Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Turkey Day Show & Share!

We are enjoying our time up at the cabin, including a late sleep-in this morning followed by a leisurely breakfast!

The Turkey is soon to go into the oven, all while the wind howls and the snow flitters outside --- there are a few flakes here and there, but I don’t think it is cold enough to stick.

The conversations range from discussion on sports, Jason’s job, plans for more schooling, discussions about life up here in the Blue Ridge, and everything else under the sun.  I’m a happy mom when there is laughter and busy chatter around my kitchen!

I thought today would be a good time to share some photos and chatter by other quilters while I plan to spend the day pampering my family.

Debbie sent in a photo of a very special quilt!

She writes:

Hi Bonnie,
I got married 2 months ago and my new husband is a HUGE Wolverines fan. I wanted to make him a quilt and he liked your Smokey Mountain Stars pattern and thought it would look great in blue and maize. Here is the finished product.
Thanks for all of your great patterns!
Debbie Ramsey
Niles, MI


Smokey Mountain stars is a great beginner quilt and is found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog, and is made from 4-1/2” squares and 2-1/2” squares.

Did you know that some of our earlier mysteries are still available online?  Check the bottom of the free patterns tab!

Diane writes:

Hello, Thank you for posting the Double Delight Mystery Quilt.  I just finished the body of it and have yet to put on borders but wanted to share with you.
Diane Mannion

Diane’s Double Delight ready for borders!


Close up of one corner…SO PRETTY!

Therese has been busy in her strings!

She writes:

Dear Bonnie,

I am a big fan of yours and love how generous you are with your time and knowledge.

Earlier this year I saw a blog post on a workshop where you were teaching the Spiderweb quilt. One of the students was using  bright and pretty fabrics.  It inspired me to have a play with this technique again and I was so happy with the first round of blocks that I am attaching a photo of what happened next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Yes it turned into a King size quilt. LOL. I just love doing needle turn applique too so it obviously needed an applique border.

I am about to send it off to be machine quilted and I am planning on entering it in Showcase next year  (Our state guild’s annual show).

Yours sincerely

Therese Hylton

Therese’s spider web with inset appliqued border!
Close up of applique!  BEAUTIFUL!
Quilt patterns are like recipes, and they can be changed and augmented to your own vision.  I love how the border breaks up the motion, but the quilt continues as it was beyond the borders.  Beautiful!
The pattern for string spider web is also found under the free patterns tab – give it a shot!
Judy has also caught the string bug with her rendition of Jamestown Landing from String Fling:
She writes:
Hi Bonnie,  I wanted to take the Jamestown Landing class you had at Hershey this summer but wasn’t able to.  So the next best thing for me to do was to use your great book directions and make it on my own.  This is my finished product.  I made it to fit the Day bed in our spare bedroom.  I love, love, love it!  Thanks for your inspiration!  I’ve also included a picture of my
Scrappy Irish Chain that I made this year.  Now you’ve given me the Hexie Bug.  I just starting to make them but they are sooooooo addictive!  “Bet you can’t just make one!”
Hugs from Chilly Pa.
Judy Lutz

Great job, Judy!

Cathy also writes in, sharing a photo of her FIRST “Bonnie” quilt!

((It still cracks me up that folks call them that! Smile))

This is her version of Nifty Thrifty from Scraps & Shirttails:

Love it!!

I am so pleased! I love the look of my Nifty Thrifty quilt! But, I'm going to name it Superior Stones in honor of my dad (passed away 3 years ago) who loved to look for agates on Lake Superior. It was so fitting to sew this up while on vacation along the lake. The rule was only shirts that he wore, or scraps left over from shirts my mom made. The scraps were flannel that were about 50 years old, one thing I noticed they don't stretch. New flannel has give, not these!

The border and backing...found yardage of flannel at a re-sale store...which is also fitting, my dad was always looking for bargains and ways to reuse things. So it's smaller than the one in your book, but it's perfect as a throw. I was also able to practice my free motion quilting.

I love following you, my list is so long of all the "Bonnie" quilts I want to make. I'm planning on doing the mystery. I have one question...would Christmas colors work?  I would still use the blue, green, light neutrals, instead of orange use red, instead of yellow use gold. I just hope I can keep up.

I've said it before, along with many others, THANKS for all you do!!! I've learned sew much and you are sew inspiring. I hope to meet you and attend a workshop. I keep checking your calendar of one or more that will work.

Sew happy,
Cathy :-)

Yes, Cathy! Christmas colors will work for this mystery – you just need 4 distinct colors plus a background!

Is everyone getting excited? I know I am --- I have finished one side of the binding last night – three more sides to go! Wooot!

I’m off to the kitchen to start Thanksgiving dinner prep ---

Have a great Wednesday, everyone!

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  1. love that spiderweb! Amazing how people add their own flare to a pattern!

    Have a good BirdDay!

  2. Thanks for the inspiration! Lots of laughter and prep here too. Truly there is always something to be thankful for!

  3. Until I can think of a name for my quilts, I always refer to them as "Bonnie" quilts. And I'll be starting another "Bonnie" quilt on Friday!! Yippee!!!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving!
    So glad it has all come together :0)
    We will not have thanksgiving with the kids this year and we are
    really missing them. Enjoy your family time, its' the best!

    Happy Sewing

  5. Very inspiring to see these lovely quilts. Have a super day and relax!!

    Linda in England

  6. Happy Thanksgiving, Bonnie! Soon you will be sleeping under that Quilt at the Cabin. What does the DH say about the pattern and resulting quilt? Does he give it his A-OK?? Twiddling my thumbs until Friday, LOL

  7. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Us quilters are all so thankful for YOU!
    Two more sleeps!!

  8. Thanks for all that you do. Have a great Thanksgiving!!!

  9. Happy are the days spent with our families; you must be thrilled to be all snug in your cabin retreat...I hope you and yours have a spectacular holiday respite--you certainly deserve it. I also want to thank you for your wonderful tutorials (I have all your books, too--How do you do it girl???) and read and read them and print them off regularly...hugs, Julierose

  10. I am thankful that I found your blog. I have enjoyed all your posts and quilt cams. I have learned so much from you. happy thanksgiving

  11. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Nothing better than being snug, good food, laughter and family! Have a great time and "see" you Friday! So excited.....

  12. So happy you are enjoying your special time with your family! I also have two grown sons about your sons ages and I know how happy I am when we can spend precious time together! I will be visiting family over Thanksgiving and am looking forward to your first clue on Friday even though I won't be back to start on it until Monday.

  13. Ooo, I LOVE that spiderweb and the applique is fabulous!! Your Jamestown Landing is on my 'must do soon' list! And I agree, you are very generous sharing so many freebies and mysteries. Thanks bunches, Bonnie, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  14. Therese's spiderweb is stunning! Car packed for the weekend: Featherweight, mats, rotary cutters, easy angle and tri-recs, stacks-o-fabrics in Bonnie's suggested colors. What will I be doing?? Cutting it all out or cutting some, sewing some?! The suspense is killing me. I feel like I am six years old waiting for Santa.

  15. Love them all but Jamestown Landing is calling to my attention, just beautiful! Happy Thanksgiven time to you and your family.


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