Another Book of Quilts??

After I finished up making ALL of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s String Fling book I felt such a sense of accomplishment that for a bit, I thought about doing the same thing with another of her books.

Scraps and Shirttails

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Our biggest accomplishment of this book was making THREE of these.  One my top is finished but I’m waiting for Kelli to make the backing.  This is Perkiomen Daydreams.  10,000 pieces in this quilt!

There are 12 quilts in this book….

Here is my list of done quilts:
Perkiomen Daydreams
Cactus Patch
Hand Me Downs
Bargello in Plaid (all made with shirts).  I have a second one of this quilt in my UFO pile.

Star Gazing


Virginia Bound is a UFO

I’d still like to make
Carolina Crossroads
Nifty Thrifty

Adventures with Leader and Enders

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There are 12 quilts in the book.  I have completed FIVE and have one top done so I’ll count that as 5+ done.

Here is my list of done quilts:
Blue Ridge Beauty
Rick Rack Nines
Nine in the Middle

Hopscotch, Butterscotch
I still have these on my list of want to makes:
Happily Scrappily Irish

Scraps and Shirttails II
I adore this book.  I could happily make every quilt in the book.  I haven’t yet as they are made with shirts and shirts although economical for me, take lots of processing time.  This book I would pick as a favorite.  
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There are 13 quilts in this book.

I have these finished.
Smith Mountain Morning

Fair and Square
Criss Cross Applesauce
Stars Over Shallotte
Rectangle Wrangle

Carolina Christmas

These are working towards a finish.
Holy Toledo-UFO
Bricks in the Barnyard- a Top

All of the quilts left in the book that I haven’t done are all quilts I would really like to make.  I love this quilt book!!

String Fling
FINISHED EVERY QUILT IN THE BOOK!!  Find the link to them here.

More Adventures with Leaders and Enders

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There are 12 quilts in this book.  I have made 9 of them but one quilt I made two of it.

Here is my list of done quilts:
Scrap Crystals

Four Patch X
Winston Ways

Texas Tumbleweeds


Spoolin’ Around

Version ONE
Easy Street Version TWO

Cheddar Bow Ties

Narragansett Blues
Lazy Sunday

I would happily make the remaining three quilts in this book.  I’ve been a little intimidated by the remaining three.
Friendship Cross needs some fussy cutting
Lucy’s Baskets…APPLIQUE
Midnight Flight-everyone says it’s so easy to twist the blocks and lots of time ends up being spent with a seam ripper.  UGH.

Addicted to Scraps

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There are 12 quilts in this book.  I have three finished.

Garden Party


Tropical Twist
Jingle Bell Square

I like others of the quilts in this book and I’m sure I’ll make a couple more.  There are others that are higher priority on my list right now.  Many of the quilts I’d want to enlarge and haven’t done the math.

String Frenzy
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There are 12 quilts in the book.  I could happily make the all.  I do already have one finished!!

Punkin’ Patch

When looking back at the posts and pictures I took, oh my.  I wish I had a better camera when I first started making Bonnie Hunter quilts.

If I do make all the quilts in another of the books it will be one of the following books:
Scraps and Shirttails II
More Adventures with Leaders and Enders
String Frenzy

I actually think I will make all of the quilts in another of her books.  It was a crazy fun ride.   For now, I’m just going to try to not make any deadlines…I need some easy going sewing for a little bit.

If you don’t have Bonnie Hunter quilt books and want a recommendation, I pick both the string quilts but I know many aren’t into string quilts…After those I’d pick More Adventures with Leaders and Enders and Scraps and Shirttails II…but that’s only my faves.

So readers…what is your favorite Bonnie Hunter quilt book?  What book have you used the most?  Inquiring minds want to know.

Travel Plans??

Each month I work with U.S. Cellular to tell you something I’m doing with my Galaxy S5 that makes my life a little easier.  Today is one of those days.

Do you have travel plans for this year?  It’s amazing how much planning can be done via a smart phone or a tablet.  It’s said the 68% of the people traveling use their devices for some part of the planning.  27% of them are booking hotels and 16% booking plane tickets.

Me?  I don’t have very many travel plans at all this year-at least not with Hubby.  Kelli and I have a few getaways planned to teach and do trunk shows.  I can tell you that when we’re out and about, our cell phones get LOTS of use.

Some of you already know that Kelli eats gluten free.  When traveling, that can be quite a challenge.  Where we eat is often influenced by the choices that come up in a Google search for the area that we are visiting.  When we traveled to Kansas City for the photo shoot for our quilt book, Country Girl Modern, Kelli’s phone lead us to Red Robin.  Living in a rural area neither of us had ate there before and neither of us knew that they offer a nice menu for those who are gluten free eaters.

