Bonnie K. Hunter is passionate about quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of "making do". She started her love affair with quilting in a home ec class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. Before quilting became her full-time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of Needle in a Haystack, creating more than 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals, with many of her designs licensed through the Butterick Pattern Company, translated into 7 languages and sold around the globe through fabric stores. But quilting has always been Bonnie's first love. She has been machine quilting since 1989 and professionally long arm quilting for the public from 1995 until 2009, when teaching, traveling and writing took over her life. She has been featured in magazines for her quilt patterns themselves and also for articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential. Bonnie also writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine entitled "Addicted to Scraps", with the main intention to help you to put various aspects of your own Scrap User's System to good use. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and is the author of four books.
Bonnie is one of the busiest and most energetic quilters around! Catch up with her doings through her extensive website at Quiltville.com, where you'll find her calendar for lectures and workshops, tips and tricks, techniques, tutorials and a long list of free quilt patterns to help you dig into your scraps. Or go to Quiltville.blogspot.com for Bonnie's (almost) daily blog, Quiltville's Quips & Snips. Bonnie's favorite motto? "The Best Things in Life are Quilted!!" of course!
Monday, June 9, 9:30 -- 4:30: "Cathedral Stars" -- $60 NWQ Members / $75 Non-members
A great beginner's class that's also fun for advanced quilters with instruction on using the EZ Angle Ruler and the Tri Recs Rulers and a way to dig into the scrap stash. Quilt is made from 2" and 3.5" strips, and is both versatile and easier than it looks!
Tuesday, June 10, 9:30 -- 4:30: "Smith Mountain Morning" -- $60 NWQ Members / $75 Non-members
(Bonnie's book Scraps & Shirttails II is required for each student in this class.) A two-block quilt, with the star block, a 54-40 or Fight variation, in two colorways, and a Chimney and Cornerstones log cabin variation rotated to complete the design between the stars. Purchase the book from Bonnie's website (Quiltville.com) or from her at the class. Students will learn the use of specialty rulers for half square triangles using the Easy Angle Ruler, Quarter Square Triangles using the Companion Angle Ruler and the Tri Recs rulers for the tall star points. Quilt may be adjusted to any size.
Wednesday, June 11, 9:30 -- 4:30: "Love Shack" -- $60 NWQ Members / $75 Non-members
A fun crumbs wall hanging featuring Topsy Turvey Houses, Maverick Stars, Wonky Hearts and an intro to free-pieced letters; all surrounded by a fun string border!
Registrations will be accepted on a first-come/first-served basis to a maximum of 24 students per class. ONLY NWQ MEMBERS MAY REGISTER FOR THE FIRST 30 DAYS (until March 3rd). After that, registrations will be accepted from both members and non-members in the order they are received. We will establish a wait-list if we have more registrations than spaces in classes.