Category Archives: Bonnie Hunter

Geese on a String

Guess what I don’t need??  A new project.  My plate is full.  I have LOTS of projects in the works and a couple must do’s on the list.  So what do I do?  Dream.

It’s the tendency of a true quilter I think.  Don’t we all have a project still going and start dreaming and thinking about the next one?

Several year ago Bonnie Hunter was making these scrappy triangles on her blog.  I jumped in with two feet.  I was sure that sometime she’d come out with a quilt featuring them.

Previously she had done with her spool blocks.  I had jumped with two feet into that too.  I thought I was doing so fabulous.  I made something like 350 of them and once that pattern came out I needed over 600.  Well this time, I wasn’t going to be duped quite so badly (or so I thought)  I made 425 of these triangle pieces.

Well in Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy, she released the pattern that uses the triangles.

This is the quilt- Geese on a String.
I love the pattern.  How fun but what I have and the look of the pattern, they don’t jive at all.  Cheddar..nope.  My green would need to be lime.  Ah.  I was a little disappointed.  Then I remembered that I have two girls in childcare that I would need to make quilts for next year.

Hm…How could I tweak the colors to make something that uses my triangles…something that looks girly…something I could make two of so the quilts are similar but not exactly matching?

Here’s the idea I came up with…. Continue reading

Book Review: String Frenzy

A blog reader asked if I had plans to review Bonnie Hunter’s new book String Frenzy…well yes, of course I do.

I’ve had mine for a bit now…first as an ebook edition sent to me by C&T Publishing and then my hard copy.

So do I like the book….YES!  I was thrilled when I heard that Bonnie’s book was going to be a STRING quilt book.  I loved the quilts from the first string book so much that I made them ALL!!  One might think I was “strung out” but NOPE.  I was itching to get my hands on a copy.

There are 12 quilts in the book and I don’t have a bad thing to say about any of them.  Bonnie out did herself on the designs.  I can see myself making all of them.

Geese on a String is the first in the book.  Happily Bonnie featured the string triangles on her blog a couple years ago and I jumped right in.  I have 400 string triangles already made.  I’m thinking I might make two of these quilts for two of my childcare kiddos….we’ll see as things settle down around here a bit.

I’ll need to change some colors up as my strings are in brights.

A few others from the book that I’m highlighting are Straits of Mackinac.  I LOVED this one when Bonnie was working on it on the blog.  Oh my, I have a basket of fabric waiting for this one.

As per Bonnie style she included the Directions at a Glance.  This feature is one of the reasons I love her books.  I can quick reference anything.  I love this.  It makes quilting easier as I’m not reading through all of the directions to find out how many of something I need to make!!

This is one of my favorites in the book…. Continue reading

Tulip Fields: It’s FINISHED!!

Back when I made the goal of making all of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling, a couple people thought it was a lofty goal.  To be honest, I did too but what’s life without goals.

Here the last quilt  is all finished.   This is Tulip Fields.  Kalissa happened to be home and told me to hold it up so she could take a picture of me with it…Little hamball Carver had to jump in the picture with me!

The weather outside was yucky…misty, sleet and then 4″ of snow so I couldn’t get a big picture with the quilt….

I did get this as I took it off the quilting frame….It’s the best I could do for a big layout.

My sewing room was not clean and my space up there is limited too so it is what it is….right?!

The quilting took me for forever…seriously, FOREVER.  You can see I did a really dense pattern though.

I put myself on a “fabric diet” some time ago and I’ve been honoring that.  Only thrifted, gifted or auction fabric has some into the house since summer time I think…I wasn’t going to break the diet yet (after all it’s the one diet I’ve been most successful with).  So I needed to come up with a binding.  The binding I found did not technically match the border fabric but it was pretty close….see? Continue reading

A Quilt Finish: Daylilies

Yahoo!!  It is finally finished.  Another quilt is finished from my challenge to make all of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book.

Here is Daylilies.

I have to laugh now when I see it all done.  When I first got this book, I liked the quilt but was sure I’d likely never make it.  It had applique, in set seams…and I struggled with colors.

Fast forward.  I set a goal.  I wanted to, one time in my life, make EVERY quilt from a quilt book.  I had SO many made in String Fling.  I started thinking I could do it and this would be the book to do it with.  Then I realized I would have to finish Pineapple Crazy if I were to reach that goal…but at the time, I have 3/4 of the blocks done so that wasn’t a terrible obstacle.  But then there was Daylilies.  UGH.  Applique….In set seams.  No.  I thought that would make me pass.

Then I decided one block.  I could do one block.  If I hated it, I allowed myself to quit.  Colors was my next problem….


About that time I was in my batik stage.  So, batiks it would to be.

Well…I did one block.  I wasn’t neccessarily proud of the work I did but hey…it wasn’t terrible.  Read all about my first block here.  I could see that it would be do-able.  I could also see that I needed more practice.   Making more blocks would give me that practice.


I decided that one of my goals for 2018 was to do something a little more challenging.  Although you long applique quilters are laughing at me calling this challenging, it was to me.

I have yet to find a “LOVE” of applique but I can do it.  That was a wonderful discovery.

I do like this quilt done in batiks….Each of my flowers is a different combo of batiks.

I think it’s a fun look.

The alternate blocks are string pieced.  I add to my challenge and I sewed all of the strings on my treadle….This was a quilt of firsts….applique, treadle….

The binding was a batik that I had trouble previously finding a use for.  It changed in color from purple to bright blue.  When I was picking binding I was thrilled.  This piece was finally getting a home!!

For the backing I used a piece I had bought on line for a different project.  See? Continue reading