Monthly Archives: September 2014

more fun with Bonnie

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Check out more fun with Bonnie! Natalie, your featherweight is so photogenic! Click here

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check out Bonnie and our quilters having fun

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Check us out! Fun at seminar! click here.

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furoshiki wrapping and a nice surprise

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Got any spare fabric around? (LOL!) It could be used for gift wrapping instead of paper. In this video the demonstrator also suggests silk scarves. I don’t know about you, but I have many of those just sitting in a drawer from my working days. I often wore a basic T or light weight sweater and put a scarf on to jazz it up, or to make it match a particular skirt or slacks. Although scarves are coming back, they aren’t the same style as the ones in my drawer (of course not, that would be too easy). I think this fabric wrapping would be particularly nice on gifts for your fabric loving friends. Much better than paper that ends up discarded. See what you think. It looks quite easy to me. Click here.

Here’s another gift wrap idea for using up smaller pieces from your stash. This one would work well for small gifts, cash, and gift cards. Click here.

Okay, so what’s the surprise? Our first mention in Bonnie Hunter’s blog. Take a look at the photos from her last classes in Ketchikan. Keep going all the way to the end of the post and there’s our first mention! Our 5 seconds of fame for today! Click here.

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Bonnie in Ketchickan

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Spent some time at the BNHV yesterday getting folders stuffed for our seminar attendees. I spoke on the phone with Bonnie Hunter while I was there. We thought we had a book order missing, but it was found after we heard from Bonnie who had signed for it. It had gotten tucked away into an unused office for safe keeping.

Bonnie’s in Alaska right now, doing her schtick for the guild in Ketchikan. As she always does, pictures are posted on her daily blog. (Make sure you do your hair and put on lipstick if you’re coming to our seminar. You may get a moment of fame on her blog if you’re in a class of hers) Yesterday Bonnie explored the town and spent time in a brand new library. Check out the cool art work in the library and be sure to go all the way to the end to see the tree in the children’s section. I wonder if we could do something like that as a community service to some institution. Looks like it would be very fun for the makers and the kids as well. Click here.

Bonnie will be flying directly from Ketchikan to us on a red-eye next Tuesday. She’s arriving here early in the day so she can sleep and try to get her internal clock back to our time zone before her class and lecture on Wednesday. Natalie has lent us one of her Featherweights so Bonnie can sew in her hotel room while she’s here. Apparently she has a deadline for a new book project coming up!

Heading out shopping so TTFN!

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newborn and preemie quilt

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Perhaps you have a new little one on the way in your family, or perhaps you make toppers as charity quilts for newborns and preemies. This technique shown in the video (click here) would be perfect. My only suggestion to those of you making this sort of quilt to give to a hospital NICU is to find out the size restrictions if any. Some hospitals put them on top of the isolette and some put them inside. Some hospitals are particular about the sizes they will accept. Just check so your efforts can be used and appreciated.

I recently signed up for the free subscription to the group making the video above (along with others). I’ve watched just a few so far. To date I’ve recognized the names of all the featured quilters as belonging to the staffs of Quiltmaker magazine, and both McCall’s quilting magazines. I think they are reliable sources for quilt advice, so I am expecting their videos to be of good quality.

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quilting in the fall

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Busily getting the last of seminar preparations completed. Fielding lots of e-mails from those quilters coming from a distance. Where to stay? Where to eat? Are there quilt shops near by? Where else can we shop? Those are the FAQ’s for this week I think!

As I’ve gone through my own e-mail each day, I’ve just copied and pasted a few links that I think might be of interest to you. No time to do much more than that these days. I hope I’ll see you at seminar!

funky stuffed pumpkins click here

found this via a Facebook friend, I have heard several of these comments after demos I have given. Yikes. And BTW what are quilting chakras? Every comment on every quilt blog ever: click here.

beautiful star quilt, perfect for featuring a collection of fat quarters or for using up scraps: click here.

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Amy Butler et.al.

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Are you a fan of Amy Butler fabrics and patterns? I just received notification that her free pattern for her latest fabric line is now posted at her website. Here’s the link: click here. I also received notification not long ago that her latest clothing pattern: a pieced duster, is now available. She looks great in it, and I love the concept but I’m afraid I may be past the age cut off for her style. Although I am thinking about how it would look in a collection of somewhat “quieter” fabrics–batiks maybe. See what you think of her style. It would be great for you younger women out there. Looks like it would be very comfortable and could definitely take a pair of jeans up a few notches. Click here.

As I worked through my e-mails today, I noticed that a theme was in the making: vintage clothing techniques. How is it that several unrelated blogs all posted about clothing today? Anyway… I used to do a lot of smocking. Not the type where embroidery stitches were laid over tightly gathered bands, but the type where a grid was laid out and stitching pulled together points on the grid to make interesting patterns. I think this type is sometimes called Canadian smocking (as opposed to European smocking). In the sixties it was fashionable to make pillow coverings and other home decor items using this technique. Here’s a tutorial that came in today’s mail for this “old” technique. Click here. Does anyone besides me remember that style?

Getting back to work on seminar items, TTFN!

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