Countdown to Christmas and Bonnie Hunter Giveaway

Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas.

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Today I’d like to introduce you to a friend of ours. Her name is Bonnie Hunter. She’s a quilter, designer, teacher and author.

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She writes a column for Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps. Some of the blocks she has featured are pictured above. Each image is linked to a page where you’ll find instructions for a scrappy quilt using the block. There’s a block pattern in every regular issue of Quiltmaker (a great reason to subscribe).

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Bonnie’s website and blog are at There you’ll find many wonderful patterns for scrappy quilts—and the patterns are all free.

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Cathedral Stars is just one of many free patterns at courtesy of Bonnie Hunter.

Bonnie does an annual online mystery quilt, which is going on right now and is always so much fun. This year’s mystery is called Easy Street and it’s not too late to join in. It’s completely free of charge! By the way, Quiltmaker will host a Bonnie Hunter mystery in early spring 2013. Stay tuned for details!

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Some of the units from the current mystery quilt called Easy Street


Bonnie’s blog is full of her adventures with teaching quilt classes, collecting vintage sewing machines, searching for scrappy old quilts and much more.

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Bonnie’s most recent addition is something she calls QuiltCam. She started QuiltCam several months ago and if you haven’t seen it yet, I hope you’ll take a look. QuiltCam is a live event from Bonnie’s sewing room. She turns on the camera and chats with anyone who is there to listen, while she pieces or presses or cuts or whatever.

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This is my computer screen when Bonnie is live on Quilt Cam.

QuiltCam has gotten to be quite popular. Whenever I have watched, there have been hundreds of others watching, too. There’s a little counter so you can actually see how many people are watching at any given moment.

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As Bonnie sews, she talks about her strategies for scrap quilts. She gives tips and pointers. She tells about things she has learned. She shares her opinions on a variety of topics. Sometimes she just sews quietly—and you can hear her music playing softly in the background.

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This is the view from my sewing machine over to the computer where Bonnie is live on Quilt Cam.

I sometimes turn on QuiltCam because it keeps me company while I am sewing. It’s like having a girlfriend over—only you don’t have to clean up! It’s really kind of fun. My DH just shakes his head when I say, “Bonnie’s on. I’m going to sew.”

Your family members might think it’s kind of weird when you have a companion with you in your sewing area, especially if you start answering her. But who among us ever cared about stuff like that?! Go ahead and sew with Bonnie on QuiltCam, answer her if you like, and just enjoy the company.

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If the screen is dark, you'll know that Bonnie is not currently live on Quilt Cam.

To be sure you understand: QuiltCam is a live event, so if Bonnie is there and has her camera on, you’ll be able to see her at If the small screen is dark, it means there is no live event going on right then.


Update: Bonnie has scheduled QuiltCam for 9 pm Eastern on Thursday, Dec. 20. Visit QuiltCam at 9 pm Eastern for a taste of all things Quiltville.

Bonnie usually posts on Facebook and on her blog when she is planning a QuiltCam event, so it pays to “Like” Quiltville on Facebook or to subscribe to her blog so you automatically get any updates. I would estimate that QuiltCam happens a few times each week but it depends on Bonnie’s schedule. It’s quite regular in December because she is not traveling over the holidays.

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Bonnie will be featured as a keynote speaker for Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Portland, Oregon March 20–23, 2013.

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We enjoyed her tremendously at the first Block Party in Williamsburg, and we look forward to hearing from her again. Bonnie’s classes are sold out but there are many wonderful classes still open with other great teachers like Jo Morton, Carrie Nelson, Gudrun Erla, Beth Ferrier, Julie Herman, Peg Spradlin and myself. I hope you’ll consider joining us. Find all the details here. Everyone will hear Bonnie’s keynote address so you won’t miss out on this gem of a gal!

Bonnie has authored several great books with Kansas City Star, the most recent being String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!