Our phones have lead us to a quick bathroom stop too.

I use a GPS phone app to guide us to where we are going and I love it.  When I first started doing that Hubby was all crabby with me saying we can just do this with a map….but after a few times out, the old red neck will now say-fire up that “space phone” of yours and see if you can find an antique shop for us to check out…so I fire up the “space phone”.  We use it lots.

When Kelli and traveled to Kansas City the use of our smart phones lead us to two great cross stitch shops and to the wool rug hooking shop, American Whatever at Corbin Mill in Liberty, MO– that I’ll always remember.  Neither of us has a tablet with 4G so our traveling goes a little like this…I drive-Kelli navigates.  She typically uses both of our phones to do it.  She’ll use her phone for browsing and finding the place we want to go then she’ll program the address of the place she wants to go in my phone.


Kelli is a huge Lizzie Kate cross stitch fan.  In our area there aren’t a lot of cross stitch shops so when we were out Kelli asked if we could find a store and stop….well certainly.  We would have never been able to find the shops without our smart phones and I don’t think I would have been brave enough to navigate us to the shops if we didn’t have the GPS.

There are so many great apps for people out there who are doing more extensive traveling than we do.

If you aren’t aware, Kelli and are hosting a retreat this summer were Bonnie Hunter and I both will be teaching.  We have people coming in for states near and far.  I couldn’t help think of them and their travel plans when I was reading about some of the new apps that are out…  Gate Guru, which organizes your full travel experience – from flight and rental vehicle information, to airport amenities.  The Around Me app shows nearby restaurants, banks and more (including hospitals or emergency care centers for anyone traveling with an accident-prone family member), including directions to your destination. While you’re enjoying your vacation, Postagram keeps you in touch with loved ones. Just take a photo with the app, and for a nominal fee your message will be delivered as a mailed postcard!

With me being the homebody I am I don’t think I’ll be using any of those apps but I am betting some of the ladies traveling our way just might want to check them out.  Speaking of which we have a couple spots open for the retreat.  Feel free to email Kelli ( for more information.  We’d love to have you join us.

Kelli’s Winter Wonderland

When Kelli was home last time, she brought her Winter Wonderland – Quilt Pattern pieces home.  She’s done with the embroidery portion!!

Here she is showing off the pieces…

I can’t believe she has finished it.

I had purchased the pattern for her for Christmas.

I wasn’t sure when I bought if for her if she would actually get it stitched.

Her stitches are really good too.

Aren’t they just SO cute?

Someday, I’d like to stitch a big project of my own…

I fondly remember embroidering when I was little.  In fact, I still have some of the pieces.

Of course…my work was never got sewn into a project.

You can be sure, I am going to remind and remind Kelli so that her amazing blocks don’t just languish in a pile….Being she has such a love of embroidery, I am afraid I think I am really going to have to do lots of reminding not to let her drop this project.

I know I am going to have to keep on her because already…she is embroidering this!!

This is the first piece of her next project, Vintage Trick or Treat.

Shop Hop

Last Saturday my daughter Kelli and I went on the area shop hop. 
We went to Yellow Bird Art Quilt Shop  in Lansing, Iowa.  It’s a featured top ten quilt shop.

The shop features everything you would want to make a modern looking quilt.  The fabric is bright and vibrant and the shop has a clean open look. 

Next we went on to Forest Mill Quilt Shop in Postville.  I loved the shop!  It’s a very quaint and relaxing atmosphere that features lots of Civil War reproduction fabrics.  I bought a couple charm packs and Crabapple Hill”s Over the River and Through the Woods pattern. The pattern has lots of embroidery which I love….I had seen the pattern before but never done in colors other than the pattern cover showed. 

Our next stop was The BackStitch in Elkader Iowa.  The shop is very nice but I was more impressed with the cross stitch than I was the quilting items.  I haven’t cross stitched in years but remarkably I purchase something to cross stitch.  I had more or less given up cross stitching because my eyes just don’t see that well.   While we were in the store, I had to laugh because the shop owner was wearing bifocal glasses and reading glasses on too!  I guess if she can do it, I can too!  Now I am on the hunt for some funky reading glasses…the kind with the quilt patterns on the edge.  My family will just love that look…not!

By then we had used up all the time we had and were not able to make it to the rest of the shops in the hop….maybe next time.  That’s okay….we had used up all our money anyway.

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