Thursday, February 05, 2015

Flowers, Shout Outs, Quilts & Chairs!

Dear Aunt Pat Dobson in NZ!

You are not my aunt, but you sure have family over here in the states that love you! I have heard that  you have some nephews and nieces in Oregon that love and adore the exceptional quilts that you have created for them.

These flowers are for you along with this message:

I am not a quilter, but I am a quilting fan due to the spectacular works of art that my Aunt Pat has sent my family here in Corvallis, OR over the years.
The latest gifts were 3 outstanding bed quilts for our 3 children..... Which will be forever cherished.
Pat, is a human being with considerable character and passion who has a wonderment for life. She also speaks highly of you, your talent and the delight with which she inhales your blog.

She is not alone, as she has a quilting village in and around Te Anau, NZ who are also avid fans of yours and hers.

As a result I am wondering if there is any possibility that you could incorporate a brief message to her via your blog?
~Mike Dobson & Family
Oh doesn’t this make you feel all warmish inside??  I got to play cupid and deliver this message to Aunt Pat!  Let's hope she finds this message today ---

My brief message to Pat is to keep on sewing up the scraps!  She already knows what she is doing, and it sounds like she's given some beautiful quilts.  When the going gets tough, the tough get quilting.  I'm wishing you many happy finishes, Pat!

Love of family makes the world go round, no matter how far apart we are from each other.

And since we are on the New Zealand side of things:


Carolina Chain & Hearts!

Lynn sent along the following note along with this photo during our Quilt-Cam on Tuesday evening:
Good afternoon Bonnie,
I wanted to share with you the quilt our little Facebook group made. One of our group is on the active list for a Heart-Lung transplant. We wanted to make her a quilt for her to take into hospital with her and for her recovery.
We have all abilities of quilters in our group, so we chose Carolina Chain from your blog posts. We decided to do it in blue and white but 2 of the group wanted to applique hearts for it to show that the quilt was made with love for her.  
Of course she cried and loves it.
Best wishes, Lynn
Awesome!  Quilts give love, and quilts are received with so much love!
And then this one takes the CAKE --- or would that be the SEAT!?
Kris’s slip covered chair!
She writes: 
Hi Bonnie -
Thought you might like to see the quilted slipcover I made using the Grand Illusion blocks.  The cushions are reversible. 
More photos on my blog:  https://quiltingismything.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/slip-cover-is-finished/
Thanks for the mystery quilt.  It's the 2nd one I've done and I really enjoy it.
Kris Rollag

With cushions reversed!  SO COOL!
Kris, I just LOVE this!  How fun this would be to have in the studio!  This is really terrific!
Thank you for sharing your photos and stories with me.  I love to be part of them.  I feel like we have developed this wonderful community of sharing and giving and learning and laughing and – well, putting up with my endless travel and all that goes with it!  You guys are the balance to my craziness!
And speaking of crazy—I've been up since 4:20 this morning.  It seems I have had a reaction to the facial and massage that I had yesterday and my face is red hot and itchy, and even my arms where they massaged my arms during the facial are not reacting well to whatever lotion they used.  I’ve never had this happen before.  It’s almost like hives…I’ve showered again, and lotioned up with some stuff I KNOW is more calming to my skin.
And because I couldn't go back to sleep, I am piecing a binding:
Scrappy Reds for a certain Christmas Quilt!
There will likely be a nap before I head over for my presentation in Greensboro tonight.  And if I get this binding on, maybe I’ll just settle into my recliner and bind the day away.
Sounds good?
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  1. Tina in NJ9:46 AM EST

    I'd take an antihistamine, the kind you'd take for hay fever. Feel better.

  2. Tina in NJ - you took the words clean out of my mouth - hope your nasty reaction subsides soon Bonnie xxx

  3. Was there any rose water in the lotion? My sister and I, independently, many years ago had a similar reaction to a skin product we had both used successfully for years. When we both ( again independently) investigated we discovered the product had been enhanced and now contained rose water which we were both allergic to. Piriton , an antihistamine, should help.

  4. Anonymous10:33 AM EST

    I so want a chair like that. Great job Kris. Louise in Alabama

  5. Anonymous11:49 AM EST

    Kris's chair is so fun! Claudia in Oregon

  6. Bonnie... I can't use Liquid bath soap! Due to one ingredient, I found this from misery ... and a good friend knew which ingredient, because it does the same to her.

    As an retired Hairdresser, I believe ALL, everyone of them, products used on or in a person's body should go through a government testing...and it be made known MANY MANY chemicals will do terrible things to you.

    Hoping you feel better. My Derm Doc have me a medical cream to use all over, and told me to take a 'good over the counter 'antihistamine. It worked.

    Hugs from TN

  7. A few weeks ago, someone posted the name of a plastic quilting guide that goes onto your machine with two screws. It was a ladies name, and she is in the US. Can you re-post that info in the comments below for me? I forgot to write it down and can't remember now. Thank you so much.

  8. Old quilter3:46 PM EST

    Love, love, love the chair !!!
    Thank you creative lady, for sharing.

  9. So sorry, Bonnie, that you've had a bad reaction to a wonderful spa treat.

    I've done this with bug bites; don't know if it would work with other itchies, like you have...

    Run hot water (as hot as you can stand) over the area followed by as cold of water as you can stand; what happens is, what I was told anyway, the histamine rushes to the area and you get intense itching for several seconds and once that subsides switch to the cold water. The itching is almost always alleviated for several hours.

    I don't even do the cold water anymore and I have successfully done hot damp washcloth compresses over itchy areas when running water over it wasn't an option.

    AndiRae in MN

  10. My daughter has all sorts of allergies and reacts to many different foods, exposure to various cosmetics.... antihistamine will help, but better to try a cortisone type cream... won't make you sleepy, works where you need it. Ask pharmacist for a cream for allergic reactions, since various brands have different names, ingredients.

  11. To 94Quilter, it is Nova Montgomery. I did order one and it works so well on the 221 and 222 Featherweights. Also fits my Baby Locks. Hope this helps. bettyharden@ charter.net

  12. What a wonderful letter to show appreciation of a quilter in New Zealand. Also, I LOVE the slipcovered chair. REALLY LOVE IT!!! Take care of yourself, Bonnie, and take an antihistamine.

  13. Hope the shower got rid of all the itching Bonnie!
    "Aunt Pat" and her quilting friends are going to get a real kick out of your flowers!
    Love the Grand Illision Chair! nice job Kris!

  14. Andresa Strahm, what you described works great and we do that, too! Also really good when you have insect bites and poison oak, ivy, etc. Living in the country, we get to do it a lot during the summretime. ;-) We also will hold a hair dryer so that it blows super close until we can't stand the heat any longer. Feels so good when it is practically "burning out" that awful itch. Take care, Bonnie, and hopefully tomorrow you are as good as new. :-)

    my nana maree @ yahoo . com

  15. I hope and suspect Bonnie takes all the unsolicited advice with just a smile. It seems to happen frequently to her here. :-)


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