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!


  1. How exciting! She is a very talented teacher with a lot of enthusiasm!

  2. Looks like so much fun. Bonnie is coming to my area (a couple of hours away) next year for something our state guild is sponsoring. No details yet, but I am hoping to be there and experience some of what you have enjoyed. I can feel the fun factor in your post! : )

  3. I am so happy you were able to take a class with Bonnie! Look at all of the goodies you saw in person! I loved being able to see Bonnie's quilts up close and personal! Looks as if you are getting a lot accomplished this year so far! WOW!

  4. I know you had a blast. Bonnie is a hoot!!

  5. I took a class with Bonnie in Sept. 2014 and would love to take another. She is genuine in person and has a great heart.

  6. Wow, sounds like a great class and lecture. How fun yo see all of those quilts in person. I like walking through IKEA also, i didn't get anything but it was fun :)

  7. I'd like to have Bonnie's energy! Our Guild is hosting her next year - can't wait.

  8. I wish I had known you were in Cincinnati... I took the Sister's Choice class on Monday! Isn't Meredith sweet? I enjoy hanging out with her. I really enjoyed seeing all the quilts made from Bonnie's patterns. Mine were the screaming bright ones at the end of Show N Tell. Every one was fun to make and I can't wait to try a few more of her patterns! Your Turkey Tracks is looking great!

  9. I was wondering where you were! Now the news is out! I imagine you did have a wonderful time. So much fun to be around so many quilters. Glad you enjoyed it so much!

  10. What an awesome opportunity. After classes like that you just can't sew fast enough.

  11. What a fun time you had with your friend. Years ago Bonnie came to our guild for a lecture, she was so much fun it would love to take a class from her one day.

  12. I'll bet that it was a great trunk show and workshop. Sure wish I could have been there. Your turkey tracks quilt is going to be a showstopper!

  13. What fun! A Bonnie Hunter class is on my quilter's bucket list too. So many beautiful scrappy quilts. So glad the scraps never seem to get used up.

  14. What a wonderful adventure! Just so much fun!

  15. would be great to see Bonnie and her lovely quilts.........


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