Guest Blog: Natalia Bonner

Posted: 30 November 2015 at 6 a.m.
Today we're excited to have Natalia as our guest blogger. 

I grew up in a pretty creative home. My mom has always sewn and created everything from my underwear to beautiful draperies and everything in between. My dad may not claim to be creative but he's always been pretty amazing at wood working, gardening, building homes, he's pretty much a jack of all trades. I grew up watching my creative parents and many generations of grandparents, so really it's not such a surprise that I chose a creative path in life.
In 2007 I was young, and pregnant with my first child. I swear I had pregnancy brain. As I was driving home from work, an hour long commute I got the crazy idea to quit my "real job" and become a stay at home mom. However, I knew that I would need something to keep my time occupied, so I decided to buy a long-arm machine. Without really trying the machine I knew that Gammill had a good reputation so I went and bought one two days later.

I really had no idea what I was in for, but I did have a lot of determination and drive to figure out this machine. After buying my long-arm I was given a big box of thread. I tried out every single color and weight I was given and hated them. I didn't know a lot about long-arm quilting but I did know that I wanted my thread to be secondary to my piecing. I didn't love the heavy cotton threads on my quilts. Not long after this I set out on a mission to find the perfect thread for me. I think that I tried every single weight and brand on the market and eventually stumbled upon So Fine! #50 by Superior Threads. I had been told in the past, like many of us, that we can't use polyester threads on cotton fabrics. Well, I didn't care. I loved the way this thread ran through my machine, I loved that it was strong and I had very minimal lint and thread breakages. Most of all I loved the way that it looked on my quilts. I was hooked. I later fell in love with Bottom Line for my bobbin thread, it's a very fine, and strong thread, but I swear it's the cure to all of my tension headaches. I recently found the jumbo cones of Bottom Line, and they are pretty much like heaven for me.

In 2012 my first machine quilting book, Beginner's Guide to Free-Motion Quilting was published, in that book I share all of the ins and outs of where to start, threads I recommend, needles, batting and 50 visual tutorials.

In 2013 & 2015 I collaborated with my mom, Kathleen Whiting and together we wrote Modern One-Block Quilts and Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts. In December of this year my next machine quilting book will be released; Next Steps in Machine Quilting: Free-Motion & Walking Foot Designs. I'm so happy that I was able to find something that I'm truly passionate about at a young age. I really love that I get to be creative every day, yet spend time at home with my kids. 

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You can learn more about Natalia by visiting her website:  pieceandquilts.com.
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