I finally met Bonnie in January of 2013--she facebooked me and invited me to breakfast. If I was not her number one fan before that, I was after (you can be her *other* number one fan!). She is one of a kind and in addition to her generous nature and quilting knowledge, she is an all around great gal for me to look up to. I love how she has fun and eats yummy food yet gets in her steps and does healthy too! She has influenced me in more ways than she knows!
Since then I have taken several workshops with her and went on the Caribbean cruise this past Spring. I am one of her Open Studio moderators on facebook and am still inspired by her everyday! Four years ago, in 2012, five of us got together at one of our houses on Black Friday and started sewing Celtic Solstice. The idea of a mystery Kickoff Party was born. The following year we had an official party with 12 people, last year with 24 and this year 14 (though about 30 wanted to come, it didn't work out for many). Our favorite part of the get together is sharing our completed quilts from the year before. For the procrastinators in our group this is a real motivator!
This year I managed to socialize and finish clue one all the day of the party! Feels good to be caught up and ready for clue two!