Quiltville's Trunk Shows & Workshops!
Bonnie K Hunter, Designer, Author, Teacher & Lecturer
Current Lectures & Trunk Shows:
Addicted to Scraps! 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. Features quilts from my new book Addicted to Scraps.
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 2 tables 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 to sit and sign books at is also helpful.
If your group is piggy-backing with another group, lecture topics may be combined as I can only travel with one trunk show.
Please choose workshops from the extensive listing below. Workshops from book patterns do require purchase of the book by each student either prior to, or at the start of class. Books and patterns are availabe in class at a DISCOUNT. Due to copyright law, no photocopies or sharing of patterns during class is permitted. New classes will be added as new books are released, so check back with me!
*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. This helps keep printing costs down for everyone! Please check with me when choosing your classes.
Workshops From Pattern Singles:
Put those precious scraps to work for you with a dazzling quilt pattern from best-selling author Bonnie K. Hunter. Sew a field of wonky stars atop colorful scrappy squares and low-volume, string-pieced sashing. Easy rotary cutting and simple patchwork make this pattern ideal for beginners, with pressing tips for perfect results! Let your imagination run wild with fabric and color placement as you play with light and dark values. And remember, if the fabric is still ugly, you just didn’t cut it small enough!
• Quilt with all of your scraps! Pair wonky star blocks with string-pieced sashing for a kaleidoscopic effect
• Slice and sew—no templates required! Includes pressing tips for picture-perfect piecing
• Popular quilter and author Bonnie Hunter teaches you to sort fabrics by value. Pattern packet required.
Available as a 1/2 day (4 hours) or Full Day (6 hours) workshop. Patterns available IN CLASS at a discount.
Addicted to Scraps Book:
Carolina Chain! (Book Required)
Students will come with pre-cut strips ready to slice, dice and sew in class, a great practice in learning to play with value and determine "What is a neutral?" This workshop is even more fun when students swap and share strips in class for more variety. Available as either a 4 hour or 6 hour workshop, and guaranteed to be a scrap-load of fun!
Tropical Twist! (Book Required)
Start with a variety of strip sets, add some slicing and dicing and some easy stitch & flip corners and we've got a scrap quilt with loads of movement complete with bonus triangle units to be used in the optional border!
Box Kite! (Book & Tool Required)
Quickly cut pairs of half square triangles into already matched pairs ready for stitching using Bonnie's Essential Triangle Tool. Students will gain confidence when working with this tool while sewing up their favorite scraps into wonderfully versatile Box Kite blocks! Jelly Roll Friendly workshop. Available as 4 or 6 hour workshop.
Moth in the Window! (Book & Tool Required)
Sew a basket full of Moth in the Window blocks from strips and squares. Easy rotary cutting and simple patchwork make this pattern ideal for beginners, with pressing tips for perfect results! Students will gain confidence in accurate strip cutting, and working with the Essential Triangle Tool for perfect half-square triangle units from strips. 4 or 6 hour workshop.
Garden Party! (Book Required)
Garden Party is a two-block quilt and is available as a 4 or 6-hour workshop. And BEST of all? NO TRIANGLES are cut or sewn into this quilt! This entire quilt is made from 1 1/2'' strips and squares, and is great fun as a group --especially if a whole lot of swapping is going on for maximum scrapability!
More Adventures with Leaders & Enders Book!
Narragansett Blues! (Book Required)
Four patches and rectangles in a barn raising setting, perfect for maximum scrap usage!
And better yet – this quilt has NO triangles!
Come ready to play in the scraps in this fun workshop, learning the ins and outs of accuracy in cutting, stitching, and more. This workshop is perfect for everyone from beginner to advanced quilters alike.
No, we won’t get the whole quilt done in one day, but we will have fun swapping strips with each other and making some good progress. And this quilt makes a GREAT Leader & Ender project for you to work on in between other things!
Texas Tumbleweeds: (Book Required)
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!
Winston Ways: (Book Required)
I 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.
Scrap Crystals: (Book Required)
Exploding stars radiate from small triangles from treasured scraps! A Great 3 color quilt, if students don't like blue and green, they can choose any 2 colors plus background! 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.
Midnight Flight: (Book Required)
Simple Patchwork units combine to create undulating curves of motion in this fabulous scrap quilt, great for all color combos! 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.
From String Fling!
