Monday, October 20, 2014

Rotary Cutting and Specialty Rulers!

So, you’ve got a new book!

Or the latest issue of your favorite quilting magazine has just hit your mailbox and you are dying to dig in!

But the rotary cutting math in print is not showing up to be so Scrap User’s System friendly ---

It’s REGULAR STANDARD ROTARY CUTTING..and you just don’t want to do it!

You want to put all those nifty tricks you’ve learned while watching us create here in Quiltville.  You haven’t used the Easy Angle for half square triangles in a while, and heaven knows WHERE your Companion Angle ruler is!

I’m sure you know by now that these are my favorite MUST HAVE tools for traditional patchwork shapes, and I am never without them.

What you see here are some cutting directions I printed out for a block I am working on in EQ ---

EQ won’t print for specialty rulers so there are a few things I keep in mind so that I know what to cut when I need to cut it.

It’s all in the shape!

Early Morning, Down the Mountain

This was the morning sky at 7am as we were making our way home from the cabin.

Not too many people out on the road at this hour, but as we got closer to Winston Salem, driving traffic had picked up and red tail lights followed red tail lights and I knew ---It is a Monday and the masses are on their way to work.

I guess that means me too – after so many days gone!

The van is unloaded and I was greeted by both cats, Chloe who lives outside, and Emmy who lives inside –both demanding attention.  Or food.  Or both.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Just One More Night, Please!

So, the Hubster decides that we should stay at the cabin an extra night, and just leave for home early in the morning instead.

Hooray! I'm all for that!

I stitched these Bear Paw quarters while avoiding football today There really are days where I wish I could make myself like sports, but I honestly can't no matter how hard I try. I hide at the sewing machine.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do with these little blocks yet, but I needed a new travel project, and I always try to have a crumb or paper piecing project going to use up the little bits and pieces left over from other projects.

Some Poway Showing & Sharing!

We had some great lunch time and guild time Show & Share while I was in California!

The word is out – bring your quilts and we’ll do an impromptu reveal at the end of our lunch break.  It helps everyone get to know everyone else, especially with visitors from other areas and gets us back excited to be stitching again after filling our bellies!  If I am coming to your area, bring your show & share!

This is Karen’s Hidden Spools!  All from her 2.5” pre-cut strips!  Hidden Spools is a pattern from the Free Patterns tab at the top of the blog, and is great for beginners, just separating strips into two camps – neutrals and colors!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Barn Quilts, Long Distance Views and Autumn Hikes!

This afternoon was a planned adventure to take a ride out on the Blue Ridge Parkway with some neighbor friends, see some views, hike some trails, see some autumn color, and finish up by having a bite to eat out not far off the parkway at a little local joint that is reported to have really good eats. 

We were not disappointed!

I love it when non-quilters all of a sudden find themselves entranced with barn quilt blocks and wanting to know more about them…

“What is that pattern name?”

“Why is it called that?”

“How many different quilt blocks are there?”

We had a good time driving around – this one I am guessing on.  Can you help me out?  I think it’s Corn & Beans or a variation, but I’m not all fired sure!

A Lazy Saturday, Blue Ridge Style!

This lovely work is not mine!

It belongs to and was made by Stephen across the pond in London, England!

When I met up with him at the V & A museum during our Sew Many Places tour in August, these were in progress – a labor of the patchwork kind, destined to be hanging as window treatments in France – if they were ever to get done!

And done they are!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Zombie Friday!

Meet Thomas the Quilter!

I had wandered like a zombie all over the Atlanta airport during my 4 hour layover. ((A girl can seriously get lost in there, and clock a gazillion fitbit steps in the process)) finally arriving at my gate about 10 minutes before boarding.

Up comes this handsome man and his beautiful wife to ask if I am Bonnie Hunter!

Uhoh!  Am I being served?  I swear, I got legally excused for that jury duty because I had a plane ticket and contracts to teach in San Diego!

No!  It’s Thomas saying hello, and explaining that he and his wife are both traveling today and when they read my facebook post that I was “SOMEWHERE” in the airport, they thought “wouldn’t it be fun if….”

And they found me!

Scrap Crystals with the Sunshine Quilters!

Meet Don and Bill!  Two fabulous quilters who got involved with quilting because their wives also quilt!

From what I gather, the husbands even maintain their own stashes apart from that of the wives – and the quilts that come from the hands of these gentleman bless the lives of so many others through the Prayers & Squares group they run.

It was a lot of fun to spend the day with these two “Roosters” and the other ladies in class enjoyed the camaraderie as well!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Galaxy-Gram! Scrapping with Scrap Crystals!

Last workshop day on El Cajon, California at Memory Lane Quilt Shop!

Today's class is also from MORE Adventures with Leaders & Enders,  and I am loving all if the fabric combos in class as well as seeing swapping of strips happening between students.

Such scrappy fun!

I'd like to welcome Don & Bill, our token Roosters!  They came to my classes in May in La Habra, and made the trek to the San Diego area to join in today's fun!

It's our lunch break time with show & share to follow --more block construction after that!

Love from Sunny El Cajon!