Monday, March 14, 2016

Meeting Bonnie Hunter

I've just had the best time.   I spent a few days with my friend Michele in Kentucky, and while I was there we took the Talkin' Turkey workshop  with Bonnie Hunter on Saturday in Cincinnati and attended her lecture and trunk show at the Ohio Valley Quilter's Guild meeting last Monday evening.  The Talkin' Turkey pattern is in Bonnie's String Fling book.

Here is me  (on the left), Bonnie (center), and Michele (right).  Bonnie is very enthusiastic and bubbly, and when you meet her in person she is just as warm and friendly as she looks in every photo you see of her on the internet.  She posed for photos with us and autographed our books. A class with Bonnie has been on my bucket list for quite awhile now.  If she came to the area again, I'd sure take another class with her.

Monday night at the Ohio Valley Quilt Guild, Bonnie lectured about leaders and enders and showed quilts from some of her books .  Those of you that read Bonnie's blog and visit her website more than likely use leaders and enders instead of sending a random scrap of fabric through at the beginning or end of whatever you are piecing.  My machine tends to want to pull my beginning piece of fabric down underneath the plate on my machine.  Keeping a stack of squares or flying geese to send through the machine before and after a project soon yields a stack of units to piece into another quilt.

Here is Bonnie showing a small group how to use the Easy Angle and Companion Angle.

Here are some of her quilts that she shared at the guild meeting.  Holding the quilt on the right side is one of my blog readers, Meredith.  Those of you that blog know what a thrill it is to meet a total stranger that reads what you are writing!  It was so nice to meet Meredith and have dinner with her!
This quilt is Sister's Choice, a free pattern on the web site.  

This is Tumalo Trail from Scraps and Shirttails.

This brown and blue one uses the Tri Recs tool.  It is really something to see in person.

I know you've seen these quilt photos either on Bonnie's web site or in her books, but they are really amazing to look at in person.  This one is Blue Skies from her String Fling book.

Here is Zuckerwatte (Cotton Candy) from String Fling.

Pineapple Crazy from String Fling.

This is an Easy Street from Show and Share during class lunchtime.  I love this color combination.

Bonnie brought her Allietare, this year's mystery quilt.

You can see my Bonnie Hunter mystery quilts here:
Easy Street
Orca Bay
Roll Roll Cotton Boll

I think I took a photo out of the car window every time we crossed over the Ohio River from Kentucky into Ohio.

Here is row 1 of my Talkin' Turkey quilt from the workshop.  While I was in Kentucky/Ohio, I also went to a quilt show, shopped at Fabric Shack, IKEA, and The Quilt Box.  More on those in a later post.  This was enough fun to last me for quite awhile.  Michele and I sewed, talked, shopped, and had a fun time together.  Thanks for the fun time, Michele!

I hope you are finding some time to stitch today!  
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
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