Friday, June 01, 2018

Doin’ the Carolina Chain, Chain, Chain!

Good morning from beautiful Jackson, Mississippi!

I’m having a ball with the Mississippi Quilters Association with three full days of workshops and a presentation this evening.  Busy busy busy, just the way I like it!

Our gathering location is Christ Methodist Church in Jackson – a HUGE facility with all of the amenities we need, and my classroom space is 3 connected rooms suitable for 50 quilters each with their OWN 6 ft. work table – plenty of space to sew up a storm without feeling cramped.

Yesterday’s workshop was Carolina Chain from the Addicted to Scraps book and students learned more than how to simply put a block together, but to study it out as far as the best method of assembly would be. 

Getting the pieces laid out for stitching!

In order for the seams to cooperate with one another, these blocks all need to be assembled in the same direction, same layout, same order so that when they are finally rotated in the big block layout, seams will nest, and places with seams will be butted up against other units that do not have seams at all so no matching of seams are required.

Build the units all the same direction first – watch which way those chains go –and then rotate the block quarters AFTER assembly when it is time to turn them into the big block.


Looking good!


That’s it, you’ve got it!

Lights on dark darks on light – learn how to work those neutrals!


Strengthening friendships all along the way!

You might think that a nine patch is a nine patch is a nine patch – but there is so much more that goes on in this quilt.  But best of all, I loved the stories that came with each scrappy piece, and hearing from students that while they loved the sewing part, the real fun was pulling the scraps, pressing them, cutting them into strips before class, and revisiting all of the memories that came with each one.


And before we knew it, it was layout time!

Click to play:

I love layout time….when there is room for it.  They got so much done!

You’ll find the rest of our workshop day in the video below;  Click to play:

Wonderful day! Thank you, Mississippi quilters and friends!

One of the things I dearly loved about being in the children’s church wing were the plethora of signs and sayings around the rooms.


Pretend Play!  Daily Focus!


Be Ye Kind.

Always good advice!


Evening Adventures in Hotel Sewing!

4 1/2 blocks were made before my eyelids were too heavy to continue.  I’ll get there eventually!

Today is my long double duty day with Winston Ways workshop for nearly 50 followed by this evening’s presentation.  No sewing will happen…but I'll have  Saturday after class to do what I can before heading off to the airport on Sunday morning.


Quiltville Quote of the Day.

Vintage strippy quilt found in North Carolina.

Every day we are presented with opportunities to become better people.

Just embrace one of them today.

It’s Friday!  Have a great one!


  1. The final layout after a days work is always fun to see! I'm glad you have all these fun filled posts. Will be good to look back on once you become an Inn Keeper, eh? Hugs, Allison in Plano, Texas USA

  2. I really enjoy watching all the different blocks unfold and then come together in the reveal. Who would have thought 50 different personalities could unite into something so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your videos - they’re so inspiring to me. Blessings, Debbie in Taylors, SC

  3. I love seeing all the colors on the layout on the floor. You had a chain filled day!! The Diamond Tile blocks are multiplying.

  4. Such pretty blocks and a beautiful quilt, another to add to my todo list.
    You all looks liked you had an awesome time.
    Quilty hugs xxx

  5. Beautiful quilt pattern! It is funny that I did a single block of this when I was putting together some assorted nine patch blocks the other day. I was using a nine patch grid to represent numbers one through nine. This block with 3 dark squares was my number three block.

  6. I love reading your newsletters, Bonnie. I'm not sure why, but I always get it in my inbox a day late. So I try to catch up on all the news and fun! This was a great and fun quilt pattern. I DO have a lot of scraps....now to put them to work! :)

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