Saturday, August 25, 2018

Tropical Twisting Away in Bedford PA!

There is nothing that will lift a body up more than quilty friends who come from near and far to greet you with hugs and smiles and fun tee shirts!

The Kansas Contingency put a lot of planning into having their shirts made, wearing them proudly to let everyone know in our busy class of 53 quilters just who they were, where they were from, and WHY they were here!

Evidently I’ve displaced the wizard in lieu of scrap sewing!  Works for me!  (That wizard always kind of creeped me out, anyway!)

No girls, you are NOT in Kansas anymore – it’s the land of Pennsylvania and our Summer Workshop Series hosted by Mary Koval and Mary’s Quilt Shop in Bedford!


Oh, my word!  It’s a full mother load ready to play making Tropical Twist from the Addicted to Scraps Book!


Hooray!  Meliza’s here from Texas with her aqua beauty!


Debbie has joined us from Illinois!


Jill and the Ta Da girls traveled down from Erie, PA -


And from Logan, Utah!

One gal in the back corner was from Alaska, via visiting her daughter in Idaho which put her HALF WAY to Pennsylvania if you look at it that way – and she came as well!


Me made strip sets!

We cut them up, added corners, switched things around – and had a ball.


Jill has definitely left her carpel tunnel problem way behind and is doing great post surgery.

(If you have issues, don’t wait!  Get it done – quilting is waiting!)


Oh girls, this looks SO wonderful!

I’ve put EVERYTHING in the video below, including a live video clip of our lay down and wind up for this  day – It just felt so good to be surrounded by so much quilty love.

The video is about 3 minutes long, so grab a cuppa and sit a spell and enjoy:

After class I headed back to Mary’s – for some MACHINE TIME of my own.

After watching 50+ ladies sew all day long, and realizing that I hadn’t sat at a machine since I left Louisville – more than 3 weeks ago, it was the only thing I wanted to do in the whole world.

I’ve got a project.  I’ve got my cheddar featherweight.  I set up at the dining room table with the intent of j”Just putting pieces through” until dinner time.  It felt great.

Don’t you feel like all of the chaos inside you just settles into place when you are sewing?  I do.


My evening Quilting Companion – Buddie!

She was barely 6 weeks old the last time I saw her – it’s a year later and she is all grown up, but still so very much puppy!

There won’t be any sewing tonight – it’s lecture night following another busy Jared Takes a Wife day.

But tomorrow – if I can get just another hour or two – I’ll be on my way to making sense of or coming to terms with many of the things that are going on in my background.

So today – let me ask you this.  Did you enter to win our August Quilty Box Gift-Away? I’m offering up both a full sized Quilty Box, and the Quilty Box mini! Find all the info ON THAT POST.

ALSO!  Thanks to your participation I have moved past the nomination phase into the voting phase of National Quilter’s Circle blogger awards as a finalist for “Best Quilting Patterns Blog” and “Best Overall Quilting Blog”.

You can lend me a hand by voting for me and also sharing the voting page to your friends and social media HERE.  Thank you so much!


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Vintage quilt from the American Museum in Bath, UK.

When you are down and times are rough, takes notice of the ones who weather the storm with you…. they are precious beyond measure.

Enjoy your Saturday, everyone!


  1. Since you don't have any comments yet, I thought I'd be first to drop in and say, you are in all of our thoughts and prayers these days. One moment at a time will get you through. Take as much time for you as you can. Good thing she will continue to come your way to help ease you through the sorrow. Lots of Love. Sarah

  2. I voted for you twice. I hope you win. Good luck!

  3. So many beautiful machines and happy quilters!
    You make the world a better place Bonnie!

  4. I Voted! Prayers continue with you and your family.

  5. Voted! Praying for you and your family and sending you hugs!

  6. Thank you for the daily reminder to vote for you...you keep reminding me and I'll keep voting!! Praying for you and your family during this deep valley in your life. Quilty hugs.

  7. Thinking of you, Bonnie, and what you are facing now. You do it with such equanimity, grabbing as much life as you can along the way. You are such an inspiration to so many of us. And we will be here, ready to lift you after life knocks the wind right out of you as you have done for us. Prayers and hugs.

  8. Voted, wishing you good luck.

  9. We are always with you. Prayers and quilty hugs to you. Keep your chin up and take time for you. We love you. I voted for you.

  10. Good morning! I have loved your blog for years. Couldn't possible have my morning coffee without it! Placed my vote for you today...why...because you place your heart and life into your blog. Your real to us as I hope we are to you. God bless you and your family. This is a rough patch for all of you. Remember that so many of us are lifting you up to Father.

    1. Ditto and AMEN to all that has been said!

  11. It let me vote twice - hope they both count - ((hugs)) from England

  12. Voted again! We have your back always Bonnie, in all matters! Sending love your way and prayers to give you strength. XOXO

  13. Bonnie, I was just thinking of all you are dealing with and want you to know that my thoughts are with you and prayers for peace for you and your entire family. Mark is in our hearts as well. Blessings to all of you. You have friends beyond numbers

  14. Love, love those t-shirts! Wizard...that does fit you perfectly, Bonnie.

  15. I need to get busy on my tropical twist! It's all cut out and started, but it's languishing in a bin. Time to pull it out and get it done!

  16. Of COURSE you're the best (and most famous) quilting blogger in the world, Bonnie!! You deserve to win, I sure hope you do. God Bless, Diana from Toronto


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