Last week marked another milestone in Clothworks history. Our beloved Bonnie, pattern queen and color extraordinaire, retired from The Works after 14 wonderful years of service! As is the case with all Clothworks employees that retire, we throw a potluck luncheon and send them off in grand style! Bonnie’s big send-off was extra special as most of the current employees (and a few Clothworks retirees) went the extra mile and made her departing gifts using Clothworks fabric. We decided to go with a ‘kitchen theme’ making all sorts of wares: from pot holders to placemats, table runners to napkins, and so much more. Bonnie is shown in the pic above modeling a tea-towel made by Kathleen with a fussy cut rooster appliqué from the Home is in the Kitchen fabric line by Clothworks. All of these gifts were lovingly stitched up using the perfect fabric to compliment any kitchen, Fresh Eggs and Home is in the Kitchen, both designed by new designer, Dan DiPaolo.
Ted, the head honcho at The Works, gave a wonderful speech about Bonnie’s contributions to Clothworks and bestowed her with his parting gift of choice- a personalized selection of fabulous books! Bonnie loves to travel, loves her tea, loves doing the crossword, and loves great literature- and Ted followed through in sending her off with some wonderful hardbound books specific to each of these topics. Candice, the Creative Director, made some lovely coasters and trivets using hand-dyed wool in beautiful muted colors with a polka-dot appliqué design- all hand-sewn using a blanket stitch finish. I made Bonnie a sturdy tote bag from denim with a ‘crossword’ layout that says ‘Pattern Queen.’ I spent many a lunch break with Bonnie learning from her crossword puzzle know-how! We will sorely miss Bonnie here at The Works! It just won’t be the same around here without her sweet smile, quilting pattern knowledge, and eye for color!
Is it tea time already? No….it’s finally ‘me’ time!
Best of luck, Bonnie!