Talkin' Turkey! (Book Required)
Two color families! Choose red and neutral or whatever your heart desires, and bring a variety in strings and strips ready to sew up a scrappy storm! This quilt is no turkey! Our fun expands when students swap and share scraps in class to increase variety!
Tulip Fields: (Book Required)
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.
Pfeffernusse: (Book Required)
Warm Browns and reds bring to mind the delicious smells of spice cookies baking in my oven! Students can choose any 2 colors they like together plus a background for their quilts. We will spend part of the day piecing string blocks and follow up quarter-square triangles using the Companion Angle ruler. The fun in this quilt is the variety of fabrics in it! 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!
Roll Roll Cotton Boll: (Book Required)
Roll Roll Cotton Boll is a dynamic scrappy quilt, combining traditional blocks with the freedom of string piecing in the alternate blocks. Students will do SOME precutting, and the use of the Easy Angle Ruler will be demonstrated in class as well as basics of string piecing!
Charlotte's Baskets! (Book Required)
Adorable scrappy baskets are framed by a colorful riotous frame of string piecing, turning each block on point! Update a traditional block with the freedom of string piecing. Instruction includes the ins and outs of the Easy Angle ruler for easy half square triangles from matched pairs of strips, and foundation string piecing. Variety is the spice of the quilt!
From Scraps & Shirttails II:
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 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!
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.
Tumalo Trail: (Book Required)
Fun with 9 patches and half square triangles! Based on a traditional Jacob's Ladder design, these blocks sparkle with the placement of the little 9 patch units within each block. This is a great class for swapping 1.5" strips for more variety! A great class for the confident beginner as well as more advanced piecers, we will be focusing on the use of the Easy Angle Ruler for the 1/2 square triangle units.
From Adventures With Leaders & Enders:
Texas Braid: (Book Required)
Great class for clearing out the scraps and making something absolutely stunning! Students will come with pre-cut 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!
Virginia Bound: (Book Required)
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.
Patterns from the Quiltville.com Website:
Half Day Workshops:
These workshops are perfect for a 3 or 4 hour half day session. Can be extended to full day if desired.
A Little Bit Hexie!
The perfect HANDS ON class for English Paper Piecing with no machine required! Learn the basics of relaxing hexagon patchwork using the English Paper Piecing method. Students only need to bring themselves, their favorite thimble (if they use one) and a sewing needle (I recommend a size 10 sharp) and a medium neutral thread such as light grey! Kits will be provided for each student at $8.00 each. Kit includes background fabric, border fabric, and rosette fabrics and paper foundation pieces. Please let me know how many kits your group needs in advance so I can have them on hand for you.
Chunky Churn Dash:
Perfect for beginners and experienced quilters alike, this class is all about color, contrast, value and variety as we stitch up little blocks from 1-1/2'' strips and 2-1/2'' squares. While the Chunky Churn Dash blocks are easy, Sewing and pressing hints will ensure correct unit size every time. The Essential Triangle Tool will be demonstrated for easily constructing the alternate hourglass units from easy to cut strips instead of traditional rotary cutting methods from squares. Let's sew up the scraps!
Scrappy Trips Around The World:
When Made using planned chains of color that form radiating diamonds around each center square, this pattern is called "Many Trips Around The World". But let's take the organized rounds of colors away, and free ourselves while letting "Anything Go!" We are just Scrappy Tripping! A Cousin to the Scrappy Bargello above, this workshop has us piecing panels which are sliced and rearranged into 12" blocks of chained squares, which are then rotated and turned to create the "Many Trips Around The World" layout! A great scrap user, Students will bring pre-cut 2.5" X 18" strips ready swap, share, and stitch! Also works with Jelly Rolls.
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.
Basket Weave Strings:
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!
Quick 8 pointed stars are made from 2.5" scrap strips with no set in seams! Blocks finish at 12" for a quick lap quilt all from scraps. This class also works great with Jelly Rolls.
Perfect for Jelly Rolls, Fat Quarters and/or scraps, Strip Twist has a mesmerizing design that may remind you of parquet floor tiles. Construction is easy, and you will get through that stack of scraps in no time! This class can be given as a full day or half day workshop.
These classes are more intense and take a 6 hour workshop day.
Students will bring pre-cut 2.5" strips ready to power sew into tessellating 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 each other 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 pre-cut units ready to power sew into beautiful double-star blocks that require no inset y seams. Great stash buster!
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 future projects, or as an additional border.
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