Bonnie loves to share her quilt and fabric collections, quilt history knowledge, and her quilt making expertise with interested groups. Whether it is a hands-on workshop, a display of historic quilts, or a themed trunk show, Bonnie will travel from central Maine to your venue. Program Fees
Some programs can be condensed or expanded. Please contact Bonnie for additional information: (207) 446-7311, or firstname.lastname@example.org
New for 2018: Quilts Alive! Mother Nature expressed in Fabric
Floral themes are common in quilts: lilies, tulips, roses, and poppies, to name a few. Living creatures such as birds, animals, humans, and even insects are seen in quilt designs. Quilt making is a form of self-expression, so quilt makers choose images that are meaningful to them. Some are serious, others are amusing. Bonnie brings a collection of vintage and newer quilts to illustrate the theme Quilts Alive! You will be surprised, enlightened and entertained!
Quilt Kit Credit: Mama Llama Love by Sandy Fitzpatrick, Hissyfitz Designs
Star Gazing: Star-themed Quilts from Antique to Modern
Lecture & Trunk Show – 45 to 60 minutes
Stars have always been a popular design motif in quiltmaking. This star-themed program showcases many different styles of quilts, spanning 185+ years from the 1830’s to today. Actual quilts from private collections will be shown; this is not a slide show.
Block Therapy: Can This Quilt Be Saved?
Half-Day, adaptable to 1 hour
Bring your vintage quilts, blocks, or tops and ask the expert for advice. The question of what to do with older textiles plagues many owners of handmade quilts. Bonnie has studied this topic extensively and can offer suggestions on the care, storage, display, sale, or donation of vintage quilts. This program addresses how best to decide what to do with a vintage quilt, including evaluating its age, condition and provenance (its story). Bonnie will bring examples to show, and attendees are encouraged to bring one or two quilts, tops, or block sets for discussion.
Six Generations of Maine Quiltmakers
Bonnie comes from a long line of prolific needlewomen from Central Maine. A quilt maker herself, Bonnie has taught her daughter and grandchildren to sew and make quilts. The discovery of some treasured textile items in an inherited trunk – several with hand-written notes – led Bonnie on a journey of discovery about her talented ancestors. Covering a timespan from the early 1900’s into the 21st Century, she shares examples of quilts and other textiles made by all six generations. This one-hour program includes slides and actual examples of family quilts and other needlework.
A Century+ of American Quilts
This trunk show includes examples of quilts from mid-19th through mid-20th Century. Bonnie brings a minimum of 25 quilts from her own collection that are representative of American quilting trends spanning 100 years. Participants are urged to bring quilts for discussion. Program length: 60 to 90 minutes (adjustable).
The Roots of Modern Quilting
In this one-hour program, Bonnie shares her study and findings about the development of The Modern Quilt Guild. This early 21st Century quilting revival has taken the quilting world by storm with a fresh, new look characterized by a variety of factors. This slide show and lecture, along with a few examples of actual quilts, traces the founding of this international phenomenon and its roots in social media.
It’s a Small Quilt World
A trunk show of doll, baby, and mini quilts through the ages. These small treasures are a joy to behold. You will view the tiniest of miniature, framed log cabin quilts to crib-sized blankets that once comforted a baby. Audience participants are encouraged to bring their own small quilts for discussion.