Grand Opening Festivities

Grand Opening Festivities

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The Grand Opening of the new Bonnet Classroom was a great success. 80 to 100 people helped us celebrate the accomplishment. It was a fun and glorious afternoon. We dedicated the new classroom to the Bonnet family of Medina.  Many of the Bonnet family were in attendance.  Parelee Bonnet and Lucille Bonnet, her daughter-in-law, were part of the co-founding women of the Medina Quilt group.  Rodger Bonnet, Parelee’s son, has worked tirelessly on the classroom for the Medina Quilting Community, in honor of his wife,  his mother and sisters.  He is a wonderful, generous and giving man and we couldn’t have done it without him.  We can’t thank him enough for everything he does for us.  We also thank his mother and wife for the beautiful legacy they have left for all of us.

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                         These first 3 quilts were hand pieced and hand quilted by Parelee Bonnet.  The 4th quilt was done by 3 of the Bonnet women.  It was started by Parelee in the late 1990s. ( the last quilt she made)  After she passed away, Lucille worked on it in the early 2000’s until she became too ill and passed away.  Then Parelee’s daughter Phyllis Doss took the quilt and finished it in 2013.  A family legacy quilt indeed.

The family generously donated Parelee’s  100 year old (approximately) treadle sewing machine to the classroom for care and keeping.  It’s a beauty.

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Part of the festivities was a heated Jelly Roll Race. Four women, Edie Jessup, Jane Kelly, Linda Mosley and Julie Schmidt were our contestants. On your mark…….Get set…….. SEW !!!!!! It was great fun to watch, my grandson was mesmerized. It was sew as fast as they could to the final. A grueling hour before we had a winner. At the one hour mark, Edie Jessup finished her quilt and won the $100 gift certificate and free long arm quilting by “Cotton Pickin’ Scraps”. (Thank you Brenda !!)  The runners up won a $20 gift certificate and walked away with their BEAUTIFUL quilt tops !! I am still in awe of how beautiful this method turns out. It really shows off the fabric in the jelly roll or strip pack. Everyone said they had a blast doing it and requested to make it an annual event. Linda and Julie are mother and daughter. Julie’s daughter joined them as their “assistant”. Next year she wants to participate. How fabulous !! Three generations of quilters competing side by side. I am very excited about it.   So be thinking about getting your 3 generations together to compete in this bonding experience next summer.

LADIES: 

START YOUR SEWING MACHINES

and the furious sewing commenced.  All four contestants concentrating and working hard.

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AND THE WINNER IS:

EDIE JESSUP

    with her beautiful “Essential Gradations” (by Benartex) jelly roll top all pieced together   (will post a better picture later).

TIME: 1 hour

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SECOND TO FINISH:

JULIE SCHMIDT

           with her bright and beautiful “Stonehenge Singapore Sling” (by Northcott) strip pack all pieced together and ready to go.

TIME: 1 hour 20 min.

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THIRD TO FINISH:

JANE KELLY

 with her beautiful “Stonehenge Sand & Surf” (by Northcott) strip pack finally done.

TIME: 2 hours 30 mins.

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   Linda Mosley decided to finish her quilt at home.  We will post a picture of her finished quilt top later.

We also had a special presentation to the oldest member of Medina’s Quilt Group. Evalyn Poole had her 95th birthday on July 27th.  She had an antique quilt top that was a wedding gift to her and her husband, hand pieced together by her husband’s grandmother.  It had never been quilted.  Last January she brought it to us for help in finishing it.  So a team of quilters from the group set to work to complete the quilt for her. We presented it to her at the Grand Opening.  She told me this morning that she slept under her wedding quilt for the first time Saturday night and it felt wonderful.  How fantastic that we could make that happen for her.

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We had tons of food and lots of folks visiting with friends that they hadn’t seen in awhile. Those who participated in the Fabric Treasure Hunt had fun finding all 12 hidden fabrics. Apparently, I made it too hard. 🙁 Sorry.  But it was still fun, even for those who don’t sew.

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Thanks to all who came and made it a memorable day in the history of Little Cottage Quilt Shop.

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