Monday, August 29, 2016

UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art Workshop - Icheon, South Korea

Mary Hammond, Executive Director of the Paducah Visitors Bureau, and I went to a UNESCO Creative Cities of Crafts and Folk Art Workshop in Icheon, South Korea. At the Workshop, the cities shared information about their city and the Crafts/Folk Art for which they received the UNESCO designation.

Here are photos from our trip. Hope you enjoy getting to see some masters plying their crafts. We, of course, shared quilts during our presentation.


Saturday, June 4, 2016

Today is Saturday, June 4, and it has been a while since I wrote a blog post. We have completed four AQS QuiltWeek events so far this year - Phoenix, Daytona Beach, Lancaster, and Paducah. And, now we are working on the last four show - Syracuse, Grand Rapids, Chattanooga, and Des Moines. Keeps us hopping!

I also flew to Icheon, South Korea in May with Mary Hammond from the Paducah Visitors Bureau. We attended the UNESCO (United National Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) for the Creative Cities of Folk Art and Crafts Workshop. I'm going to write another blog so I can include photos from that trip.

Since the first of the year I have been busy working on my next book, Zentangle Art To Go. We are finishing the layout of the book now and it should go to the printer next week. Can't wait for you to see some of the fun things I have done with Zentangle designs, both drawn and quilted. Meanwhile here is what the cover looks like... you'll see gold on the cover and wait until you see the gold foiled project inside... yes, that is a teaser.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What a Surprise!
I received a large envelope from Frankfort, Kentucky and in it was a lovely Memoriam Certificate for Wayne from the Kentucky House of Representatives from our State Representative Gerald Watkins.

You can click on it to enlarge.

Another wonderful gesture to show how much Wayne was loved.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Wayne's Quilt

The holidays are over, and I had a great visit with my Mom and sisters in Iowa and Illinois. It was fun to spend a few days with each of them. And weather being what it always is – unpredictable – was just that. Even though the predictions were for decent weather, we had rain, sleet, and snow, all in the same day. They had quite an ice storm in Cambridge, Illinois where my sister Marcia and her husband Don Ekin live. They lost power on Monday morning and didn't get it back until early Wednesday morning - the whole time I was there. Luckily they had installed a whole house generator in their new home so we had all of the comforts of home - lights, heat, hot water, etc.

At Wayne's Celebration of Life, I displayed a quilt that I made for him years ago that had photos of his early childhood years, his first car, our wedding, some Viet Nam photos, celebrating 25 years at Penneys, etc. The photo of our wedding was much talked about - we were really thin 52 years ago when we were married, and my dress was the fashion of the day - lots of lace. In fact, I wore a hoop skirt underneath it. Anita and Dick Shackelford were at the Celebration, and Anita took the quilt home to add some quilting to the frames around each of the photos. Our photographer, Charley Lynch, took a photo of the quilt for me so we can preserve the images on the quilt.

You see, I made this way back before we had printable fabric to print our photos on. I used the old method of using photocopies and Mod Podge to secure the photos to the fabric. I have no idea how long those photos on the fabric will last.

Here is the photo of the whole quilt.

The plaid fabric used in the sashing was a woven plaid from India that had been used for a promotion at the JCPenney store, and I used colors in the plaid to make frames for the photos that were all different sizes. I knew I couldn't match the plaid both vertically and horizontally, so what did I do? I cut the plaid on the bias. Yikes, what was I thinking?! When I basted the layers together, I basted it every four inches in both directions to keep those sashing strips from stretching. That worked! The cornerstones in the sashing in the cotton fabric gave some stability to the sashing too.

Thank you Anita Shackelford for quilting the frames. I had stitched in the ditch along the sashing and again around the photos. We can call this quilt all done now.

And now you can all enjoy this quilt of the life of Wayne Browning too!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Celebration of Life - Wayne G. Browning

The Celebration of Life for Wayne G. Browning was
held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10, 2015,
at the Grace Episcopal Church on Broadway St. in Paducah, KY.
He chose to be cremated and his ashes were interred
in the Memorial Garden at the Church.

The Garden is cross shaped and is a lovely spot for meditation.

I chose yellow roses with black ribbons for Wayne - 
ever the Iowa Hawkeye fan!

