A Scrappy Day Out

In the May guild meeting I heard about the Bonnie Hunter workshop and lecture in my area and immediately signed up. I had two workshops to choose from and I chose the project that would result in the smaller UFO smaller project.
The Love Shack wall hanging is not a pattern available in any of her books or on her website. Somehow I lucked out choosing this one because we learned so many new techniques.
  • String Blocks using foundation paper (I used coffee filters cut to size)
  • Wonky Stars
  • Wonky hearts
  • Tilted Scrappy Houses
  • Pieced letters
Bonnie was a fantastic instructor and very positive.  She put the kibosh on anyone bad mouthing their own skills right away which made me feel better when I managed to screw up my first string block by not paying attention to the seam.  It was completely fixable though, I just ended up with some really SMALL strings in it.
Here are my blocks:
Bonnie Hunter Love Shack Workshop
Bonnie Hunter Love Shack Workshop
Here is the slideshow from the workshop. There are some really fun show and tell projects in there too that we were able to see after lunch. Bonnie also showed off her English Paper Pieced hexagon traveling project that has grown ginormous.
http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087
I thought I brought too many scraps until I saw what another quilter brought with her:
Bonnie Hunter Love Shack Workshop
The trunk show and lecture was on her scrap saver users system.  She’s talked about this on her blog but I’ve never heard the in-depth story on it.  She’s even created an awesome quilt that shows all the various lengths, widths and other cuts she puts to good use when she “files her scraps away”.
She showed off some quilts from her Scraps and Shirttails Books.  I bought the first one since it had a string block pattern in it I liked (Virginia Bound).  She makes BIG quilts that use up lots of scraps.
http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087
The guild was very gracious and invited me to go to dinner with a few of the members and Bonnie after the workshop was over.  We were all tired but really enjoyed dinner a lot at La Septima. The Piecemakers guild was amazing and so welcoming to me.  I made many new friends and I hope to go back soon!  It is too bad the guild meeting time is hard for me to do after work because of traffic to get there.
http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=104087
It was a really LONG day (started around 6AM for me and I got home around 10PM). Such a great experience though!  I also completed one of my quilty resolutions by taking three classes this year.

Comments

  1. Wow Katie! I'm so jealous 😉 Sounds like a fantastic time and i love the love shack. Too fun…can't wait to hear all about it! have a great weekend…

  2. Isn't Bonnie awesome? I had the best time when she gave a workshop near us. Your blocks look WONDERFUL.

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