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Show 1713: TQS Quilting Legend Georgia Bonesteel

Featuring: Georgia Bonesteel

Posts On: December 21, 2015


A visit to the North Carolina home of Georgia Bonesteel is much more than just a quilting experience. Georgia is known for her lap quilting technique, using a large wooden hoop and a magnifying glass, and we are included in a viewing of some of her amazing creations. Georgia is also a Master Gardener, chicken farmer, and community volunteer, who approaches all her activities with enthusiasm and endless energy. Her history includes broadcasting a quilting show nearly 40 years ago, and authoring nine books on lap quilting. She helps to maintain the gardens at The Flat Rock Playhouse, whose walls feature a quilt block that she designed. The tour includes both Georgia’s home of 45 years, and the Playhouse gardens.

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Georgia Bonesteel

Chapter One

Georgia Bonesteel opens her house up to Alex and Ricky and shares her art and creativity that she has put into her home as well as her studio, which was once a music room.

Chapter Two

Georgia shares some of her great lap quilting tips on her antique quilt as well as demonstrating her "quilt as you go" techniques to put together a lap quilt.

Chapter Three

Georgia shows off her latest gadget, her BERNINA magnifier. Georgia loves how this helps while quilting and putting together her lap quilts.

Chapter Four

Georgia and her husband maintain the gardens at The Flat Rock Playhouse, whose walls feature a quilt block that she designed. Georgia shares how she became involved in The Flat Rock Playhouse and then invited her quilting friends to join in with her and how the history began.

#8 CarrieHalem 2016-11-19 19:27
Georgia Bonesteel is awesome, one of my favorite quilters. I love this show.
#7 Kidwell 2016-09-17 12:17
What a great show. I learned so much and shed a few heartfelt tears. Georgia touched my heart and soul. Thank you.

Ms Raedean, Nevada City, California
#6 ShellyAu 2016-03-20 17:32
I've been watching shows all weekend. This, by far, is the best! Thank you for featuring Mrs Bonsteel. A true legend indeed.
#5 friedapickett 2016-03-19 16:44
My first introduction to quiltmaking was through a Georgia Bonsteel video on how to piece a quilt and lap quilt it. It was a great experience and I "got the quiltpox"!! Still quiltmaking after 30+ years!
#4 Patsy N. Burroughs 2016-03-18 16:06
I feel that this Lady is the true inspiration for the revival of quilting to date. I, along with My Mom and My Mom-in-law learned so much, mostly me since they already knew how to quilt, and on Mother's day they each got one of her books from me. I have all of her books except maybe the last two. I also had the great pleasure of taking a class from her while I lived in TN, such a joy in person. Great class. I was the dummy in class that didn't bring 'the required fabric...woven' . But that was before Quilt Stores and no one here knew what woven was....sounds silly right, but needless to say the woven fabric made the difference and I LEARNED WHAT WOVEN WAS AND HAVE NEVER FORGOTTEN! Georgia, to me you are an ICON and I thank Alex and Rick for doing this wonderful interview.
#3 beckypb 2016-01-12 11:33
I was thrilled when Georgia was posted as this year's legend! I learned to quilt from her starting with her first episode on our state's PBS station. It wasn't until 1984 that I actually took a class from a "live" instructor with "live" students! I have all of Georgia's book with autographs and I still order Grid Grip from her. I use Grid Grip with just about every quilt I make - even my art quilts. Thank you for choosing my North Carolinian "quilt sister" as our legend!
#2 randy 2016-01-12 10:12
I have watched Georgia since the early 1980s She is just brilliant and inspirational :lol:
#1 pwofford 2016-01-02 13:16
I watched Georgia's UNC-TV lap quilting shows almost from the first and have several of her books. Although I never lap quilted any of my quilts and probably never will, I was greatly influenced by her. So proud that we are both North Carolinians!
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