 There is a new star in heaven now, 
and Wayne is resting in peace, free from pain.

New Star in Heaven

Heaven has a new star in it. Wayne passed away early the morning of December 8 here at home. He was the love of my life, my rock, and my best friend for 54 years. Tonight he is resting in peace, free from any further pain.

Wayne Gerald Browning, 73, of Reidland (Paducah), KY, passed away at home on December 8, 2015.

Wayne was born December 9, 1941 in Muscatine, Iowa, to his parents, Carl Hershel and V. Maxine Furnas Browning Martin. He was raised in Muscatine, Iowa, where he married Bonnie Kay Kirkland in 1963. Wayne graduated from Muscatine High School, Muscatine Junior College, and the University of Iowa.

Wayne worked for the JCPenney Company for more than 32 years in Muscatine, Iowa City, Burlington, Dubuque, and Sioux City, Iowa; and Greenwood, Indiana, in Personnel and Operations; and for Kitchens Inc. in Paducah for 10 years as a computer designer for kitchen and bath cabinetry.
Wayne was an Army veteran, having served in Viet Nam from 1967-1968. In recent years, he enjoyed reunions with the veterans who served in Viet Nam with him. In 2012 Wayne received a quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation. In 2013, Bonnie and Wayne arranged for the other members in the reunion to all receive a Quilt of Valor and a certificate of thanks for their service. For many, this was the first thank you they had received for that service.

Blessed with an easy-going manner, Wayne was able to relate well with others. In his retirement, he enjoyed helping with the vendors as AQS quilt shows where he loved being known as “Mr. Bonnie.” The vendors became part of his extended family and each show was a time to catch up on what they were doing. In April 1996, Mayor Albert Jones named Wayne and Bonnie as Duke and Duchess of Paducah.

He enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. His favorite pursuits were hunting pheasants and quail, and fishing and waterskiing at the family cottage along the Mississippi River. He was handy with car maintenance and repair and building tasks around the home. Wayne loved ice skating and snow – he was known to scoop the entire subdivision’s sidewalks with his new red tractor and blade when they lived in Greenwood, Indiana.

Wayne always was a lover of animals and cherished his pets – his dog, Kemo, from his youth, to Kelly and Molly, a pair of Irish Setters, and the two cats that adopted him, Whitesocks and Tuffy.
Wayne and Bonnie often traveled to quilting conferences around the country; he also accompanied her on a trip to Japan, and quilting cruises to the Caribbean and Mexican Riviera.

He is survived by his wife Bonnie, mother-in-law Mary E. Kirkland, and brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gerry & Carol Kirkland, Karen Kirkland Franzen, Don & Marcia Kirkland Ekin, and many nieces and nephews. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, brother James C. Browning, and sister Kathleen Browning Beverlin.

Celebration of Life:
Memorials may be made to the Wayne Browning Memorial Fund, c/o Bonnie Browning, 5815 Finley Ct, Paducah, KY 42003.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

AQS Online Classes are NOW Open!

YEAH! The online classes from the American Quilter's Society are now open for registration.

Just click on the iquilt logo and you'll go right to my class, Borders and Finishing Touches.

And what will you learn in my class?
  • Mitered borders
  • Pipe borders 
  • Making bias strips for piping and/or binding
  • Mitered binding
  • Two-sided binding (you'll love this)
  • Making your borders fit
  • Shark's teeth
  • Prairie points
  • Blocking your quilt
  • Adding the sleeve to your quilt
Plus there are tips and tricks all through the class that you'll want to add to your arsenal of techniques to use in making your own quilts.

I hope you'll enjoy the mini quilt show with quilts from my collection that show you a variety of borders... from no border at all, to some wonderful mitered borders.

Click HERE to sign up now. And, remember that this class will be available to you at any time. You watch it lesson by lesson, or get a cup of tea and watch all two hours and three minutes in one sitting. Then you can go back and watch any parts when you need a refresher.

Watch this short video to give you a sneak peak of the class.

I hope you'll try some of the techniques and that you'll post some photos in the Galleries section of the class. And, if you have questions as you watch, you can click on the Questions button and ask them. The tape will stop while you type your question... and then you can finish watching. I'm here and happy to answer your questions!