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Today I have two copies of String Fling for giveaway. Please leave a comment below by midnight Friday, Dec. 21 for your chance to win. Tell us in the comment if you’re already familiar with Bonnie or if this is your first introduction. We’ll choose winners after Christmas and announce them here.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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854 Responses to Countdown to Christmas and Bonnie Hunter Giveaway

  1. Bettie Frisby says:

    I just discovered Bonnie Hunter thru a quilting buddy. I love her quilts and am participating in her Celtic Solstice mystery. This is so much fun. I can’t wait for the next clue. See you at quilt cam…

  2. Bettie Frisby says:

    I have just discovered Bonnie Hunter and am addicted! I am working on the Celtic Solstice and having a wonderful time. Quilt Cam is an added bonus to be able to interact with such a wonder teacher for FREE!!!! Love you Bonnie.

  3. Pat V. says:

    Oh, I love Bonnie’s blocks each month in your magazine. And I learned about leaders and enders from her. Easy Street is all over my dining room table…

  4. Pat Merten says:

    Have enjoyed Bonnie for years, Have done one mystery quilt and have directions for Easy Street, really want to do this one. Bonnie is so encouraging to all.

  5. Linddylou says:

    Bonnie Love your all of your quilts, cause I’m a scrapper too.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  6. Peggy says:

    Bonnie shows how anyone can make a quilt. She supports local quilt shops, but also shows everyone how to use old clothing and throw aways. Go Bonnie, you rock!

  7. I have a fantastic time watching Bonnie sew on Quilt Cam and sit anxiously by while waiting to see if she will read the comments I leave for her. She lives not 3 hours from me but I have yet to meet her! Maybe if I win one of the books, I can get her to go to lunch one day so she can sign her book in person. Now that would be a special Christmas gift!

    Thank you for having this special blog post specially for Bonnie! She deserves so much praise!

  8. Jane says:

    I love Bonnie’s patterns and generous spirit! I’ll have to check out her quilt cam some evening, thanks and Merry Christmas!

  9. Jane says:

    I love Bonnie’s patterns and generous spirit! I’ll have to check out her quilt cam some evening, thanks and Merry Christmas!

  10. Paule-Marie says:

    I read Bonnie’s blog every day. I hope that once my house is done and the sewing studio set up, I will start working on my scraps using her system.

  11. Jamie says:

    I just recently started following Bonnie’s blog and I have heard pod casters talking about her work. I’m impressed by her work and how much she has shared with us through her site.

  12. Karen says:

    I have a couple of Bonnie’s books and I would love to add String Fling to my collection. Love her Quilt Cam and her website!!! She is sooo generous with her free patterns and all are very easy to follow. She makes even the hardest trick very simple…:)
    Karen in Maine

  13. Lavonna Zeller-Williams-Bratschi says:

    I found Bonnie’s Quiltville website about a month ago and have now read every blog entry. I have loved scrap quilting for many, many years and have just recently had the room available to quilt as much as I desire having the luxury of space in my basement for all my machines, cutting table, storage of my fabric stash and ironing board. I am currently working on finishing 3 different quilts at once, and am starting to put Bonnie’s Scrap User’s System into place. (I have asked my husband for some shelves for Christmas so I can organize those scraps). I would LOVE to own Bonnie’s books so I can use those scraps in some wonderfully creative patterns. Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  14. Sally Murray says:

    I’ve bee following Bonnie for years and have made may of her quilts (free ones as well as ones in the books!) She’s awesome! thanks for chance on the new book!

  15. I made it in before midnight! I have been following Bonnie’s blog for quite a while, and have made a quilt from her website. I haven’t made any of her mysteries, but there are a couple I would like to make as well. Thanks for the chance for her book!

  16. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    I follow Bonnie’s blog and on Facebook, but I have never tried any of her patterns. I have a huge tub of scraps I need to use, so this book would be perfect!

    Thanks for the chance!

  17. Bonnie is so informative and a great teacher. Some of us from Mountain Laurel Quilters took one of her classes when she was at A Mountain Quiltfest in Pigeon Forge TN.
    So much fun! Love her mystery quilt projects. She’s very generous with her tips, tricks and piecing knowledge.

  18. Kathy Wall says:

    Have been following Bonnie for years and am impressed with her positive attitude and remarkable generosity. Glad I just resubscribed to Quiltmaker to get her column!

