Category Archives: Bonnie Hunter

The Making of my Mystery Quilt

I had a blog reader message me and ask me what I’m doing about Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt.  The colors were released on Halloween and she was wondering what I’m going to do…white based neutrals or cream based neutrals.  Well…I started thinking about it.  Often I don’t do anything until the day the clues start coming out as I have plenty of stash to start a quilt with.  This time…I decided to give it a more careful look.  Why??  Raspberry.

Raspberry isn’t a color I typically have…except maybe in batiks.  So I went to the batik bin and pulled.  It might look pretty good to you…but this look LOTS of back and forth work.

I’d pull one out…I’d put one back.  I wasn’t completely happy with this…but it might work.

I LOVED the raspberry to pinks.  I thought they would be just fine.  The greens I started thinking I wanted one piece and the tone was all wrong but the color she has…well it’s not really a batik friendly color.  So what’s a girl to do.  Make sure there is contrast.  Bonnie herself said make sure there is contrast.  Again, that’s a little hard with batiks.

I was willing to buy some more fabric but didn’t want to buy all new fabric.  I thought well maybe it should be Civil War prints.  I’ve often made my mystery quilts out of Civil Wars and it’s worked great.  Nope.  That wouldn’t work…no raspberries…few light blues and again, that green.  Hmm.  I knew immediately I didn’t have enough bright prints so the best way to spend the least amount of money and use my stash to it’s best was batiks.  So…batiks it is.  Now to make them work.

I ended up picking out my base fabrics.  These are the ones that showed the contrast I wanted to replicate.

Then knowing I needed more fabric, I went to the quilt shop.

I had brought my base fabric with and started looking.  Immediately I found the bolt of green I liked and ended up buying that.  It’s going to be my constant green.  I know it’s dark but I’m going with it.  My green on top is going back into the batik bin with the other greens.

I really liked the blue bolt that’s under the green bolt.  I have to careful to maintain the contrast with the green but I think it’s okay.

Then I found two more aquas.  Aqua is really hard to find that isn’t super mixed with blues or greens.  If you look to the right in the picture below those were some neutrals I picked….but more on them later.

When I got home I laid it all out on the table again…See?? Continue reading

And then there were TWO: Geese on a String

I finished up the second of my Geese on a String Quilts.  These are going to be presents for the childcare kiddos for Christmas.  I’m so happy to be this far along in my gift finishing.  I have four quilts I’m trying to get to get done and this one marks #3 as being done.  YAHOO!!  It always feels good to be ahead of schedule.

This one looks much like the first one I did only this one has more purple accents than pink like the first one had.

Personally I think I like this one just a tiny bit better…I’m more of a purple girl than a pink girl.  This one got a scrappy purple binding.  I used up a lot of purple as both were bound with scrappy purple.

One would think I’d be out of scraps…but trust me, I’m not anywhere near close to being out of scraps.  That’s okay though.  I think the day I would run out of scraps would be a sad day for me.

I am out of white scraps though.  If I need any, I’ll be needing to cut into yardage as I’m even out of white based fat quarters.

These are such happy quilts.  I did a simple loopy design for a motif on these.  They will be washed often so they need something that will stand up to the washings.
You can see that unlike the pattern, I made all the four patches in the same color scheme…all oriented the same direction.

Here they both are together…. Continue reading

What I’m Working On…

I’ve spent most of my free time in the sewing room as of late.  With some of my projects wrapping up, I’m eager to clean things up as much as possible.

I figured out I had 7 blocks left over from my Crooked Courthouse Steps quilt.  I must have counted wrong.  Late night sewing will do that.  So rather than pack them up, I decided to keep them out a make more blocks.

Here’s where I am with that….

This is all sewn together except for the last block.

I’m so excited.  Once a new baby is born I will make a wonky ABC letter of their first initial, then add pieces onto to make it look like a Courthouse Step block.  Then I’ll sew the block in and add the borders to have a finished baby quilt.  I’m so impressed with myself for thinking of doing this.  I cut all the border already and even pieced a backing.  YAHOO!!

Now I’d love to make a girl version and do the same thing.

I also sewed this up…. Continue reading

A Quilt Finish: Crooked Courthouse Steps

I’m so happy…another quilt is finished.  This time it’s Crooked Courthouse Steps!!  I can’t begin to tell you how fun it was to make this quilt.  This is my all time favorite style of quilt.  It’s scrappy and it require little to no prep….it’s lots of mindless sewing….which for me equals BLISS!

This is destine to be a Christmas present for a little boy in my childcare.  That’s why I went with a blue and green theme.

Last weekend I put it on the frame and quilted away.  I was on a mission to get this one finished.  I need four quilts as gifts and if I could get this finished I knew I’d be over half way.

I love all the color happiness…

Originally Bonnie suggested that all the center small blocks be 2″ x 2″.  I started out that way but as I went along the squares became any size I had left over from a previously used strip.

I used up ALL of my neutrals in my scrap box and had to cut up yardage.  That’s an okay problem to have.  That means I can go in and cut up any of the “what was I thinking when I bought that” fabrics.  Admit it, you have those fabrics too!!

I love the busyness of it all.  Play eye spy with me.  Can you see the scissor printed on white fabric? … Continue reading