Don't forget to write a review. These reviews help other people who are wondering about the class.

Always in stitches,
Bonnie Browning

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Zombie Painting my Hands

I just returned from taping a class, Borders and Finishing Touches, for What a fun 2 1/2 days. I asked Corey, the makeup artist if she could cover the freckles on my hands since I was going to be doing some sewing at the machine with closeups of my hands.

uiltrA note about the BERNINA 550 machine that I used... what a great machine. It has a button that will not let you sew if you don't have the needle in the position for the foot you have on the machine. That feature will save a lot of broken needles.

Corey has worked as a makeup artist on two Zombie movies and has this special paint that she uses to cover up tattoos for some of the actors... so she brought in her Zombie paint to cover my freckles.

This is the pad of Zombie paint - it is mixed with alcohol so it stays on.
Must be removed with alcohol too.

She began by painting layers of different colors of paint.

Almost done here...

Next was fixing the hair.

Makeup all finished.

Linda Hahn arrived to tape a class.
We had dinner together and then passed each other on the set.

Want more information on the classes?
Go to to sign up and you'll be the first to get an email 
so you can sign up for the classes when they are ready.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Celebrate International Quilting Weekend - Watch for FREE

Big news here! In honor of International Quilting Weekend, March 20-22, 2015, The Quilt Show (, the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will open all of its shows from the first nine series-- shows 100-1513 --for the entire weekend. This means that, for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view over 200 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE. 
This year's sponsors are contributing over $5000 in prizes, including the Grand Prize, a BERNINA 550 QE.  Other prizes you have a chance to win are:
·         Innova – Have your quilt professionally quilted ($500 value)
·         Superior Threads – five $100 gift certificates
·         RJR Fabrics – a Delicious Selection of RJR Fabrics
·         AccuQuilt – GO! Big Electric Fabric Cutter
·         Missouri Star Quilt Company – $500 in Quilter’s Cash plus signed copies of Volume 1 of Block Magazine and Man Sewing Swag
As you may already know, I appeared as the featured artist on TQS in show 609 + 1308. If you didn't have the opportunity to see this show the first time around, now you'll have the chance to see it—and so many other terrific shows—at no cost in this unprecedented three-day offer.
I hope that you'll share this information with all of your quilting friends. It's a fantastic opportunity to enjoy three days of learning and fun without leaving your home…all for free.
Enjoy the shows, and thanks for helping to spread the word!
Link to TQS website landing page:
Enjoy the shows... and happy quilting!
Bonnie Browning


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

In October, Ann Hammel and I represented the American Quilter's Society at the China International Quilt Festival in Keqiao (pronounced koo chow). We met some new quilters and renew friendships with some others from Australia, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the U.S.

I have combined photos Ann and I took during our trip - this will give you a snapshot of many of the things we saw there.

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Teaching Zentangle for Shawnee Quilters Guild

It has been a while since I posted to my Blog. Today I am sharing some photos taken at a class I taught in Carbondale, IL for the Shawnee Quilters Guild. What a great group, and they enjoyed both the Last Roses of Summer applique class and my Zentangle for Quilters class.

In the Zentangle class we started out the day with learning the Zentangle drawing method. Then in the afternoon we converted those designs to quilting designs. Check out these photos of what they stitched.
Mosaic of tiles drawn in class

Stitching in the "string" lines

Testing designs on paper

Whether drawing or stitching, you have the power of concentration.

Mary Hackett filled the center with thread painted checkerboard.

Detail, quilted Zentangle by Mary Hackett

And my lecture was about to begin
 Thanks, Shawnee Quilters, for inviting me to visit you again. I'll come back when my book is finished and we'll do more fun things using Zentangle designs.

Bonnie Browning, Certified Zentangle Teacher

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Magnificent Alaskan Cruise

Home from our Alaskan Cruise and I'll share some of my photos of the beautiful scenery we saw there. Mom and I flew to Seattle and boarded the Norwegian Jewel there. I taught the two days we were at sea... and we played tourist when we docked at the ports.

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Sunset from our balcony on the Norwegian Jewel.

I taught Zentangle drawing and quilting on this cruise.
I challenged the students to find tangle designs throughout the ship.
Check out this carpet. It even has shading between the curved designs.