  19. I love quiltcam, and I try to watch every chance I get. I also went to one of Bonnie’s trunk shows and saw several of her beautiful quilts. I bought her Leaders & Enders book and would love this book to go along with it. I follow Bonnie on her website nd on Facebook.

  20. Inge Christensen says:

    I stumbled upon bonnie hunter’s blog by chance and just love her. Through her blog i learned about your magazine and am hoping for a year’s subscription to be under the tree for mé :-)

  21. Kathy Jamieson says:

    I just watched quiltcam for the first time last night although a friend has been telling me about Bonnie for some time now. I would love a copy of her book.

  22. Vida Arrington says:

    I would love to win one of her books. I follow her on her blog.

  23. Judy Stadler says:

    I am familiar with Bonnie Hunter. You can never get too much Bonnie so I’m so glad to see her featured on Quilty Pleasures.

  24. Marilyn Snow says:

    This is my first intro to Bonnie, What a talented lady that I need to follow

  25. Debby Brehm says:

    I do am a Bonnie follower. She has given me the organization I needed to really use my scraps. She is so generous with her time and talent. Thanks for the chance to get her latest book. Have not picked it up because I have so many others in the first books to finish.

  26. Carol says:

    I love Bonnie’s site and her scrap patterns and ideas are fabulous!

  27. Sandy says:

    I’m familiar with Bonnie. Your summary was spot on.

  28. I am familiar with Bonnie- what a gem she is. I have been following her for a while now. She is so giving- so wiling to share info, ideas, suggestions. She is truly a gift to the quilting world. I am currently working on a red and lights version of Bonnie’s Talkin’ Turkey. I’m loving it. A copy of her book String Fling would sure be a help to me…

  29. Karen says:

    I have enjoyed Bonnie’s website for many years and would love to win her book. I have inherited a huge box of scraps from my best friend who died this year and want to make a quilt using only one piece of each fabric. Bonnie’s book would be great inspiration.

  30. Elvia Edwards says:

    Bonnie is great. Such a fun site and so informative. Her blog is a hoot to follow. I can’t do quilt cam very well because I still have dial-up Internet. Would really like to have one of those books.

  31. Judy Thompson says:

    Am an avid follower of Bonnie and have made several of her quilts. Her instructions are easy to follow and I am definately a ” happy quilter” I have also directed several of my sewing group to Bonnie’s charms and they to are becoming followers.

  32. Joanne says:

    I love Bonnie’s quilts! I have one of her books and hope to add others as I can afford them. I enjoy following along with her mystery quilts and hope to do the current one after the holidays.

  33. Debbie Kelly says:

    Hi Bonnie, I was so glad to find you several years ago. I got to use my Fathers and stepdads shirts both have passed , In your 7 shirt quilt. our guild had a workshop and made the 7 shirt quilt .It was fun. Then we had you for a day retreat.You are just the greatest.We had so much fun and learned so much. It’s just so much fun to use up scraps and make something so neat from your junk scraps. Thanks Bonnie for all the wonderful ideas and patterns you give us. I have gotten so many compliments on my quilt from the dads shirts. I have collected so many shirts now I’m addicted to buying shirts . so many neat patterns to use from them .I am a happy quilter!!!

  34. Darlene says:

    I’m familiar with Bonnie and love her quilts. I don’t have a book as yet.

  35. Sally Stokely says:

    I’ve been reading Bonnie’s blog for at least 6 months now and enjoy QuiltCam Time. I’d love a change to win the giveaway.

  36. A. Varnick says:

    I am a huge fan of Bonnie as well as Quiltmaker. Please enter me in the giveaway.

  37. Judie Harron says:

    I “found” Bonnie’s site on my “surf board” hunting for ways to organize scraps. She is the Queen of Scraps and I would love the opportunity to win one of her books. Thank you for this generous offer. Merry Christmas Scrappers!

  38. sheila says:

    Yes I am very familiar with Bonnie, I love her scrappy quilts and if life wasn’t so busy at the moment I would have taken part in Easy Street but maybe I will do it later ;-) Thanks for the chance. Merry Christmas !

  39. I love Bonnie Hunter. My quilting has improved because of her wonderful website and patterns. I do not yet have this book and would LOVE to won it.

