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September 12, 2014

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 […]
September 9, 2014

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.
September 2, 2014

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 […]
August 28, 2014

Aren’t these gorgeous?

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Want to see some extraordinary quilts up close? At this site (click here) you can zoom in close for a good look at some spectacular quilting and applique. I don’t see myself ever making a quilt of this caliber, but I do get some inspiration from the quilting. When working on my free motion skills, I have a few patterns that I fall back on again and again, and it’s nice to find some new ones to try. I’m sure those of you who applique will find the designs on the applique quilts amazing as well. What are you working on these days? Remember the Lucy Goosey quilt along that I had on the blog a while back? I’m making another block so I can set the blocks on point, and then I’ll be finishing the top up. I am making an effort to get […]
August 24, 2014

just because

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. We’ve all been seeing bits about the Ice Bucket Challenge everywhere in the news of late. Do you know who Lou Gehrig is? I come from a family where my sister is nuts over baseball. She requested a trip to Fenway Park for her honeymoon! My grandfather got her started as a Red Sox Fan as a tiny tyke and she’s still one today. We always had baseball on the tv or radio through the season each year. Although Lou played for the Yankees, he was one of the players that all true baseball fans admire. Even if you’re not a baseball fan yourself, if you are aware of youth baseball programs because of a child in your life, I’m certain you’ve heard the name Lou Gehrig mentioned. It’s the 75th anniversary (July 4, 1939) of Lou Gehrig’s speech about his “bad break”. I’m sharing […]
August 23, 2014

bits and piecing

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Heading off for an eye exam shortly. It’s getting harder and harder to thread those darn needles! I’m sure many of you can relate. I think I am going to graduate from drug store readers to a real pair of glasses. (Of course, maybe not, when I hear the price tag info!) As I kill a few minutes surfing around the internet I’m sharing the sites for fun things I find. Huge button art for your sewing room wall (It’s DIY so you can keep the price in check. Would make a great gift too for any seamstress friend.) click here Clever way to take simple scraps and Christmas ornaments up a notch. If you have some kid’s craft foam around the house from other projects, you’re all set. click here From one of my favorite sources for classy free patterns, a twenty-minute tote! They […]
August 18, 2014

the old ways…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. Visited Bonnie Hunter’s site this morning. Found this link to a clip about making scissors by hand. Would love a pair of these! Click here. Bonnie is just home from a recent quilters’ trip to Great Britain. That girl sure gets around–she’s home right now, but before she comes to us in mid September, she’ll be spending time in Alaska teaching. Weaving modern cloth on old looms (found in side bar at link above): click here Here’s a bit of trivia for you. The roots of modern-day computers are linked to weaving. Joseph Jacquard came up with a system of punched cards for weaving patterns which eventually inspired the binary code of ones and zeros representing the punched or unpunched holes in the cards. Those ones and zeros were linked to electronic circuitry being on (the one) or off (the zero). And the rest is […]
August 7, 2014

Bonnie H update

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. We spent time yesterday at the museum getting the mailing of supply lists, etc for this fall’s seminar all set. They will be going out in today’s mail. Please pass the word to your friends who do not have the internet that they should be expecting them in a day or two. We set a record this year–16 mailings going to Canada! Several all the way in Toronto! We sent to Pennsylvania, Ohio, Long Island… More than half are to non-members; many out of the immediate area. Must be the avid readers of Bonnie Hunter’s blog. Right now, as you know if you are one of her subscribers, Bonnie is in Great Britain-London for the past day or two! She really gets around. We have had a cancellation for a seat in her Crumb Piecing class. If you are interested, go to our guild page […]
August 3, 2014

back again

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. The demo night at guild last month was a success as always. My only wish is that there would be a way for those who are demonstrating could visit the other tables and see what other fun things are being shared. As Roxie announced, I will be sharing more Christmas ideas here on the blog to continue with the Christmas in July theme. Can you believe that on some of the radio stations they are already doing a countdown of the shopping days left?!! No wonder the holiday has become so commercialized.  This first link I’m sharing is one of my go-to’s for free Christmas patterns of all kinds. There are ideas for quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, cooking…  If you like the idea, you can sign up to get e-mail notifications from them, but that is not a requirement at all. Try them out here. […]
July 3, 2014

On the edge…

Hello all, Mary Ellen here. I’ve got my bin of selvages out and have been working on a tote bag design. I find playing with the selvages to be fun and relaxing. Really one can’t make an heirloom project (that’s not a challenge, anyone!) with selvages, so it’s not necessary to worry too much about perfect seams or colors matching just right. I ran across this post (click here) at Exuberant Color with great quilts using strips of varying widths. I think they could be great inspiration for selvages. Another idea for the bucket list is born. Here’s a link to a pretty stitched piece. Not too complicated and it’s “summery” looking to me. I love the dotted fabric as the fabric base. (click here) Time to get out your patriotic quilts. I leave them out for all of July (and sometimes August too if summer is busy!) How about […]