I found Bonnie in 2010 and joined her Oklahoma Backgroads class in Pidgeon Forge. I completed only 9 blocks and turned it into a wall hanging for my Mom. I just didn't have enough scraps cut and ready to make this bigger... and I didn't have time to cut more.
I joined the chat group and learned more and my interest was peaked by the talk of using men's shirts in a quilt. When the 2010 mystery... Roll Roll Cotton Boll came along I ran to Goodwill (and sent my SIL to her Goodwill store in MD) for neutral color shirts to make the string blocks and used yardage to complete the quilt. I didn't actually begin work until almost March because I wanted to make sure I had all the necessary fabrics. I finally completed it in September but had a difficult time sending it to my niece as a late wedding gift because I loved it so much! But I had promised it to her and had kept her updated on my progress. She was wonderfully patient, saying she wouldn't need it until the cold weather arrived so I should take my time! She also allowed me to keep it a bit longer and enter into the FCE quilt competiton (blue ribbon winner!) I was happy to hear how much she loved the results! I do have extra yardage and shirts and have thought about making a second one for me!... maybe! I have so many more I want to make.
Next up was Bonnie's Cheddar Challenge summer/fall 2011. It took me some time to run around to several quilt shops in the area and a road trip to PA and I even had a friend pick some up for me on her road trip to find just the right cheddar to satisfy me. By the time I got all the fabric together it was October and we were flying to CA to visit my sick uncle. So, this became a take-along hand-sewing project. I take it wherever I go and stitch on it a bit at a time. Mine is much more planned than Bonnie's, and I'm only 1/4 done, but I love the progress I have made so far.
August 2011 found me attending the Quiltmakers Block Party in Williamsburg, VA and taking all three of Bonnie's day-long classes! These were fun-filled busy days and I have completed many parts and just a few blocks for each of these patterns.
And as if I didn't have enough UFOs, when the local FCE club I belong to decided to host a Craft Day this summer, I volunteered to teach a quilt block class using Bonnie's Floribunda! I kitted up 20 blocks, but had only one student. So I have pieced all the four-patches and HSTs for 20 blocks and will put this quilt together soon.
And now, the 2012 Mystery... Easy Street has begun and I am working very hard to stay on target with these steps so as not to have yet another UFO. With Step 1 complete and Step 2 well underway, I should be ready for Step 3 on Friday.
|Step 2.. flying geese|