Friday, November 20, 2020

Thursday, Full of Scraps & Strings!

Lola!  In the middle of everything!

Yesterday held so much promise - sun was shining, and though on the cold side, the wind was not howling - and that is a very good thing in these parts.

I had a good handle on the outgoing mail (There are still some Simple Folded Corners rulers and Simple Folded Corners Minis in stock, but going fast!  More on on their way.) by the time my friend Mona pulled up the drive next to the QPO.

It had been SO LONG since we have had quilting time together.

And for those wondering if you really CAN self-quarantine for 14 days so quilting can happen - yes you can.  It just depends on what you want and how bad you want it, including how badly you want to keep your friend safe from YOU!

Masked quilting can happen!

I, however was having one of "THOSE" days - where so many things went belly up all we could do was laugh.

Mishap #1: We decided to load two quilts at once to save time, quilting Mona's Appalachian Autumn quilt first, with enough wide backing  to follow with a second quilt for her new grand-son-to-be using the same backing and batting.

And all would have gone swimmingly if I had noticed that row 3 on the quilting design foe Appalachian Autumn was not nesting correctly.  It wasn't.  It didn't.  And we needed to remove that row of stitching.

With that much un-quilting better saved for evening time - we advanced the quilt beyond where the first quilt would end, but needing to leave enough margin for removing so it could be remounted later, basted the baby quilt in place and marched merrily along -

Only to find we didn't have enough backing fabric  toward the end of the baby quilt!  OH NO!

You have to laugh - because you just can't cry.

The whole shebang came out of the machine.  We cut off the Appalachian Autumn quilt, added more backing to the bottom of the baby quilt, reloaded the baby quilt - and finished that one up.

Bad things come in 3s right?  RIGHT.  That 3rd bad thing is still on-going as Mona is working to unstitch that misplaced row even now as I sit here and type up this post.  She worked at unstitching it last night between dinner and bedtime.  And I feel so bad that I didn't notice that the row was offset. 

And Lola slept through it all!

While the good quilting continued and everything was moving ahead in the right direction I worked on some string piecing in blue -

And Mona set in to quilt last year's Shoo Fly Shoo Leader & Ender challenge!

This one is for her granddaughter Carmen for Christmas this year - and the blocks are so fun!  

Pastel variegated thread for the win!

Use THIS neutral, Mama!

Lola is so funny - she has to reach out her paw and touch things.  In the case of petting the fabric, I completely understand!

Row 1 done!

And this is where I left the "Blue Spruce" version of Pine Tree Point when it was time to go home for dinner!

**Note** For those who downloaded their Pine Tree Point pattern before Wednesday morning, 11/18.  Remaking the blocks has pointed me to a typo I have corrected for future downloads.

For the tree base row 5 - cut the background rectangles 3'' x 4 1/4''.  I had originally planned on a tree trunk from a 2 1/2'' wide rectangle, but it was too fat.  When I skinnied the trunk down, I needed to add a bit more to the background rectangles.  I didn't catch what I did in my pattern notes when typing up the instructions for row 5.  If you do them as written before pattern correction, you will be 1/2'' short in the length of your row 5.  Mistakes happen.  I thank you for your patience and understanding.  Pencil in the correct size of 3'' x 4 1/4'' on your pattern.

If you have downloaded your pattern from Wednesday 11/18/2020 on, you should have the updated info on your pattern.

I have added this info to the Errata page for those who downloaded the earlier versions.

You’ll find the PDF pattern for Pine Tree Point, including both the lap size and the runner in the Digital Patterns section of the Quiltville Store. The pattern is priced at 25% off through Saturday. After that it goes from $9.00 to $12.00 so hurry!

And there is still time to enter our November Quilty Box Gift-Away!

Did you get your entry in yet?  It's a fantabulous box!  We'll be drawing for our winner on Monday Morning.

Our plan today?  We need to finish the Shoo Fly Shoo quilt that is in the machine, and then Mona's Frolic (I believe!) needs to have a backing pieced and then it is next up in the quilting marathon.

There will be 3 quilts to apply binding to.

Why so many quilts at once?

Because we prepared and planned in advance to do this safely so we could kick them out in rapid succession before the holidays.

Baby grandson is due to arrive around December 20th - that's only a month away.  Right at Christmastime.

Mona will be going up to Ohio to assist her daughter, and many bindings will keep her hands busy while she is doing what new grandmas do.

As for me - row 4 and 5 will go on my trees, and then some more piecing of blue strings to complete the borders for this runner.

What's ahead for your Friday?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

There is no reason to ever be bored! Boredom is a choice. ⁣
And there are too many quilts to make and too many other things to do to even consider that a possibility!
What is boredom breaker for you these days?

