Monday, March 19, 2018

Thread Matters…

Thread is one of those things I care about.  I hope you do too.

When putting all of this time and effort to piece quilts, quilt quilts – I give a lot of consideration to the thread that does the job of holding piece to piece, or finishes the quilt either by machine quilting or hand quilting, and binding.

Living in North Carolina, I’ve been interested and fascinated by the long standing textile industry here.

Of course, many (most) of the mills are gone now, but did you know that having been in the thread business for 127 years, American & Efird  is the only thread company still with full scale operations remaining in the US?

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Stitching Away on St Paddy’s Day!

It’s not often that St Patrick’s Day falls in line with National Quilting Day!

But then, isn’t EVERY day International Quilting Day?  It is in my world!

However you spent your day, I hope it was wonderful.

There was a plethora of green-wearing-scrap-loving folks sewing up a storm in yesterday’s Cathedral Stars workshop hosted by the Illinois Valley Quilters in Ottawa, IL!  And we were so happy to have Carolyn and Lisa join us all the way from Arkansas and Missouri.  We tried to figure out how many years it has been since I last saw them, and the best we can come up with is about 5. 

Lisa’s kids have grown – gotten married, life marches on – oh, so quickly!

And our class day did, as well.

I haven’t taught Cathedral Stars in a while, but it was the FIRST quilt that turned me on to the Tri-Recs units and how fun and versatile they are when cut from strips.  We’ve since used this unit in Celtic Solstice and En Provence, both found in the Digital Patterns section of the once again functional Quiltville Store And when students are successful with this unit, their happiness spills over and the possibilities are endless.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Of Midwest Towns & Antique Malls!


Yesterday I had the opportunity to trundle on up to La Salle and do some quilt shop wandering, have a delicious lunch out at the Up Town Grille, and hit a couple of antique malls with Sarah, my designated driver while I’m here with the Illinois Valley Quilters.

We made a stop at Quilting in the Valley!

Isn’t it wonderful how you can enter certain shops and be made to feel completely welcome and at home – even when you’ve never been there before?

The shop was busy with a flurry of customers, and we were soon chatting of all things quilty – from mystery quilts to quilt-cam to “I’ll see you tonight, I’m in tomorrow’s class” and beyond.

It never ceases to bring a smile when someone says “How’s Sadie?”  I felt instantly like part of this group!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Scrappy Trippin’ with the Quilter’s Plus Quilters!

How many quilters does it take to make enough blocks for  a king sized quilt top in a day?


Fifty quilters gathered yesterday at the Glenwoodie Golf & Country Club for a full day of Scrappy Trips fun!

This is such an easy quilt to make and the pattern is found under the free patterns tab at the top of the blog. Those who have made one, can’t stop with just one.  They are fast and easy, and EVERYTHING goes.  There is no such thing as an ugly quilt with this simple block pattern.  Grab some 2 1/2’’ strips and get sewing!


I was gifted a shirt to match “the Super Staff!”

The day before all of the ladies were sporting green shirts with the guild logo and the name of the class along with my name, and I said “Cute! Where’s mine?!”  Well, they listened and brought me one for yesterday’s class.  I quickly changed and joined these “blue birds of happiness” for a wonderful day that flew by far to quickly.


Strips are sewn into sets and strategically pressed!


Strip sets are sliced, opened and rearranged!


Pump those irons girls!


Beautiful blocks were happening by lunch time!


We worked up a powerful hunger, and our catered lunch was delicious!

Roasted chicken and seasoned potato quarters, green beans to die for….”Why are these beans so good?!” Was the query.  “2lbs of butter!” was the reply! LOL! But really, they were delicious.


Amazing, everyone!  Just amazing!

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And lest you think that was the END of the day:


Last quilters standing SEWING!

Long after everyone else had packed up and rolled on out, and the last of the cords and duct tape had been pulled off of the floor, ONE table of die hard quilters remained, still sewing away.

We had the room until 9pm so they decided to stay put, order in pizza delivered for dinner and just use up all of the time they could making more blocks!

I waved them a fond farewell as Cathy and I rolled on out ourselves – destination?  Dinner in near by Flossmoor, IL – such a cute town!


I loved the old brick buildings.


Dinner at the Floosmoor Station!


Aren’t the Tudor buildings cute??

