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Quiltville Custom Quilting
Quiltville's Trunk Shows & Workshops!
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Bonnie K Hunter, Designer, Author, Teacher & Lecturer
Current Lectures & Trunk Shows:Scrap User's System! This lecture takes you through my years of scrap quilting and how I have organized my scraps and leftovers to be easily accessible and workable into my quilt making. Also includes discussion of tools of the trade that I find helpful in my scrap using. I am a scrap USER, not just a scrap saver! There is a difference....this lecture will inspire quilters to organize their scraps and start turning them into beautiful quilts.
Scraps & Shirttails! This lecture focuses on the quilts from my books Scraps & Shirttails I & II, both released by Kansas City Star Quilts. Not only do I show the quilts from the book, but others I've made with recycled fabrics and scraps as well! I include information about what to look for when recycling clothing into quilts, the best way to slice and dice your cotton clothing into useable sizes so it is ready for your quilt making, combining recycled fabrics with new yardage for the right look, etc.
Adventures With Leaders & Enders! This lecture focuses on quilts made between the lines of sewing other projects! A while back I found myself nearly paralyzed by my burgeoning stash and scraps after nearly 30 years of living by the credo: "She who dies with the most fabric wins!" It was then I turned to my love of antique scrap quilts for inspiration in putting the rewarding method of sewing Leaders & Enders to work. The Lecture features quilts from my book by the same name, along with others from my personal collection--starting from very basic simple designs, to more complex ones, inspiring you on your way to thinking outside the box when it comes to your methods of piecing and using what you have on hand to create beautiful, one-of-a-kind scrap quilts in between the lines of chain piecing other projects. This is multitasking at its best!
String Fling! These are not just your Grandmother's String Quilts! String Quilting has a colorful history and can create exciting elements when mixed with traditional patchwork shapes! String quilts from small to large will fill the listeners with ideas and inspiration to dig into their own stashes and sew up a storm of strings! Quilts from Scraps & Shirttails, Scraps & Shirttails II, Adventures with Leaders & Enders, and my latest book, String Fling will be featured.
Trunk shows last approximately one hour + Q&A and will be illustrated with loads of my quilts. I will need two volunteers to hold quilts, two volunteers to fold the quilts and a table to lay quilts on. If I am flying to your area, a quilt stand (and sometimes a power point projector) may be needed as I can't bring my own! An Extra table (small is fine) to sit and sign books at is also helpful.
*NOTE* In addition to the class supply lists below, your students may be required to print out their own class instructions as found on my website.Basket Weave Strings
This helps keep printing costs down for everyone! Please check with me when choosing your classes.
From More Adventures with Leaders & Enders!
Texas Tumbleweeds: (Book Required)From String Fling!
Spinning stars and ladder blocks abound in a motion-filled scraip quilt made completely from 2.5" Squares and 2.5" X 4.5" rectangles! Students will come to class with fabric shapes pre-cut ahead of time, ready to sew, share and swap if desired. This is a stress-free fun class with lots of POW in the finished quilt!
Ways: (Book Required)
love blocks that combine to create a secondary
design, and the corner checkerboards of each
block in this quilt meet giving the appearance
of a two block quilt set on point, when it is
just one block set side by side. Don’t
faint – but get excited! There
are 104 pieces in each 12” block. Students
will master the use of the Easy Angle ruler
for quick half- square triangle units!
Students will come to class with fabric strips
pre-cut ahead of time, ready to sew, share and
swap if desired.
Crystals: (Book Required)
Flight: (Book Required)
Tulip Fields: (Book Required)From Scraps & Shirttails II:
Small strings and crumbs are precious pieces and so much can be done with them! Even small units can be a place to show off your little bits. The base units for these tulip blocks are string pieced, and added to the patchwork parts to complete each "flower". Solid red makes the tulips pop with color! Students will learn the basics of string piecing, have a lot of fun trading and sharing stories about their scraps and have a stringy-good time!
Jamestown Landing: (Book Required)
Stars and chains in blues and neutrals are sure to capture any star-lover's fancy! What a great way to clear out scraps by choosing two color families: A foreground (Blue) and a background (Neutral) Students will learn the basics of string piecing along with learning to use the Easy Angle ruler to create half square triangle units from 2 1/2" scrap strips. This quilt was a great way for me to use a large variety of blue and neutral scraps for the half-square triangles, and even more scrap fun clearing out a whole bx of neutral strings used in the alternate block areas.