How about joining in on our Quiltville Winter Mystery, Grassy Creek starting with clue number 1 on Black Friday! (ONE WEEK FROM TODAY!)

Have a wonderful Friday!



  1. So nice to see Mona!

  2. Love that you got to quilt with a friend. A small group had started here but withe rising numbers, we halted again. Sad for all of us. Love the tree quilts both blue and green

  3. Thanks for doing this in Blue!! I'm always inpored by your designs. I hope to stich my Blue Spruce quilt for a leader and ender with the Mystery. Got my pattern to download this morning. Gotta move my Sewing space again before next week though. I can sort through and find my Blues doing the move. Never boring at my house. Sorry about Mona's unstitching, and Murphys law x 3.

  4. Mona's sashings and setting triangles! Love! Love! Love! So many of the quilts she's made (that you've shared with us) really appeal to my color taste. I hope you show us her frolic!

  5. Love that fabric with the safety pins! A 14 day self quarantine is very possible - my son and his girlfriend, and my husband and I will be doing just that prior to a holiday visit. Keeping boredom at bay here while working on a Carolina Christmas quilt.

  6. my friday? row 4 of the nordic christmas mini....2 tops for the guild's charity project...

  7. The blues for you trees is lovely and the backgrounds kind of remind me of snow. Your creativity just amazes me. Glad you and Mona have had time to quilt her quilts, especially for the new grandson. Congratulations. No quilting for me today as I am having my 6 year old grandson over and we will be sitting in the floor playing cars together, although there may be some cookie making together.

  8. I think when I stop it’s because I miss family sooo much! It hurts as they are 16 hours + away. I haven’t seen them in a year. So I sew, so I walk and I volunteer. That way I don’t miss them as much

  9. I do many different crafty things in addition to quilting, so I have lots of boredom breakers. I crochet and embroider and paint. Lots to do, it's sometimes just hard to choose. Have a great day quilting.

  10. Love, love, love Mona's pink Shoe Fly quilt!!

  11. Love that y'all planned ahead to enjoy a full quilting time together. I completely agree that self-quarantining is doable, especially if you're able to then travel safely & be together. I tis worth the effort for those we love. And boredom - no such thing - there's so many different and interesting things to see, do, read, and learn - no one should ever be bored. Love seeing Mona's quilts. Have a fabulous weekend.

  12. I adore Mona's shoo fly quilt! Great job! So glad you had some friend time!

  13. lol Boring?? Not here...hubby was covid positive on 11.9. He was in hospital 3 days but is doing well now. I'm now on 2nd set of quarantine till 12.1. your postings are making life a bit sweeter; thanks Bonnie.

  14. Lola is adorable.

  15. I have watched you on you tube for a while, but there haven't been any new, and I know internet is bad where you are, so I thought you were hunkered down like many of us. Then, tonight, Kate at The last Homely House mentioned you and I thought of checking Instagram, which got me here. So glad to find you again, and know all is well. It will take me a bit to go back and catch up. 😀❤❤❤❤

  16. I am never bored. Life is too full. so many things. There may be days I feel lazy but I use those days to vacuum and do mundane chores.
    Today I really need to give about 3 hours to my long garden on the side yard. Pulling out all of that blasted iris and next spring grand girl age 5 and I are gonna make a big flower garden/
    I have had those days of three bad things, and we try to make it all even in the end, right?
    Happy Week-end🥰

  17. So good to see Mona again , her quilts are so beautiful! Did Beanie and Max get to come too ? Are they good friends yet with Zoey and Ivy?
    I love how the pine trees look so good as blue spruces too and will have to make both! Thanks for doing your blog and sharing your life and patterns :)

  18. Bonnie Thank you for all of the wonderful stories and information.
    Sweet Lola was meant to have you as her fur baby Mommy. She is adorable and I wish she was at my house lol I miss my kitty helper so much.
    Happy Thanksgiving and Bless you and your family xoxoxoxo

  19. Bonnie, I want to thank you for the all the inspiration you are giving us in McKinney, TX! We have been successful thus far to keep our quilt store going strong and are so thankful for that. I am going to get the Pine Tree Point quilt and table runner today and wondered if you might have another new one coming using the Sugar Loaf blocks? Sure would love to have something like that also to add to my projects-in-progress! Have a wonderful day and blessings to you and your family for the Thanksgiving holidays.

  20. Mona’s sho-fly-shoo quilt is so pretty I’m sure her granddaughter will love it.
    Lola is so cute and who dosent love to stroke fabric lol
    Stay safe
    Love and quilty hugs
    Anne xx


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