Monday, September 29, 2014

Her Husband Thought She was Crazy


Proof that Denniele is a good listener in class.

I taught a class a while back, about improvised quilts. One  lesson was "No Scraps Too Small." To prove our point, myself and my teaching cohort saved the scraps from everyone's projects - we all worked with them to improvise.

Denniele Bohannon was in the class. Since that class, she made a quilt that became a book, "Where Poppies Grow." It's the Kansas City Star block-of-the-month quilt book for 2014, a great achievement. What that means is that Denniele's blocks and the stories about her quilt, which honors the memory of her great-grandfather who fought and died in World War I, were featured in the paper once a month all this year.

The book is now out. It contains patterns for all the blocks. Recently, Denniele sent me a bag of scraps:

She saved ALL HER SCRAPS FOR ME. Does that explain why her husband thought she was crazy? Yep, every single scrap, I can tell. large ones right down to shards.

Well of course, i am delighted! I will make all kinds of things out of these scraps. Some will go immediately into two small improvised quilts in progress. Even smaller ones will go on cards I make and my business cards:

Ruler added for scale.
I must admit, the shards are too small for even me ... check out Denniele's excellent book, written with co-author Janice Britz, when you can. I love the stories about her great-grandpa.


  1. yeah, you've got to have an 1/8" bit of fabric showing after taking the seams or there's no point in playing with it...

  2. Isn't it weird how someone else's scraps are more fun than our own? So nice that she shared with you!

    1. glad to see you. I love Deb's view on quilting and the world. Denniele.....your tablemate in Jean's Pine Burr class. (small world isn't it?)

  3. I will work with some pretty small scraps, but my rule is, if it hits the floor, It gets swept up. (most of the time)... then I like to give the piles of super small scraps to the birds, and hope to find them in nests... eventually.

  4. So glad you enjoyed the bag and the humor stuffed inside it! :)