Friday, January 15, 2010

What's Happening?

I'm away from the studio. . .teaching skiing at Mt. Hood Meadows for a couple of months. I'm quilting donation quilts in my spare time. . .and I'm building a website. I'm also sewing dresses for my granddaughters, aprons for my daughters, and I have plans for some garments of my own. I just decided to stop and smell the roses and do some of those projects that have been haunting me for the past five years. I am still passionate about my longarm business, and have a small clientele who keep me busy. My waiting list is growing and my turn around time isn't as quick as it used to be. However, the quality is better than ever and I'm getting excited about the future of Gammill and Statler. Plans are in the making for a conference in June where I will attend classes and learn new and exciting features for my machine. I read an article that discussed "robotic quilting". I have never thought of what I do as "robotic", but I guess you could look at it that way. I think I don't like that term, because it sounds so cold. I put so much of my heart and soul into everything I do, that no ROBOT could come close to copying the results.

I thought I would post this just to tease you into keeping up with me. You never know what will turn up next. Photos? Lots of them, but, alas, no time to download and upload. Don't despair, it will come when you least expect it.

Thank you for reading.

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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.

This blog is to temporarily serve as a source of information until a website is produced. It contains pricing, products, helpful hints, pictures, inspirations, and who knows what else will show up. Thank you for reading and I hope you will find it helpful.

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