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This Week at Meissner Sewing: Long-arm Quilter Natalia Bonner

Sara Curtis

Tomorrow begins five-days of events featuring long-arm quilting at our Sacramento Super Store.  Tuesday through Thursday, Long-arm Center manager, Tonja McCarthy will be leading a Try Before You Buy Event, where attendees can get hands-on experience with long-arm machines by Gammill, Baby Lock and Janome.  On Friday, Gammill Quilt Artist, Natalia Bonner will be here for a series of events that will surely inspire your free-motion and machine quilting. Continue reading to learn more about Natalia's journey becoming a long-arm quilter, Craftsy Instructor, and author.

Natalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She learned how to quilt on her conventional home machine. She felt good about it, but decided that if she really wanted to take her quilting to the next level, she needed to invest in a long-arm machine.
In 2007, when she was pregnant with her daughter, she got the crazy idea to quit her job as a dental assistant and become a long-arm quilter. Without really knowing what a long-arm machine was, she spent a day at a long-arm dealer’s shop and walked out after purchasing a Gammill machine. Natalia’s passion for quilting and being creative has grown each day since.

"I actually originally designed it a while back, it's the same quilt that's on the cover of my book; Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers. I loved it so much that I've been dying to create the pattern," says Natalia of the Farmer Stars Quilt, a pattern she designed with Kathleen Whiting.

Whether it’s working on an intense show quilt or a simple baby quilt, Natalia has become a real quilting addict. She teaches at quilt guilds and shows, including Road to California and QuiltCon East, and has filmed TV shows with Nancy Zieman and Jodie Davis. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured on Moda Bake Shop, in Quiltmaker Magazine and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, and in books such as Fresh Fabric Treats, Modern Blocks and Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs, Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe.

Bonner is an accomplished author of several quilting books available at your local Meisser Sewing location.

Natalia is the author of Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, Next Steps in Machine Quilting and Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers. Natalia is also co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts and Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.
Natalia will be bringing her knowledge, creativity and passion for all things quilting to our Sacramento Long-arm Center Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th for a series on hands-on, half-day events. Each hands-on workshop has limited spaces available, so register today to reserve your seat. Plus, receive Free entry to Natalia’s Trunk Show on September 15th from 10am - 11am when you register for any of Natalia’s hands-on workshops! Register at for more information.

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