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Thursday, January 23, 2020

From Phoenix with Love!


This is Sherri’s Pineapple Crazy from String Fling!

Oh – hold on to your hats folks – she went way above and beyond what I did and made this gigantic beauty nearly king size with 400 blocks coming to 100’’ x 100’’!

This photo is from the show & share portion of yesterady’s presentation event at 35th Ave Sew & Vac in Phoenix where I am teaching this week. 

I was blown away by everyone’s gorgeous quilts, but I swear – the entire room stopped breathing when Sherri unfurled her Pineapple Crazy.

Take a look at the full sized photo here .  It’s AMAZING!


Wow. Just wow!

Pineapple Crazy is 100% paper pieced and 100% scrap using pleasure!  Paper piecing is the best way to use up those smallest of cherished scraps without having to rotary cut anything down to a particular size before sewing.  It’s sew first, trim second – a total brainless win/win. 

There were SO many beautiful show & share quilts – one after the other after the other after the other, it was truly the BEST part of the day!


Lani’s Straits of Mackinac from String Frenzy!


Oh, those gorgeous aquas!

Lani and her niece Sarah started their Straits of Mackinac journeys during our time together at the Grand Hotel Needle Art Seminar last May – and here she is with the top done!  Fabulous, just fabulous!


Some Good Fortune quilts from last year’s mystery made an appearance!

I love the additional borders to make the quilt fit the bed!


And I also loved seeing our Frolic Mystery come to life in blocks!

You can see the rest of what was shared in this video here – the quilts are many and all so gorgeous!  Click to Play:



The day didn't end there!

10 of us gathered afterwards for dinner at Manuel’s – GREAT Mexican food!

There was so much visiting and talking and laughing and getting to know one another that the only thing that got photographed was Sarah's carnitas nachos as they were presented to the table!


APPETIZER?!

Oh no, that’s a meal!

And that’s one of the good things of being early with the happy hour menu close at hand.  Yummy!


So happy to be with these fun ladies!

It’s a great way to spend a birthday week.

The weather continues to improve – yesterday was sunny and no sweater required – today – even better.  Keep bringing it on – I need more Vitamin D!

It’s a Emerald City workshop day in the 35th Ave Sew & Vac event center.  Bring on the strings and triangles from strip sets using my Essential Triangle Tool!

There are close to 50 in the class from what I’m told – I’m glad we have that big new space because this afternoon’s block lay down with everyone’s blocks is going to rock this place!

Yesterday’s drawn group in the Quiltville Inn Rally is extremely excited and emails are flying amongst their ladies to see who is able to make such close dates in March or not.  My fingers are crossed that they can.  So our drawing is on hold for a few days.

Our January Quilty Box Gift-Away is still gathering entries!  Did you enter to win?  Click over to Tuesday’s post to enter.  Drawing to happen Monday.

And as I am celebrating the BIG 58 today – after class I’ll be heading over to my friend Jule’s house for dinner with she & her hubby to celebrate.  We’ve been friends since we were 12.  And here we are at 58.

How did we get here?  Look at all of the time that has passed and all of the things that have happened in our lives.  Yet here we are.  And we are still the same silly giggly girls we were back then. 

Coming out to Phoenix to teach has so many other benefits besides the teaching itself.  A family birthday dinner is also planned for Sunday evening at in Sister-in-law’s place and I’ll get to meet my new grand niece and grand nephew both born in the  past several months.  Priceless!

And so good for my soul.

And with that – I’m off to teach a class!


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Jamestown landing quilt from my book String Fling. Just $19.99 in the Quiltville Store.

I'm not sure how I got here, or if I'm ready to be here, I just know that there are more exciting things around the corner!

So happy to be in Arizona sharing my birthday week with some amazing quilters. And looking forward to the next 3 days of workshops and all of the creativity and fun that will bring!

If the world had a big enough birthday cake I would share a piece of it with all of you!

Have a wonderful Thursday, everyone!



66 comments:

  1. Happy birthday!! Your new haircut looks really great. Enjoy your day!

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  2. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day. Love the haircut.

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  3. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!! Enjoy your birthday dinner with your longtime (NOT old) friend!

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  4. That pineapple quilt is amazing. Your hair looks fantastic, happy happy birthday to you. So exciting to be there visiting your family and getting to meet two new babies. That is going to be so great for you. Enjoy all of your time there.

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  5. Happy birthday. Always remember that your age is just counting up the experiences you have had in life and you can help to make them great ones. I am 68 and have told everyone as long as I can remember that I don't want to be a different age because I would miss something that makes me whobI am or who I am supposed to be in the future. Good or bad my experiences shape me!

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  6. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! Sending much love from Minnesota!

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  7. Wishing you a very happy birthday Bonnie... and many many more!

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  8. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I just turned 58 in November. It has been lots of fun to sew those Frolic pieces together into blocks. I am slowly making headway! :-) So many gorgeous quilts today. Have fun today and enjoy your day. Many happy returns of the day. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

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  9. Happy Birthday Bonnie enjoy your friends and family. Today is also my birthday, I have had 10 more years of adventures than you. Love all you do and have taught me.

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  10. Fun way to spend your birthday. Hope the celebrations are happy and that your year continues to be Grand! Congrats on the new grand nephew and niece too :-)

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  11. Birthday blessings Bonnie. I love your new haircut.

