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