Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My Day with Bonnie

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."

I should have stayed.

If you have the opportunity to go to dinner with Bonnie Hunter ~ go!


Eileen said...

I just have to say it. You should have stayed.
And maybe I skimmed through your post too fast.. but are these Friendship Stars? I like the ones with cheddar, green and dark blue.

StitchinByTheLake said...

I always think if the hospital hasn't called then all is well and I stay. :) I'd love to take a class from her - I hear great things. blessings, marlene

lani said...

Dionne....first thank you for my package ....i have been so busssssy and just plan putting together a little something so here is a BIG HUG.......and JEALOUS that you spend the day with Bonnie and how funny is it that our mom 1st ---quilt dinner 2nd thoughts get to us before we say Hey that would be nice...but as your darling hubby turned around and said should of stayed ...... I would love to have seen your U Lani

Quiltin' Jenny said...

So jealous! I love Bonnie and wish I could have spent the day with her too.

PS you should have stayed. ;-)

Kathie said...

this cracked me up as I would have done the same thing, gone home to save theDH from the kids!!!!!
or maybe the kids from the DH!
glad you got to take the class and enjoyed it!

Shanna said...

Oh, I am so jealous!! I love Bonnie's mysteries and her patterns. She makes the humblest of fabrics look amazing in her patterns. Anyway, I am sure you had a blast :o)

Dr. Quiltmom said...

Oh, what a great time! How fun, I am jealous. I have those same dilemma also "should I stay or should I go now"

Tricia and Aimee said...

Oh, I am sitting here coveting your opportunity! How fun all day with Bonnie! I love her starstruck quilts. I am afraid I might have done the same thing you did, and would have gone home.
And it isn't too late, show us your blocks, please....

Nanci said...

Here is my thought,
"Is everyone breathing?" If so I would have gone to dinner. Your darling guy was right. Two hour drive...there and back and you passed up dinner. What a good wife you are thinking of him...
I loved the look of the different blocks even though they are the same.
I know you had fun!

belinda said...

Oh my..Oh my....this star struck is one I have just posted doing...It is sooo great seeing all the different blocks in different fabrics.....I know it is a day you always cherish!!

Sharon said...

Oooo, I'm so jealous that you got to spend the day with Bonnie! I would have gone with you (I'm on your way there!), but I was on a plane to CA that day. That's the only thing better than a day with Bonnie! And, yeah, you should have stayed. But you know that! Next time. . . .