Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Make every day count!

I know it's been awhile since my last blog post, but as I was watering my flowers in my window box this morning and smelling the fresh sweet air, it made me think about last summer and how different things were for me than on this beautiful summer morning.  

I won't go into all the depressing details about last summer, but I just had to write to let you know I am doing well! Last week I had my first checkup since I finished my treatments and a mammogram and I am happy to say both reports were good. I don't know if I am cancer free or in remission or really what I am right now, time will tell, but I do know one thing, I am so very grateful to be feeling as good and I am and getting back into life!

Everything looks better, smells better and tastes better. Hugs and kisses are more precious, phone calls and visits are sweeter. Yes, I am getting my hair back (not quite as fast and as thick as I was hoping) and I even have eyelashes now. But more importantly, I feel stronger and more healthy than I have in a year. I have a little slower pace now, some days on purpose and some not. Some days I feel like I am in slow motion and others I have more energy. For the life of me I can't figure out what makes the difference.  

For the last few months, the thought just keeps coming to my mind, Make every day count! 

So that's what I intend to try to do. The things on my to do lists don't get crossed off as quickly as I would like, but that's ok for now. I do what I can and don't stress about it as much as I used to. I am trying to balance my life a little better. 

I want to spending more time enjoying the summer with my husband, kids, grand kids and friends, spend time at the cabin having BBQ's and roasting marshmallows. Walking and biking, watering and weeding my flowers and of course, sewing. It really is my therapy to create. I am enjoying just how beautiful my life is and how blessed I really am. Nothing like a cancer diagnosis to put things in perspective. 

I hope you will slow down a little too! Stop to enjoy the life you have been given, even if it is crazy and hard sometimes. I know it is! Stop to enjoy your kids that are home for summer, even if they may be driving you crazy and realize they grow up too fast, way too fast, they really do! Spend some time with your parents and grandparents. Take time to visit a friend. None of us really knows what tomorrow will bring. 

Don't get me wrong, I know there are quilts to make and fabric to design, yes, I am working on that too and loving it, every minute of it. It really is hard to balance it all, but I am so grateful that I am still here, feeling stronger and looking forward to much more of this beautiful life I have been given! 

I posted this picture on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks ago. It was the day of my last treatment and it was a huge milestone Celebration for me!!! In case you didn't see it, I wanted to blog to say THANKS to all of you that have been so kind, so thoughtful, supportive and encouraging!!! I could not have done it without you! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

I am making brownies this afternoon and the buzzer just rang, MMMM, they smell good!    Better go get them out of the oven!

Just remember,
Make every day count!

Friday, March 28, 2014

It's Miss Kate's Big Day

I am so excited to show you my NEW Miss Kate patterns!
 It always gets a little crazy each time we design a new fabric collection and start the 
pattern design process.
It's so much fun and at the same time, lots of hard work to get to this point. 
 Finally, today is the day I get to introduce them to you. 

 The first project I started designing the minute Miss Kate arrived at my door, was this 
Double Wedding Ring quilt, 
Kate's Big Day.  

You can just imagine Miss Kate and her sister, Ruby, 
chatting about Kate's wedding day and stitching for hours together.

  I have always wanted to make a Double Wedding Ring quilt and was hesitant to start, not knowing if I would ever really finish it.  

SO I decided to make a very SIMPLE version with big pieces that would be 
easy enough for a beginner. 
Yes, it has curved piecing, but the pattern comes with actual color photos of step by step instructions.  It has a simple square block construction 
and was so much fun make!

You will notice on the cover, the pattern includes the Petal Quilt as well. 
 It has a bit more of a modern feel with different colored centers and 
the petals are all facing the same way.

Camille and I were brainstorming one night and came up with this quilt together.  
More on that story coming soon

Get yourself a fat eight bundle and get started.  
You can do it, I promise!
This could be a great stash buster quilt as well.

