Natalia Bonner will be teaching two long arm quilting classes: 1203C Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting; 3018C Next Steps to Free-Motion Quilting and three piecing quilt classes: 4020C Incline; 5018C A-Maze Me; and 6019C Typhoon
Natalia Bonner is a self-proclaimed quilting addict. As the second of five children, Natalia grew up watching her mom, grandmas and even her great grandmothers sew and quilt. For over 20 years, she has been creating here own award winning quilts.[caption id="attachment_3232" align="aligncenter" width="393"] Typhoon Quilt by Natalia Bonner[/caption]
Natalia’s favorite quilting tool is her sewing machine. She learned to quilt on a conventional home sewing machine. It wasn’t until eight years ago, when she was pregnant with her daughter, that she got the crazy idea to quit her job and pursue a career as a longarm quilter.[caption id="attachment_3227" align="aligncenter" width="396"] Cabin Fever by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]
Together, with her mom, Kathleen, (also an award winning quilter and the first McCalls Quilting Quilt Design Star), they own and create for their web site, Piece N Quilt. Says Natalia about the relationship with her mom: “When I returned to quilting after I was married, my mom, Kathleen, became a huge source of inspiration. I had my studio in her studio for several years. It was one of the best things I could have ever done; she helped me grow in more ways than she will ever know. Kathleen and I co-wrote Modern One-Block Quilts and Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. Also, I couldn’t live without her. I don’t bind quilts; actually I’ve only ever bound one quilt. She binds them all for me….I know I’m super lucky!”[caption id="attachment_3231" align="aligncenter" width="391"] Peaches and Cream Quilt by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]
Natalia is “beyond words excited” to be teaching at Road 2016. Her very favorite part of teaching is seeing her students achieve a goal. “The excitement that they feel is just as exciting for me!” She also loves seeing the way each student makes a quilt their own.[caption id="attachment_3229" align="aligncenter" width="381"] Dappled Quilt by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]
Natalia wants her students at Road 2016 to feel inspired and accomplished. “I want every single person in my longarm quilting classes to walk away feeling like they can do this, it is possible!” In her piecing classes, she feels the same way. Her goal is have every student leave with something finished – whether it be just one block or a whole quilt.[caption id="attachment_3228" align="aligncenter" width="364"] Cabin Fever Quilts by Natalia Bonner and Kathleen Whiting[/caption]
What is Natalia’s best quilting tip? “When it gets frustrating, take a deep breath, and walk away. Come back later and the problem will be much less significant.”
Learn more about Natalia on her website, Piece N Quilt.