The sun was setting lower as we made our way toward Joliet where I would be meeting up with Sarah from the Illinois Valley Quilters – transferring my stuff (Oh, so much stuff!) from Cathy’s vehicle to Sarah’s and off we went further west to my next destination – Ottawa!


Bonnie got her Culver’s fix!

Caramel Peanut Butter Cup.  MMmmmmm!

I was in bed by 8:30.  I think I watched 20 minutes of The Wedding Planner before clicking the remote to off, turning out the lights and calling it DONE. 

This morning is much less hectic.  I have the morning to take care of and catch up on emails and other needed things.  Sarah is picking me up at 11:30 for lunch out, a quilt shop fix, and an antique mall wander.  The only thing I really need to be present for is tonight’s guild presentation!  A day to play.  Thank you!

**NOTE!**  My shop is currently down while we get the SSL certificate to redirect.  Currently it shows the page, but no items! ARGH!  And I'm still busy in Illinois, leaving the hotel to spend the time with the guild ladies.  Please check back later --  :)


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Vintage Iris quilt with signatures shared by Cathy in Lockport, Illinois.

If you find yourself feeling "less than" - stop the comparison! Just bloom!

It’s Friday!  Get out there and enjoy it!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Pineapple Blossom Afternoon!

Me and the lovely ladies of the Quilters Plus Quilt Guild of Glenwood Illinois!

These gals have worked so hard behind the scenes to make these couple of days possible.

And they have the shirts to prove it!

With classes holding 50 students, a bigger location was needed, and they found a BEAUTIFUL place at the Glenwoodiie Golf & Country Club.

A lovely facility, with 85 years of history just 25 minutes drive south of downtown Chicago.

And LUNCH was served in between the guild meeting, my presentation and the start of the workshop for workshop attendees.

The shirts all say Bonnie Hunter Pineapple Blossom on them.  They planned ahead!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Snow Day Sew Day in Lockport!

What a day for a Snow Day Sew Day!

Only, it wasn’t snowing until about lunch time.  But when it comes down, that spring snow is heavy and wet, and suddenly Illinois became a beautiful snow globe of wonder – swirling and whirling while while 49 quilters and myself sewed up a plethora of 2 1/2’’ strips in our Sister’s Choice workshop!

Our event was hosted by the Heritage Quilters in Lockport, Illinois, and they pulled out ALL of the stops to bring this together.

We had folks joining us from all surrounding states from Tennessee to Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and beyond.

I always love it when a guild will open up to outside visitors – they bring a whole new dynamic to the occasion, and the excitement in the air is palpable!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Chicago, Chicago!

Would you look at the color of this water?

And blue sky!  And puffy white clouds – and oh, sun!

But don’t let the glow of the photo fool you.  They don’t call this the Windy City for nothing, and those March winds were blowing!

Still, it was a beautiful crisp day in Chicago, and I had a partner-in-quilt-crime willing and able to drive me around on a panoramic tour of the city, giving me a taste of “Downtown Chi Town!”

Getting here was my only struggle.

Monday, March 12, 2018

A Time Change of Confusion!

Is it the 3-hour time zone difference body clock rebellion?

Is it the whiplash of Springing Forward an extra hour yesterday making it a 4 hour time difference of “What time is it anyway?!”

Maybe it’s the fact that there were only 3 days to try to settle in before kicking off to Chicago this morning. (And going an hour backwards?)

Perhaps it was the changing technology and all that comes with it, but I am trying to find my sense of humor in all that has slowed me down over the past three days, starting with the fact that I discovered yesterday that I had lost…..LOST!!!….my Asilomar pay check.  WHAT?!  Where?  Oh, my goodness, how??

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Springing Forward–And Falling Behind!

There has been a little of this going on here.

And when I say little…I mean LITTLE!

It kind of gets this way when I’ve been gone for 10 days, and I only have a few days to play catch up before heading off again.

I leave for Chicago tomorrow. 

With the time changes between California and here, and then springing forward another hour overnight last night – I’m in a bit of a kerfuffle.

So this is my notice right off the bat – Quilt-Cam is going to have to wait until I return from Chicago.  At least I’ll only be adjusting backwards an hour tomorrow morning!


There I was yesterday with the whole day laid out before me, and everything was supposed to fall into place, but the one thing I can’t live without is my cell phone if I am going to photograph, blog, communicate, not to mention run credit cards at book signings…MUST. HAVE. PHONE!