Thursday, January 11, 2018

Jared Takes a Wife & The Valley of the Mist Quilters!

I wish I had more than one workshop day to spend with this fun group of ladies.

The machines were humming and fabric was flying as we took to making blocks in many different styles and colorways using the Jared Takes a Wife pattern from the free patterns tab here on the blog!

New quilters and experienced quilters alike got busy!  This hive was buzzing with activity!

One of the many reasons I choose not to teach from kits is the belief that we learn so much more when we see the varied selections that others are pulling together.  It’s inspirational.

We had everything from Christmas to Star Wars and everything in between happening, and the effects on the blocks was wonderful!


A two color batik confection!


Star Wars theme for a beloved nephew.


Christmas with big plans for having it ready for NEXT year!


Of course the conversation around the cutting table is the most entertaining of all!


Great job, ladies!


And of course, we ALL had to ooh and ahh over Chris’s purple featherweight!

You’ll find the rest of our day’s fun in the video below.  Click to play:

It was a great way to spend the day!

Remember if all you see is a black box instead of a video, it's because you are using IE and need to switch to a different browser. I use Chrome.  You can also view it on my YouTube Channel.


Thanks for the wonderful day, ladies!

My friend Jill came and picked me and all of my stuff up when the workshop was over and I’m staying with her for the next couple of days while I’m teaching in Oceanside for the El Camino quilters.

Yes, we plan to get some power sewing in today after my presentation this morning and a fun lunch out with the guild members. 

Tomorrow is a Scrappy Bargello workshop at Quilt in a Day, home of Eleanor Burns!  Weeeeeee!

I’ll be homeward bound on Saturday.

Remember to check the newly added links in our Mystery Monday Link-Up still in progress!  You can add your link all the way up to Midnight on Sunday night. 

I can’t believe there are so many finishes, so fast!  What an awesome job everyone has done with our On Ringo Lake mystery.


Quiltville Quote of the Day-

Fabulous mid-century quilt found in Temecula California this week.

Your job today is to build yourself up, not tear yourself down!

Have a great Thursday, everyone!


  1. Love all of the variety! Great block.

  2. How awesome, Eleanor Burns! I learned to piece, quilt, and especially bind a quilt from her books! Please thank her for me, her books are so detailed, especially loved the photos!And you Miss Bonnie are, also, a legend to me. Albeit you're too young in years, right there in talent!
    Blessings, from Jackie in NC

  3. Sew Fun to play with that block. How fun to stay with your friend Jill. Going to Quilt in a Day is a Dream. Eleanor was one of my 1st Quilt teachers on PBS. Have a Great day.

  4. Star Wars blocks for the WIN!!

  5. Adding one more block pattern to the list of things to do. Thank you for sharing. ((((((Hugs))))))

  6. Yes, anither Bonnie quilt to put on my list. 😀 I need more time in my day, or less other things that need doing! It's just 7 weeks now til I fly off to California to start another BH quilt. Getting excited!

  7. I know this post is a little out of context, but you need to check out the Pioneer Woman's blog. They are refurbishing another building and the bathroom floors are unique! Just your style.
    Jane in KS

  8. Oh My, What lovely color combinations the ladies have in their blocks! What eye candy! I loved them all! The block itself is wonderful, this quilt is now on my list too. That purple machine is gorgeous!

  9. Lovely blocks - I did rather like the Christmas ones - they looked like gift wrapped boxes! All beautiful fabrics - lucky little Star Wars lad - that's going to be super. Well done all. Eleanor Burns was also the first quilt video I ever watched - what a hoot!

  10. Oh I love the variety in the blocks! What a wonderful block for a Star Wars quilt!

  11. Aww ... you are in my part of the world! I love our little antique shops and quilt shops here in San Diego County plus Temecula/Murrieta ... I'm a faithful reader and follower of your blog! Wish I had met you while you were here/near. Welcome!!

  12. What a fabulous job these ladies did, such a wonderful array of colours the Star Wars is bound to be a winner.
    I’d so love to go to quilt in a day awesom have a fantastic time and enjoy your time with your friend.
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xx

  13. Those Star Wars blocks are every kind of awesome!!!


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