If you haven't heard me talk about Bonnie Hunter on this blog before, either you are a completely newbie to me ~ in that case WELCOME! or you are just skimming the words and only looking at pics ~ in which case you aren't reading this now, so... oh, well.
I recently had the opportunity to spend the entire day with Bonnie at a workshop hosted by the Washington Stars Quilt Guild in Olympia. Yes, I did have to drive 2 hours to get there, and yes, I did have to wake up at 6am to make it on time, on my day off. But it was well worth it.
The workshop was her Star Struck workshop and she had several copies of her book, Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-pupose, Recycle! The Art of "Quilting Green" with her.
Bonnie was great with so many tips and tricks, as well as funny stories. She also just hung out and chatted a lot with us. The ladies of the Guild were also so very nice. It was great to hang out and sew with everyone, especially considering I didn't know anyone. You'll see everyone's work taped to the wall, I love seeing how different fabrics make the same pattern look so different.
My work isn't pictured here, I forgot to take a picture of it! And actually, I left several of my blocks taped to the wall, I had driven half a mile when I suddenly realized I had left something behind and had to turn around to get them!
A few of the guild ladies and Bonnie were all going out to dinner between the workshop and the evening lecture. They were kind enough to invite me along, however, my dear sweet husband had a very challenging day with the children (who are very well behaved) and I figured I ought to get home. After all, I got about 5 calls that day (not all from him mind you)
But as soon as I pulled into the driveway, he was all smiles ~ "Oh, you should have stayed. We're fine, go back, have fun," he says.
"It was in Olympia, I can't." I'm devastated, I could have stayed. Why didn't I ask to see how things were going!? I'm kicking myself mentally at this moment!
He turns and looks at me incredulously, "You drove two hours for a quilt class?!" Then he turns to walk in the house. "You should have stayed."
If you have the opportunity to go to dinner with Bonnie Hunter ~ go!