Wednesday, May 10, 2017

An evening with Bonnie Hunter

Beaming with Bonnie

On Monday, I attended a lecture and trunk show by Bonnie Hunter.  To be able to fully understand my fascination for Bonnie we have to go back to Homeful.

Homeful

I made Homeful in 2015 and shared the link to the blogpost on my Facebook page. That is when a magical thing happened. Bonnie Hunter saw my Homeful quilt. She loved it and shared the link on her Quiltville FB page.

But I had NO IDEA!!!

My friends on Missouri Star Quilting Forum noticed it and started a thread.
https://forum.missouriquiltco.com/showthread.php?t=55348&page=2&highlight=homeful

After I absorbed (somewhat) the euphoria, I sent an email to Bonnie, thanking her for the recognition, for the kind words and giving me a free advertisement.
Bonnie wrote back to me. I was an Cloud Nine.

Bonnie and me

If you are a quilter, you know Bonnie Hunter. How do I explain this phenomenon to a non-quilter?
Well, Bonnie is so famous that her calendar is fully booked for two straight years.  Folks want to book her for further out but she refuses to do so, because that would be insane. She has several patterns to her name and has written several books. She has a signature style.

Autographed!!!

It is like if I was a minor theater actor or an understudy and then I receive commendation for my acting from Meryl Streep.  You get the picture. But here is what is really important - the way she treated me speaks volumes about her.

Bonnie signed this to me!!!

So when I learned (by stalking her calendar) that she would be in Manassas (45 minutes away) for a lecture and trunk show, I made it a point to be there.

Talking Turkey


My friend Jennifer (also a Bonnie Hunter fan) was only too happy to drive with me.

Blue Skies

I walked into the room and walked up to Bonnie, as she was sitting behind the table with her books, notions etc. She looked up. I smiled and began to speak. She squealed with delight as she recognized me. Next thing we are hugging (like old friends). Bonnie recognized ME!!!!

Bonnie in action

I enjoyed every minute of her presentation. Loved each and every quilt and drooled over the scrappy goodness. She has amazing energy and such an easygoing manner.  I am so thankful to the Stone House Quilters Guild for hosting Bonnie Hunter.

Autographed!!!

I had to buy Bonnie's book - String Fling. It includes patterns for both Talking Turkey, Blue Skies and  nine others.  She was kind enough to sign it for me :-)

No, it is not too small :-)

On our drive back, while I was still giddy with excitement, Jennifer remarked - explaining the stature of Bonnie Hunter to a non-quilter is hard.  Jennifer had told her friend earlier - Think of this as attending a Lady Gaga concert.
Yes, I said, except Lady Gaga picked me out from the crowd and hugged me :-D
Hope you can forgive my self-absorption for just this one time.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Crazy Daisy May

Last month, I met my local quilty buddy Cynthia for lunch.
She had a surprise for me.



She was at a store closeout sale and bought fabric bolts for $5 each. Saved these four for me.
I was speechless.



According to Cynthia, this fabric had my name written all over it. I am such a lucky duck.




Speaking of fabric, I did buy a little something. This spaceships flannel from Connecting Threads.


Because it is so bright and cheerful and at 60% off it is such a deal. It will be perfect for a baby quilt backing.

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May is going to be a Crazy Daisy month.  There is just so much happening.

Bee Blocks - in process

But first the HoneyPotBee for May block.

Blue Green

This is the best (my absolute favorite) block so far in the Honey Pot Bee.
Thanks to the tutorial from Intrepid Thread.

I made more than two. Well, actually, I made more because I made a mistake.

Blue and Yellow - one option

And then I loved how gorgeous they looked. So I made a few more.
Pinning helps

Is it acceptable to dispense advice on making these blocks? 
Well, after making a few, I chose to change a few things.

The tricky part

So, when you finish piecing the 2" strings, you get a block that is about 11" wide.
You are required to trim it to 9.5". That means cutting 3/4" on either sides. Now, this is not a big deal but that would make the end strips much too skinny in comparison with the other strips
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Skinny Strips on the end - not good

So, I cut the strips at 1 and 7/8".  Also alternated sewing direction for alternate strips and ironed them in one direction after finished sewing all seven.

Not too skinny purple end strip

Used generous amounts of spray starch and ironed again, before cutting them into triangles.

Snowballing corners

Followed the remaining directions the best I could and here we have the two blocks.


The others are not truly completed in time for this blogpost.


I am saving the corner HSTs for the next scrap vortex quilt.