Roll Cotton Boll: (Book Required)
Baskets! (Book Required)
Turkey! (Book Reqired)
Orca Bay (Book Required)
Red Strings and Blue
strings combine with scrappy neutrals and blacks
in this string pieced up-do of the traditional
Ohio Star block! Instructions include the inns
and outs of the Easy Angle and Companion Angle
Rulers and the basics and freedom of fun
Hawk's Nest: (Book Required)
If you’ve been saving left-over Half-Square Triangles from various Quilting projects, This quilt is the perfect project for them. Square them down to 2” and piece away! Hawk's Nest is a vibrantly scrappy quilt with multiudes of half-square triangles, perfect for using Easy Angle ruler and 2" strips. We will be focusing on use of the Easy Angle for 1/2 square triangle units, piecing the blocks with the half square triangles and squares. A fun day for all!
Smith Mountain Morning: (Book Required)
Smith Mountain Morning is 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 which is rotated to complete the design between the stars. This pattern is found in my book Scraps & Shirttails II which may be purchased from my website at Quiltville.com. Students will learn the use of speciaty 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!
Bricks In The Barnyard: (Book Required)
Based on a split 9 patch design, these blocks can be placed in numerous designs as with any log cabin block! The ideas are endless! We will be focusing on use of the Easy Angle for 1/2 square triangle units, piecing the blocks with rectangles, squares, and 1/2 square triangles, and learning how to do the cornerstone braid borders! From my book Scraps & Shirttails II. Easy Angle Ruler also required.
Trail: (Book Required)
With Leaders & Enders:
Great class for clearing out the scraps and making something absolutely stunning! Students will come with precut rectangles and squares, and may bring extra for trading with others in the class, to create a larger variety in their quilts. A great class for getting in the habit of using units as "Leaders & Enders" to keep piecing continuous!
Blue Ridge Beauty: (Book Required)
Have you always wanted to make a scrappy two color quilt? Now is the time! This is a great class for pulling scraps and fabrics in 2 specific complimentary colors. Red/White, Black/White, Blue/Cream, Pink/Brown, Blue/Yellow....any two colors that contrast with each other! This is also a great class for learning to use the Easy Angle Ruler if so desired. I love this ruler, and use it for all my 1/2 square triangle needs. This quilt has 1/2 square triangles that finish at 3", and if you have a method/ruler that you love, be it thangles, triangles on a roll, rulers, or the old fashioned way of "adding 7/8" to the finished measurement"....we will go through all different ways to find the perfect triangle method that works for the way YOU sew! Extra Bonus Fun....this block can be laid out in ANY log-cabin-style layout...come up with a layout that is uniquely YOU for a quilt that looks different than anyone elses!
Crab Apples: (Book Required)
Create a grove of Crab Apple Trees from 1.5" strips in light and dark! This class involves strip piecing for the tree tops and the checkerboard border, and beginning paper piecing for the tree bases. GREAT way to use up scraps, and swap scrap strips with each other for more variety!
From Scraps &
Virginia Bound is the flagship quilt from my book "Scraps & Shirttails". Based on the traditional Rocky Road to Kansas block, I have revamped it for foundation piecing! Even the setting diamonds are string pieced. :c) A wonderful border surrounds the quilt. I made this quilt using all the 'strings' and small parts left from cutting up recycled shirts to use in quilt making. It's a FUN class, no matter what fabrics the students choose. Simply go all scrappy, by separating lights from darks, or choose a two color scheme such as blues/yellows, or reds/greens for a gorgeous christmas quilt.
Shirttails!: (Book Required)
Three traditional blocks combine in this top to challenge any quilter! We will be making 1/2 square triangles in 3 different sizes, and combining blocks of different sizes to make a scrap quilt with a primitive feel. *Note* Though the pattern in the book is written with regular rotary cutting instructions, I love to use my easy angle ruler for half square triangles, and the companion angle combined with the easy angle ruler for flying geese units. I will be demonstrating these rulers during class, so if you have always wanted to know how these work, bring them with you!
Patterns from the
Hidden Spools: The objective in this workshop is for students to learn the basics, and the fun and freedom of strip piecing while using up a variety of scrap fabrics! The more fun the fabrics, the better this quilt looks! Variety is the spice of the quilt. Students will bring 2" strips for swapping. Companion Angle ruler required.
Students will bring scraps and strips to share with others in the class so that everyone has a variety of fabrics to play with. The objective in this workshop is for students to learn the basics, and the fun and freedom of string piecing!
Students will bring scraps and strips to share with others in the class so that everyone has a variety of fabrics to play with. I will demonstrate a variety of ways to piece crumb blocks including wonky log cabin, string, and free form. I'll bring my own Crumb quilts for inspiration.
Love Shack!!: 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! Note: this pattern is NOT found on the website, but exclusive for workshops.
Students will bring pre-cut 2.5" strips ready to power sew into tesselating star struck blocks! This quilt goes so fast,everyone will have a pile of blocks in no time. Students can also have fun swapping strips with each other for more variety in their quilts. Focus on USING YOUR STASH encouraged!
