Friday, October 31, 2008

In the making

Tomorrow is November First. It is raining and the leaves are falling fast. I'm posting pictures of the latest quilts I'm working on. These will be in my booth at the Oregon Garden Quilt Show in January unless they sell before then. I hope you will come by to see them and let's get acquainted. My passion is quilting and I would love to share that passion with you. My booth is mainly a way for you to get to know me and for me to meet new people. I will have a few gadgets and tools--the nuts and bolts of quilting--to show and demonstrate. As time gets closer I will post samples and quilts that will be for sale.

This first picture is a scrappy quilt, 92x104, pieced by Patty Russell, my cousin. I used a design called baptist fans. The batting is Warm and White 100% cotton, and all the fabrics are cotton. There are over 300 different fabrics in this quilt! The backing is pieced Galaxy, 100% cotton, Dot to Dot.

The next picture is a wall hanging in progress called Super Quilter, a pattern by Amy Bradley. It was pieced and appliqued by Patty, and the quilting is all hand guided by myself. The batting is black poly by Quilter's Dream. It measures 22x42, and the backing is Galaxy dot to dot. I'm using YLI silver metallic thread for the loops and stars, and Signature black cotton for the rest.

The next picture is a whimsical quilt of black, hot pink, and lime green "Kitty Corner" design, pieced by my daughter Anna Dehut, and quilted with the black poly batting by Quilter's Dream. The design is called Romantic Roses by Kim Diamond and is totally computer quilted. It measures 58x72.

Have you visited your local quilt shop lately? Check out the Square in a Square ruler and system for making blocks where you never have to sew on a bias again! It's quite remarkable. Also, have you seen the X-Blocks patterns and rulers? Check back in a month and I'll have some samples up here.

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I am Bonnie Russell, owner and quilter, and my business is making beautiful quilts and making quilts beautiful. NABQC came about as a partnership between the love of sewing and hazelnut farming. That's how the name was chosen. My husband, Fred, is the nut farmer, and I do the sewing using many bolts of fabulous fabric. My studio is located in Dundee, Oregon, the beautiful Willamette Valley, in the center of a hazelnut orchard. Experience came with 42 years of dress making, 40 years of marriage to my wonderful, loving, supportive husband (34 years of nut farming), 25 years of raising three daughters, and now we have seven grandchildren to mentor in Future Quilters of America!

With a Statler Stitcher and Gammill Optimum Plus longarm quilting machine, a 14 foot table, and the drawing program AutoSketch, no project is too big or too small. Anything from hand guided meandering to custom digitized designs can be applied to a project to complete that labor of love.

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