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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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What a Beauty!

Hello all, Mary Ellen here.

Yesterday I went on a “back stage” tour of the Heritage Village Archives. This is a perk of being a museum member-not a part of the guild membership. I had received the same mailing about it that all members receive and decided I’d love to see what’s up in the museum ” attic” so to speak. There were only two of us in the afternoon group so we got a great opportunity to be up close to the items (this tour focused on quilts and textiles) but since there were only 2 of us Jessica and Kayla showed us just about everything. How cool is that!?!   Take advantage of these museum opportunities–there’s another tour tomorrow. Maybe there is still space-you do need to reserve a spot in these tours. Besides the quilts and garments of the same eras, I really enjoyed looking at the garments they have from the 60’s and 70’s–both everyday clothing and gowns. I remembered having things so similar to some of those in the collection. Very,very fun and interesting. I highly recommend you go on one of these backstage visits–you’ll love it!

One humorous note-as we were passing the group of office machines I commented on the very old typewriter that they have. I shared a story of being in a stationery shop which also has an old typewriter, in which they feature signs of the current special events. I happened to be in the shop one day when the owner asked one of the young staff members to roll the newest list of specials into the typewriter…and the youngster had no idea how to roll the paper into the typewriter!! Well yesterday Kayla (also so young!!) admitted she too would not know how to go about it. The rest of us laughed and talked a bit about typing with carbon paper, erasing your errors and thereby getting the papers all out of alignment, and the assorted tribulations of working with typewriters. How many of you remember those days?! I guess that makes the bunch of us old codgers, doesn’t it?!

Today in my quilty e-mail was a newsletter from Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims’ blog. Much of what they have at their site is free-I don’t pay the subscription fee anymore. Basically I’m only missing some of their videos and I find enough free ones on the web to satisfy me. Today there is a slide show of some spectacular New York Beauty quilts being featured. Several shots are shown of each quilt so you can see the piecing well and the absolutely gorgeous quilting on some of them. It’s about 11 minutes long, so brew a cup of tea and get ready for some true quilting eye candy! Click here.

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