Technique Article for Plant Pounding in AQ American Quilter

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Sorry to have been gone so long from blogging but I have great news! I recently retired from my full time job to be able to spend more time in the quilting world! Yea!!! I have wanted to retire for several years but it just wasn’t feasible yet. Anyway, I am sooooo glad to be able to immerse myself in more designing and quilting! (I keep using the word “retire” but I don’t plan on sitting on the deck in my rocking chair “retired” any time soon – I have LOTS of plans for other adventures.) So keep checking back to my website as I’m brimming with ideas that I want to share with you. (I am REALLY excited that an artist friend of mine and I are working on combining painting on cloth with quilting into a very unique project!)

I also hope you recently saw my planting pounding article in the May issue of American Quilter! This is my first time to be published in a national magazine; especially of the caliber of American Quilter so this is an amazing time in my life! So if you’re wondering how I make these unique plant poundings, check out this technique article in the May issue. There is also a web article referenced in the same issue on how to make a framed plant pounding. These make such great gifts since they can set on a table or be hung on the wall. American Quilter magazine was great to work with and I hope we can do some more articles together in the future.

That leads me to another area that I’m expanding in now. I have given lectures and workshops locally but am now extending this into other states. If you would like me to come to your quilt guild or quilt shop and do a lecture/ workshop on plant pounding, Please email me at bonnie@mountainviewsdesigns.com.

Happy quilting!

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Symposium Quilt Show Hendersonville, NC

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I was able to attend the quilt Symposium held at Bonclarken in Hendersonville North Carolina! My quilt guild, WNC quilt guild, hosted the Symposium this year and all of the committee did an awesome job! So many talented teachers and people were there! I especially enjoyed the booth of art quilt artist, Roxane Lessa. My eyes just kept drawing back to her booth and her beautiful work. I also happened to sit next to Sue Nickels at lunch which was a real treat. The Symposium was such a great place to draw inspiration and get ideas. We also had a great quilt show there as well and I’m happy to say my quilt, “Bali Dance Under the Moon,” won 1st place in its category! I also won Honorable Mention with “Yes, It’s Kudzu!” (one of my plant poundings) in another category.

Another of my plant poundings came in 4th place in the top donations at the Asheville Cotton Company quilt show in Asheville, NC! (www.ashevillecottonco.com) This is a great show because the public votes on their favorite quilts but also can donate money towards particular quilts. Then all of the money raised is donated to the Manna Food Bank. Asheville Cotton Company has been having this quilt show for several years now and it’s always a fun event to be part of.

I’m planning on getting some new items for sale to the Arboretum and Mountain Made in the Grove Arcade in Asheville NC in the next couple of weeks so stop by to take a peek if you’re in the area.

If your guild is interested in having me speak on this topic and/ or teach a workshop, I would be excited to do that. Please email me at bonnie@mountainviewsdesigns.com.

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Plant Pounding Lecture Workshop

Wow! I had a wonderful time giving a lecture and workshop last week at my guild, the Western North Carolina quilt guild (www.westernncquilters.org) on my “Plant Poundings With A Twist” method. The pigment of the plant is used to make the basic design and then additional layers of color, ink and thread are added to make one of a kind wallhangings. It is a fairly easy technique that can be made as simple or complex as you would like to make your pounding.

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Here are a few photos from the workshop showing several of the women who decided to get serious by doing their plant poundings on the floor. Everybody seemed to have a good time even if we were a bit noisy with all of the hammering. Ha ha! The attendees loved being able to tell their husbands they needed to bring a hammer as part of the quilt workshop supplies instead of a sewing machine. :) Thank you to my wonderful quilt guild for giving me the opportunity to do the lecture and workshop. It was soooo much fun! I am really looking forward to seeing some of the attendees’ finished poundings at the next couple of guild meetings show n tell.

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If your guild is interested in having me speak on this topic and/ or teach a workshop, I would be excited to do that. Please email me at bonnie@mountainviewsdesigns.com.

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Asheville Quilt Guild

What a fun time!! Recently, I was the guest speaker for “Plant Poundings With A Twist” method for the Asheville, NC quilt guild. This is my unique technique of creating plant poundings. This is the method I use to create the nature inspired quilts you see on my website. I take a basic “pounding” of a plant – whether it is flowers, leaves, weeds or a combination – and enhance it. I liken it to a gal that is pretty without makeup but when she puts her makeup on, it enhances her beauty even more!

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Asheville Quilt Guild is a wonderful guild with many talented members. I was very impressed with how the Asheville guild took care of my every need to make everything a great success. Thanks to all of the guild’s officers. If you ever get a chance to attend one of their guild meetings as a guest, do so. They hold their meetings in the Folk Art Center on the east side of Asheville which, in itself, is a treat to visit.

