Saturday, November 25, 2023

Thanksgiving Weekend in the Strings!

Did yesterday feel like Sunday to anyone else but me?

Today feels like Monday, and it's only Saturday.

I think there was so much build up to Thanksgiving, and then yesterday's Part One release of our Indigo Way Mystery - I've just been all kinds of "What day is it anyway?!"

Not that more weekend is a bad thing.  It's great for sewing - only I must confess that my Arizona Sunset project and the Cardinal inspired other project have been set aside for a bit until I finish something up.

Whenever I have felt the desire to simply sew and not have to match points, or worry about exacting things like seam allowances for half-square triangles or flying geese, I pull out the bin of strings and just make blocks.

Mindless sewing has been my relaxation over the past few days - and I've now become obsessed to the point that I need to push this through to a top.

Stringing workstation!

The red tin has hunks and chunks that were too short to be strips, but pieces that would fit as I worked further out toward the corners of my phone book paper foundations.

Surely this is enough to become something?

I mean - just look at this stack!

It's only half the amount I need!

And Lola the scrap compactor is making things interesting, to say the least.

I need to make a ton more.

It's not like there is a scrap shortage or anything -

2 candidates for sashing.

And perhaps I'll search for other options by the time I get to that point.

The strings are so busy and bright that I want something that will tone it down, and I'm not a fan of big amounts of white-on-white.

I could go with something like a solid yellow? Not sure.  But I need to keep making blocks, so that's up on deck today.

Thursday's Thanksgiving community dinner at Corner Market.

It was fantastic - and just enough.  I love knowing that proceeds benefit those in need in my commnuity.

Thanksgiving selfie sent to family far and wide.

Of course, there has been much hub-bub around yesterday's Part One of the Indigo Way Mystery

The most often asked question is "What if I want a smaller quilt?"  

Make half the units.  You may end up with a few units extra, or have to make a few more once the reveal happens. From that point you'll be designing on your own and working your way through your options.  

This is a mystery.  That's all I can say.  Those who want to go their own direction are in charge of their own ship's course.

Same thing for those changing colors - I don't get involved with that or make suggestions for people. 

Embrace your wild side and go with it - but I can't tell you how it is going to come out.

All of this is currently happening:

Starting 11/23/23 and good through 11/28/23:  All digital patterns in the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop are 30% off using coupon code DIGITAL30 at checkout.

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Good through Monday 11/27/23:

My friend Debbie first told me about the incredible gel pad she had received – raving about how she could sew for hours on end with no hip or back issues -

I sew with a SewPad at the sewing machine. I have one on my desk chair.

All of the dining room chairs at Quiltville Inn have SewPad for comfortable seating for retreat guests.

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This thing is thick and heavy!

In fact, I plopped it right down on my postal scale because I was curious – and it weighs in at 4 1/2 lbs of ultimate seating comfort!

The back side is grippy for no slippy!

Right on top of my sewing chair it goes.

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Church. Stadium seats, in the car and anywhere else that you might expect to be sitting for a good while.

Being comfortable is a wonderful thing!

So here's the good part.  

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There are more fun things and gift-aways starting Monday.  Stay tuned for more!

Quiltville Quote of the Day

No matter what, don't stop believing in yourself! 

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



  1. Bonnie, do you spin your center seams on the string blocks, or press to one side? Thanks for all you do!!!

  2. intending to manifest a miracle, i am printing each clue in hope that i can begin again to quilt!!! MIRACLE please... I applaud those who are brave enough and talented to change up their color... wow... how do they know??? I've got a better handle on it now, but when i first saw that the mystery was not set in stone, that Bonnie would not "help" with other ideas, but leave us on our own to do our own thing>??>? wow... it's only one example of why I follow and love the Bonnie Hunter thang!!! Happy and grateful... Cats in Carlsbad CA

  3. the "Lola the trash compactor" photo achieved a new level of CUTENESS! ❤

  4. PS: Love love love the kitties!!! They are some lucky cats and great quilt supervisors!!!

  5. Sorry ... SCRAP COMPACTOR. autocorrect did its job 😕

  6. RED for the string sashing....of course I always pick red and love it :0) Thanks for the hours of happy sewing with your patterns and mystery Bonnie, I look forward to it every year

  7. I like the dot fabric for a sashing. Lola just wants your full attention. Looks like she got it for a split second. on the Mystery, I make as many parts as I can with a few extra for choices later on. Love the easy Part one! It's our 47th Anniversary. no stitching today.

  8. I have the Sew Pad and I love it. I need another one so I don't always have to take this one to my car when going places.

  9. Loving your Strings!!
    Thank you for the easy first clue. I appreciate all you do for us.
    Lola is so cute. My kitty keeps me company when I'm in the sewing room too.
    Blessings 💞

  10. Anonymous1:42 PM EST

    Lola is so adorable. Love the photo.

  11. As a lover of my Arizona sunsets, am looking forward to seeing your upcoming project. Wish I could post the beautiful sunset from last night in SE Arizona!

  12. Cheryl randleman5:18 PM EST

    I actually thought the grey from your floor mats was the sashing until I looked closer - it looks really good with dark color!

    1. Anonymous12:15 PM EST

      I thought the same thing!!! I like the dark.

  13. First sentence out of the gate, and I'm all, "YES!!! I though I was the only one who lost an entire weekend!" (Or gained a second one, depending on how you look at it.)



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