Friday, July 07, 2017

An Auntie Kind of Day!

While the drywall was coming down and things were being dealt with in the leaky pipe department,

I kept a close watch by loading a certain baby quilt in the machine and getting some quilting done.

My deadline is closing in on this one.

The baby isn’t due until October, but I have plans to bring this to the family reunion in Utah at the end of the month, and that means quilting and binding!

And a label.  But I don’t know the baby’s name yet!  I’ve just added “Find out baby’s name” to the to do list.

I can’t hardly deliver a baby quilt with a “fill in the blank” on the label – what kind of auntie would that make me?  Must find out.

There are so many things I love about baby quilts.  Trying new patterns – picking out fun prints a colors, and the fact that they are the perfect candidate for using up some batting scraps that have accumulated.


Poor little pink Necchi Supernova Ultra. It seems batting building is the only use she gets in this corner, but she does a great job of it!


Batting all ready!


I love the backing fabric!

This has been in the stash for a long time – and perfect for a little boy.  It’s got planes and trains and boats and cars and even motorhomes.  It says “Life is a trip!”  And I am sure his life WILL be a trip if he is part of my family!


And all the things that you can see and find here!

Fish and flags and scissors (OH MY!) and Dr Suess Cat in the Hat  and so much more.


Quilted with the “Heatwave” Edge to Edge design from Urban Elementz.

Right now this pattern is listed as a free downloadable file for MANUAL (paper) and/or COMPUTERIZED (digital) use. Whoowhooo!  Thanks, Urban Elementz!

If you happen to order this pattern up, and there is a place to leave a comment, please let them know that you read about it here!  Thanks!


Ready for that binding!

The binding is cut and sewn, pressed and ready to travel with me to Pennsylvania this morning.  YES!  It’s time for THAT BIG TRIP!  It’s about a 6 1/2 hour drive for me – that will likely take me 10.  I plan to stop at antique malls and enjoy my journey today.  My only goal is to get there by dinner time.

There is a full weekend ahead of Garden Party and Box Kite both from the Addicted to Scraps book and Wonky Wishes and a lecture!  

In the middle of next week I have a couple of days to play and sew before we crank it up for weekend #2! 

There are still openings in week 2!
July 14, 15 & 16!

There are two evening lectures – July 9th and July 15th both at 6pm.  Even if you aren’t coming to take a workshop (though I hope you are!) come see the lecture and trunk show and fall in love with your scraps all over again!

Come join us by contacting the shop by phone at (814)310-2278 to register. It's going to be a ton of scrappy fun.

I’ll see you in Bedford!


A shot of the plumbing mess.

All of the wet carpet tiles have been torn up and tossed leaving dry margins.  After the pipe leak is fixed and the drywall replaced, we’ll put down new.  It’s a good thing we bought 2 extra boxes of carpet tiles when we carpeted the floor.

I’m also glad that I’m leaving this mess and won’t have to see it for a couple of weeks!


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  1. Safe travels Bonnie! Have a great time!

  2. Bonnie you have no idea how much you "make my day" with each and every post.

  3. I love the baby quilt, it turned out so cute. I hope you have safe travels, fun looking at antique stores, and fun at the workshops. Thank you again Bonnie for all you share with us, and fill our lives with joy!

  4. Love the quilt...and the frankenbatting (I do that too!) Enjoy PA.

  5. I am making a baby quilt, too, for my one-year-old grandniece who is getting chemo treatments for neuroblastoma (all prayers gratefully accepted). Choosing all the cute, colorful prints is a fun distraction. You have reminded me I need to find a tension assembly for my Necchi Supernova so I can build some Frankenbatting, too. Safe travels!

  6. Safe travels Bonnie and good luck at those antique malls! I sew my batting scraps like that also. Sure saves money especially when you just need a few pieces to join.

  7. I love this baby quilt and would love the pattern but am unable to locate it. Can you help me find it?

  8. I always love your baby quilts, Bonnie! I have a new grandson due any day so I've been browsing through your books and the free patterns on your website for ideas. So many good ideas it's hard to choose.

  9. I love how your baby quilt came out ~ the colors, design, backing. It is the perfect quilt for a boy. You make good choices.

  10. Really cute baby quilt for a little one, boy or girl. You know girls like cars and motorized vehicles too. lol I tried downloading the free Heatwave quilting pattern and told them you recommended it. But, I'm not sure how to unzip the file to see it.! It will reside inside my computer until I figure it out. Have a safe trip.

  11. Valerie many prayers for you and your grand niece. I cant imagine chemo for a one yr old although I know there are many..

    Safe travels Bonnie. Sure hope you have a nice time here. In my neck ofthewoods. Hope to see you at Hershey.

  12. Hi Bonnie, Could you please discuss the criteria for buying and not buying a sewing machine at an antique mall. Would you pass on anything that did not have reverse? Does it have to be an odd color before you take her home? How did you learn how to clean, oil, repair old machines? Do you have some that turned out to be boat anchors? I think the rescue the old black Singer bug has bitten me.


  13. Well Auntie,
    I am sure there are parents out there who don't name the baby until after they SEE the baby. Our first child was named Loretta Elizabeth.... when second one was due I thought to myself we used two good names... so let's use Elizabeth for this next one. Well, one look at new baby and she was a carbon copy of baby one and I knew she needed her OWN name .... not a "left over" name. So she was called Rebecca... with a temperament that would have hagged that she did not have her own name.

  14. Bonnie, why do all of your quilts look s soft and snuggly while the quilts that I make from my stash, often times with the same if not similar density of machine quilting come out feeling like boards? They are not at all soft OR snuggly! My Blue Heaven is washed twice a year and is still not soft. All of my mystery quilts, the same. 😕

  15. Great baby quilt! Is this a pattern in one of your books? Thanks for all you do that enriches the quilting community! Beth in AL


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