September 5 - 13, 2020

Celebrity Instructor:
Bonnie Hunter
Bonnie Hunter

Package Price:
$3,674.00 | Air from New York City

(per person, based on double occupancy)
Land only rates are available at request.

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PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Round trip International airfare from New York City to Poland.
  • All taxes and roundtrip transfers to and from hotel.
  • Private deluxe motor coach and driver.
  • First class hotel accommodations.
  • Breakfast daily, some dinners and lunches.
  • Panoramic city tours in Warsaw and Krakow.
  • A professional guide throughout the tour.
  • Participating in craft workshops with Bonnie Hunter.
  • Visit to the salt mines of Zakopane.
  • Traveling by coach through the beautiful Polish countryside.
  • Sightseeing to unique and fascinating destinations in Poland.
  • Optional tour to see Auchwitz Concentration Camp.
  • A visit to the "painted village" of Zalipie.
  • An opportunity to participate in an authentic Polish cooking lesson.
  • Great shopping in local markets and specialty shops.
  • A visit to the open-air museum with an opportunity to participate in a folk art workshop.
  • Professional Craftours tour escort the entire time.
  • A Craftours lanyard, luggage tag and commemorative gift.

POLAND HIGHLIGHTS:

Warsaw Warsaw
Once believed to be one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it was left in ruins after World War II. Now Warsaw has become one of Europe's most dynamic metropolitan cities, ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Europe. It has also become a major international tourist destination, along with an important hub for culture, politics and economy. There are many things to enjoy in this beautiful city from it's parks, Old Town, the iconic Market Square, the sounds of Frédéric Chopin, palaces and the amazing history of the Jewish culture and history that resonates through time.
Krakow Krakow
Krakow is the second largest city in Poland and also one of the oldest, the city dates back to the 7th century. Traditionally Krakow is one of the leading centers of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life, also an important economic hub. This once capital of Poland was named the European Capital of Culture in 2000, and as such is a major attraction for tourists. The Old Town district alone is home to about six thousand historic sites and more than two million works of art. The most popular landmarks include the Main Market Square, St. Mary's Basilica, the Sukiennice Cloth Hall, Wawel Castle, and the National Art Museum which is just one of the over 25 museums and public art galleries throughout the city. Luckily Krakow escaped from most of the destruction that many other parts of Poland suffed in the 20th century wars. Because of this, the rich history of Krakow can be seen today and provides a showcase for it' historic styles of architecture which are easily recognizable throughout the city as you travel outward from the center.
Lowicz Lowicz
Lowicz is one of the oldest towns in Poland, first mentioned as early as 1136 in historical texts. Lowicz boasts the only market square in Poland, and only one of three in Europe to be in the shape of a triangle. One thing not to be missed while visiting is the Cathedral Basilica with it's splendid organs along with treasury and library. Throughout this small town there are nearly one hundred objects included in the national register of monuments. The folk costumes of Lowicz are considered the most beautiful in Poland, for women it is decorated with colorful embroidery, usually of roses and other small flowers surrounded by leaves and a scarf as a headdress. Lowicz is also popular for it's paper cutting craft, Wycinanki. This art form can take on various shapes of stars, circles, trees, rosettes, lilies, and more.
Zalipie Zalipie, The Painted Village
A small ancient village in South-Eastern Poland, Zalipie, is one of the country's most beautiful attractions. This is due to its small wooden cottages, which are painted in the most vibrant colors. This lovely tradition started with more than a century ago, when every single female resident in Zalipie begun to paint her home with floral motives, as she wanted to cover up some particular faults. Zalipie can be seen as a massive painting, full of color, life and history. The whole village is painted. Even the dog's cages or old fountains, not to mention fences, windows and interior walls.
Istebna Istebna
Istebna is a village in southern Poland, near the borders of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. This quaint town boasts the largest piece of world made by five women over the course of 5 months, consisting of over 50km of thread, eight throusand motifs, and weighing over 5kg. This impressive piece of art is over five meters in diameter.







BONNIE HUNTER

Bonnie K Hunter is passionate about quilt quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling of “making do”. She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back. Before quilting became her full time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of ""Needle in a Haystack!", creating more than 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals with a country primitive feel.

Many of her designs were licensed through the Butterick Pattern Company, translated into 7 languages and sold around the globe through fabric stores. But quilting has always been Bonnie’s first love. She has been machine quilting since 1989 and professionally long arm quilting for the public since 1995, retiring in 2009 when she no longer had the time due to her teaching, traveling and writing schedule. She has been featured in magazines both for her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential.

Bonnie received the 2012 “Teacher of the Year” award through a global internet poll hosted via Sew Cal Gal, and was completely flabbergasted, not to mention honored and humbled at the same time.

Dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting, Bonnie enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the world, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy.

When not traveling and teaching, she spends her time piecing scrap quilts, enjoying the peaceful reward of English paper piecing and hand quilting as much as machine work, and loving life in her wooded surroundings in beautiful rural Wallburg, North Carolina, a suburb of Winston-Salem. She and her husband, Dave are the proud parents of two grown sons, Jason, and Jeffrey. They round out their household with Sadie the dog and two cats –Emmy Lou, who loves life inside only, and Chloe who only loves life on the outside—keeping Bonnie company while she designs, quilts and plays happily with her fabric.

Bonnie also writes a regular column for Quiltmaker Magazine entitled "Addicted to Scraps" with the main intention to help you to put various aspects of your own Scrap Users System to good use!

Bonnie’s favorite motto? “The Best Things in Life are Quilted!!” of course!



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