My lecture was followed the next day by a workshop I taught on the same topic. The students brought their flowers, leaves etc and we had a “pounding extravaganza!” :) All of the students did a great job and had some pretty amazing poundings to take home with them. I think they really enjoyed themselves; as I did as well!

If your guild is interested in having me speak on this topic and/ or teach a workshop, I would be excited to do that. Please email me at bonnie@mountainviewsdesigns.com.

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Framed Quilted Plant Poundings

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I have some new things I’ve been working on. They are framed quilted plant poundings for sale! As always – no two are ever alike and they make an excellent conversation piece on a table. They make unique Christmas or birthday gifts! Email me if you would like to purchase.

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The other thing that I’ve been hard at work on is submitting a book proposal about my plant pounding technique. I decided this would be a great way to share my technique secrets with you and give you the option to make a plant pounding yourself or purchase the finished product. It was interesting to learn how to write the book proposal and see how this process works. I look forward to writing the entire book! I have many new ideas to share with you: using plant poundings as a background, with a stencil technique, etc.

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WOW! What a bear story!

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This is an amazing bear story so I just had to share it with you! We live on top of a mountain in western North Carolina so it is in a pretty densely forested area and yes, there are all sorts of critters around the area – squirrels, possums, raccoons, snakes, deer, and even bears. However, we have only seen about 4-5 bears over a 10 year period and this is usually only a fleeting glance as they run across the road. They normally seem very wary of humans and camera shy. The only exception is when they think food is involved. Anybody that’s been around bear areas know they love to get in your garbage so you do have to be very careful to keep your garbage in an enclosed area until you know the garbage truck is coming by shortly.

Well, my husband, John, had an unusual interaction with a black bear recently! Our house has a deck along the back of the house that is approximately 20 foot up from the ground. The house is built on a slant here due to the mountains. There is no access to the deck except through the inside of the house. One night about 3am, John heard a noise on the deck. He thought it was possibly an intruder so he got up to check. He looked out the window but couldn’t see anything so he walked out on the deck. He still couldn’t see anything for a moment and then……. something moved between the deck railing and the patio table. He realized it was a black bear! about 200-300 lbs worth! John moved back closer to the door and yelled at the bear to GET OUT OF HERE!! Apparently the bear understands English because he immediately jumped over the deck railing (with the 20 foot drop.) The ground also rolls downhill from there so that bear took quite a tumble and roll! The bear must have been ok because he ran off at that point (and hasn’t come back, thankfully).

Needless to say, this incident shook John up to find a bear of that size on our deck! We didn’t think we would have to worry about a bear getting up that far. The only sign we could find later that the bear was here was his paw prints on the side of our house. Apparently he was checking out our house for a while!

I slept through the whole incident 

Wonder if there’s a new nature inspired quilt inspiration in this – hmmmmmmmmmm

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2014 AQS Paducah Kentucky Quilt Show

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What an awesome trip to the 2014 AQS quilt show in Paducah Kentucky! My feet/back/wallet are still recovering but I loved it! This was a trip of “firsts.” This was my first time to go to the AQS Paducah show and the National Quilt Museum, my first time having a quilt displayed at the AQS Paducah Show and the first time being in the town of Paducah, KY.

I have to first commend the AQS staff on the WONDERFUL job they did in coordinating the whole show! The shuttles were constantly running, parking was well coordinated, show was well marked, plenty of vendors and the town was so welcoming. I’m sure it isn’t an easy job by far to keep 30,000+ people happy.

It worked out really well for us. My husband, son, and I stayed at a lodge on Kentucky Lake. They went fishing on the lake each day while I went “fishing” for fabric at the quilt show. Every evening, we would tell each other what happened that day on our adventures even though we were all so sore and worn out. :)

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Some of the highlights of the trip for me were:
1. Of course, seeing my quilt hang among so many other beautiful and amazing quilts.
2. Seeing all the exquisite quilts close up. They are truly works of art.
3. Went to the 2014 AQS awards ceremony.
4. Met Cynthia England, Lenore Crawford, and John Flynn.
5 Met the AQS book editor so maybe writing a book is in my future?
6. Toured Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s home and studio with Caryl as the guide.
7. Went to the National Quilt Museum.
8. Shopping, shopping, shopping – a quilter’s heaven!

There is so much more to see at Paducah as well as the actual quilt show. They had a free bus tour of the city and its history. The sea wall is decorated with the most interesting paintings. The downtown area is very unique in itself and well worth strolling through. “Quilt In A Day” Eleanor Burns has several shops downtown and there were many others catering to the quilting crowd. There is also the famous Hancock’s of Paducah fabric store. My gosh, there must’ve been 50 cars in their parking lot plus 4 tour buses rolling in and out when I was there. Busy place!

