Welcome back to Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas.
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.
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).
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!
Bonnie’s blog is full of her adventures with teaching quilt classes, collecting vintage sewing machines, searching for scrappy old quilts and much more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 quiltville.com. 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.
Bonnie will be featured as a keynote speaker for Quiltmaker’s Block Party in Portland, Oregon March 20–23, 2013.
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!
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.