Wednesday, May 15, 2013

A Bonnie filled Weekend

 Anyone who knows me knows I am a fan of Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville. I love scrap quilts, especially ones made from my scrap bins. I ran into her at MQX last year in Rhode Island. Highlight of my trip! Well, she came to Maine for two workshops and a lecture. Yippee! I signed up for all three.

I drove to Bangor for Friday's "Jamestown Landing" workshop from her book String Fling,  the same book in which "Orca Bay" can be found. My quilt will be purples instead of blues, for a very special young lady. More later on my progress.

Towards the end of the class, Bonnie brought out her current hexie project to show us how she does it. Absolutely beautiful. I have made two hexie projects, but they were table topper size. I think I would be overwhelmed doing a bed sized quilt. I do know my limits :)
Saturday found Wes and I on our way to Waterville(45 min each way) for our state guild meeting and Bonnie's lecture. 
She brought two duffle bags full of quilts to share with us; each with a story to be told of how it came to be. I took notes on my smart phone so as not to forget the new things I learned. It was a perfect day topped off by lunch on the lawn under sunny skies and 65 degree weather.

I had one more workshop, "Smith Mountain Morning" from Scraps & Shirttails II", in Augusta(40 min each way) on Sunday. I love the blues, browns, and neutrals of this pattern. I hope to have it finished by September to give as a housewarming gift for a family member.

There were 40 quilters present and each one received the guidance necessary to successfully complete the blocks. It was inspiring to watch the skill with which Bonnie taught the workshop. 

This was a terrific weekend. Almost 6 hours of travel time when all was done, but so very much worth it. 

Til next time,

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