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Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way

Today we have Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way blogging for us! She is the sweet, nice, talented designer behind all of those fun Cotton Way patterns, including a series of table toppers that we love! Read on…and talk about a love of quilts and design that spans generations! Click here to see more pictures of her beautiful family.

I am really a novice at the blogging thing, but was excited and honored that Kimberly would ask me to write a post for the Jolly Jabber. Things have been crazy around here since Quilt Market! I spent the summer designing my new Table Topper of the Month series plus 4 new quilt patterns. I must say that I am happy (and quite relieved!) to have all 16 new patterns ready to go and hope some of you out there will enjoy making them.

A little about me and my company. I started Cotton Way in 1990 and can’t believe it has been almost 18 years of designing, cutting, sewing, writing patterns, Quilt Market and lots of late nights. As many of you may know I designed dolls for the first 10 years, including a series of dowel legged dolls called Long Leggins. Keep in mind this is when dolls were all the rage! Now I am really enjoying designing quilts. My favorite at the moment is my new Dot-To-Dot quilt. Inspiration comes from many things, but a lot of times it comes from events in my life such as weddings, grandchildren, graduations, birthdays, etc. I also love to look at decorating magazines for new colors and trends. Chocolate is a must in the designing process! I’ll admit it, I am completely hooked on M&Ms.

When I am not busy designing, I have a husband, five children and five adorable grandchildren that keep me very busy. We enjoy spending time at the lake in the summer, and here in Idaho we have lots of snow in the winter to snowmobile and play in. Occasionally we take a trip or two and are planning a trip to South Africa this February. I love to decorate and re-decorate my home, and typically take on way more projects than I can finish. A few other favorites: the color red (can’t get enough of it lately!), taking pictures of my family, scrapbooking and the beautiful view from my sewing room. As long as I’m not cooking or shopping (except for fabric of course) life is pretty good.

I am excited to have my daughter Camille join the world of quilting as she is the fifth-generation quilter in our family and now a fellow Mom-trepreneur. I have warned her at what a crazy life it is, but then she never did listen to her mother! When she was in the 3rd grade she wrote a paper about taking over Cotton Way when she grew up and now she has a company of her own. She is very talented and I wish her the best with Thimble Blossoms. Also, my youngest daughter Emily designed one of my new patterns Emily’s Garden in Blossom. She is only 15, so it has been fun to see my girls get excited about sewing and hope they will pass on the quilting gene.

It is amazing to see how the world of quilting has changed and what new and exciting things are out there. Keep an eye out for the updated Cotton Way website and a possible blog in the near future.

Happy Stitching,


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Review from Make Modern Online Magazine, Issue 17

Quilters the world over obsess over the divine quilt patterns and fabrics of Bonnie Olaveson, the mother half of the Bonnie and Camille design team. This book is a feast for fans of Bonnie's work, featuring 13 of her beautiful quilt patterns in one volume. Using Bonnie and Camille fabrics with a few coordinating solids thrown in, this book is perfect for those of us who've been looking for the right pattern for our treasured Bonnie and Camille stash. However, most of the projects are scrappy -- so you might even be able to just dive into your scrap bins for inspiration. Bonnie often mixes fabrics from multiple lines, because Bonnie and Camille fabrics play so nicely together. The patterns are varied, ranging from clever block repeats, updates of vintage blocks, to a great beginner's Double Wedding Ring quilt. While these patterns aren't new, this book offers fantastic value with its curated collection of all-time favourites from Bonnie's pattern archives.

Review from Denise Russell, Pieced Brain Blog, July 2017

Bonnie's background in pattern design has been delighting us for years, accented by the fabrics we have come to recognize and love. The pages in this book entice us to sew: each design has vibrant colors against a white background, with blocks organized to create traditional as well as modern quilts. Bonnie's fabric selections lend a fresh look to traditional blocks. Do notice the binding on these quilts! The same airiness from the quilt centers is carried through to the binding fabric, an alternative worth considering when we are choosing fabrics for our own quilts. As a pattern designer myself, I am inspired by the work of others. Cotton Way Classics has pages full of eye candy and brain food. A keeper!!!