 I think this might be my favorite quilt I have ever designed!
Miss Kate is our 10th line of fabric, so I am already planning to make another wedding ring quilt
 using at least one piece of fabric from each of our lines. 
After the last few weeks of designing and sewing,
 I think I might need to take a couple of days off before I start that project, 
or maybe, just take a really, really long nap first.


My Sunday Bows quilt has two of the things I thought of right away when we designed the 
Miss Kate fabric collection, an aqua and red color pallet and dainty bows. 
The 4 patch of bows has a vintage feel and is certainly a quilt Miss Kate would have loved 
on the foot of her bed. 

So sweet and pretty.

Have you got a little girl at your house that would like this quilt at the foot of her bed?

Next up, Cozy.

In case you haven't heard, our Miss Kate collection has 20 flannel pieces as well, 
SO soft and cozy!  

 (I think I will wrap up in this for my long nap) 

The center star really shines in the large red floral.

Thanks LeAnn for the beautiful quilting!
This is a queen size quilt with large blocks, so it goes together fast. 
 The inspiration for this quilt was the yummy flannel layer cake.

 This collection has Fat Quarters, Fat Eights and Charm packs in flannel too!  

If you haven't started following me on Instagram, bonniecottonway, 
please join me.  I posted this picture a few weeks ago when I just had two of my 
quilts ready for binding.

   I couldn't resist putting the Sundae scallop binding
 on all 3 of my new quilts.


 I just couldn't help myself,
It finishes them off perfectly.

I always love to have some small project patterns and love handmade gifts, 
so these last two patterns are fun for both.  

A little closer look.

This pieced courtyard steps bag would be so much fun 
to make for your quilt friends.

A bag for your special Valentine.


and Christmas.

The gift bags are 8" - 14" tall and can be filled with all kinds of goodies!

I made some star ornaments for some very special friends for Christmas last year 
and had several requests for the pattern, so
 I decided to print the pattern and design a couple of 
other ornaments to go with it.  
I don't know about you, but it just isn't Christmas unless I make some handmade gifts 
and it's never to early to start. 
This is a sweet way to use those little 2 1/2" Moda Candy squares 
you have all been collecting.

I hand quilted around some of them with red thread to make the stitches stand out,
and like I said, I just had to use that Sundae scallop on everything. 

It's always so fun to show you my new patterns.
They are all in my shop as PDF's or Paper. 

I would love to hear which one is your favorite.
 Miss Kate and I have become close friends and I think she is pretty sweet. 

She will be visiting a quilt shop near you in August, 
you might want to say hello!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Our Star, Feisty Phyllis

Camille and I are happy to be part of the Fat Quarter Shop 2014 Designer Block of the Month.

What a beautiful Quilt!

The fabric is called Snowbird and was designed by the talented 
Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket.

We were all asked to design a star block and name it after a star in our lives. It's
 a mystery, so we can't show you our block, but they are all so pretty.
We named our block Feisty Phyllis after my Mom and of course, Camilles' Grandmother.
She is definitely a very bright star in our lives.

This year my mom will turn 88. She is one amazing woman! 

It got me thinking about all that she has accomplished in her life. She has been through some pretty tough challenges, but is a great example of someone that truly enjoys life,
 has a great attitude and does everything with such grace.
She raised 10 children, has 42 grandchildren and even more great grandchildren. 
 She is all about her family.

  It makes me tired just thinking about it, but I always think "If she can do it, I can do it!
 She is such a saint! One example of her many accomplishments is shown in this picture of her a few years ago at Christmas. 
   She pieced and hand quilted, yes hand quilted, 10 quilts all in one year for her ten children. Amazing, simply amazing!

I'm so thankful that she shared her love of quilting with me, and taught me everything I know,

so I could, in turn, pass it on to my 3 wonderful daughters,
and hopefully they will pass it on to theirs. 

I am so grateful for her

and so proud of all that these hands have accomplished in just 88 years.
So there she is, our Feisty Phyllis! 
 We love her so much and are happy to name our block after her.

