Even though my class with Bonnie was over, I was still looking forward to her visit to our guild meeting. The guild, Colonial Piece-makers meets on a Saturday morning. Did I mention that it is the second guild that I have joined in the area? Most of my bee friend are in the other guild--Peninsula Piece-makers--so I asked them if they would like to go with me as my guests to see Bonnie.
We arrived early in order to find a parking spot and good seats, so we had time to browse Bonnie's goods as well as visit with lots of other quilting acquaintances. It seems pretty common for people to be in both guilds, so even though my friends were visiting, they still knew many others. In no time at all, the meeting got underway.
She also talked about re-purposing shirts, pj pants, and even hospital gowns for fabric. As long as they are 100% cotton and you like the feel--you should be comfortable using it in quilts.
One other important part of her scrap system: She divides all fabric into two groups: colors and neutrals. She doesn't like to say lights, mediums, and darks because if you put a medium next to a light--it can look dark, and if a medium is next to a dark, it looks light. What is a neutral? In her system a neutral is any fabric whose background color is lighter than a brown paper bag.
Then she began showing her quilts. I've seen many of them on her blog or in her books, although she did have many of the quilts from her newest book, which weren't as familiar. I took many pictures--and I'll share them here, but they look so much more spectacular in real life!! Even great photography can't capture the details and colors.
First up was this one:
This is Zuckerwatte from her Strings book. I was thrilled to see it, not just because it is an awesome quilt, with perhaps the best back ever, as shown below...
(yes, this is the back)
...but also because she wrote a tutorial on how to scallop a border. I've done a scalloped border a few times and I used her tutorial with great results.
She brought her pineapple quilt! This is the one paper-pieced from tiny crumbs and leftovers from all her travels and workshops. I think the blocks are 4.5 or 5 inches! It is just spectacular.
This is, of course, Roll Roll Cotton Boll--one of her mystery quilts. (I have made this.) I'm showing you a picture because those sawtooth HSTs that surround the blocks are the "waste HSTs" that Bonnie made from that first quilt--Spinning Stars! So not only does she save all of those leftovers--but she uses them, too! This quilt also illustrates two other points that she made. 1. If you put your blocks "on point," don't create challenging math for yourself by doing a straight border--make a border that is also "on point." 2. If you are string piecing, variety is your friend. If all of your strings are cut from muted prints in the same shade, you may as well not string-piece, as it isn't going to show up as well.
Even though she brought an extra amount of quilts--it didn't take too long to show them all--and then her talk was over. I wished it could go on and on because she is such a great speaker and has so much valuable information! My friends and I decided to top it off with lunch out and then we went home.
I had left the house shortly before 8 and I think I got home around 1. When I pulled into the driveway, my husband was vacuuming the yard with his leaf blower. I went inside and the first thing I noticed was out the back window I could see our sheets hanging on the clothesline. He took it upon himself to strip the bed, wash the sheets, and hang them on the line. He also had unloaded the dishwasher, fed the birds, and he even went to the other side of our fence, cut down a bunch of bamboo (the homeowners of this house actually planted bamboo--NEVER do that! It takes over everything), threw it back over the fence into the yard, loaded it into his truck and took it to the landfill. He did all of that while I was out having fun with my friends! Best husband ever!
Have a great day!