Friday, October 31, 2008

Bonnie's Stars

This is the top that I started in Bonnie's workshop a couple of weeks ago. It didn't turn out quite as big as I was expecting so I think I will add a thin red border and then a wider blue border.

I have several other projects going on at the same time. My mom and I are making a quilt for the sister of a little boy who has terminal cancer. Here is the quilt we made for him. These kids are about the same ages as my two and it breaks my heart to think of what this family is going through.

I will leave you a picture of Indiana Jones who showed up at my house last night wanting lots of candy! Be careful, he's got a whip! Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Finally meeting Bonnie!

After being in Bonnie's Maverick Quilters blog ring for over three years now, and following her posts on other group lists for even longer, I was so excited to finally get the chance to meet Bonnie in person. When I walked into the workshop site, right at start time, with my arms loaded down with my stuff, I hear from some yell from across the room "Sarah!", at which point, Bonnie comes running across the room to give me a hug. It was like we had known each other in person for years. She is so sweet and funny! The workshop was so fun. I was surrounded by a sweet group of ladies. One lady, Linda, (HI, Linda!!) had been hauling her sewing machine around in her trunk all summer and when she set it up for the workshop, it wouldn't work. So Bonnie lent her her Featherweight. I warned Linda that by the end of the day she would be wanting one for herself. The next night at the lecture and trunk show, Linda walks in and sits down next to me and says "I was looking on Ebay for a Featherweight today!" I tried to warn you, Linda!

The lecture and trunk show were so inspiring. Her quilts are so beautiful. Here are a few pictures to inspire you too! All the pictures are clickable to view them larger.

If you haven't been there yet, please go check out Bonnie's Quiltville site. You will be amazed at all the quilting goodness you find there. Make sure you have lots of spare time before heading over there!

Bonnie - I am so glad I finally got to meet you! Next time you head this direction, make sure you call me!

Sunday, October 05, 2008

The red, white and blue

Thanks again to Bonnie for a great free pattern. This top is entirely from my stash! I can now say that I have no more reds sitting around. I also have several pieces of blue, something will work for a backing. I have decided that I am going to make another patriotic quilt in Bonnie's workshop on the 15th.

This week I need to quilt a baby quilt that my mom pieced for one of my cousins. And Saturday a quilt showed up in the mail from a lady that goes to church with my mom. I am hoping to get it done before we head up there in two weeks. It is only another baby quilt, so it should be do-able.

I fell in love with this quilt this past week. Just what I need - another project! I came up with a plan to make the quilt with my mom - actually we are going to make one for each of us. Then Mom thought maybe we should go ahead and make one for my sister too. I think she just needs to get busy and start quilting with me and Mom. So we will make three blocks out of each fabric and then exchange blocks. This is going to be a stash quilt. I love the colors that Nicole has picked for her version of the quilt.

Have a great week!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Expedited service

Some people and some projects require that you drop everything and pay attention right then and there. A month or so ago my family learned of a little boy named Nathan who has cancer. He was diagnosed over a year ago but all of the options have been exhausted. The doctors have told his parents that he has only a few months left. What breaks my heart is that Nathan is the same age as my little boy - and he too has an older sister. I can not even imagine what this poor family is going through. My mom decided that Nathan needed a cuddle quilt so she whipped up this top and shipped it off to me on Monday morning. It arrived Tuesday afternoon. Wednesday morning I quilted it and bound it - a new record for me! I shipped it off to Nathan on Wednesday afternoon. While I was quilting it, I decided that we also need to make a quilt for Nathan's sister, so Mom is going to get to work on that one.

In other news, the baby quilt was a huge success. The baby's grandma started squealing before the quilt was even out of the bag! And she was to hire me to make a queen size quilt for her bed. I think I am off the baby quilt assembly line until at least next March - unless someone is hiding a surprise from us!

This weekend I am hoping to finish the patriotic strip twist quilt. I also need to start getting my strips together for Bonnie's workshop that I am taking on October 15th. Yes, she is coming to Auburn Alabama! I can't wait to finally meet her in person after being online friends for over three years.