A Quilter’s Delight

Sewing Expo in Carrollton
to feature speaker Hunter

Two-day event to offer workshops,
demos and speakers

CARROLLTON, Ky. (April 2014) – A home economics class her senior year of high school fascinated Bonnie K. Hunter so much with the art of quilting that she has never wanted to do anything else. From that time in 1980, she has created a lucrative business revolving around her deep-rooted passion for fabric.
She began machine quilting her own quilts in 1988. Hunter spent many years professionally long-arm machine quilting for the public after purchasing her first long-arm machine in 1995. She retired from this type of quilting in 2009 when she no longer had enough time to devote to it due to her extremely busy teaching, traveling and writing schedule.


Hunter will be the keynote speaker for the eight annual “It’s So Fine: For Home and Family” sewing expo to be held April 15-16 at Gen. Butler State Resort Park in Carrollton, Ky. Classes will be taught by professionals and skilled sewing teachers from Kentucky, New York, Nebraska, Indiana, Ohio and North Carolina.
A variety of classes will be offered Tuesday afternoon, including a dying, painting and printing class, Special Appliqué, numerous different quilt classes, a folded star, a little child’s seat, serging and more. There will be an instructor showcase with expo teachers selling their wares and demonstrating, and former participants will be displaying items they have made at previous Sewing Expos. The day will end with a banquet and presentation by Hunter.
Even before quilting became her full time career, Hunter was the owner and designer of “Needle in a Haystack!!” She created more than 70 patterns with a country and primitive feel for dolls and stuffed animals. Many of her designs were licensed through the Butterick Pattern Co., translated into seven languages, and sold around the globe through various fabric stores.
Hunter is firmly dedicated to continuing the age-old tradition of quilting. She enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops, and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the United States. She received the 2012 Teacher of the Year award through a global Internet poll hosted via Sew Cal Gal.
Ruth Chowning, Bullit County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, is on the committee that put this expo together. She said she had seen Hunter speak at the Shepherdsville Bluegrass Quilt Festival, and “everyone on the expo committee picked her to speak.”
There are a total of 14 agents in Chownings’ district, “but not all agents participate in the sewing expo,” she said. Participating counties include Jefferson, Bullitt, Carroll, Owen, Kenton, Pendleton and Grant.
A full day of activities is scheduled for Wednesday including “Happy, Scrappy Houses” with Hunter, “Landscape Fabric Collage” with Pat Sturtzel,” and “Are You Sure That’s a Sweatshirt?” There will be many other intermediate and advanced quilt classes. The expo concludes at 5 p.m. Wednesday.
When not traveling to teach or to lecture, Hunter spends her spare time piecing scrap quilts, savoring the peaceful rewards of English paper piecing and hand quilting. She lives in rural Wallburg, N.C., a suburb of Winston-Salem.
Hunter writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine titled, “Addicted to Scraps.” In her own quilting, she focuses mainly on scrap quilts which provide the simple feeling of “making do.” She has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential.
Her first book, “Scraps & Shirttails,” was released in 2008 and followed by her second book, “Adventures With Leaders & Enders.” Both were published by Kansas City Star. She has also written “Scraps & Shirttails II.”
Her website, Quiltville.com, is visited by thousands of quilters daily. It provides many ideas for using scrap material, including free patterns to get a prospective quilter started. She also maintains a daily blog, Quiltville’s Quips & Snips at Quiltville.blogspot.com.

• A few spaces remain  for certain classes. To register, go online to: http://ces.ca.uky.edu/owen/FamilyConsumerSciences or call Grace Angotti at the Carroll County Extension Office at (502) 732-7030.

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