I feel so inspired and have so many new ideas running through my head after this trip. I am so excited and ready to get back in my own studio designing new fiber art quilts and nature inspired quilts!

If you haven’t been to a AQS Paducah quilt show, I highly recommend you put it on your bucket list. It is so well worth it! (Make sure to take your walking shoes!) (Yes, my husband and son did catch some fish as well.) :)

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“Purse Pocket” Purses (Handbags & Purses)

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There is a new addition to the website with the launch of “Purse Pocket” handbag purses! These purses are large enough for a phone, credit cards, cash and a lip gloss or two! Yet small enough not to be cumbersome when you are on the move! Great for traveling, shopping, going to the gym or sporting events or for any time when you just don’t want to carry a large handbag.

These purses come in a variety of colors and patterns. I like to combine several fabrics so they each have a unique look. They become a conversation piece of their own with your friends! Have several to go with different outfits and great for casual wear!

“Purse Pocket” purses are 6” wide x 7 ½” long (sizes may vary slightly) with a zippered pocket for security yet easy access for you to your cash and credit cards. Your cell phone, lip gloss etc will easily fit in the inner pocket. All purses are hand washable.

These purses are also versatile in the way they can be worn.

  • There is now a “D ring” version which can be worn over the shoulder OR around the waist.
  • The strap is adjustable for ease of wear.
  • I have found the waist version to be so nice for airline travel. The airline sees it as just an “outside pocket” of your outfit so they don’t count it as one of your “carry ons.” Yet you still have easy access to your ticket etc.

“Purse Pocket” purses also come in a child’s version. Little girls just love to have their own purse to carry as much as their big sissies and mothers. The little ones can take their purse shopping but won’t be able to accidentally drop it or lay it down and lose it since the purse will stay secure around the waist.

“Purse Pocket” purses are great as gifts for all gals of all ages!

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Asheville, NC Quilter Hoping To Reach High at Paducah

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Bonnie Lucas has been chosen to display the quilt, “Reaching High,” along with 405 others, in the International Quilting Competition in Paducah, Ky. The contest, which is now in its 30th year, will be held April 23-26. Three quilting authorities will judge this elite group in Paducah, awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes in 16 categories, along with nine overall awards. Cash awards totaling $125,000 will be granted during the show, which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

Lucas’s quilts are mainly done with a combination of thread sketching, painting on fabric and quilting. “I have been creating in one way or another from an early age,” she said. “My mother taught me how to sew at the age of 9. I did mainly garment sewing until about six years ago when I switched to quilting.”

Lucas’ background includes a commercial art/advertising degree. She has worked designing newspaper ads and print jobs, worked for several fabric store chains and owned/operated a fabric/quilt store in London, Ohio.

“I love to design my own quilts and combine unusual techniques, such as painting on fabric,” she said. “Quilts are a perfect creative outlet for me, allowing me to mix design, drawing, painting and quilting. I recently launched a new website selling my quilts, purses, and baskets at www.MountainViewsDesigns.com

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Scrappy Quilts Make the Ultimate “Green” Projects

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Nature Quilts (Being Green) I love to use a combination of scrap fabrics, different types of fabrics and natural materials for my projects or when decorating my home using Nature Inspired Quilts. It gives a much more organic/rustic feel to the quilt (or whatever you are designing the piece for), gives the quilt much more interest and is also a wonderful way to use up scraps. By using this method, another bonus is no two projects will ever be alike.

The first thing you may wonder is how to combine those scraps to make pleasing color combinations. Don’t over think this!  Keep in mind that nature always provides us with great color combinations so use that as clues for your fabric choices. Take a closer look at the colors of nature such as the flower in the blog photo. Look at how nature has combined many shades of lavender going from the lightest lavender to almost a touch of deep purple. The leaves have as many shades of green as well. Maybe use a bit of the brown shades from the mulch/ ground and you have a great combination for a color palette provided by mother nature!

Also think about the textures shown in the photo. Look at how the rain drops show on the leaves, the rough texture of the mulch, and the veins in the leaves. You may want to incorporate that texture into your design as well. It doesn’t have to be a literate interpretation. You may want to add a few slivers of a shinier fabric to represent the raindrops or use a stamping technique to add a few “leaf veins.”

These are only guidelines for your projects. There are no “rules police.” Have fun with your designing and trust your 1st instinct. Majority of time, it is the correct choice. Remember, YOU are the artist!  If your design is pleasing to YOU, that is what counts!

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