Monday, July 31, 2017

Showin’ & Sharin’ some Utah Quilt Love!

You just can’t have a quilt workshop without some inspiring show & share to kick us back into gear after lunch time!

And the quilters who came for my 5 days of workshops in Utah sponsored by the Utah State Quilters Guild must have got the memo because the quilts, quilt tops and blocks in progress came out of the woodwork!  SO EXCITING!

We gathered from all over – some from as far away as Arizona, Nevada, California, Idaho, as well as from all over the great state of Utah, so EVERYONE was sitting next to someone they never met before.  This is everyone’s opportunity to say who they are, tell us a bit about themselves, and share their love of quilts with everyone else.

It’s my favorite time of the day because I get to know YOU!  So if you are attending a Quiltville event in the future, remember that you don’t need an invitation to bring Show & Share, just do.  It’s always welcome!

Here the “Idaho Contingency” is sharing a beautiful Garlic Knots finish!  Oh, the colors!  So exciting to see!

Yowza!!  Knock your socks of gorgeous!!


Pineapple Blossom Finish!

I love the use of the bonus triangles in the top and bottom borders, turning it from square into rectangular!  AWESOME!


PINK!!!  This makes me so happy.


Janet O. brought several quilts!

This is her Smoky Mountain Stars – also from the free patterns tab.
You’ll see a close up when we get to our Quiltville Quote below!

Janet, it was such a pleasure to finally meet you in person – a real highlight!


Sarah also brought several tops and quilts!

The girl is a powerhouse of scraps!

This is her Bricks & Stepping Stones from the free patterns tab.


And a great string-happy Spider Web (Yes, free patterns tab!)


A glorious Celtic Solstice!


Check out this Lozenge Love!!

Lozenges was a previous Leader & Ender challenge, also now found under the free patterns tab.  Have you made one?


Close ups!  Weeee!

There were so many beautiful quilts, and I have combined them all into the little slide show below:

Amazing amount of talent from the inter-mountain west and beyond!


Last minute Auntie Time!

I have never seen a van packed so full in my life!  Not only did it hold my two big suitcases and my backpack, but vacation gear for a family of 6 as my sister Mary’s family headed up to Idaho yesterday to spend some time in the mountains with my folks, and visit her hubby Kelly’s side of the family as well.  My nephews Porter, Logan and Raiger and my niece Mykenzie hold big hunks of my heart!  I love them to bits! (and their parents are pretty special too.)


Saying goodbye to the gorgeous Wasatch Front.


These mountains.  WOW.


Hexie stitching from Salt Lake to Atlanta.

This border length is NEARLY long enough to fit one side of the mother ship – time to lay it out and see just what more is needed.


I woke up to this!

After so much high desert in Utah, I forgot how lush and green North Carolina is ---and LOUD!  The frogs and crickets and other critters were singing quite the welcome home song when we pulled into the drive at 11pm last night.  This morning I was awakened by the sweet sound of happy birds chirping their last-day-of-July melody.


No desert here!

My home sweet home in the woods.

I’m trying not to panic over all that has to be done in the next two days.  I have today and tomorrow to get everything caught up, mail order out the door, and ready for my trip to Iowa and Minnesota on Wednesday.

And there is something else putting the squeeze on my heart:


Quiltville Quote of the Day.

Smokey Mountain Stars shared by Janet O. during our Utah workshops.

Today I am focusing all of my energy and prayers for my brother Mark who is undergoing surgery to place a shunt in his brain to drain fluid while dealing with new tumor growth.

Prayers and positive thoughts are most appreciated.

Don't let the insignificant things take up your heart space. Focus on what really matters most.


Mark and Scott.

This matters most to me.

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  1. Many prayers coming to you and your family for Mark. You have a beautiufl family. I would sit and read your blog and just smle at the fun you were all having. It looks like it was a fun trip. Hugs to you.

  2. Meeting you was like revisiting an old friend, Bonnie, and it was the fulfillment of a long-held hope. Thank you for all of the inspiration, patterns, and information you have freely shared over the years.
    I will let you know when the "Fairy Garden Party" is completed.
    So glad you finally had a chance to come teach in Utah--and extra special that it gave you more family time.
    Will keep Mark in my prayers, for sure!
    I have a friend you will be meeting in Iowa. She had a friend travel from California to be there for your class!

  3. Mark has NO IDEA how many women are going to be hugging on him today......... and piling quilts on him for comfort. Just think of him under a mountain of quilty love.

    Hope all goes well.
    Kathleen in CA

  4. Hope all goes well with your brothers surgery.

  5. Lifting up prayers for your brother Mark and the entire family. Will also put him on the prayer list at church and in the womens ministry group. Lots of prayer warriors in these groups. God bless.