 As we cruised along, there was a lot of snow melting,
creating rivers and waterfalls running down
the sides of the mountains.

Port of Ketchican

We took a trolley ride to the largest park with totem poles.
There were also two eagle nests near the entrance so
we got to see a lot of eagles too.

Mom standing by one of the totems - and this was a very short one.

This eagle flew toward the ship as we pulled away from the dock and I snapped this photo from our balcony.

Port of Juneau

Mom and I hopped on a shuttle to go to downtown Juneau where we did a little souvenir shopping (had to get some Ulu knives) and strolled along a boardwalk which gave us the best view of our ship. Usually we were too close to it and couldn't get the whole ship in the picture. 

Juneau: We just had to stand in front of this big stuffed bear.
Temperatures were cool enough for a light fleece jacket.

Large and small pieces of the glacier. The ice was a blue-green color.

This was our first view of Sawyer Glacier from our balcony.

Then the captain stopped the ship and turned it in a 360-degree circle so everyone could see the glacier from our balconies. We expected to see a tall mountain of ice. Instead it was a collapsed-looking mound of ice.

Our next port was Skagway, where Mom and I boarded the White Pass Yukon train. The sights were unbelievable. I spent most of the trip standing on the rear platform of our car so I could take photos. The train twisted and turned along the edge of the mountains.
There were several trestles and two tunnels on our route.
Now don't you just wonder how long it took them to build a trestle like this
on the side of the mountain.

This was a large falls that we could see from the train. It was closer to the Yukon Highway.

When we reached the turn-around point, the engineers used a side rail to move the engines from the front to the back. This was a large glacier lake right next to the tracks. The guide said it was 2.5 miles long and was 250 feet deep in spots.
Looks cold in this photo, doesn't it? Well, it was cold up there.

Check out how high that snow is piled outside our car.

As we headed back to Skagway, the guide pointed out the
Class 6 rapids in this area.

Engine #52 was the first engine to traverse this rail line.
They keep it parked at the workshop for the White Pass Yukon Rail Line.

Our trip ended back in downtown Skagway.
This train ride was a highlight of our trip.

 This was the million dollar photo from our train ride.
We were 20 miles away from where our ship was docked,
but you can see it in this photo.

And then we sailed on to Victoria, British Columbia.

At Victoria, we visited the Butchart Gardens. Mr. Butchart had used this
site to dig limestone to make cement. As Mr. Butchart exhausted limestone deposits, his enterprising wife Jennie, made plans to create something of beauty in the gigantic exhausted pit. From farmland nearby, she had tons of top soil brought in by horse and cart and used it to line the floor of the abandoned quarry. Little by little, the quarry blossomed into the spectacular Sunken Garden.

And, oh my, were the flowers beautiful! At home we have flowers that bloom at different times. In this garden, many of them were blooming all at the same time.

Butchart Gardens

The Rhododendrons had huge blossoms... in many different colors.

This is a view of the Sunken Gardens

A momma bear and two babies were made of
moss and tucked into the trees.

Tucked under this group of trees were many different varieties of hostas.
The variety of colors made this a beautiful garden.

A pond with a fountain in the center made a great backdrop
for these wild flowers.

Mom and I took a break in the garden and
enjoyed sitting in some of the chairs sprinkled among the flowers.

Bonnie sitting in the Sunken Garden.

Loved the blue poppies!

Mounds of colorful flowers lined the walkways throughout the gardens.

We rented a wheelchair so Mom wouldn't need to walk up and
down the hills in the gardens. Made it easier for us to stroll and roll
through the gardens.

The azaleas were profusions of color everywhere.

Some walkways were lined with tall, straight trees.
After we left the Gardens, our driver stopped downtown so we could
take a few photos. They were planning sailboat races that weekend so
the bay was full of sailboats.
This is the government building in Victoria. It is a very old building.

Last photo of the trip just before we boarded the ship
to head back to Seattle.

We enjoyed our trip to Alaska on the Norwegian Jewel.

Thank you Gloria Cook for scheduling our
Magnificent Alaskan Cruise.
And thanks to the quilters who joined Patti Hempen and me,
and made the classes on sea days such fun!

Be sure to take a cruise to Alaska!