Hi! My name is Bonnie K Hunter, a Quilter, Teacher, Author, Hopeless Scrapaholic! My passion is about quilt quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”. I am honored and blessed to share my love of scrappy quilts through traveling this wonderful world of ours --visiting quilt guilds and shops and giving lectures & workshops, wherever they may be.
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. Did You Click to Read the Whole Story?
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.
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!
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!
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??
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!
NO QUILT-CAM TODAY. I'm sorry.
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!
We never knew when someone NOT in our class, would stop by with a quilt and share with us what they had completed!
Either from a mystery, a previous class, or something they were doing all on their own!
Tuesday afternoon was a day of visiting – where students and instructors alike could go on “Walkabout” and visit the other classes to see what other folks had been up to during their time at Asilomar.
Shown here is Ruthmary – the fabulous gal who takes care of all of my shipping needs through C&T, making sure that book and merchandise orders show up where they are supposed to show up ahead of my arrival. I couldn’t do what I do without her! And she brought her newly quilted En Provence quilt to share during Walkabout, binding in progress.
She also brought a batch of peanut butter Rice Krispy treats, quickly devoured.
For anyone of MY generation, the title line of this post will get you gyrating and singing along, leaving you an ear-worm that will last throughout the day!
If it doesn’t ring a bell, it is likely that you didn’t grow up when Rocky Horror Picture Show was all the rage.
Growing up in San Jose (shown here as we were taking off for Atlanta yesterday) and being one of the consummate drama/choir geeks and loving all performing arts, going to Rocky Horror, and knowing all the come backs and lyrics, motions and actions - what can I say? It was who we were. It was what we did.
And as we flew up toward the clouds, and I looked back over the city through my little plane window, I realized just what a time warp this was, 40 years later. 40 years. Where have they gone? It’s been 40 years since I was 16.
And that time warp part? It also applies to this morning – when back in North Carolina, 7:30am definitely felt like 4:30am – I rolled back over and went back to sleep. Did You Click to Read the Whole Story?
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