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Old 08-28-2018, 09:58 AM
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I don't know what to do! I could take Bonnie Hunters classes in Phoenix on Feb 1,2 and it will probably be the only chance I will ever get to attend one of her classes but I don't like either pattern that will be taught. You also have to buy the book for each one and I don't know about the new one but there is no pattern in the other book that 'speaks' to me. It is a shame as I am actually working on 4 different patterns of hers. The two class patterns are Midnight Flight and Serpentine Web. Serpentine Web is not in any of her books so I have deduced that it is the pattern on the front of the new book. So I am wondering if what I learn from these patterns in a class will be worth the expense. I have never taken a class before but have read a lot and worked with two local groups now so feel I am fairly knowledgeable but still only two years quilting.

P.S. I have not worked with triangles yet.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:18 AM
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I have taken a Bonnie Hunter class. It was great fun. She limits the number of participants so you do get time with her. She also has a trunk show where you can get up close with her quilts. She gives tips on cutting and piecing that makes the process easier. If you have never worked with triangles, she has several methods to make you successful. And, finally, she is really fun!! I would go for it.
Oh, the class I took I originally hated the pattern, but loved it when it was done.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:20 AM
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I would take the class just to learn her techniques, especially if you believe this might be your only chance. Nothing says you have to make the whole quilt. Just make a block or two and ask lots of questions.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:29 AM
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I would go for it. I subscribe to her blog and her classes look like so much fun!
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:57 AM
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I'd attend just to meet her! I like the advice that Peckish gave.
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Old 08-28-2018, 10:57 AM
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I would take the class if I had the money and knew it might be the only opportunity to do so. Look at it this way, you are a fan and even thought the quilts that will be featured don't speak to you Now, they might in the future. Choose the class that is most out of your comfort zone. You will learn a new technique at the very least. You might learn other things that surprise you too :-)

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Old 08-28-2018, 12:47 PM
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I would definitely take the class! She spoke at my guild in January and I was lucky enough to get to pick her up at the airport in San Diego and drive her to Temecula. We even had lunch together and to the antique mall, and I loaned her my featherweight while she was here. I enjoyed her trunk show and took her class and had a blast. She is a great teacher, and I picked up several tips from her even though I've been quilting for a while now. She is super fun, full of energy, and you will have a wonderful time in her class.
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:07 PM
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I took two of her classes back to back. I didn't like the block pattern we were making but made two in each class. Enough to make a nice table runner. One tip she gave has made my piecing a lot better. I always learn something from a good instructor. I didn't buy a book or her rulers. I think the class fee was enough and it wasn't cheap for two days. I got the book I needed on sale online.
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Old 08-28-2018, 01:38 PM
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I am in the minority here. As much as I love Bonnie Hunter, if you are not wild about what she is teaching, I say save your money and find a different class (at a different time probably) that does excite you. Check local guilds and LQS as they often have show listings or know when teachers will be in the area giving classes. You can also go on the internet and check out your favorite quilters and see if they have a schedule of classes.

I am old school when it comes to money...if I don't love it or need it, I don't spend it. Just my 2 cents. Again, I love Bonnie, so this is not knocking her or her patterns.
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Old 08-29-2018, 08:51 PM
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Haven't had the opportunity to take a class with her and would guess the fee is rather pricey due to her reputation. But that being said, if you like her patterns then I'd jump on it cause she certainly is a wonderful teacher--I learned so much just following her instructions and tutorials on the one quilt of her's I made.
Now, if you just are not at all interested in the patterns, then certainly skip it and seek out a class that may appeal!
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