Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I've been playing . . .

It isn't often that we get to work on our own projects. I had some free time between clients and decided to pull out one of my PHD's. This is a black sweatshirt I cut apart last winter, intending to make into a jacket. I began with the back and found that I had the makings for a Fire and Ice jacket. The back is my favorite Sun Face, the sleeves have water waves and snow flakes. The front began as a tropical theme, using an applique I made last year for MQS, and freehanding some feathery leafy designs. I think it needs crystals, don't you agree? Well, now I'm busy again and have to put it away to finish later. I also started this little cat panel. I wanted to thread paint it, but decided to make a sampler out of it. I began with Darlene Epp's little books and tried something different in each bubble. Now I'm working on the background. The nose and necklace are actually popping out from the dense quilting. Of course I intended for it to be that way (smiley face).

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Buck a Block Quilt Finished

I stitched in the ditch around all the flanges, beadboard in the border, all by hand and ruler. The swirls are actually two digitized patterns I did which overlap and form a lattice over all. I'm sorry the back doesn't show as well. Even the cranapple color thread doesn't show very much on the top. Patty chose striped fabric cut on the bias for binding. It was a sunny day and the grass was dry and inviting. Couldn't resist using it for a backdrop for pictures.
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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