Monday, July 30, 2012

Trunk Show Inspiration Part 1

Our "Quilting with Bonnie Hunter" adventure started off with a bang.  We thought we had logistics worked out to arrive EARLY and get a good seat (not to mention a good parking spot) and it would have worked had the lady at the hotel given us correct directions!!! :)  Imagine our surprise and confusion when we realized as our watches continued to creep closer and closer to lecture time that we were basically the only car parked in front of the building we were directed to...having been warned in advance that attendance was anticipated to be crowded to say the least!!!

Marianne quickly looked through her old e-mails using her iphone and found an old message giving the exact address...and guess wasn't the address that the hotel lady gave us....duh!!!! LOL

Off we went to find the TRUE location and needless to say we didn't find a wonderful parking spot and we arrived later than hoped and ended up getting seats near the back.  Oh least we made it in time to purchase her books and have her autograph them...and as long as I held my camera out in the center of the aisle, I could get photos and then look at my camera to see the item!  Life is tough being short...sitting in the back....behind tall people!!! :) 

Simple words cannot express how exciting, wonderful and inspiring the Bonnie Hunter Quilting Workshop and Trunk Show/Lecture was to all who attended.  If you ever have the opportunity to attend one of her lectures or workshops....please won't be disappointed!!!!  Just make sure you get the address correct and arrive early to get a front seat!!! LOLOL

I have so many photos and so much information to share that it will take days and several blog posts to hold it all! :)

I'm getting a late start on sharing about the workshop simply because we had terrible storms here in Owego that resulted in the loss of electricity from this past Thursday until Saturday.  For some people (like ME) this also meant we had no water.....having a well + no electricity = no water to shower, flush, or anything else!! :) :)

On Monday evening Bonnie Hunter presented a WONDERFUL lecture and pulled out one-by-one the most amazing quilts to show us.  She designed and made all of these quilts. 

Pineapple Crazy from her book - String Fling
The above quilt is called Pineapple Crazy.  You would have to be crazy to attempt this one.  I fell madly in love with it but I just don't know if I'll ever have it in me to actually start something like this.  Would you believe that this quilt top has 12,000 read correctly!!!!

My Blue Heaven
This quilt is actually the design we learned and started in the workshop.  By the way, once I begin sharing photos of all the color choices used by the ladies participating in the will be amazed at how different each and every quilt will look when using the same pattern but using different fabric choices. 

Just look at these others....
Crabapples from her book - Adventures with Leaders & Enders

Bow-Dacious from her book - Adventures with Leaders & Enders
Virginia Bound from her book - Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose, Recycle!
Smith Mountain Morning from her book - Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green
Holy Toledo from her book - Scraps & Shirttails: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green
Oh mouth was watering for sure by this time and there's MORE to come.

Until the next time...same Bat time, same Bat channel! :)  (I bet some of you are too young to know what I'm talking about with this last sentence! LOLOL)

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