Trips to the Mountains and added words in the border-- "Lydia's House--Changing Lives One Piece At A Time." If you would like to know more about how Lydia's House came about, you can read about it at lydiashouse.com.

Thanks for all the free patterns and information on your website and blog. I am a faithful reader, and look forward each day to reading about your adventures. When I first seriously began thinking about quilting, I began looking on the internet for quilt patterns. When I found your site, I fell in love with scrappiness, and have not looked back since.

By the way, I did reference you on the label, but was unable to get a picture of it.

I just know that Tonya will love seeing this quilt too! It’s WONDERFUL! And such a great cause too. I wish Lydia’s House lots of luck in its endeavors!

Faith from Quilt Therapy emailed me a while ago about using Strip Twist as a hand out for their shop hop! Of COURSE!!

And here is the result!


she writes:

Hi Bonnie,
Whew! Hop the Blues is over. The last time we corresponded was in May, when I shared with you that I had chosen your Strip Twist for our shop hop sample. Thank you so much for your design, I am attaching a photo of the sample we made that inspired so many of our hoppers. You should be getting a lot of emails and/or hits on your website and blog. My store had 262 shop hoppers and the majority of them asked for information on your pattern.

I'm not very good with this whole attachment/email thing but I think it worked.
Thanks again,
Quilt Therapy
LaGrande, OR

Don’t you just love that outer border fabric? It’s fabulous! And the inner chinese coins border is a great way to use up the strip ends too. YUMMY!

And this one….I have to post this one…because it is one we are working on today here in Albuquerque! It’s Oklahoma Backroads!


I love how the golds and oranges just shine in this! What a great quilt! This one is made by Claire B who writes:

here is my finished quilt of Oklahoma backroads
thank you for your website, very instructive and inspiring

Thanks for sharing your quilt, Claire!

I think there is room for ONE more, don’t you?

This one is My Blue Heaven by Barb L!


Barb writes:

Dear Bonnie;

Last November I attended your workshop in Rochester Hills, MI. I had signed up to do "My Blue Heaven" and was concerned that I would not have sufficient blue fabrics in my stash to complete the entire quilt! (I just don't buy blue fabric - so I thought) I did, however, pull out several fabrics and cut into the 2 1/2 strips required.

By August the top was completed and there was still more "blue" in the pile of strips. Hmmmm - then I needed to choose a backing - and there in my stash was 6 yards of blue Cranston print that I had purchased for something special (can't remember what THAT was) before my daughter graduated from High School in 1986. It must have been waiting for just the right quilt.

One year ago today my uncle passed away - and I wanted to do something special for my aunt. No one loves blue more than Maxine Aldrich and no one was a more devoted Boston Red Sox fan than Bert, so this quilt was just the ticket to tell the world much they are loved.

My brother is visiting Sugar Hill, NH this week and agreed to take it to Maxine. Had a call from her this morning to tell me how surprised she was, how much she loves it and is showing it off every chance she gets!!!! Check out Harmans Cheese and Country Store on Facebook or harmanscheese.com to see what a beautiful home this quilt will have.

Thanks for a great class and for such inspiration. (I see I have more blue fabric... in amongst the others, so have more projects in mind).

So funny!! Just when you think you are out of blue…TADA!!! Of course, I don’t think a quilter can EVER have too much blue!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the show and tell these ladies have shared with us! I get so inspired when I see the quilts that you have made….thank you for sharing them with ME and in turn, ALL of us!


  1. wonderful quilts, but of course I'm partial to Lydia's House! well done to all!

  2. Bright colours and perfect ckoices of fabrics to each of the quilts

  3. Love Love the quilts, they are all on my list.

  4. Beautiful quilts and wonderful stories. Thanks to all the ladies that shared their quilt stories.

  5. Beautiful quilts and I do love the stories behind the quilts. I just sent you an email with a picture and story that mean alot to me. Thank you for sharing these.

  6. Love the pictures... I have not yet finished a SCRAPPY QUILT but I am working on one... Love the look. I have several in production and you are so right that they make great leaders and ender projects.

    I have:
    1000 triangle quilt... in progress
    3 inch NINE PATCH .... in progress
    Color Block pattern by ArtQuiltMaker...in progress

    I keep cutting my scraps into patches for these quilts... I figure they will all be ready to finish at the same time.

  7. http://nonniequiltingdreams.wordpress.com/2011/10/22/my-quilting-pod-caster-list/


    I think you need to add your VOICE to our podcast community.... YOU have so much to say that YOU need to spread the word. Pod-casting is easier then most people think... ( If I can do it ANYONE CAN.)

    MOST of the pod-casters just record and do not edit much... then post.. You can even do in from your lap top from the ROAD.



  8. Oh wow! How interesting! I am from northern Idaho and 2 1/2 weeks ago my husband and I were vacationing in the New England states to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We stopped at Harman's Cheese and Country Store one afternoon when it was pouring down rain and bought a pound of cheddar cheese that had aged for two years. It was delicious! "My Blue Heaven" is a beautiful quilt and most certainly will live in a lovely house.

  9. Bonnie, thank you so much for including my quilt (Lydia's House) in your show 'n' tell post. I was so excited to see it that I have been calling everyone I know to get on their computers and look! Sorry that I didn't include my name in the email, but you know, old folks can't remember anything (that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it). Thanks again,
    Naomi Bannister

  10. Fun!! Loved the show. I can never get enough of your quilt patterns made up in different ways!

  11. Anonymous8:46 PM EDT

    Thanks for 'SHOW AND TELL' Bonnie. I love seeing what other folks are doing. Thanks ladies for sharing your projects.
    Maryella in Maine

  12. Show and tell is just the best!!! Love the quilts and the stories always make the quilts even more special.
    Thanks for all you do for the quilting community.


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