Beginning with a meet and greet on Wednesday night, we were each handed a tote bag full of goodies and a schedule of classes and given an opportunity to meet all the teachers.
Part of the reason for this trip for me was also a Sloanie Meet-Up. I belong to an online blog... Pat Sloan's Quilt Mashup . I've been chatting away and sharing quilting experiences with ladies from across the country (and some around the world!). As things worked out... fellow Sloanie, Laurie, was also able to attend this Quiltmakers event and so we shared a room and signed up for Bonnie's classes together.
|And of course, we had to have Bonnie sign some of her books for our fellow Sloanies!|
Thursday morning started with a breakfast buffet of coffee, juice, fruits and sweets before classes began. My first class was Bonnie's Talkin' Turkey. Step 1 was making string blocks, then cutting them in half diagonally. Next came 9-patch blocks and finally Flying Geese to make the star points. It was a fun filled day with lots of chatter and laughter. There were some frustrating moments for me when I discovered that all the fabric I had precut for all my classes was off just enough to make it difficult to fit components together properly. They were only off by a fraction of an inch, but with the multitude of pieces in each block all those fractions added up! I discovered, with Bonnie's help, that the ruler I was using was inaccurate! It doesn't always pay to be the first to receive a new product fresh off the assembly line! After returning home and several emails later I discovered that there was a problem with measurements and markings on the rulers during the earliest production runs. The problem has been corrected during subsequent runs and I will be gifted with a correct replacement ruler in the near future, but it really made for some difficult moments. I did manage to piece together two blocks by staying after class and working until dinner to fix the problem.
Thursday night dinner and a presentation by Bonnie on her Scrap Users's System complete with a quilt depicting her system....
1.5, 2, 2.5 and 4 in strips that can be cut into squares or bricks and made into a variety of blocks. What a great idea!
A showing and discussion on several of her quilts... all made from scraps pulled from her system! Believe me when I tell you, these pictures do not do justice to the quilts... they are all awesome!
|Winston Ways, Talkin' Turkey, Midnight Flight|
|My 9 swap blocks #174 Bonnie Hunter's "Birthday Girl"|
|Swapped Blocks I think these will make a nice quilt once I find the right sashing and border fabric.|