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