Saturday, July 25, 2009

July Fry--sizzling hot and lovely quilts

What do you think of this patriotic quilt? It's Michelle Christiansen's Star Crazy pattern. The quilting is called Ripples by Kay Oft, Mountain Top Quilting. It's sort of a stack and whack, then shuffle the pieces. Check with Speckled Hen Quilts in Wilsonville, Oregon. Karen Stephens is the owner and Michelle has taught classes there.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Hot and Sunny in Sisters 2009

People were plentiful, the sun was glorious, sales were down, but it was a lovely second Saturday in July, 2009. You just can't help being on cloud nine to visit such a quaint little Central Oregon town in the middle of July and see all those quilts flapping in the breeze. My hat's off to the organizers and sponsers and volunteers who put on this show ever year. This was my first year to enter quilts in the SOQS, and since the economy was not in our favor, sales were the lowest they have ever been. Emerald Quilts, a consignment shop next to the Stitchin Post, sells quilts and it was a pleasure to meet Barbara. If you ever travel through Sisters, stop in and browse her inventory. You'll find some great treasures reasonably priced. Some of the profit from her sales goes to fund the SOQS. Pictures from top to bottom: Main Street Sisters, Becky's Kings Golden Highway, Patty's X-Blocks, my Coffee Cats, and Anna's Ribbons and Bows. SOQS arranged the quilts according to color and setting that complimented the colors. I thought it was a beautiful display all over town. Impressive!
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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