Friday, March 18, 2011

Coloring with thread. . .

Do you remember enjoying coloring when you were a kid? Oh the smell of new crayons, and new coloring books, and pretty colors. . .so much fun choosing what colors to use... Well now I've grown up and the fun hasn't stopped. I'm coloring with thread, drawing my own lines, and pretty much choosing how my quilts will be dressed. I've been working on a Thimbleberries quilt called Village Green. I'm sure you'll find it where Thimbleberries fabrics and patterns are sold. Here's a little sneak peek for your enjoyment...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Patty's Mini Kaleidoscope of Kolor

This is the moment you've all been waiting for. Ta-da! This mini version measures 50x50 inches, each little colored square is one inch, and the log cabin strips are half inch to put it into perspective. Patty, my cousin, pieced this one at the same time we did the king size ones. Great Job, huh?

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What have I been doing?

These are some icons that I just finished drawing from various free domain publications to use on a mini-kaleidoscope quilt. They are ready to load into my quilting program and I can hardly wait to get to it. The bottom picture represents the twelve moons from a vintage Camp Fire Girls handbook. The middle is a collection of dream catcher webs. The top is a few more native American icons. As soon as these are stitched on the quilt and it's off the table, I'll post pictures of the quilt itself. If you know anyone who is making a quilt with a Southwest theme, or Native American theme, send them my way. I have lots of goodies in my bag now.

ABCD Clothing Company

An idea in the making. . .a subsidiary of NABQC. It has become a serious consideration to add a clothing division to NABQC. I began my sewing career making clothes for my Barbie doll when I was fourteen years old. I made cute little dresses and other garments for my three daughters as they were growing up, who subsequently learned to sew for themselves early on. Now I have seven beautiful grandchildren who are inspiring me to venture back into the world of fashion. With so many adorable patterns and books out there, it is necessary for me to divide my time between quilting and clothing. Of course you'll be the first to see projects in this department right here on my blog. Stay tuned for more. . .

Friday, March 4, 2011

Shop Hop Madness

Yes, it's a madness that I have, that I can't go into a quilt shop without buying the cutest fabrics for my granddaughters. Today I went to Boersma's open house for the Pacific NW Statler Training Center. On the way and afterwards, my cousin Patty and I did our own little shop hop to Verna's, Boersma's Sewing Center, and The Quilted Hill in Yamhill. This picture shows my stash builders. It may take me a couple of months to get to it, but we still have a month of winter, right? Wish me luck! And pray earnestly!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Oliver and S new book

A new book that looks very interesting. I saw it at Fabric Depot today.

Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, by Liesl Gibson from STC Craft on Vimeo.

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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