Wednesday, October 17, 2012

October Doings…

We had a wonderful trunk show and lecture last week at our local quilt guild meeting by Bonnie Hunter of fame!


She is a fun speaker


who shows amazing scrap quilts


and shares many tips


and tricks for saving


and organizing quilting scraps.


One of my favorite quotes from Bonnie is that “if the fabric scrap is still ugly, you’ve just not cut it small enough!”


I was lucky enough to get into her class the next day,


for her new Jamestown quilt from her newest book- String Fling.


I cut and prepared green red and a few pink scraps to make my version of her pretty Jamestown quilt (shown below) into a Christmas quilt.


So, what do you do when you discover that your planned project is not to your liking…whether from the colors you chose or the process itself?


I have lots of time invested in selecting those fabrics and then cutting the squares… so, I put together the string blocks with the broken dishes blocks and made this cute little table mat.


I also love the backing fabric, and will have lots of places I can use this in my house at Christmas.  I named it “Jamestown Christmas” as it is Bonnie’s design.


And I still had LOTS of half square triangle blocks, so I put them together into another small table mat that I named “The Elf’s Blankie”,


also with a fun backing, and it will come out for Christmas decorating, too!!


I just have to share this photo that Bonnie took at class of me holding my pillow, made HERE, that she had posted on Facebook a while back!!


Sooooo, whatcha working on these days??



  1. What a great lady to have to speak at your guild and then do a work shop with Bonnie too.

    Both your little quilts are lovely...

  2. Loved seeing and hearing all about Bonnie's visit...and your pillow is just too cute! Your projects are wonderful...well done!

  3. Fun! I love that quote about the ugly fabric needing to be smaller.

  4. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful scrap quilts. I love the pillow you made & the sentiment you embroidered is great.

  5. I saw that on her blog! How very cool! She sure does a great trunk show!

  6. Hi Polly,
    It sounds like you are having a busy start to your retirement. Congratulations to your son and his bride- may they enjoy many happy years together.
    I am sure it was grand fun to spend so much time with Bonnie- She is one of the first blogs that I discovered- I haven't stopped reading blogs since.. LOL
    Just so you know schools are ever busy- in case you were missing the hustle and bustle of the classroom. I have 28 kids this year and it is a pretty happening place...
    The quilting looks fun...the pillow is very cute..
    Warmest regards, Anna

  7. Now I know what Polly looks like! The happenings with Bonnie looks like it was fun. Lucky you to be able to join the class.

    I have shown many of my friends Yogi's photo, cos he's so cute!


Thank you sooooooo very much for taking the time to leave a comment! I am always happy to know that someone is reading my ramblings!! Polly :-)