Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Showing & Sharing in Bedford!

I am home!

It was a long driving day yesterday, but what made it all the better was being able to stop at my friend Hollis Chatelain’s home for dinner, enjoying the company and conversation around the dinner table, walking through her beautiful gardens and entering the “inner sanctum” of her studio, where her masterpieces are created.

SO FUN!  It is nearly exactly an hour’s drive from her door to mine – I hope there will be many more such visits.

I am eager to share the gorgeous quilts my students brought to our classes in Bedford…Lunch time show and share just gets better and better and better!

Check out this lovely Leader & Ender Split 9 patch challenge top..just ready for borders!

You’ll find the free block pattern and some layout suggestions for Split 9-Patch under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog.

How is yours coming?  We should do a linky party at some point so YOU can share your Quiltville finishes and works in progress ---Maybe toward the end of August? We could do “How I spent my summer vaction” quilting reports!  ((I’ll keep thinking on it))


Pineapple Blossom in Yellows, Blacks & Greys!

Free pattern from the Free Patterns tab!


Strip Twist from the Free Patterns tab!


Blue Ridge Beauty from Adventures with Leaders & Enders --

Alternative layout, isn't it great?


And another Blue Ridge Beauty, barn raising layout.


And another!


And one in the machine quilting process!


And one biggie-sized in blacks and greys!


Star Gazing from Scraps & Shirttails


And the BACK!!


Here’s another Star Gazing just waiting for borders.


Double Delight from the previous mystery section at the bottom of the Free Patterns tab!

Love that lime green!


Streak of Sunshine from the Free Patterns tab – perfect for beginners!


Star Struck from the Free Patterns tab!


Celtic Solstice!


Celtic Solstice!


Celtic Solstice!


And a KING Celtic Solstice!


Tumelo Trail from Scraps & Shirttails II!


Patches & Pinwheels biggie sized!  From the Free Patterns tab!



And Another Easy Street!


And one more!


Florabunda from the Free Patterns tab!


Cathedral Stars from the Free Patterns tab!


A great Bricks & Stepping Stones from the Free Patterns tab!

Thank you, ladies for bringing your quilts to share with all of us during class.  I really enjoy watching YOU take the spotlight and tell us about your quilts and how they came to be, who they were made for and where they are living! 

So—I’m home.  And I’ve already had one email asking if I’m okay because this post is late in coming.  Thanks for worrying about me.  I got home about 11pm last night, slept in a bit, and took Sadie for a long walk before it got too hot out this morning.  I didn’t get out early enough.  It’s so humidly thick you can wring it out.  I have been down on my steps this past week because of the teaching and driving – but I’m bound and determined to get back on track with my 10,000 steps a day challenge.

I’m spending today getting caught up on the mail that has piled up over the past 11 days and getting book orders out to those who are so patiently waiting.

Our 4th of July holiday starts Thursday ---so I’m thinking, how about Quilt-Cam tomorrow evening?  Wednesday July 2nd at 9pm EST?

I haven’t touched my String Spider Web Quilt in a week – and I’m itching to get back to it!

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  1. Wow! Kicking off your family time with Quiltcam. We appreciate your dedication to us. Enjoy the next couple weeks--you have definitely earned them!! Thanks for the great show and share pics. They are always an inspiration.

  2. I wondered if your fingers got itchy watching everyone else sew!! I do that at quilt shows or our county fair...just makes me want to run home and get busy on my own sewing. :) I saw sometimes you sew in your room but hadn't noticed that you got to do that lately.
    We are still having down right cold, wet weather so my steps are way way down...but my heart did a small leap when I saw the gray dreary out my window (sew day!!) as I just finished enough string pieces to do the sashings on my wonky wishes stars quilt!! So excited to put them on.
    My excitement was quickly extinguished as the DH asked right away if I could get started on his airplane cover...I cheerfully said yes dear! (that's a lie...I think I snarled!) But might as well get it done and off my list. (or his list) Wonder if he'd mind some cute quilting embellishment. LOL!

  3. I made 14938 steps yesterday and 5986 so far today and it's only 8 AM here. I wish I'd thought to check my fitbit before I went to bed, I'd have topped out at 15K for once ;0

    Thanks for introducing Rob and I to our little fitbit, we have the simple Zip. Cool tool, we started using them in April.
    Sharyn in Kalama

  4. Glad you made it home, and wishing you a wonderful, restful 4th of July. So envious that you got to spend time with Hollis C. She is one of my favorite artists too and can't imagine the thrill of being in her studio. I keep a small picture of her "Blue Men" on my desk. Looking forward to Quilt Cam. Have a blessed day! Donna

  5. Kathi Pauling11:05 AM EDT

    It was so nice to get to meet you and spend some time with you in VA. I was happy to get to fold your quilts at the trunk show and lecture in Manassas. Such beautiful creations. You are an inspiration. Glad you made it home ok.

  6. The lunch time show and shares get better and better because of your fabulous patterns!

  7. YEA! Thanks for taking a bit of Time between trips for Quilt CAM. Tell your Family THANKS also! I've been away from my machine for a week while I went on Vacation. I wished I'd packed it in for the last two days at the Midway, Utah Quilt Show I attended. They had an Open Sew spot that looked SEW FUN and I missed out. Getting warmer here, I am grateful we don't have your humidity. Just call me Pollyanna, lol

  8. roger wilco, wednesday at 9! i have been missing quilt cam!

  9. Quilt pictures were especially wonderful today.

  10. Bonnie, your fans in Bedford have done you proud!!! I love seeing all of the quilts. Realize how many folks you have inspired. That is just great.


  11. A standing ovation for the gals of Bedford's show and tell!! Glad you had time to spend with Hollis. Always fun to visit the home of an artist. Thank you for upcoming Quilt Cam. I'll tune in while setting Nines In The Middle -- my very first Bonnie project. Have an awesome Fourth of July at QuiltVilla with your family!! Hugs, Allison in Plano

  12. Really enjoyed the show and share! Those ladies really represented!

  13. Gorgeous quilts! Wow! I felt like I was at one of our nearby quilt shows except I didn't have to pay an admission charge. Where are my white cotton gloves for touching the quilts? I need to find them. Tee hee.

  14. Wow! thanks for show and tell!
    A suggestion "I know what you did last summer sewing"


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