“Love Shack” Twin Quilts

18 11 2013

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This fun, scrappy quilt was designed and taught by Bonnie K. Hunter in Stuttgart, Germany in February 2011.

As program chair for the Black Forest Quilters, I invited Bonnie to lecture and present workshops to our group. I asked if she could combine her “Happy, Scrappy Houses” with some improvisationally pieced letters popularized by Tonya Ricucci in her book Picture Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter. I thought “Welcome” would be a great word for a house-themed wall quilt. But Bonnie countered with “Love” since all the basic techniques for making improv letters could be taught with “Love.” (Besides, “Welcome” would be a very long word for a small wall quilt.) Bonnie named the newly designed workshop quilt “Love Shack” after a rock song popular in the late 80s.

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My friend, Kathy, recently finished her “Love Shack” quilt and asked me to quilt it. Meandering with loops seemed to fit the bill for her quilt. I did jazz it up a little by using a new polyester thread, Magnifico “Honey.” Kathy’s quilt contains shirt scraps from her now deceased father-in-law, so this is a memory quilt for her family.

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This weekend, our “love shack” got new shingles.

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The six workmen were amazingly fast. They began at 8 a.m. removing the old shingles and tar paper. After lunch they nailgunned the new shingles in place. They were finished by 5 p.m.

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They were also amazingly LOUD. Can you imagine elephants tromping overhead while you are attempting to calmly sew in your studio? I had to quilt with my longarm to drown out the roofing sounds! Noise and all, I am so thankful for these guys who risked life and limb to reshingle our roof so I can be cozy inside constructing houses and roofs of the textile sort.

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