Sunday, February 20, 2011

A special occasion...and some musings...and some winners!!

Hi everyone!! I sure hope you had a wonderful weekend!! You may recall the tiny 4 inch star blocks I was playing with, from the 1.5 inch scrap drawer and the 2.5 inch scrap drawer. Here is what I came up with...pretty bright, huh?!!I used just what I had in there...and here it is, a new doll quilt...thanks Lori for inspiring us all with doll quilts!!
And Darcie!!! And Karen!! You both have recently made afghans...out of what you had left over...yarn on hand. I loved that idea, and had to make one too. So, when my dear husband was watching his news program in the evenings this winter, I would sit down with him and put a row or two on this scrappy afghan. I used a ton of yarn...and the afghan is quite heavy, just right for winter. It will take no prizes in a competition, but was so much fun to make!!


*************A Special Occasion*******************


Guess what? I got to go and see Bonnie Hunter...in person!! What a dynamo...she is full of life and energy , and smiles, quite slim and tall and pretty...and so much fun!! Treat yourself...if you can attend a lecture or workshop of hers, please do...you will just love it!! I got her new book Scraps and Thread tales Two...sigh...there are a dozen quilts in there that I just MUST MAKE. I only had a one day window to go...working all the days around when she was here locally...but I loved just going to see her lecture!


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A few musings:

I am just brim full of ideas, and this lecture did not help much...I am floating in quilt ideas!! Too bad I have to work for a living...I could get a lot done if not for that, LOL!!

Ideas:

1. Another plaid quilt like my banner quilt...

2. A row by row quilt, of my own design, influenced by Forest Jane

3. All the quilts in Bonnie's new book!

4. Barters!! I have 3 yards of lovely dark heavy muslin...very dark, for primitive projects, from the quilt shop...do you have a bunch a scraps that you want out of your house? Just e-mail me! Maybe we can barter!!!

****************************Winners!*******************


I cut up all the little pieces of paper with names from all the folks who graciously commented last post...thank you so much all for participating, it is so fun to see who might be reading this!! Random slips were drawn...congratulations to Darlene and to Barb!! Please send me your addresses, and I will mail your books in the AM.


Anyway, lots on my mind lately...how about you?? What are you up to this weekend??

Have a super day!

Julie

35 comments:

Terry said...

Your little quilt is so pretty! I love it! And how exciting to get to meet Bonnie Hunter! :0)

Barb said...

I love your star quilt and afghan...and the fact that I won the Thimbleberries book...thanks sooo much.

I have heard nothing but fun things about Bonnie...

Monica said...

I tried to make it to Trinity Valley's meeting to see Bonnie talk but finding parking was next to impossible so instead my friend and I ran a few errands and then went to La Madeleine for lunch.

P.S. Love the little quilt...too cute for words.

*karendianne. said...

Julie you've got the best creative flow going on right now! How exciting. I'm thrilled. Especially when I look at the sawtooth stars. Yummy. Very happy little doll quilt. And boy that's a great afghan you got there. Very pretty bright scrappy colors. LOVE IT. There is nothing like a scrappy afghani (like we call 'em over here) for the winter of the A/C chill, too.

A Garden of Threads said...

Hi Julie, Love the afghan, so colourful and will keep you or hubby warm on cold winter nights. I went of babysit my step grandson this weekend. Take care and have a great week.

Loris said...

Very cute little doll quilt! You are doing such wonderful things with all those scraps. And how fun to see Bonnie's presentation. I would love to take a class with her some day. Hope to make one of her quilts soon.

Laura said...

What a cute little quilt and the afghan is great too!

Nanato4 said...

Ah, lucky you! I would LOVE to listen to meet Bonnie ... and to take a workshop under her. I love that little quilt - adorable!

Vicki W said...

I love your doll quilt!

Debi said...

I have a bunch of 2.5" strips I could part with. Let me know if you want them and we can meet up!

Millie said...

Beautiful Star quilt, Julie. Congrats to the winners. You are so lucky to meet Bonnie in person, lucky you and enjoy every moment.

Annette said...