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  12. Birthday blessings, Bonnie. I love your new haircut.

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  13. Happy Birthday Bonnie Have a blast!

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  14. Woohoo, Jamestown Landing! That's what I'm currently working on. Thanks for all the beautiful patterns and books you design for us! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY with all your friends!

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  15. So happy you're in Phoenix for your birthday week. I love 35th Ave Sew and Vac. My daughter lives in Chandler, so I try to visit it when I come out there. Enjoy your visit!

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  16. Looking forward to celebrating with you on Saturday.

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  17. Love it that you have a long time friend! They are priceless for sure!!! I'm almost 66 and have 2 dear friends from since we were 13. When we get together we are still teenagers!! Happy Birthday dear Bonnie!!!

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  18. Happy Birthday! I love you new haircut too!

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  19. Have a fun, special Birthday ! Haircut rocks !

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  20. Fabulous pineapple quilt - on my bucket list. BTW, I do love your new hair cut. :)

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  21. Happy Birthday, Bonnie - sounds like you are going to have a wonderful couple of days.

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  22. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Thanks for all the quilting inspirations you give us. I am now 80 and went with you on the trip to England. The more years you have, the more opportunities you have had to make wonderful quilts and have fun with you.

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  23. Happy Birthday Bonnie! Have an extra slice of cake!

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  24. Happy birthday, Bonnie! Mine's tomorrow, but I'm a bit older than you. Glad you are able to celebrate with family and friends.
    I love your new haircut. It's adorable.
    Yesterday I put together my first block of Frolic! I am always so impressed with how clever you are. Thank you.

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  25. Happy Birthday! Wish I was a part of the group going to Quiltvilla on that weekend of March 5 - 8; as that is mine.

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  26. Happy birthday Bonnie!!

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  28. Happy Actual Birthday day...I hope you are enjoying your birthday month. The quilts are beautiful as always. Those carnitas nachos look fabulous especially with the guacamole on top...lol...I hope you get a lot of rays here on the west coast and enjoy your family. lots of love to you and your Dad.

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  29. You may be getting older, Bonnie, but your haircut took off a few years! It suits you well. Happy Birthday and enjoy every minute of your time with teaching, friends, and family.

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  30. Happy birthday. What a way to celebrate, you are at a party of like minded friends.

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  31. Happy birthday! Your new hairdoo is fabulous!

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  32. Happy birthday Bonnie! Enjoy your day!

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  33. Happy Birthday. It sounds like you are having a great day,teaching what you love,reconnecting with friends from long ago, and knowing you get to see family Sunday night. Thanks so much for sharing your love of it all.

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  34. Happy birthday. And best wishes for many more

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  35. Love, love, LOVE your new haircut, Bonnie!!!

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  36. You're looking fabulous for your birthday! Happy, healthy, and spending time with those you love, and doing what you love. What a marvelous way to spend your birthday.

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  37. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!! Not a better place to be for your Birthday than doing what you love!

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  38. I sure hope you are having a great day! Happy Birthday young lady and here’s hoping for many more years to come! 🎉⭐️🎊🎂🍾

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  39. Such fun quilts at show and tell. Sounds like you are and will be having a great time in Phoenix. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! I hope you have a wonderful trip. Enjoy!!!

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  40. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! The best is yet to come!

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  41. Happiest of birthday wishes coming your way! Hope you enjpy every day of your birthday week!
    Sandy

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  42. Happy Birthday, so glad you are spending it in warmer climates. Your haircut is fantastic. It was a great decision.

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  43. Happy Birthday Bonnie! I hope you enjoy being there with your family to celebrate a special dinner in your honor this weekend. Plus being in warm weather with great quilting fans.

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  44. Happy Birthday Bonnie!!! from South Louisiana!! Love the new haircut!! Keep up the great work that you do!!! Hugs!!

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  45. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to spend your day and the week to come. You are so loved!

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  46. Happy Birthday!!! Enjoy your time with friends, old and new, as well as family, old and new there as well!!!

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  47. Wishing you birthday blessings and many more birthdays to come, Bonnie!

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  48. What amazing quilts in the show and share and that pineapple quilt just wonderful.
    Have a very happy Birthday Bonnie
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xxx

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  49. Happy Birthday! :D

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  50. Glad you had a great birthday Bonnie and your hair looks great. And Sherri...wow. How long did you work on that pineapple crazy?????

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  51. Love that quote at the end!

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  52. Happy Birthday Bonnie! See you Saturday in class!

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  53. Happy Birthday Bonnie! love the hair, I enjoy the news letter everyday with my morning coffee.Enjoy the heat.

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  54. Happy birthday plus a day, Bonnie! The new haircut is gorgeous!

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  55. Happy Birthday. Wishing you sew much fun. Your new hairdo is lovely. You subtracted 10 years.

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  56. Happy Birthday Bonnie.
    Love reading blog, seeing what you are working on, amazed at all you get done

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  57. Happiest Birthday to you! Age is just a number, don't let it take over your mind.

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  58. Happy Birthday 🎊

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  59. Happy Birthday Bonnie. Love your new hair cut!

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  60. Happy Birthday Bonnie !!!
    May you have the best day ever with many, many, more to come. Thank you for all that you do and for the New Mystery Quilt " Frolic "

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  61. Happy Birthday. I love the hair cut

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  62. you look so pretty!

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