Wednesday, July 18, 2018

July 2018 Quilty Box Gift-Away!

It’s a heading off to Hershey, Pennsylvania day!

Quilt Odyssey awaits – and I firmly believe that Quilting and Chocolate go together, so I am ready for lamp posts shaped like Hershey Kisses, and shampoo, soap, conditioner and lotion with a chocolate-y aroma as well!  BRING IT!

And as always – a day that I leave town is the perfect day to throw a fun Gift-Away up on the blog.

Quilty Box has done a great job of providing a VARIETY of projects that will get even the most “set in their ways” quilter a push to expand their horizons with something new, and this month’s box curated by none other than Yoko Saito of Japan is no exception!

What is a Quilty Box?
  • Quilty Box is a monthly subscription box of fun quilting supplies. We offer plans from $44-48/mo.
  • 5% of the profits of multi-month subscriptions are donated to Quilts for Kids - a non-profit which donates quilts for children in need
  • Each month we have 4 or more products (fabric, patterns, thread, or notions)
  • Our retail value of the products in the box is always more than $60
  • July's Quilty Box Featured Artist will be Sarah Watson 
  • The next Quilty Box will ship around July 11th. Subscribers will need to purchase before July 10th to receive this shipment.
  • We will be using the hashtags #QuiltyBox and #GetQuilty
So what is Yoko showing us this month?


Two beautiful projects using her Centenary 23rd Fabric Precut Bundle!

Blue Dragonfly Tapestry includes everything needed to finish the top of this beautiful taupe wall hanging Which finishes approximately 33’’ x 34’’.

It’s all here – floss, fabric and the pattern!


Gorgeous Lecien fabrics, ready for digging right in!

Should you wish you can ALSO make this bag!

This bundle includes fabric to make BOTH!



Even the handle webbing is included!


Yoko Saito

Both patterns are included in the Bundles of Inspiration magazine, along with other articles including all things Yoko Saito and more!

I’m going to be drawing for not just one winner, but TWO – because there is a Quilty Box Mini up for grabs today as well!

Are you ready?

Our winners will be drawn on Monday evening, July 24th!

Good luck everyone!

July 17, 2018 at 05_30PM

So this is also about to happen here.

Our son Jason is moving from Columbia, South Carolina to Portland, Oregon.

This means that Dresden and his sister Lola get to come live at Grannie Bonnie's house until further notice!

They are both 10 years young and inseparable. Our Emmy Lou Lou is 18 and has been Queen of her castle as the only cat for quite a while.

Here's to hoping that everyone can learn to play nice!  He will be bringing them next week when I return from Hershey.


This is going to Hershey with me!

There are still two rows plus sashing plus borders to add, and I just may feel motivated enough to sew during my evening off hours at the show.  I hope to come back with a completed top – the aqua fabric on the bottom is for outer border.  If it doesn’t work – I’ll shop the show for something better!


Yeah, I’d say we are ready to roll!


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Santa Fe String Star quilt from my book String Fling shared during my recent May visit to Georgia.

Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants to get motivated.

Here's your kick for the day: Just START!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday, everyone!


  1. I still remember that chocolate "aroma" from Hershey in my clothes, bags, hair, everyone needs to go there at least once in their life. Thanks for the "kick," I looked at that 2-yard piece last night, lemon yellow, so beautiful and soft, afraid to cut it--here goes--if I make a mistake I can always use it in something else, lol. Enjoy your chocolate, hot or cold!

  2. Definitely need that kick in the pants. Need to machine quilt a quilt for a friend...fmq! Not my favorite so I am making a small sample to practice on and then will do the quilt! Right after I spend the afternoon with friends knitting!!!

  3. Thank you for taking us along with you on all your adventures.

  4. Safe travels!! Next week may get interesting with the new boarders... lol. I absolutely love Yoko Saito designs ♥️

  5. Oh, I am sorry your son is moving so far away! Let's hope the kitties do play nicely together.

  6. What a fabulous photo of the grandcats!
    Have some chocolately fun on your next trip!

  7. Your son will love Portland! Welcome to the Pacific Northwest Jason!

  8. Bonnie - Who will watch Sadie, Emmy Lou and your grand fur babies if Jason is moving?

    Am happy for Jason because I love the Northwest - my sister lives there so I visit regularly. This will probably mean that you will get to visit him often which is definitely a plus.

    Thinking of you and all that is on your plate.... God bless you and yours.

  9. You do know that cats are solar powered, right? They are just charging their batteries. Enjoy your trip and best wishes to your family. Polly Blank

  10. You mentioned Jason going does that include his girlfriend? Any wedding plans for Them? I wish them the best in their future. Enjoy Hershey and your travels

  11. Bonnie- Good Luck with the new cat additions. There will be adjustments all around. I will be getting a new cat addition this next week also. I am adopting a female, 2yrs old to go with me male snow shoe (2 1/2 yrs) and female lynx point, 1 1/2 years. Someone is moving back south and the kitty needs a new home, so, being the softee I am, I agreed to meet her, when I get back home on Friday. She will most likely be a new addition.

    Jason's going to Portland, my ole stomping grounds in the Willamette Valley. I hope he doesn't get (SAD) Seasonal Affective Disorder. 9 mos of gray, dismal drizzle can wear on a person. It didn't bother me, but it does a lot of people.

    Good luck in all of the adjustments, and I hope the kitties can join dad sometime soon.

    Kasilof, AK

  12. As always, I look forward to your blog each day. Our son moved to Portland four years ago and was planning to stay a "couple of years!" He loves it and may never move back to Georgia. We just visited this past weekend and were able to see his wife in one show (professional theatre) and our son in a different one (community theatre).

    I'm plugging away at Wonky Wishes that you taught at the Lake Oconee Guild. That was such an great time to meet and learn from you!

    Have fun in Chocolate World!

  13. Thank you for the KICK! I needed it today......

    1. Me too, it's winter in Australia & I'm still lying in bed coz it's cosy but I did want to sew today so I needed a kick to get me into the sewing room.

  14. I went to school in Eastern PA in the Scranton area but never got the chance to visit Hershey. Being from Boston, we used to have Bakers Chocolate located in Milton. I've been told on some days you could smell the chocolate from miles away. Wouldn't that be lovely on a cold winter's day?

    Looking forward to seeing the progress made during your workshops! I haven't started anything from Addicted to Scraps yet but I certainly have some marked as future projects!


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