Other activities in May include the following:

  • I am going to attend a Bonnie Hunter lecture next week.
  • I joined Instagram. Must get more comfortable with it and follow others.
  • I will be meeting with Melanie of Melanie's Kunstraum next week, when she will be here on a visit to Washington DC.  I am so excited :-)


I am sure I am forgetting something. Oh yes, Craftsy has a sale  - all classes are under $20.
I mean all classes including knitting, dressmaking, baking and more.  Here is a picture to go with the promotion.



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Here is my OMG for May.  Complete a queen size quilt and deliver it to my sister by Memorial Day so that she can take it with her when she leaves for India this month. How is that for a deadline?

Moda Paradiso

For this quilt, I finally opened the Moda Paradiso FQ Bundle.  Love the pink and turquoise. Added a dark blue background. Here is a sneak peek. I am saving the details for the FINISHED post.

Mayflower

This is the backing and binding.

Wide Backing and Navy Binding

Since it is my OMG for May and it has floral fabrics, I am calling this one Mayflower.
Linking with Elm Street Quilts for May OMG.


I'd love to stay and chat but you know I have a deadline (and so much to do) and I cannot dawdle. 
Please tell me how May is shaping up for you - no matter how dull or how exciting. Of course, I 'd love to hear from you and I will be there at all the linky parties.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Kind and Strong

Hope you had a great Easter!

Me: If I had to describe you in one word, then that word would be KIND.
Paul: Awww... you are so sweet
Me: Your turn.
Paul: My turn?
Me: Yes. If you had to describe me in just one word, what would that be?
Paul: Hmm... STRONG
Me: STRONG?
Paul: Yes. You are STRONG.
Me: But that can be good or bad.
Paul: Yep.

There was nothing left for me to say?  I am glad he did not say headstrong. 

Little does Paul know that this month I have been anything but strong in resisting fabric.
First, there was the fabric shopping spree at the Mook Fabric Store in Amish Country.

Then I found some amazing deals on Etsy - materialgirlchic. She has a sale section with FREE shipping at $75.
50% off Layer Cakes - Yes, I have a plan for these!!!

And finally, I went to Joann Fabrics and splurged only because the premium brand fabrics were half-off PLUS there was a coupon.


Love these florals and paisleys

Ooh Shiny!!!

Spring has sprung
I was all but done at this point, when I choose to chase these cute hedgehogs.  But I was completely seduced by the deep dark red, with just a hint of mint!!!


Cuteness & Passionate Red
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I do have a finish to share. Surrounded by scraps, a scrap vortex quilt is always in the works.

Design Wall
But since the scraps do not need to be in any particular order or layout, the final quilt often looks different from the design wall version.  Blocks moved, slabs turned, rows trimmed - but finished.

Trust me, it is the same as the one on the design wall above.
Paul - the quilt model!

I quilted this with straight lines, spaced two inches.  Thanks to painters tape.


And then, I quilted gentle curves in between those straight lines. It was fast and easy!!!
Since all my scrap vortex quilts look kinds similar, the best way to tell them apart is by the backing. So let's see the backing on this one.


No, let's get closer.

Two out of these three fabrics came to me in a scrap bag and I was not too fond of them.  Combined with another orange/fall fabric from my stash and a bright orange near-solid, resulted in this pieced backing.

Here is the funny part - Paul thought that the backing was the front :-)



I used the same bright orange for the binding.


What shall I call this one?  Already have Side Effects and Whatever Works.  I may be getting low on names for my scrap vortex quilts.



Since it has fall colors on the back, what do you think of "Falling For You"?
I know I am so full of it :-D



Actually, I see leaves and some fall colors on the front as well.  So it is settled - Falling For You.



Falling For You finished at 40" by 44" and it is my seventh finish of 2017. Yay!!!
But that is not all.

Remember this scrap vortex in the works picture from my last post?

I finished this flimsy!!!
This is a separate quilt from Falling From You.  Yes, they all look the same.

Here is Paul holding it up.

Flimsy Finish - To be Named

This is what he had to say.


Why are you photographing this?
It is not even finished. 
No batting. No backing. No binding.
It is just patchwork.

It is a flimsy finish, I clarified.  And I was laughing and rolling my eyes at the same time.


With a finished quilt and a finished flimsy I am declaring that I have achieved my April OMG!!!
And here they are both side by side, to prove that they are indeed two separate pieces.


I will be linking with Elm Street Quilts for the April OMG completion and all my favorite linky parties.

I wish that you are surrounded by kindness and hope you stay strong through tumultuous times.  I look forward to you thoughts.