Thank you so much Fat Quarter Shop for giving us this opportunity to participate in the 2014  Designer Mystery Block of the Month and also for allowing us to share a little bit about one of our very favorite stars!
(and Camille)

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Miss Kate

Miss Kate just arrived.  We hope you think she is just as pretty and sweet as we do.

Pattern designing is in full swing, please send Chocolate!

Friday, February 28, 2014

And the winner of the April Showers bundle is...

Thanks to all of you who joined in for the Moda Spell It with Fabric Blog Hop!  

It was fun to see all the amazing ways the blocks were used. What a creative bunch.
 For the setting directions for your alphabet quilt, make sure you stop by the Moda Blog today.

And now what you all came to see!

The winner of the April Showers fat quarter bundle is schmidt1016

She said:  "I found several patterns I would like to use that fabric on. The Scrappy Placemats, Twirl, and Splash would be my choices. Of course, just about any pattern would look cute made with April Showers. I love the umbrellas!"
Congratulations to our winner!

Just got the news that April Showers is shipping to your local shops NOW!!!
Have a great weekend,

Monday, February 24, 2014

Charm Pack Cherry

Hi and welcome to Charm Pack Cherry Monday!

        Today is the day Fat Quarter Shop is introducing their new Charm Pack Cherry quilt.

 They ask me to share my version made with our new April Showers collection.


To make your own, you can get the free Charm Pack Cherry pattern here, and 
 follow along with the lovely Kimberly as she gives you step by step instructions on how to make this fun and easy quilt.

Wouldn't this be such a fun quilt to take on a picnic?

 I had my wonderful quilter, Leann, quilt a paisley raindrop all over design.
Thanks Leanne! It looks beautiful and so fun with the April Showers prints.  

 The Charm Pack Cherry quilt takes 2 print and 2 solid charm packs.
Fat Quarter Shop is having a sale on Charm Packs, so hop on over to get some charm packs and join in the fun!

Happy Stitching,

Monday, February 17, 2014

"C" for Cotton Way

Hello! I'm Bonnie Olaveson, quilter, one half of Bonnie and Camille and designer of Cotton Way patterns. If you are new here, feel free to make yourself at home and look around! 

Welcome to the first day of the Spell it with Fabric Moda blog hop! 

 Each day of the hop you can collect the patterns for three or four letters in the alphabet, learn all about the designers with some questions Lissa has asked us to answer,
AND enter giveaways for some great prizes.
Sounds fun, right?

My block is "C" for Cotton Way, of course, and you can find the pattern for the C block here.

My "C" block has been on my inspiration board for awhile now and I have been trying to decide what to make with it. As many of you know, my daughter Camille has gone mini quilt crazy, so I decided to make a mini quilt for her, because her name starts with "C", and
 so she can hang it on her adorable mini quilt wall.
So now my "C" block has a lovely new home.

 Now for the questions:
My Letter - C
My favorite food - Chocolate, the ultimate Vitamin C

A place I have always wanted to visit - Cayman Islands

Somewhere I have been - Cape Town, Caribbean Cruise, California

Quote or motto I live by - Charity Never Faileth

Someone I know - My daughter Camille, she's pretty amazing!

An object, tool or anything you cannot work without - Cutting Mat

I love quilting because - It is Calming, Comforting and I would be Crazy if I didn't cut up fabric and sew it back together!
And by the way, I have the best job in the world!

For my giveaway, I have a fat quarter bundle of April Showers, thanks to Moda!

To enter, write a comment telling me what you would like to make out of it.
I have a few fun things in the shop made from April Showers if you need some ideas!

Ironing Board Organizer

Scrappy Placemats


Walking in the Rain
They happen to be on sale if you want to check them out, here.
 Use the code CW25, to get 25% off all patterns.
  Plus, I added more fabric bundles to my shop just in case you need a few more 
Bonnie and Camille prints.

Make sure you stop by 

American Jane  
Aneela Hoey
Bunny Hill 
 today as well.

Don't forget, all the winners will be announced on February 28.
See you then!
Have fun Spelling it with Fabric.