Friday, August 11, 2017

Bonnie Hunter Comes To Minnesota!

We were blessed to have Bonnie Hunter visit the Twin Cites this week! Here I am, left, with Bonnie, right, during her 3rd day of workshops. Bonnie was here at the invite of the Chaska Area Quilt guild. It took 4 1/2 years from booking to event!
On Tuesday night Bonnie gave an informative trunk show, including many sentimental moments, as Bonnie grew up in Minnesota. Bonnie's kindergarten teacher was introduced in the audience!

Bonnie brought quite a few of her amazing quilts made of many small scrap pieces!

This is the quilt that we worked on in our workshop on Wednesday--Jamestown Landing.

My area, set-up and ready to sew the next day! This is the first sewing machine I bought, in 1983, a Stella Elna. I bought it for its portability and brought it to Japan in my carry-on bag. It weighs 13 pounds.

I am using blue and white fabrics from Japan for my version of Jamestown Landing.

The block I completed.

A variety of blocks made by our class.

Here's the video of our class that Bonnie Hunter put together on YouTube. My fabric is pictured at 0:24, my sewing machine at 1:24, and I'm at 1:42--yes, I'm looking at my phone, like everyone else!?!  

We had "show and share" your Bonnie Hunter design quilts during class. I couldn't bring my En Provence quilt, as it is hanging at the Dakota County Fair right now. It received an Award of Excellence ribbon, top center!

Bonnie is always happy, full of energy and has great quilt tips. If you can get to one of her workshops, do so, by all means! If not, follow her daily blog and watch for her many YouTube videos, including the occasional Quilt Cam, where we all sew-along live with Bonnie on Facebook Live.

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy

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  1. I have an Elna Stella too. Mine was my 21st present from my parents in 1981. It's still in constant use and I'm still very pleased with it.

    1. Hi Jeanette! You're post has no-reply email, so I'm responding here and I don't know if you'll see this. If you do, I'd like to ask you what you do for a 1/4" foot for your Stella Elna. Did you click on my Stella Elna link above? That article has some very interesting info about that machine. I learned some new tricks, like lower the speed to the picture of the bobbin for winding the bobbin--I never knew what that was a picture of before!!!

  2. Wow! That bock looks ... so hard! It's stunning! I love the fabrics. Are you going to make a whole quilt? It's so cool that her kindergarten teacher was in the audience!

  3. We must have been on opposite sides of the classroom--I don't think I met you! Your fabrics for Jamestown Landing are awesome!

  4. Congratulations on your Award of Excellence! I love Bonnie's designs. How fun to see her in person :)

  5. Way to go on your Award of Excellence! I had an Elna for over 20 years and then gave it to a teenager in our church when Hubby surprised me with a new Bernina. I bet it's still going strong. So cool that you were able to meet Bonnie and take her class.


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