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We’re back -again!!!

Yes, Bonnie Blue Quilts is alive and well.  We survived our cruise – actually we had a phenomenal time – and as usual, we have been busy since then.  There are always plenty of excuses, but let’s just go with that – busy!!!  Spring Market, new quilts, Block of the Month program, magazine quilts, decorating my new house (oops, that’s not a business-related item), retreats and so much more.  We’ve even fit in some time for our families.  As a matter of fact, I am visiting daughter #1 in Louisville, KY.  I didn’t bring my sewing machine, so I decided it was a perfect time to catch up on some reading AND some writing.  Today we saw the last Harry Potter movie (hard to accept that it is really over) and shopped at the Zappos outlet (2 new pairs of shoes to fit in the suitcases for the return trip).  Dessert tonight was from Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen – delicious.

So, let’s look at some of the things that have been keeping us busy.  Probably #1 on the list would be our Block of the Month program – Cotton Club.  If you haven’t signed up yet, now is the time to do it.  The program begins in September.  Marcus Fabrics has a list of the participating retailers on their website, so check  it out if  you are looking for a shop in your area or online.  Paula designed a new collection of fabrics (Cotton Club) for this program and it features our favorite colors – red, brown and caramels- in 45  5″ blocks with a gorgeous border stripe.  Here it is:

Cotton Club - Block of the Month

#2- We made some new quilts for Spring Market:  Legacy and Gentle Annie.  Legacy features the Cotton Club collection in a new design and Gentle Annie features Paula’s Bonnie Blue Basics collection.  Paula designed some new fabrics for this collection, so now we have Bonnie Blue Basics III.  You will love this pattern because you can use any of the Basics you have in your stash.

Legacy

Gentle Annie

#3 – We did some re-do’s.  I just love when we can take one of our favorite patterns and re-do it in some new fabrics.  Savannah, Cabin Creek and Plantation Road are just 3 of those patterns.  Savannah is such a versatile pattern and this time Paula selected reds and blacks.  Can we say yummy????? Rusts, browns and beiges were selected for Plantation Road. And this time Cabin Creek is slightly smaller and in pinks and browns – need I say any more!!!! Check out these kits on our website.

Savannah

Plantation Road

Cabin Creek

#4 – Have you seen “Primitive Quilts and Projects”, the new magazine from Homespun Media?  Be sure you check it out because the Fall issue should be hitting the newsstands any day and we have quilt #2 in this issue.  Country Pinwheels was in the premier issue and Country Spools is in issue #2 and quilt #3 for the Winter issue was just sent off for its photo shoot.  This is a great magazine with great contributors that you should add to your magazine list.  Kits are available for both Country Pinwheels and Country Spools.

Country Spools - Fall issue of "Primitive Quilts and Projects"

#5 – A trip to Jacksonville, FL to assemble BOM shop kits.  A very special thank you to our dear friend Gloria Parsons and her troop of wonderful ladies for all their help in cutting and assembling kits and to Karen, the owner of Cinnamon’s Quilt Shop for providing us with a room to work in.  I also did a little personal shopping on this trip – Hobby Lobby and a couple of local antique shops.  These items were then used in #6.

#6 -My new house redecorating:  I was lucky enough to be the recipient of an “Extreme Makeover-Paula style”.  In one day, my house went from ordinary to absolutely beautiful.  I was also smart enough to take pictures of everything Paula did, so that should anything ever be moved I know exactly it belongs!!!!  I am definitely going to need them after I decorate for Fall and Christmas.

And that’s just a few things that have kept us busy.  Right now I’m working on a re-do of A House Divided and waiting in the wings is Cactus Baskets, a new Belle Meade and Second Hand Clothes.  Paula has designs for new quilts using upcoming collections and warehouse fabric.  We are both looking forward to mid-August when we will travel to Jacksonville, FL for a retreat and then head off to the Dallas, TX area for another retreat – both of these will be major planning sessions for us.

So happy quilting for now,

Mary Ellen

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