Sunday, January 10, 2016

A Day of Cathedral Stars!

Or as they say, there is ONE in every crowd!

Way to ham it up, Mike! Hahahah!

What a fun day we had in Mauldin, South Carolina with the Nimble Thimble Quilters and friends.  26 machines humming, rotary cutters whirring along, making blocks from scraps.

Spending the day with friends, long standing and true, as well as new-found and joyful.

I can’t tell you what it does for my heart when I see people interacting with each other, caring about each other, hugs going around, stories being shared of the wondrous and sometimes heartfelt things that happened over the holidays.

We are bringing 2016 in with Happiness, and that was evident yesterday!


Just look at them working away!


Chaining along!


Pressing it out!


Laying out the pieces!


Happy Accomplishments!

Isn't she the cutest ever?


Oops!  Don’t Drink and Quilt!  LOL!


Show me your blocks!


Aren’t these fun?


Thanks for the awesome day, everyone!


i had the best time spending the day with these gals!

The free pattern for Cathedral Stars is found under the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog.  3 simple units – a 4 patch, a half square triangle, and a tri-recs unit make up the whole thing.  Go for it!

And check out our other photos in the slide show!  Click the image below if you are unable to view the slide show on your mobile device.  You’ll be taken to the photo album for viewing.

Cathedral Stars, Mauldin SC 2016


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Today I am choosing extreme happiness. If I choose it long enough, it will become a habit! Are you with me? This is a photo of a vintage spiderweb quilt top, machine quilted by my friend Allison. I love life on the scrappy side!

Up on deck today, a Scrappy Trips Workshop!

Happy Sunday, Everyone!

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  1. Great pattern Bonnie!! "Cathedral Stars" is such a "Happy Quilt" and the smiles in your workshop show how enjoyable it is!! - definitely on my 'to do' list - hopefully sooner than later!! Thank you for all the terrific posts and pictures on your blog - you are so encouraging to get those scraps looking pretty!! Have a safe trip home on Tuesday!

  2. Anonymous9:41 AM EST

    Love all those smiles and blocks this morning. Snowed in so guess I will make some too.

  3. With antique quilts around, quilting classes full of students eager to learn and a world of fabric out there...who wouldn't be happy! This has and will continue to be my New Year's resolution..to be happy and positive. So far so good!!!

  4. I'm enjoying your blog! Sew much fun!

  5. This quilt is on my 2016 list. What a fun looking group, and boy do they have an eye for color. So inspiring to see so many different looks come together and all beautiful.

  6. Did you see those 3 beautiful wooden extension tables on ALL 3 of the Singer 221's? Wow,I want one for my singer: 221,my 301 and now my 404. How beautiful is that. Thanks for Sharing Bonnie. I have learned so much from you and I have been sewing for 56 years! Never too old to learn NEW tricks.
    Robin in Leavenworth,WA

  7. Anonymous6:14 PM EST

    When you get home, you will have another "squishie" of gray fabbie strips waiting for you in your mail stack...AMHIK? ;-)

  8. With so many purchases of Vintage Machines do you , Bonnie,have information as to HOW to clean your machines. Old oil, ( Use sand paper alcohol) ,dust bunnies ( Use a lint or tooth brush) Any suggestions? On the Singer 404 are the feed dogs suppose to go DOWN so that one can free motion quilt? Finding info is not easy even with an on line manual. Thanks for all that you have provided for ALL of us. My Allietare is about half done. I LOVE the colors. Thanks
    Robin in Leavenworth WA

  9. Natalija1:03 AM EST

    Какая красота!Хотелось хоть раз у вас побывать на уроке,но живу очень далеко.А на Украине такое творчество только пытаемся развивать.Удачи всем и успехов!

  10. Can you guess who's too excited to sleep? In a few hours registration opens for the Spring Needlework Seminar at the Grand Hotel :) We are picking up Xenia, who we met on the Cruise in October to ride with us...and her Roomie is going to be a lovely Canadian quilter who was also the Cruise.

    Our Guild had our Winter Retreat Friday and Saturday and there were a few "Bonnie" quilts being worked on. I met Lisa at one of your workshops about 45 minutes from my home and learned she lives just a few minutes from me. Lisa finished her Cathedral Stars top on Saturday and another lady was making golden string blocks for her Allietare!!

    You are bringing so many people together and spreading so much joy! HAPPY 2016 and beyond.

  11. Hey Bonnie, I saw a pic on the slideshow today of a gel pen for fabric. It zipped by and I didn't get the skinny on it. Can you share the brand and the specs? TIA and thanks for all you do. I've gotten 2 Alletaire blocks done!

  12. I totally agree with your comment in the quilt! The world would be a better place, if more people adopted this philosophy.

  13. Anonymous2:23 PM EST

    happiness, I am experiencing more and more days filled with happiness. Part of that is the fun and excitement you bring with your posts and quilts. Thanks for the fun!


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