Wednesday, November 01, 2023

Bye-Bye October!

October blew out of here on a breeze that went from balmy to brutal overnight!

I woke up this morning to 23 degrees.  Can I please have a do-over?  Where do I make a return? Can I swap this one for a different one? Do not recommend.

As you can see from the above photo we've got a bit of an action shot going on.

While quilted and bound quilts have a bit more weight to them, the newly finished quilt tops were adjusting their sails and ready for take off.  LOL!

But what an array of beautiful quilts to behold!

Melinda at far left with her Hearts of Hope variation of my Solidarity PDF pattern followed by Winter Blues  in a straight-setting with an additional pop of red added.

This is followed by Wendy and Bev who both completed quilt tops while on retreat!

Tumelo Trail from Scraps & Shirttails II, a lovely sampler, On Ringo Lake, Jared Takes a Wife from the Free Patterns tab, and a newly finished quilt top with African fabrics and printed photos from a granddaughter's trip to Africa.

Tonni started and finished her log cabin top on retreat!

I don't know the name of the hanging beads one on the right, but it is followed by a newly completed Bristol top and that lovely exploding heart in red, white & blue! 

Winter Blues, a just completed Jacob's Chain top, followed by 3 more completed quilt tops made at retreat. As always, if you know the name of anything unnamed, please leave it in the comments section below.  Thank you!

We have a Chilhowie finish too!

The LAST fire pit of the 2023 retreat season!

We couldn't NOT do it.  It was 74 earlier in the day.  It was perfect sweater weather in the evening.  Little did we know that just a couple days later it would be 23 in the morning.

The hubster builds great fires!

This was Sunday night - what a great weirdly warm week it was.  I'm glad we made the most of it.

This wonderful group of women loaded up all of their belongings and hit the road yesterday morning.

Soaking up the last bit of warmth and sunshine!

Thanks for a wonderful week, everyone!  It was a delight to have you here - and we'll see you NEXT October!

The November Quiltvillians will be arriving this afternoon - so there was a quick turn-around to put the Halloween spooky stuff away, leave the regular autumn through Thanksgiving type stuff out, wash all the laundry - you know the routine.

There was also this.

I completely sold out of Tri-Recs rulers yesterday.  I've got over 75 orders to ship today. I have more rulers on order, and if they are here before I leave to Arizona next Wednesday, great - if not - we'll deal with it when I get back.

Many quilt shops have the triangle-in-a-square ruler from one manufacturer or another. Check.

I'll also provide paper piecing templates if you'd rather make the units that way anyway.

I still have the Essential Triangle Tool on hand.

Please don't panic - we have time.

And with that - 

It's time to draw for the winners in our Summit St Box Gift-Away!

These 7inch x 7inch x 1.5" clear plastic boxes hold 6 1/2" quilt squares perfectly.

Not a quilter? That's OK. These boxes are very versatile and can be used in lots of different ways!

*Little treats and goodies 
*Pictures, scrapbooking, quilting.....any crafting supplies
*Make up and toiletries
*Office supplies
*Makes a great gift!

I have two more holding the blocks for our current Star of Hope Sew-Along.

Where is Summit St. Shop?

In Webberville, Michigan!

They have refurbished the cutest old church into a wonderful gift shop full of home decor, fabric pre-cuts and quilting items, and so much more.  Visit their website HERE.

Get your holiday shopping well underway without even leaving your comfy chair.

If you are local - drop on by and tell them Bonnie sent you - but remember they are closed Monday and Tuesday. 

We had 3853 entries! Wow!

And the winners are: 

Debbie Rogowski

Terri White

Lori Walter

Congrats, Ladies!  Please reply to the email notification sent to the email address provided with your entry.  You will receive your choice of box from Summit St. Shop!

I want to thank everyone for diving in to Silk Path with me!  Holy Moly! Was that only last Friday?

There are going to be wonderful quilts happening over the winter as you make this project!

Silk Path is easily constructed from strip-sewn panels: Sliced, mixed and matched, rearranged and sewn back together! No triangles required. 

Introductory Special: I have placed Silk Path at 25 % off in both the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store and in the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop

Full color photos, step-by-step instructions included.

Quilt Size: 84’’ X 84’’

Sale price good through 11/15/23.  Hurry now and save - no coupon needed!

And yes - I'll be drawing for 2 winners who will each receive a Silk Path PDF pattern from me, and a Facets of Brown Color Roll from Cotton to Quilts.

Enter to win on the Gift-Away Post!

And I think that just about catches us up for now.

On deck today - I plan to sit and finally sew more Star of Hope Part 2 blocks.

How about you?

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Have confidence that you are right where you should be, right now, at the right time.
Garlic Knots Quilt pattern available in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.

Happy November, everyone!    



  1. lol, i SURELY do not want to be at this stage of visual impairment, not sure were the "need" is, maybe to help me appreciate the wonderful quilts i CAN see and that i HAVE made... while not as severe, my so cal weather has turned to much much cooler, especially at night and the fall days are spectacular! Cut, sew, create.... you have mysupport and i LOVE seeing all the beautiful finished products... hugs from Cats in Carlsbad CA

  2. Anonymous9:31 AM EDT

    In the second to last picture of quilts over the rail, the last one ic a chandelier quilt with dark background. Also known as beads by Donna Jordan.

  3. Lori Walter10:05 AM EDT

    I can’t believe I won one of those great boxes! Thanks so much, Bonnie!

    1. Anonymous1:52 PM EDT

      Congratulations!! --Connie H., California

  4. I Love that they braved the Weather for one last Firepit! Yes, it is Sweater Wether here too. I have nowhere to be today except in front of my Machine. Have a great November! Grateful for You!!

  5. Gorgeous quilts over the railing!
    Love Jared takes a wife.
    Ugh 😫 I just had a eye exam and he found a cataract on each eye. Getting old I guess..fun.
    You've been busy with your store!
    I have both rulers already. From a long time ago.
    Blessings and hugs 🙏🤗


    regarding the mystery, you had me at Indigo! while I have actually worked with a dye pot, I will stick the wonderful fabrics I have been hoarding all these years.
    Bring it on!

  7. The Chandelier Quilt appears in the book 'Charm School: 18 Quilts from 5" Squares" by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique. A free download of that pattern is available on the Lella Boutique website.

  8. I love the over the porch rail posts!! I'm glad you got it in. As for the weather, here in South Central Texas we finally got a taste of the cool weather. After a brutal summer it was a much needed change!! I was going through my list of patterns that I want to do last night. I will also be adding Silk Path to it as well as this year's mystery!! But this thing called work gets in the way!! HA!
    Congratulations to the box winners! The week is 1/2 gone; and the downhill slide is what I'm giddy at! Have a great evening!

  9. Anonymous3:27 PM EDT

    Did I miss it? Was the next Chilhowie color / fabric requirements released yesterday?? Can't wait!


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