Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Barcelona Bound!

I think we are ready!

All that needs to be done is DONE.

Bags are packed…..oh how I love space bags and their ability to squoosh and smoosh until things are vacuum sealed into submission!

Then they double as laundry bags, keeping clean stuff from dirty stuff until we get home.

8:47 am and I’m sitting here thinking there MUST be something else that needs to be done before we head to the airport around noon…Nope!  There isn’t?  Does that mean I might be able to squeeze in some machine time before we go?

Maybe I’ll sew the rows together on this:


Remember those tan/mocha/caramel strings?

This is how they are going to end up, though I haven’t decided on borders yet.  Quilt for the NEXT book down the pipeline, a follow up to String Fling!

I’ve had loads of questions on “What does webbing a quilt or a block mean?”  There is an article on Webbing the Top found under the tips & techniques tab at the top of the blog.  That should give you a good idea of what it entails. And maybe this photo helps:


Almost stained glass on my deck this morning!

Can you see that the quilt is assembled in rows across, with chaining threads left between the rows?  If you envision the quilt not only as rows across, but in columns up and down….you chain column 2 to column one continuously down the length of the quilt.  Then add column 3 to column 2, and 4 to 3, etc….leaving the chaining threads in place.  If the quilt is a large one, such as this, after the rows are assembled, I’ll cut the quilt across the center through the chaining threads and assemble it in two halves.  It’s less unwieldy this way.  Give it a try on a block, and then move on to doing it with a quilt! 

You can even do it successfully with a quilt set with sashings and cornerstones.  The first column is cornerstone/sashing, the second column is sashing/block but as it’s all straight seaming it makes it easy to keep things in order and then blocks don’t go turning themselves around only to be discovered AFTER you’ve assembled the whole thing.

Webbing in a nutshell!

I’m very much feeling the light at the end of a very long tunnel.  It’s been crazy for months on end and I thank you for your patience.  I’ve set up the website for book pre-orders to start as soon as I get back from this trip.  It may happen on the 1st – but we are TRAVELING on the 1st, so don’t be upset if it is the 2nd.


Just a reminder that there will be a FREE Wanderlust PDF table runner pattern for anyone who orders the book from my website when I do go live with it.


We are also BUNDLING!

The ruler tool is coming a couple weeks later than the release of the book.  That’s just how things work.  But if you order the BUNDLE you will get a discounted price on ordering them together, AND get the free Wanderlust Table Runner PDF as an instant download to your email when you place your order. 

As always with pre-orders, no exact date of shipping is known.  Books are not in the warehouse yet, but are due in sometime in September.  The ruler is scheduled for October.  If you order the bundle, your order will be shipped with BOTH are in house. As always, items on pre-order are shipped in the order in which they are received.  I have two teaching gigs in September, a trip to Rhode Island, and a trip to Delaware.  Shipping will not happen when I am not home, but will pick right back up as soon as I am back from these venues.

Another bonus!  If you sign up for my new course Wanderlust: Scrap Quilting Basics from Beginning to Binding you will ALSO get the Table Runner pattern in your course materials as a bonus.  That will go live in November, so I’ll keep you up to date on that.

I think that’s all the nitty gritty news I have to tell you!  Now I can put these bags in the car.


Those worried about Sadie, Emmy Lou and Chloe being left here alone – please don’t fear!  Our son Jeff is here at home and he is with them before work and after work, just how it would be in any family situation.  Much better than putting them in the kennel while we are gone.  They are loved, they are fed, they are treated, played with and cared for.

However, Emmy sure looked a bit put out at all of the suitcase activity last night!  She pretty much hunkered down out of the way, watching from the corners.


This awaits!

Royal Caribbean’s Brilliance of the Seas!


Our itinerary!

Several of our cruisers are already in Barcelona, having arrived there over the past few days.  The reports I’m reading on Facebook have me SO jealous! Our hotel looks wonderful and I can’t wait to meet up with everyone.  Epic doesn’t begin to describe this trip!

If you haven’t traveled with me yet, take a look at the tabs at the top of the blog.  There are links for both my China and Thailand expositions that are happening in 2017.  If you find yourself always waiting for a “better” time…just know that a better time may never come along.  Join me!


The colors of Barcelona!  A Quilter’s dream!
I’ll do my best to stay in touch as often as I am able.  My posting times will vary, so be watching!  I pretty much stick to my “routine” of posting in the morning wherever I am, which means that it might be the middle of the night for those here at home.  You can also watch along on Instagram and Facebook.


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

I love this wool quilt made out of suiting samples! Its value is not determined by the fabric swatches that went into it, but by all of the hours spent doing the embroidery throughout the whole piece, showing the vision and patience of the maker. Found in Denver, Colorado.

Here we go!

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  1. Have a wonderful trip! We will live vicariously through your beautiful photos and blog. Happy stitching!

  2. Have a wonderful trip! We will live vicariously through your beautiful photos and blog. Happy stitching!

  3. I spent a semester in Spain (in Sevilla) and I've always regretted that I never got to Barcelona. I'm a little jealous that you are going there now!!

  4. I love reading your blog. Every day. 😀

  5. Having lived much of my life in South Florida, with a huge Hispanic population and culture.. I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Spain! You are a luckyducky! Have fun and eat the delicious foods.. enjoy!

    Did you tuck Sadie into a bag to go with you :)?

    Smiles, JulieinTN

  6. Bon Voyage, Bonnie! So much would love to be able to go on one of your quilting cruises; and am really looking forward to your posts from Barcelona. But what really excites me is your follow-up book to String Fling. I love everyone of the quilts in that book. Can't wait to see what's coming next! Safe travels and have a wonderful time.

  7. Putting the Bundled book and ruler on my Christmas list! I learned that I have another friend headed to Barcelona. Not on your Cruise. Enjoy it all! I will watch my IG and Facebook feed for the Beautiful pictures. Take lots of time to relax with your hubster and laugh.

  8. Putting the Bundled book and ruler on my Christmas list! I learned that I have another friend headed to Barcelona. Not on your Cruise. Enjoy it all! I will watch my IG and Facebook feed for the Beautiful pictures. Take lots of time to relax with your hubster and laugh.

  9. So glad to see that your husband is going with you. You both deserve a rest and fun. Amalfi coast. Wow. Just wow. And Venice, too. Brings back memories of my visits there. I can't wait to see your photos and read your blog posts. Bon voyage!

  10. I absolutely love Barcelona. Have fun on your trip and please share loads of photos.


  11. I love how the ship will sail right across Italy on days 2 and 3 ;) What a party adventure this will be!!! Safe travels, sans pickpockets!

  12. Have a wonderful trip Bonnie and I hope the classes go well!

  13. Was at Paralymmpics in Barcelona, SIL competing, absolutely love the place lots of colour

  14. Is Dave carrying quilty things in his bags? Tee,hee. The city looks like it is made of candy. I see a quilt coming from this journey. Have fun in all you do. Wishing you a safe journey and lots of laughter:)

  15. Safe travels! It is amazing how the top looks different on the porch - really brings home the value of colors when selecting fabric! It's beautiful!

  16. Be Safe and Have Lots of Fun! Did some military exercised set in Barcelona in the Mid 80's. I am sure things have changed, or at least other than what we were doing. I would love to be there with you!

  17. Hello Bonnie,

    Is there a pre view from all the quilts witch are in the new book as last time?? Where can I find it?? The quilt you schow is beautiful. I loveit.

    Greeting Guilitta


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