  40. Judy Paullet says:

    I found Bonnie’s blog a couple years ago and her energy inspires me! We all save our scraps but never really know what to do with them. Bonnie gets you organized and supplies you with quilt patterns that are simply stunning.

  41. char scott says:

    Love Bonnie’s quilts, currently working on Easy Street. Would love to win her new book. Have a fun and safe holiday season.

  42. Cathy from Surrey BC says:

    I’ve been following Bonnie for a few years and enjoy her energy so much. Her love of quilting esp with scraps, her vintage machine collection/preservation, quiltcam and her love to share. A quilter friend from FVQG who is my notion buddy, has been following Easy Street and I have some catching up to do! I have a couple of Bonnie’s books. Thank you Thank you!..must get back to cutting.

  43. Dianna Michelli says:

    I’ve been following Bonnie’s blog for a while and have taken a couple of her classes. It feels like you are quilting with an old friend.

  44. Debbie Szafranski says:

    The need to sew strings has exploded at our Quilt Guild since our Charity sew day using Bonnie’s String X pattern. We had the greatest time pulling out and using strings that haven’t seen daylight for quite awhile. We also cut up some “Fuglies” (AKA: fabric having trouble finding potential in a quilt) Bonnie is a great mentor of use it up but her quilt designs turn those “Fuglies” into beautiful quilts. We were able to turn our “Fuglies” into wonderful quilts for a local charity thanks to Bonnie! I would love to win a copy of her book for our Guild library so we can continue stitching up all our lose strings…… ;) I’m a Bonnie follower and I love every block and pattern she has designed……Thank you Bonnie!!!

  45. Stephanie in Oregon says:

    I am so looking forward to meeting Bonnie at the Quiltmaker Block Party in Portland! This will be my first class with her. I enjoy her Addicted to Scraps column and I am currently working on her mystery quilt, Easy Street. Thanks for a chance to win!

  46. Ruth Ann Hurst says:

    I’ve been a Bonnie fan for years. I was fortunate enough to take 2 classes with her last year and am signed up for 2 in January when she comes to Texas. I am working on the mystery but holiday plans have slowed me down. Hope to get back to it soon. I appreciate so much her enthusiasm, creativity, generosity, and encouragement. Just wish she could pass out some of her energy!

  47. Christy Horton says:

    Bonnie is a quilting treasure, she is friendly and approachable and her quilt style and interests are the closest to my own of any national teacher I have met. I am so thankful that someone has revived interest in the scrap and string traditions of American quilting history. What are amazing to me are her energy and her great generosity. Please enter me in the drawing!

  48. Judy Bence says:

    Really enjoy Bonnie’s patterns. Found them several years ago and have done 3 of the mystery quilts. Working on Easy Street now and love the color combo she suggested. Will be suscribing to your magazine soon.

  49. Carole S. says:

    I’d LOVE a copy of Bonnie’s book. Your write-up of Bonnie is right on target. She’s such a generous quilter – it’s all about sharing the love of quilting for her, and she does it right.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Daisy Christopherson says:

    I have been a Bonnie Hunter fan for over 10 years when one of my quilting buddies introduced me to her Scrap Users System. I look forward to reading her blog everyday. It would be great to have her new book String Fling. Thanks for the chance . Merry Christmas to Everyone at Quiltmaker. Daisy

  51. Biloxibird says:

    Bonnie Hunter is a precious gift to quilting.

  52. Bonnie is sew inspiring. I have been following her several years now and can’t wait to make more of her quilts

  53. Sandie Rosenthal says:

    I love watching and sewing along with Bonnie on QuiltCam whenever I’m not doing my paid job. I’m joining her for the first time in her Easy Street Mystery. I’ve d/l several of her free quilt patterns and would love to add her newest book to my collection. Thank you Bonnie and Quiltmaker.

  54. judy baumann says:

    Love Bonnie’s work, philosophy, and enthusiasm. I took a class from her last year (traveled 100 miles to get there) and had a great time. Met some new friends. Made a good start on a scrap quilt.
    Thanks for considering me for the giveaway.

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