Teaching In Northern Idaho

I spent the last couple of days in Norther Idaho at the Northern Idaho Quilters Guild. It was a great guild and a lot of fun to spend a couple days with them.

It was also fun to visit Northern Idaho, you may remember that my mom is from Boise, so growing up my family spent a lot of time traveling in Idaho, I think the last time that I was as far north as Couer d'Alene was when I was about four years old, so it's been a few years. It's gorgeous there, and my mom would be so proud to know that I was amazed at all the pine trees in Northern Idaho. :)


Abreva® Product Review - Plus a $100 Visa Gift Card Give-Away!

I'm excited to share with you a post today that's all about staying confident even when you're battling a cold sore. If you suffer from cold sores like I do, you know that it isn't easy to feel confident when you get one.  With the first sign of a cold sore coming on I reach for Abreva® to get rid of it fast.  Then I follow the following simple tips to help keep my confidence high!
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If you've ever been to Utah, you probably know that we can have some crazy dry, hot and cold weather. It's a joke here that you often need to turn the furnace on in the morning and the air conditioning on in the afternoon. Because of this some crazy things seem to happen to my skin, like cold sores. I'm always on the look out for the perfect product to help me get rid of the pesky things.
I spend a fair amount of my time teaching or in the public eye. Being in front of large groups of people is always so intimidating, but being in front of a group of people and being embarrassed about how I look takes things to a whole new place, a place where I don't like to visit. :)

I have decided that for me I need to do what’s best and take care of my body, I try to eat a healthy diet, I visit my local cross-fit gym at least four days a week, and try to get plenty of rest.

Whenever I go in front of a group, sadly I do have to admit I'm not always the most confident, but once I get a bit of positive reinforcement from others then my confidence is generally boosted through the roof and I am able to share what I have planned to share in a positive atmosphere.
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How to: Simple Spring Mini Quilt - Sunday Stitches

Hey there! So, I guess this week I am feeling extra generous! I shared a Sunday Stitches post a little early this week, but, since yesterday was National Quilting Day and the first day of Spring was on Friday I felt cheery and wanted to share another fun tutorial.

Before I get started I just have to say, thank you so much to everyone that shares these tutorials, seeing that you all like them enough to share them makes my heart so happy!

This mini quilt is the perfect quick project to add a little bit of spring color to your house. I love to use mini quilts as table toppers, or hang them in my sewing room.

This little quilt will finish at 15" square.
(The outer pink border is the binding.)


How to: Continuous Line Cross Hatching - On a Long Arm Machine - Sunday Stitches

I just finished up the machine quilting on this beautiful Irish Chain quilt. When MaryAnn sent me this quilt she asked me to machine quilt it with a cross-hatching pattern. The fabrics are super bright, and the quilt takes on a more "modern" feel, so she wanted it keep it simple, yet very clean with traditional cross hatching. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought to cross hatch across the whole quilt, but I'm so glad she had the vision and the idea. I love the result! I think it's just perfect.


Late Bloomers - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

I just finished up the custom machine quilting on this adorable quilt made by Stephanie. This adorable quilt is from Kim Deihl's pattern, Late Bloomers, it was featured in the April 2012 issue of American Patchwork & Quilting magazine.


Mustard & White Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

This morning I finished up the custom machine quilting on this fabulous quilt that Jill made. 


How to: Free Motion Quilt Spinning X Block - Sunday Stitches

Hey there! Are you ready for another Sunday Stitches tutorial? I thought it would be fun today to share how-to machine quilt this Spinning X quilt block. I had a lot of fun machine quilting a few of these this past week on April's Modern Building Blocks quilt, so I thought I'd share.


Put a Kettle On - Snapshots Quilt Along

Can you believe it's already been another month! I've got my third block, Put a Kettle On, in the Fat Quarter Shop Snapshots Quilt Along all done.


Tiny Blocks - Custom Machine Quilting by Natalia Bonner

I've had a busy week of custom machine quilting. Just how I like it! Patti made this adorable quilt with those teeny tiny blocks. I think the strips are only about 1/2" wide, yeah, I said tiny....and her piecing is perfect!


Modern Building Blocks Quilt - Custom Machine Quilting

The last couple of days have been really fun, custom machine quilting this adorable quilt for April! You might remember when I machine quilted the original version of the Modern Building Blocks quilt for Moda Fabrics a year or so ago, I had so much fun with that quilt I've been dying to quilt another one. Machine quilting on solid fabrics is so much fun.
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