Monday, August 17, 2009

More from the Bonnie Hunter Weekend

More from our Guest Blogger, Momcat (Linda)....

I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking. I took some of these and Jill graciously shared her pics as well.

Here's a few more from our Starstruck Workshop on Friday.


I was pretty pleased with my first block. I love how these are going together.

Did you know that Bonnie Hunter is a Flylady? I've been flying with the Flylady for about six years now. If you haven't discovered Flylady yet, now might be a good time. You can tackle anything in 15-minute increments.

Jill made a gorgeous Nickel Quilt called Lover's Lane and saved her scraps. Isn't her Starstruck block great?


Sharon, a very nice lady from the guild who was in the workshop, brought a show and tell. She made this wonky houses quilt from Bonnie's website directions. We all fell in love with it, and with Sharon!


The room got a little chilly which is why some pictures show me wearing a sweater. Bonnie threw on one of the men's shirts she's been collecting from the Goodwill. Does that make it wearable art?

Since I was using pink, brown and neutrals in my Starstruck quilt, Bonnie and the girls tried to convince me to use some fabric that was a ding-dong ditch on Bonnie's doorstep. Although it was red onions, we all agreed it looked just like breasts. We joked that it would be perfect in a Pink Ribbon quilt.

What do you think?

Saturday's Crumbs Workshop

Crumbs are those bits that you think you can't get anymore out of, but Bonnie taught us that you can. She will go as small as 3/4" (meaning you'd have a 1/4" seam on each side and a 1/4" of fabric to show in your block). She taught us that the more fabrics in the blocks the better, be sure to use at least one really light fabric "to let the light in" and one really bright Aha! piece.

As Bonnie sat down and had us gather for the tutorial, she explained that she likes to just rip fabric at the machine. Rip fabric! Here's my reaction to that.


One of the other lessons Bonnie gave us was to play. This is supposed to be brainless play time to let out the inner child. She reminded us of how much fun it was to get the brand new box of Crayola 64, and to see how all the colors got along perfectly well together.

For me, the most fun of this workshop was all the sharing of scraps that went on. We each took home a little bit of one another. All the crumb blocks are only 4 1/2".


Becca's first crumb block!




And mine!

Swimming Stars

Bonnie's next tutorial was on how to make Star Crumb blocks. Here's where you need to remember the Red Onion/Breast fabric from the day before.


As we were shopping at Quilts Plus after Friday's workshop, Jill called Becca over and showed her a fabric. I was in a different part of the store and didn't hear their conversation. Becca left their aisle laughing but disgusted (and Becca turns purple when she laughs). So Jill calls to me and says to Becca, "Well, let's see what Linda says."

Jill: What does this fabric look like to you?

Me: Sperm.

Jill: See, I told you!

Becca: Linda used a nicer word than you did.

Jill: Well, I said semen, but I meant sperm.

Naturally we decided to get 1/4 yard for Bonnie. We gave it to her Saturday morning and told her the story. Bonnie then showed the fabric off to the rest of the group saying it would make great curtains at the fertility clinic. Gotta love that sense of humor!

So we were delighted and giggling to find her using that fabric in the Crumb Stars tutorial. Yep, that's Bonnie's hand in the photo. Now I ask you, don't those look like little swimmers to you?


Hearts Aplenty

Our next lesson was on making Hearts Crumb blocks. I think I had more fun because I made my first one wrong.


A little seam ripping and re-piecing from the heart surgeon made it all better.


Here's Cathy's Star and Heart blocks on her mobile design wall. Aren't they cute? The blocks I mean.


Tomorrow will be the final post on the workshop. We'll cover Crumbs Letters.

Pi sends her love!


Rebecca said...

Gorgeous Quilting! Now...I'm sitting her wondering HOW it is I can sew and I can't quilt.

Not my blessing, I suppose. This is truly a deep love for you.

Blessings to you my friend. I sooo loved my visit!


blushing rose said...

What lovely blocks ... I can't sew a lick, wellllll, a button ... looks like you had a great time, tho. TTFN~Marydon

Patchwork Penguin said...

What's so nasty about using the word SPERM.... let's face it, without it we wouldn't be here.

Thanks Dad!!!

glad you all had fun with Bonnie... she really is a sweetie.

Regina said...

LOL -love the 'ding dong ditch' fabric and the little swimmers! What fun!