Your little quilt is so sweet. It's so fun when you can use up even the tiniest of scraps...and make them look so adorable.

Amy said...

Julie, I don't have a need for the muslin, but I would love to send you some snippets of fabric-what are you looking for?

Quilter Kathy said...

How exciting that you got to meet Bonnie! Too bad we have to work for a living, eh?!? I worked like a dog last week so I could go to quilt retreat this week.
Love your little doll quilt...very fun!

Sharon said...

How fun! It's great when teachers come to your area, I've enjoyed every pattern of hers that I'v made. I have lots of scraps, what do you want?

Kelly@ Charming Chatter said...

Love your little quilt - so pretty! And, love the afghan too! Great idea to use up your yarn. So fun you got to meet Bonnie Hunters!

Leeanne said...

Lucky you going to see Bonnie Hunter! Not sure she will be coming to New Zealand?If she does I will be there!!!!!!!!

Darlene said...

Sweet little quilt. Love your afghan - it's been forever since I've played with yarn.

And, meeting Bonnie Hunter - wow! I do believe you had a great week. :-)

Thank you so much for an incredible giveaway - I'm thrilled to be a winner. :-)

Helen in the UK said...

The little dolls quilt and the afghan are so bright and cheery - perfect 'pick me up' for this time of year! I'm so envious of your getting to see Bonnie in person ... have all her books but she hasn't been to the UK yet :)

Libby said...

Just love that afghan! What a great way to use up what's on hand . . . and I would vote for it for sure *S*

Robert said...

Love your quilts. Just finished Bonnie's Pineapple Blossom quilt, scrap - plaids, homespuns, etc., at our Guild's retreat this weekend. Every time I visit a shop ask if they have scraps, buy plenty. Can share if you want. (Don't need muslin.) Let me know. Robert, in northern Iowa.

Terrie Sandelin said...

Love that bright happy quilt!

Lori said...

You have probably already found someone to swap with, but I have scraps I could get rid of. They certainly don't seem to diminish even after using them! LOL

I love Bonnie and she is such a lovely person. I'm glad you got to meet her.

Love your little quilt and your afghan. The afghans always remind me of my grandmother who stitched one for each of her grandchildren when they got married.

vikkii said...

Bonnie Hunter, is an amazing fun quilter very down to Earth. She is also extremely busy, I am astonished at her schedual.

paula, the quilter said...

You've been busy. I love crocheted afghans -- they are just so snuggly.

Beginning Quilting said...

The star quilt is so pretty. You really did an amazing job with that quilt project. The doll quilt is stunning too. I love that you used vibrant colors on that quilt. Keep up the good work and continue to be an inspiration to all the quilters out there! :)

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Lots going on here too; must be something in the air! Love, love, love the colors of your stars and that terrific afghan! Well done. Yep, I agree with you, Bonnie is a DYNAMO! She'll love your description of being quite thin, too; but with her energy level how could she be anything but thin?!! I love the way her creative mind works ;)

Darcie said...

Ah! I love your scrapghan! Fabulous. I can feel the weight and the warmth from here. Do you remember what hook you used? Is it double crochet? I may have to sit on my hands so that I'm not tempted to start another! ;D

Wendy said...

The star quilt is so cute. I'd love to meet Bonnie, I did her mystery quilt and love every step.

McIrish Annie said...

I'm excited to meet Bonnie! She will be in my area in April and I have already signed up for the lecture!

Like you, I need to lose my day job so I can quilt! LOL

Stephanie D. said...

Cute little star quilt! I just love that one.

I have an old afghan that was made of ends of yarn, too, many years ago. Actually, I think my daughter confiscated it. It was so bright and colorful, and yes, heavy!

Karen en Marc said...

Love your little quilt, and the banner quilt..wow a dream of a quilt.

Jan said...

So neat to use your yarn scraps that way--your afghan turned out very pretty. Love your little quilt! What a thrill to meet Bonnie Hunter!

Floss said...

I love the brignt colours in both the doll quilt and the afghan.

Quilts And Pieces said...

Love your doll quilt and the scrappy aghgan! Wonderful!