  6. Best wishes to Mark and his family.

  7. So glad you had a great visit with your family! Sending prayers for Mark and for you!

  8. Family is soooo precieus!
    Overhere we will pray for Mark also; and hope the surgery will succeed.
    I know how difficult it is when one of your loved ones has to fight this disease. ❤❤

  9. Prayers for Mark, his doctors and your family.

  10. As always, enjoy your Quilt Camp photo's. Everyone is so happy! Best wishes to your brother. May everything go well in surgery and help his over all condition.

  11. Love and prayers for you and you Big Brother, no matter the age difference. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  12. All good wishes for your Brother coming from England.
    I hope everything goes well.
    Liz B.

  13. My prayers for Mark and the rest of your family. Safe travels you too Bonnie.

  14. I love seeing "show and tell" slibe shows. They are so inspiring, and I love the variety of colors.

  15. Many prayers are for your brother Mark. You're heading to Iowa where I was born and raised so hope you enjoy that trip and the weather.

  16. Many prayers, Bonnie

  17. Praying for you and your family. Got my prayer group involved so over five hundred prayers coming your way

  18. I'm sorry to hear about your brother Mark. Prayers for him, you and your family.

  19. I know you will get things done, as you always do, I don't know where you ge the energy, but I'm in awe. Many prayers from me for your brother Mark, I hope everything goes wellfor all of you!

  20. Hugs and prayers for you and for Mark (and the rest of your fabulous family!) ~ ~ I know it's hard to do all you have to do when your heart is tugged and torn. But those doctors under God's Spirit will work their wonders ~ ~ Blessings to each of you :)

  21. Sending prayers for Mark and your entire family that his Neurosurgeons have steady hands and a successful outcome follows.

  22. I am praying for your brother and for your family. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Prayers and positive thoughts for you and your family concerning your brother's surgery. May it be successful and may you get everything done you need to in the next couple of days.

  24. janet is not only a powerhouse with scraps, she is superb at mini quilts piecing and hand quilting too....wonderful memories of meeting her at keepsake in the past...and sorry to hear about your bro...on my prayer list for sure...

  25. Neurosurgeons have steady hands and a successful outcome follows.


  26. Saying a prayer for your brother and the rest of your family. May all go well.

  27. Prayers for Mark, his surgeons and the entire family. I hope you feel the love from your Quiltville followers.

  28. Thoughts and prayers for your brother. My DH had the same brain tumor McCain has and had two surgeries for the tumor and two for the fluid so I know what he's going through. Hoping for a great outcome!

  29. Prayers for Mark. I know this is tough for all of you, focus on the important stuff is great advce.

  30. You are definitely a busy busy girl. My thoughts and prayers for your brother. It always seems like an uphill battle...but battle on!

  31. Many prayers are being said for your Mark. May God keep him safe.

  32. Prayers for Mark, those who love him & for those he loves...

  33. Stopping to pray right now, for Mark and everyone in his family circle, and for his medical team.

  34. Mark and all the family are in my prayers as well as physicians who attend him.

  35. Love and prayers for Mark and family. He has the best one in his corner. Let us know the outcome. Many thoughts and prayers for you all.

    Ann in Pa.

  36. Thoughts of you, Mark and your family at this time. Thank you for sharing.

  37. Prayers and love for Mark and all the medical staff giving care. Yes, family and relationships are what matters...hugs and safe travels.

  38. Prayers for your brother Mark-Susan

  39. I will keep Mark in my prayers and thoughts today.

  40. Bonnie, I know how worried you must be and there is nothing we can do to alleviate the worry. Please remember that those of us who love you, love your family and it is our worry too as Mark is one of the family. Your posts let us into a life many of us have not known and you and yours become ours by extension. Mark is in good hands. Prayers for a full and gentle recovery are inherent but on there way to you, Mark and family as we speak. Hugs.

  41. My heart is heavy for your family and Mark's upcoming surgery. I will be remembering all in my daily prayers and ask God for comfort, healing, and peace during this trial.

  42. Bonnie my prayers are with you for your brother. Siblings are part of our greatest gifts.
    Love and prayers from Beaufort, SC

  43. Oh, yes! Prayers and blessings for skilled surgeons and nurses to tend to Mark's every need. Please, Lord, provide quick healing and beneficial outcome. In Jesus' name, Amen

  44. 🙏🏼🤗🙏🏼🤗🙏🏼🤗🙏🏼🤗

  45. Bonnie, I've enjoyed your trip to my home state of Utah almost as much as you seem to have done. I can never get enough of those mountains. Thanks for sharing things I love: Utah, mountains, family, AND quilting! It lifts me. Blessings upon your brother.

  46. I am glad someone else thinks the bugs are too loud. My grandson was complaining of not being able to sleep because of the noise they made, and the windows were shut!
    I just heard a story about a pastor praying very loudly for a friend's father while visiting them in the hospital. The next day her dad was sitting up and eating. It worked. Hope your brother does well with his surgery.

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  48. Prayers heading to your brother! Loved all the "talk" and family pictures and goings on!
    So glad you had such great family time!!


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