Bonnie Olaveson

A pattern and fabric designer, Bonnie Olaveson started her company, Cotton Way, in 1990. She has now created more than 300 patterns and is part of the mother-daughter team that designs the Bonnie and Camille fabric line for Moda Fabrics. Together she and her daughter enjoy blending trendy with traditional. Visit Bonnie at

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New Patterns from Cotton Way

Our store is bursting at the seams with gorgeous new fabrics and patterns, and we’re still recuperating from Market, but we didn’t want to miss highlighting a new set of patterns from one of our most tried and true pattern designers, Bonnie O. of Cotton Way. Her patterns never fail to give us that “Ooooh!” reaction. Today she talks about her favorite of the bunch of six, which include patterns for appliqué aficionados as well as those pressed for time (much like us LOL)! She and Camille R. (Thimble Blossoms) have got a new fabric line called Simple Abundance for Moda coming out in the Fall, so watch for more on that!

Hello Everyone at the Jolly Jabber!

My daughter Camille and I had been waiting patiently for our new fabric, Simple Abundance, to arrive so we could start cutting and stitching. It finally came and I have been having so much fun! Four of my new patterns feature it, and my favorite is Life’s Journey. It uses a layer cake, has a soft edge appliqué and is a lot like life, up and down.

My new table topper, Abundantly Blessed, uses a charm pack that shows the whole line and is super easy and fast with the soft edge appliqué as well. If you have ever wanted to do a Cathedral Window quilt but didn’t want to do all that appliqué, this project is for you.

My Candy Taffy pattern uses Joanna’s, of Fig Tree Quilts, wonderful Patisserie line and looks yummy enough to eat. I couldn’t resist doing the scalloped border.

I also have a new table topper pattern called Swirly, Twirly Table Topper using the Glacé line’s dessert roll, and last but not least, my Big Blocks for Baby. If you have ever needed to throw a quilt together in a couple of hours, this is the one for you. Talk about instant gratification, one BIG block with BIG pieces! Sorry this is short and sweet, but I better get back to work.

Happy Stitching!
Bonnie Olaveson
Cotton Way


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Florida Cotton Harvest 2021

Today I am so happy to share with you my new patterns made with our 

Bonnie and Camille Daysail fabric collection.

We will be showing this fabric collection at the International Quilt Market in October and 

it will ship to your local quilt shop in February. 

The patterns are available now.

It's always so hard to work on these projects for weeks and not show them,

but after many hours of designing, cutting, sewing, pressing and binding,

FINALLY, they are ready!

My first and very favorite quilt this time is Smooth Sailing.  

It is a large quilt measuring 83" x 91". 

As you can see, there are 4 different boats in diagonal rows.

One that has a Pinwheel,

One with a Friendship Star.

a Log Cabin block,

and a Churn Dash. 

Some face one way and some the other.

The sailboat print in aqua seemed like the obvious choice for the back and I used the stripe for 3 of my 4 quilt bindings. They are just so perfect, I couldn't resist. 

Molly of Lovely Threads did a great job quilting this one. 

Notice the clouds in the sky, the waves in the water and the stones down the pole?

Thanks so much Molly! 

 I am really ready for some Smooth Sailing!

Our Daysail line is great for baby boy quilts, so I just had to make two.

So many fun dots and stripes.

Both quilts are 42" x 42". 

This Anchor quilt is simple and quick using fat quarters and a few jelly roll strips.

The Waves quilt is made with jelly rolls and is really fast as well.

If you look closely, you can see that the white background print 

is a white on white dot, great for texture.

The text print is one of my favorites in the line and I used it for the back of this quilt.  

In fact, I couldn't resist using it in every single project. 

Yes, striped binding again.

Next up, High Tide.

This quilt is large as well, 78" x 96" and Fat Quarter Friendly.

LeAnn Powell quilted this one and I chose an all over paisley that looks like 

water splashing. 

Thanks LeAnn!

You can see how the floral prints mix so well with all the stripes and dots.

I used the red text print for the stones and the binding on this one. 

I thought it framed it nicely.

For those of you that didn't happen to see that I introduced this new bag pattern 

last week, this is my new Sew on the Go Bag pattern made with

our Miss Kate fabric line. Miss Kate is in quilt shops NOW! 

It's the perfect bag to put on your lap while doing your hand work as you travel.

 The front pocket unzips to reveal scissors, thread and everything you might need for 

the project you are working on. 

 Your thread and scissors can't fall down into your seat and get lost.

This cute little button to holds everything in place.

So, there you have it.

Which one is your favorite?

My new patterns are all in the shop today as paper or PDF's . 

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stitching,



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