I have always wanted to go to a Bonnie K. Hunter workshop or lecture and I have been waiting since Sept of 2011 to go to the one I signed up for TOMORROW! That's right, I head out this evening to Plano, TX and am signed up for one of Bonnie's mystery classes.
The mystery is called Lazy Sunday! I am so exited.
First off: I have never been to any class or lecture about quilting or for quilters EVER. I hope my skills are where they need to be for this one.
Bonnie is the Queen Bee of itty-bitty-tinsy piecing- so something tells me that this will be no lazy sunday with her!
I am also nervous about what to bring and how to transport... I have 2 machines and am planning to take my little "walmart-special" Brother with me but I am so sad about it. I got a monster-rockin'-wondermous Baby-Lock Esante for Valentine's day (my choice! Yep, girls, I passed up jewelry for a new machine)last year and haven't used my little Bro since! So, I probably need to get in there and do a little maintenance love magic on it and work with it a bit so that I don't look like a complete dufus when it is time to sew at the workshop. I sure will miss my auto-thread-cutter and needle-threader-dohickey.
And, what about fabric?!
We are having the class at the wonderful Fabric Fanatics (when only Batiks will do!) and from what I understand we will be able to shop during class (if the need arises.) I am sure to get in trouble with the DH if I bring too much monies. So, I have been a really good girl and went ahead and shopped the stash for this class quilt.
The confirmation email we got was really a note from Bonnie with some suggestions fabric choices and pre-cutting. I really love that, since I am a really slow cutter- I suck at it if I go fast. My strips are never straight. So, I spent about 3 hours last night ironing and pre-cutting my fabrics. I don't feel too bad though about not shopping especially for this class, the majority of the fabrics I chose came from Fabric Fanatics from earlier this year.
I was kinda leary when I got the email about what colors because we had just been given the colors for the yearly Bonnie Mystery over at Quiltville. But, no worries- my choices for Easy Street were masculine instead of brights. So, I decided to go with the brights for this one. I am glad too, I am loving them.
How about some pictures:
Oh Darn! That's not a picture of fabric! But, I did want to share it. With a little side note: Ladies- if you are supposed to get your rings inspected: Do it!
While being forced to finish Christmas shopping at the mall the week before Christmas, the Honey decided I needed to stop in Helzberg to get my ring inspected. (it will only take a minute) My rings come with a "warranty" but if they are not inspected like they are supposed to be and I lose my stone I am just ass out. If they are inspected then and I lose the stone, then they REPLACE it. It is basically an insurance policy that has no premium. It is a one-time fee and actually nominal compared to replacing the diamond in my ring.
Needless to say: my diamond was loose! EEk! But, it is all better now! And, I have it back already! Yeah! I sure do love my sweet DH and having my ring back is such a sweet reminder of him always!
These are my neutrals/background fabrics. I never realised how neutral batiks and mixers that work with batiks are hard to find. They are, but not if you go to Fabric Fanatics.
Here are my orange/yellows. Yellow is actually my favorite color. I thought long and hard about my choices here. The suggestion was 8 different bright oranges. But, I know Bonnie won't mind my throwing a few yellows into the mix.
Here are my bright limey greens. I didn't have too many of these in my stash but I love my choices for this quilt. Some of them look a little dark in the picture but they really blend and fit in well.
The bright purples were easy to come by- which is odd, because purple is not usually a color I enjoy. Its not that I don't like purple- I think it is beautiful- but its not a color that works with a lot of what I make. Maybe, I should work on incorporating more purples this year.
I guess almost every quilt needs a little pink or red. I have lots of those, but I am not really a pink-loving girl either. So, I did some switching around with the yardages provided and am making this the one with the least. This quilt is for me!
No quilt for me would be complete without a little blue/turquoise to go with the yellow! I made sure my choices were very complimentary to the yellows/oranges that I picked. But, I love blues of any kind.
Alright, so there you have it. Wish me luck on my first class!
Till next time!