Friday, January 21, 2011

Girls Regency Dress begun

Pattern is drafted, cutting finished, and the first dress is ready for fitting...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Floor Quilts for the grandsons

These are two quilts I put together for my grandson's birthday. The second one is called Puppy Dreams and has Cars flannel on the back with two layers of batting, wool and Dream Puff. The top one, robots, is filled with two layers of wool and quilted lightly to make it poof and quite cozy. These are preprinted panels and make a quick project for last minute birthday presents.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Nothing like a comfy quilt on a cold winter evening...

It seems we have a few friends who are undergoing some major health issues this month. I began making some quickie quilts to send as a "comfort" to them. Here are a couple I just finished...the top one is a combination of flannel and woven quilters cotton. There are snowmen on skis and snowflakes in the fabrics. The bottom one is all cottons from Hawaii, Nemo-like fish, island scenery, sea shells and footprints on the beach with some island flora and fauna here and there. The pattern is called "Just Can't Cut It" and is very quick and easy to put together. The quilting is my adaptation of Kay Oft's Ripples. I added a few whales which are virtually invisible, and snowflakes in the other. Quilter's Dream Orient batting is made of bamboo, silk, cotton and tencil--used in the nemo quilt. Dream Blend is 70percent cotton and 30 percent polyester is in the snowman quilt. Go to my Picasa album for more photos--listed in Quickie Quilts.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

GrandDaughters outnumber GrandSons

These darling little models are NOT my granddaughters. You are looking at the most precious girlie dress patterns I've found in a long time.

So, we're beginning some new projects. Along with all the quilt projects in the works, and new customer quilts in queue, little girlie dresses will be in progress for the next few months. Have a look at these websites and enjoy the eye-candy and possibilities to be had. My strategy is to sew the largest size in the patterns, then fit accordingly. Our oldest is 5, the youngest was born on Thanksgiving morning. My hope is that I will actually finish a few and at least one for each GD to begin with. I'm sure they will be handed down as each grows, but there will always be a need for a new dress now and then, a special occasion, and a whimsical preference for different color or fabric. Join me as I add pictures and progress notes. Don't count on posts more than a couple of weeks at a time. DH and I are in our ski season and that limits my sewing time. I'm also making a couple of comfort quilts for family/friends. It is a blessing to be so busy. Thank you for looking.

Oliver and S School Photo Dress pattern.
Sense and Sensibility Girls' Regency Dress, and the Pinafore and Pantaloons patterns.
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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