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Name  Georgia Bonesteel
Production companies  UNC-TV
Genres  How-to

First episode date  1979
Role  TV show
Picture format  NTSC
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Episodes  13 North Carolina Quilt SymposiumSeason 2 - Jun 28 - 2003, 13 North Carolina Quilt Symposium, 12 What's Up in WyomingSeason 2 - Jun 21 - 2003, 12 What's Up in Wyoming, 11 Applique Folk ArtSeason 2 - Jun 14 - 2003, 11 Applique Folk Art, 10 Girl Scout Quilt AlertSeason 2 - Jun 7 - 2003, 10 Girl Scout Quilt Alert, 9 Teach the TeachersSeason 2 - May 31 - 2003, 9 Teach the Teachers, 8 Let's Get ConnectedSeason 2 - May 24 - 2003, 8 Let's Get Connected, 7 Notable NotionsSeason 2 - May 17 - 2003, 7 Notable Notions, 6 Cajun QuiltersSeason 2 - May 10 - 2003, 6 Cajun Quilters, 5 Vested InterestsSeason 2 - May 3 - 2003, 5 Vested Interests, 4 Vested InterestsSeason 2 - Apr 26 - 2003, 4 Vested Interests, 3 Nature of FabricSeason 2 - Apr 19 - 2003, 3 Nature of Fabric, 2 Fishermen's CoatsSeason 2 - Apr 12 - 2003, 2 Fishermen's Coats, 1 Stitch by NumberSeason 2 - Apr 5 - 2003, 1 Stitch by Number, 6 Assembly and FinishingSeason 1 - Oct 6 - 1986, 6 Assembly and Finishing, 5 Monkey Wrench and Other PatternsSeason 1 - Sep 29 - 1986, 5 Monkey Wrench and Other Patterns, 4 Pillows and Machine AssemblySeason 1 - Sep 22 - 1986, 4 Pillows and Machine Assembly, 3 How to Border and Attach BlocksSeason 1 - Sep 15 - 1986, 3 How to Border and Attach Blocks, 2 How to Cut and SewSeason 1 - Sep 8 - 1986, 2 How to Cut and Sew, 1 IntroductionSeason 1 - Sep 1 - 1986, 1 Introduction
Similar  The Woodwright's Shop, Sewing with Nancy, Fons and Porter's Love of Q, Joanne Weir's Cooking, Quilt in a Day

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Georgia Bonesteel (née Jinkinson, born July 21, 1936) is an American quilter. She is the author of several books about quilting and was also the host of Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel, which aired on public television for 27 years. She has been credited with inventing "lap quilting".


Early life and career

Bonesteel was born Georgia Anne Jinkinson in Sioux City, Iowa, to Earl Jinkinson, a lawyer, and his wife Virginia. She has a sister, Jill Moore. She learned to sew by watching her mother, who sewed in order to save money on clothes. She attended Iowa State University and Northwestern University, receiving a bachelor's degree in home economics from Northwestern. One of her first jobs was working for Marshall Field's designing store window displays. She moved to New Orleans in 1969, by which time she was able to concentrate on sewing, her favorite pastime.

Quilting career

In New Orleans, Bonesteel auditioned for the role of a seamstress on the Terry Flettrich Show, and won, beating 20 other women in doing so. One day, when the show was out of ideas, Bonesteel decided to make a patch quilt out of scrap material, which began her career in quilt making. In 1969, Bonesteel won an audition with Sears & Roebuck to appear on the TV show Sewing is Fun. In 1972, Bonesteel moved to Flat Rock, Henderson County, North Carolina with her family, where she began working at Connemara Farms, part of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. At Connemara, Bonesteel worked in Sandburg's upstairs workroom. While working there, she got the idea of making a quilt to serve as a backdrop for presentations there.

In 1982, Bonesteel opened a quilt store in the corner of Bonesteel's Hardware and Gifts, a hardware store in Hendersonville, North Carolina run by her husband. In 1985, she was one of five judges at that year's Woodlawn Needlework Exhibition at Woodlawn Plantation. In 2005, with her son Paul, Bonesteel produced the documentary The Great American Quilt Revival. She has served as president of the International Quilt Association and was the founding president of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild.

Television career

In 1978, Bonesteel first approached UNC-TV with the idea for Lap Quilting with Georgia Bonesteel. The first six segments of the show first aired in 1980. Although they were not widely viewed at first, these segments were so well-received that another seven segments were later taped, and the show aired on public television across the country.


Bonesteel began teaching at Blue Ridge Community College after a neighbor asked her to take over a sewing class there when she first moved to North Carolina in 1972. She has also taught at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown since 1995.

Honors and awards

In 1993, Bonesteel was named honorary chairwoman of the Mary Barton Collection in Des Moines, Iowa. In 2001, she received the Silver Star Salute at Quilt Festival. In 2002, she received the Bernina Leadership Award. In 2003, she was inducted into the Quilters Hall of Fame.

Personal life

Bonesteel met her husband, Peter Bonesteel, while living in the northern suburbs of Chicago working at Marshall Field's. The two celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary in 2008. As of 2008, they have three children and eight grandchildren. She keeps chickens at her house, and is a member of the Hendersonville Hen Society.


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