Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Quiltmakers Block Party Part 2

Friday morning breakfast and on to my next Bonnie class.... Winston Ways!  Knowing there was a problem with my pre-cut fabrics I re-cut strips to proper size before beginning assembly and eliminated many of  the frustrations of the previous day's class. We started by sewing strips together... lots of strips!  and some strip swapping was going on too!  The strips were then layered and cut into sub sets then sewn into 4-patches. 
When Bonnie had to slip out of class for a few minutes to get phone reception to be able to talk to her husband we quickly decorated her demo table with a gift of strings!

Here are my block components laid out and ready to stitch together.
 By dinner time had two blocks completed!
Winston Ways

Friday night's dinner was followed by a presentation by Jennifer Chivereni.  She told us stories about how she came to write the Elm Creek Series. She only intended it to be a one-time story of women and their struggles and passions...but after her first book, readers demanded more and she was happy to oblige.  I've read several of her books and enjoyed them.  She ended her talk with a teaser.... reading an excerpt from her new book due out in October!  Laurie started something by shouting out an offer to purchase the copy in Jennifer's hands.   That led to an auction of the book, including a set of pins commemorating each book in the series, and ended with the winner writing a check for $300 to be donated to the Linus Project!... a charity project for volunteers to make quilts for sick children.

And no Sloanie Meet-Up  would be complete without Adult Beverages!
Laurie and I with our fabulous bartender, Jamie!