Hand Appliqued Quilts, Whimsical Designs & Simple Techniques and her quilts lined the walls of the little loft in the community hall. I knew this special person had to visit Chico someday and share her cheerful, beautiful quilts with us. And this past weekend, she did! First a trunk show and lecture at Annie's Star Quilt Guild. You can see the size of this beautiful fruit basket next to Tonye.Not only are her quilts rich with craftsmanship and sweetness of color and design, she is a wonderful happy person and a very good teacher as well. So this past week she finally made it to Chico. Houses, Birds, Baskets, Watering Cans, Flowers, all of these elements are part of her designs. But somehow these modest motifs become fresh and fun with Tonye's eye for color and shape. Really. She makes a gal want to applique. Even me, the gal that thought she never really would! Don't look too closely at those points just yet...but I am trying!
Another really fun thing happened during her visit. Tracey a wonderful mother, wife, and fellow blogger that lives nearby to Chico was able to join us to sew with Tonye.
Go check out Tracey's blog asap! She is currently featured on the Moda Bake Shop!
Funny thing about blogging, I was at Honey Run one afternoon and looked across the cutting table at this young woman who was helping a friend pick out fabric. She had an adorable little baby boy with her. I just couldn't put my finger on how I knew them. Chico can be like that. Light bulb moment: Are you Tracey? Is that Steiger? Oh how fun! The bloggers meet!