Today we’re bringing you another installment of our Meet the Quilters series, where we highlight the creative people who help us bring our quilt tops to life. Meet Natalia Bonner from Piece N Quilt, a family-owned business that not only provides long-arm quilting services but also sells fabric and originally designed quilt patterns. Natalia, a former dental assistant that left her job to follow her passion in quilting while pregnant with her first daughter, is also a prolific blogger and contributor to the Moda Bake Shop (and its upcoming book title, Fresh Fabric Treats) and the Bloggers’ Block-a-palooza Quilt Along.
Let’s get to know Natalia a little bit better …
Hi there, I’m Natalia Bonner, I blog over at Piece N Quilt. I’m a mom who spends a lot of time “playing” as my husband would say, machine quilting, sewing and designing.
How did you get interested in long-arm quilting?
It was totally on a whim, I was pregnant, and crazy! Really, I was driving home from my regular job while pregnant and got a hairbrained idea that I would quilt my “real” job and stay home and machine quilt. I had no idea what I was really getting myself into.
What part of the quilting process do you love most?
I really love custom quilting. I love to create and add to a quilt.
What’s your favorite quilting style?
Hmm, good question, it really depends on the quilt. I like to quilt according to the quilt weather it’s modern, funky or traditional.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by life! Really, flowers, mountains, cars, everything that I see can be related to quilting is some way.
How do you come up with your quilting designs?
I use patterns for some quilting and I do a lot of free motion quilting.
What is your favorite (or some of your favorite) quilts that you’ve completed?
I love custom quilting. My favorite quilts are quilts that I can do custom quilting and be creative. This one in particular is one of my all time favorites. (the first picture is what the quilt looked like when the customer brought it to me.)
What are some of the biggest challenges you face as someone who quilts others’ items?
My biggest challenge is when the backing fabric is not large enough. Please always be kind and give your quilter lots of extra backing material. It makes my life much nicer!
When did you realize you wanted to pursue this as a business?
I started quilting with that in mind.
Do you ever sew your own quilt tops, or other items?
Yes, at night or on the weekends is my time to sew.
What quilting trends or new items or fabrics are exciting you at the moment?
Every new line excites me! I get so excited every time I see something new!
What tips or advice do you have for sewists who are considering working with a long-arm quilter?
Make sure you talk to your quilter before preparing your backing. Ask your quilter what they need. Express to your quilter what you have in mind.