Wednesday, October 30, 2013

And They’re Off to Photography!

Exciting and nerve wracking – almost like sending your babies off to college!

Today I finished bundling up the quilts, making sure that they were as clean of threads ((and cat hair!)) as they possibly could be.

some had labels that weren’t even signed yet – how is that for procrastination?

Pigma pen located ---my labels are simple.  Name of quilt, my signature, city and date.  That’s it.  All in my own hand writing, I don’t do computer printed labels.

I love these large tubs for shipping.  These come from Home Depot and run about $10 each – they have tight fitting lids, and holes for zip ties.

They keep the quilts safe from snow, slush, water ---and can be shipped back and forth multiple times.

The quilts are also in large clear plastic bags inside, just in case.  I like clear, because no one will mistake them for trash.

When I think of the miles of binding, of the yards of fabric, of the hours spent piecing and quilting – I get really nervous dropping these off into the hands of FedEx, but it was time for them to go ----so off we went.

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Two on the counter!

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One on the floor.

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Addresses and other info typed into a computer system that will help direct them from here to there.


Dear FexEx!  You are carrying precious cargo!  I’ll be waiting ((Why do they say with baited breath? That is really a bad image?!)) eagerly to hear that they arrived in Missouri!

Photography time is exciting!  One step closer to a new book this coming Spring!

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  1. It's actually "bated" breath. It is like "abated" and means you are almost not breathing due to the emotion of the situation!

    Hope they all arrive where they should with no mishaps.

  2. thanks for that explanation Vireya. Good Luck with the book Bonnie, looking forward to receiving it in due time.

  3. Congratulation Bonnie, can't wait to get the book when it comes out. I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all you do for quilters. I eagerly await your blog posts just see what you've done, where you are, where you've been and where you're going to next. In addition, I appreciate and more importantly thank you for not doing the constant "selling" that other well known quilters do! It's refreshing to read your blog and not have you constantly selling, your wares, services, etc. While this is your business and livelihood, it's nice to know and see, that you're not always selling, advertising, pushing product etc. I've had to remove myself from many blogs, just so I wouldn't be bombarded by all the selling ALL the time that some of those well known quilters use their blogs for. Thank you Bonnie Hunter!! You're successful for being great at what you do, how you do it and how much you do for us quilters! I thank you!! I'll always buy what you sell just for that reason! Thanks again for being who you are! Sincerely, Carmela Cataudella-Sanzone

    1. There has to be SOME promotion. As you said..this is my livlihood, this is what pays my bills -- but I try to keep it light and not pushy. It's either this, or I take that job at Walmart --- you know?

  4. I totally agree and second what Carmela said. I tell everybody I can find to listen to me to read your blog and visit your website that they will never be sorry they did.

  5. I think my friends think someone new has moved into the neighbourhood when I am always talking about Bonnie!!!Carmela hit the nail on the head. It is fun and enjoyable to read your blog and join you in an evening of quiltcam! Your boundless energy keeps me going too! Great work Bonnie Hunter!!!

  6. I admire you for how you use your time so wisely and completely! --you are everywhere and always chatting about fun stuff and yet here you are at Fed-Ex dropping off quilts! how in the world do you have time for everything? and keep us all happy following everything you do?? it is simply amazing--and then you run off for the weekend!!!! do you have someone else do your cleaning, eating, sleeping etc! MANY thanks for all you do for us....looking forward to new book release....

  7. Well said, Carmela! I totally agree! Bonnie, I feel your pain in sending off your "babies" to be photographed. I'm sure they will be fine, and well taken care of. I am looking forward to your new book and all the goodies it contains. Cheers!

  8. Why are your quilts going to Missouri? And where are they going?

  9. Do you think if I went down to the Star I could talk my way into getting a peek at them while they're doing the photos?

  10. I think you must have a clone hiding in your studio! You produce more in less time than anyone I've ever heard of! I bet your DH just stands back in awe like the rest of us. Congratulations on your accomplishment. I don't dare "abate" my breath but am looking forward to your new book.

  11. Ouchie... the containers better hold. They are carrying precious cargo!!!! Can't wait for your newest book!!! I devour each time and time again.

    Smiles, JulieinTN

  12. Thank you, Bonnie! For a lot of things, but most of all for treating us like friends not just customers. I appreciate it more than you can know. I have given up on several blogs, because the authors have lost the friendly touch that got them the popularity they now enjoy. It is sad to see people out grow their roots. You also keep me curious about many things and places. Tonight you made me curious about "baited breath". My reading lead me to discover that it was originally spelled "bated". A contraction for abated, meaning to pause or stop. This was is not quite so offensive in my mind. Baited makes me think of dead things, but is becoming the most commonly used spelling. Times do change and we all have to choose whether to think it is better or not! Thanks again for all you do for quilting and your quilting friends.

  13. Your quilts are coming here, now, how about you! 2015 is TOOOOO far away! LOL

  14. I think they should consider photographing your quilts at your beautiful new cabin next time. Then you wouldn't have to send them away!

  15. I too, like the fact that you don't bombard us with sales pitches. I do my quilt labels like you do. We're alike in so many areas (except your fantastic quilting) it's spooky.

  16. Bonnie, I will pray a prayer for your quilts to arrive safely at their destination and for the new book to be a big success!

  17. I so understand your nerves about shipping off your quilts. I made five quilts for my nephew's family in Berlin, Germany, and while they were in transit I could barely sleep for worrying about them. Would they arrive undamaged? Would they even arrive? Luckily everything turned out all right and they even liked the quilts! Good luck, and I'm looking forward to your next book.


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