Students will bring pre-cut 2" strips ready to power sew into courthouse step type blocks, and altering them into pineapple blossom blocks by adding on quick corners. This method produces bonus corners and discussion includes various layouts for the blocks (with or without sashing) as well as alternate ideas for using the bonus corners! Students can also have fun swapping strips with each other for more variety in their quilts. Focus on USING YOUR STASH encouraged!
Happy Scrappy Houses
Students will bring pre-cut 2" strips ready to construct a whole neighborhood of fun houses! Students can have fun swapping strips with eachother for more variety in their houses. Focus on USING YOUR STASH encouraged!
The original "Anything Goes" quilt! Students will bring pre-cut 2.5" strips ready to piece easy and scrappy bargello panels. Swapping strips is also a fun way to incorporate more variety in this quilt. Focus on USING YOUR STASH encouraged!
Scrappy Mountain Majesties
A great quilt for using larger pieces of leftover fabrics! Students will bring pre-cut 8.5" squares in pairs of light/dark. Many layouts provide lots of options for this fun quilt!
My Blue Heaven:
This is a two block quilt! A modified puss in the corner block, and an hour glass star block, both in 8" finished size. You can make this quilt as big or small as you would like depending on the number of blocks you make. This quilt uses 45 star blocks and 45 puss blocks. The 90 blocks are set 9 across by 10 down. Of course you can make the quilt smaller depending on the number of blocks you make
This quilt is perfect to learn how to use the specialty rulers I love and use so much in my scrap quilting! This is an exceptionally good class for beginning quilters, as we cover basic units like half square triangles, flying geese and hour-glass.
String Spider Web:
What a scrappy web we'll weave as we spend a day of string piecing on old-timey spider web blocks! String piecing is fun and economical and a great way to make a dent in the scrap stash.
Everyone loves star blocks! And this one is a favorite with it's 9 patch center and easy star points. This is also a great scrap buster as the whole quilt center is made from 2.5" strips! Great for Jelly Rolls too. Block size: 10".
Jared Takes A Wife!
A great beginners class and fun for advanced piecers too! This entire top with the exception of borders is made from 2" strips and squares. Students will come to class with precut units ready to power sew into beautiful double-star blocks that require no inset y seams. Great stashbuster!
Another great beginners class, and also fun for advanced quilters who want 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 easier than it looks!
Do you have lots of SMALL scraps around? This quilt is completely made with 2.5" squares and 2.5" X 4.5" bricks! You can choose a color scheme, or play completely scrappy. In this class you can even TRADE lights and darks with other class mates for more variety. Oklahoma Backroads is a VERY fun quilt that also provides "bonus" 1/2 square triangles that can be used in futire projects, or as an additional border.
All lectures and trunk shows within 500 miles of Winston-Salem, NC are illustrated with actual quilts, not slides. I am able to drive to locations within 500 miles of Winston-Salem, NC. (approximately up to 8 hours driving time)
If I have to fly to your location, lectures and trunk shows will be illustrated with as many quilts as I can carry in two large duffel bags, and the remainder will be a power-point presentation. The guild will be responsible for obtaining the projector for the presentation. I'll bring as many real quilts as I can! In certain circumstances, the trunk show may need to be fed ex shipped to your location ahead of time. The guild is responsible for all shipping charges to and from your guild location back to me in Winston Salem NC.
Fees for workshops are based on 24 students. Larger classes are welcomed provided there is ample work space for each student with the additional fee of $35.00 per student over 24.
(Half day classes are restricted to easier patterns, and focus mostly on constructing one block unit, getting techniques down, so students can finish their quilts on their own at home. Please contact me for a list of patterns that work for half day workshops.) In most cases, the students will be responsible for printing their own instructions from my website. Classes taught on quilts from my books will require the student having the book. No xerox copies will be allowed when teaching quilts from the book due to copyright restrictions by my publisher.
Lectures and Workshops can be combined for consecutive days. Please contact Bonnie for details. Mileage and expenses may be shared with another guild in your area for "piggy backed" lectures, trunkshows & workshops! Contact other guilds near you to see if they would be interested in sharing expenses. It benefits everyone!
If your guild or shop is within 90 miles of Winston-Salem, NC, no lodging will be required, except in the event of bad weather, but round-trip mileage is required at the current federal rate.
Locations farther than 90 miles from Winston-Salem, NC will require hotel lodging and round-trip mileage at the current federal rate.
This includes travel to/trom the airport if I am flying to your guild location, and also requires reimbursement of expenditures such as airport long term parking, taxi or rental car if required, shipping of quilts to/from your location and any baggage check expenses.
I am also available to come teach workshops and give trunk shows at guild retreats!
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Please contact Bonnie to set preliminary dates and to reserve your spot in Bonnie's schedule. However, her schedule may change without notice until a contract is received. A signed contract also locks in your workshop/lecture fee in the event of a price change.