Friday, January 22, 2010

Quilt Retreat, Bonnie's Class

Wyoming has a LOT of open space -- last weekend we headed to Casper, Wyoming, to a Quilt Retreat where Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville would be teaching. This is a 4 hour drive, one way, from my home, so good company helps to pass the time.
I am most grateful to Vonda, a guild member, who sent me the information about the classes (and also for the home-made noodles)! We are all attending Bonnie's Trunk Show and taking her Pineapple Blossom class. Here's Vonda and one batik block. Thank you, Vonda.
Ramona, another Guild member, wanted to take the class also. She always does beautiful work and and is using some of her vast collection of batiks.
And here's Bonnie, in front of her class sample. She's standing next to some old gal, with a pinched nerve and extra plumpness who looks a lot like my Mother! I've 'followed' Bonnie for over 10 years and dropped her notes, etc, all this time, so was so excited to actually meet this beautiful dynamo!


Above is a 4-block example of what can be done with BRIGHTS! Wow!

I neglected to take a photo of my own 24 blocks, which is as I frequently say, areturning out better than I thought they would. I am using almost all stash, except for a piece of PINK that the quilt said it needed. I'll post it soon.

BTW, I fixed my virus/malware issue, and feel powerful! I've NOT fixed my pinched nerve/cooked neck issue. (P.S. added to my post next day ---my neck is not "cooked" it is "crooked"! Tooooo funny of a typo!!!)

16 comments:

Eileen said...

Great to see your pictures of Bonnie clear out in the midwest. I;m sure you were thrilled to finally meet her . Great blocks. Will be waiting to see what you made.

AnnieO said...

Thanks for sharing your pics of the Quiltville Dynamo! Sounds like you all had a great day. Pineapple Blossom is a pattern I'll return to--especially with the inspiration of the batiks and brights--so pretty! It was an easy block to cut and sew (I did mine in the larger 12" blocks) and made up into a twin size quilt very fast.

I'm sorry your neck is cooked. Maybe some ice will help, LOL, but loved your typo!

FLO_rancher said...

So happy were you able to go to take the class at Casper with Bonnie Hunter. I bet words can not describe how excited you were to see her. I am sure over the next quilting years , she will have more to share with us. SEw PEacefully DEB}:o

Joyce said...

Lucky you! The block with the brights is fantastic.

Lynn said...

What a wonderful trip - glad you had such a good time.

Clare said...

I've never met Bonnie and, like you, have corresponded with her through email over the last 4 or 5 years. A couple of months ago she was in Paris for a week and I managed to get to speak to her on the phone. We talked for ages. She is such a lovely person.

Your brights block is great.

Marilyn said...

How awesome to meet Bonnie! Good for you! Happy quilting.

Country Log Cabin Quilter said...

I'm jealous!! Hope to see your blocks soon.

MARCIE said...

What a fun thing to be able to do! I hope both halves of you had a good time! Tho I do miss seeing the missing half.

Lynn Dykstra said...

Looks like a great class--good to take advantage of the time.

Feeling Simply Quilty said...

This time of year is the best time for a retreat. Besides getting out of the grey and inside with happy quilters it's nice to learn something new.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I've had 2 infections of the malware. HATE IT! Darn stuff. The pics are fun and it looks like you had a good time. All is not pretty in Wyoming. There are so absolutely beautiful places but on the other hand some really ugly places too.

Purple Pam said...

Love your bright blocks. Glad you had a great time with Bonnie and friends.

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

How fun, fun, fun for you to be able to go! I am glad that the weather co-operated for you and you had a safe trip! Cheers! Evelyn

Quilter Kathy said...

How exciting! I hope to have the same adventure one day! Can't wait to see your quilt!

julieQ said...

So sorry for your pinched nerve, I know that pain and it is yuckola. What fun to finally meet the Bonnie-cakes!! I bet that retreat was so much fun.