Quilt Finish: Hawk’s Nest

Yahoo…I have a quilt finish.  It’s a quilt that was on my bucket list to make.  I couldn’t be happier that it’s done and as far as I’m concerned, it’s the perfect fall quilt.

The quilt is Hawk’s Nest by Bonnie Hunter.  You can find it in her book Scraps and Shirttails book two.  (Here is a link)

My personal opinion is that this is my favorite of all of her books…well I love String Fling too (I made EVERY quilt in that book)!!

For years I’ve been collecting bonus triangles from other quilts I’ve made and all of them were put into this quilt!!   If you need a little explanation of what a bonus triangle is, I did a blog post about that HERE.  Follow the link and you can read about bonus triangles.

Many of the bonus triangles came from making the flying geese from this quilt.  It’s another Bonnie Hunter quilt called Sante Fe String Star.


Read about it HERE.  Every flying geese block gave me two bonus triangles.  They add up!!

Here is the picture from the book of Hawk’s Nest.

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When I was picking fabric for the project I tried to lean towards tans, greens, browns, and reds for the hourglass portion of the quilt…

Many of my bonus triangles were blues and pinks…I still used them.  After all, part of my reason for making this quilt was to use up as many bonus triangles as I could.

I used my hook and bump edge to edge quilting for the motif.  You can watch a video on how to do that HERE.

I did it smaller than I usually do.  I’m kind of on a roll with using this motif and making it smaller.

I used an Indian corn fabric for the backing.  A blog reader sent it in a box of goodies.  I ended up picking out a backing fabric here that I had, put it in the box I’ll send out for charity, and kept this backing fabric instead.  It seemed perfect for this quilt.  Thanks so much for the backing!

The original quilt was in a 6 x 7 layout.  I made extra blocks and ended up with a 7 x 7 layout.  I was tempted to make it bigger but didn’t want to mess with making the border bigger.

Isn’t the border something??  It’s what attracted me to this quilt from the very beginning.

I bound the quilt with the same cheddar fabric that I used for the rest of the quilt.  I was going to do a brown but I’ve kind of changed my binding preference.  Previously I always liked the binding to be dark and frame the quilt…my thoughts on that aren’t always the same anymore.  I’ve used colors for the binding I previously wouldn’t have used.

I think it worked to do the cheddar colored binding.

Of course, no quilt is complete without a Rosie picture….

I tossed the quilt on the couch and Rosie jumped right up there and posed.

She blends perfectly with the quilt!!

When I was lamenting about all of the UFO quilts I had, a reader offered to help me finish them.  It was so sweet of her…but I would have hated missing out on making this one. I just love it!  Yes, I’m keeping it.  Wouldn’t you??  I don’t think anyone would love it more than I do.

Thanks for the great design Bonnie!!  It was a winner.

45 thoughts on “Quilt Finish: Hawk’s Nest”

  1. Jeanie S, Central Illinois

    Jo, this quilt is fabulous; I love it! And, of course, Rosie is absolutely adorable. Thanks for sharing all this beauty.

  2. That’s a beautiful quilt. I don’t think I’d let go of it either, after putting all that work into it. Rosie just looks so young and is a great model. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hawks Nest is a beautiful quilt! The cheddar binding is perfect, it blends with the HST’s. They make a lovely frame for the quilt. Enjoy sleeping under this one. Happy stitching!

  4. Carmen Montmarquet

    Jo, your quilt came out fabulous, just love it!! And Rosie is just as cute as can be!! I just love to see your interpretation of Bonnie Hunter’s patterns and this one is a beauty! I would not give this one away for sure!!

  5. Jo, it is an absolutely stunningly fall quilt for sure and I can’t blame you for not wanting to let go of it! Rosie looks so cute on it!!! Oh My, all those HST!!!! how long did it take you to collect those?

  6. The quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I think all the different colored triangles add so much. It’s lovely, good job! Seeing yours makes me want to start one, but I better work on my ufo’s.

  7. Love the quilt and the quilt model Rosie! I agree the cheddar binding is perfect with the border! Glad you got a finish that you are keeping!!!

  8. What a splendid quilt! Of course you’ll keep it with all that work and memories of the others quilts you made the bonus triangles from. It’s perfect with Rosie sitting on it! You have done a wonderful job!

  9. Beautiful quilt. I just love it and I know you do too.
    You do beautiful work. Rosie is a good model and a sweetheart.

  10. This quilt is just perfect! What a wonderful use of all those bonus triangles! I am so glad you are keeping this one. You are right: no one could love it as much as you do.

  11. Awesome quilt, Jo! I agree it makes a good autumn quilt…love all the scrappiness!! …and the cheddar!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  12. Jo, I absolutely love this quilt as well! You did a great job. Rose looks so stinking sweet! Her ears look like velvet~

  13. Hi Jo:
    What a beautiful quilt you made. I love the colors you have chosen.
    Just a side note – my family and I took a day trip to’ Hawks Nest’ last week. It is a state park in West Virginia. We had lunch in the lodge and the trees were just beginning to turn their fall colors.
    This pattern is one of the best of Bonnie Hunter.

  14. Beautiful quilt Jo! Cheddar is my favorite. I now have to check to see if I have the BH book it is in. I only have 2 of her books. A fittingly gorgeous finish for fall.

  15. Beautiful quilt!!!! Absolutely love it!! It’s one I’ve been thinking about doing and now I’m definitely doing it!!
    One question…you said you used pinks and blues leftover HST…did you still keep the colors and neutrals to the warmer tones? I know you divide up your colors by brights and civil war warmer tones. Just curious. I want to do that with my scrap system and some of those things I’m just not sure what to do.
    Thanks…love the lone star quilt too!!

  16. It would be very stressful for me if I were asked to choose a favorite of all your beautiful quilts…but this one has (for now) risen to the top. It is exquisite. I love everything about it. Jo, I think this one will be treasured in your family for generations to come.

  17. HI JO!! It looks great. I really like how the cheddar binding sets off that last row of cheddar triangles in the border.

  18. Judith Fairchild

    I’m voting with everyone else. Matching your binding to the last row of triangles made the the whole quilt shine for me. Loved how you used every bonus triangle you had. It is a definite keeper.

  19. Wonderful! Just wonderful!!

    Absolutely love it. You should be proud of yourself, wonderful fabrics and great construction and quilting.

  20. SusanfromKentucky

    I love your version of Bonnie’s quilt! You always seem to pick the perfect colors. The cheddar border and binding are perfect on it. I would definitely keep that one, too.
    That picture of Rosie laying on the quilt is absolutely adorable! I would have to have that made into a larger print to frame and hang!!!

  21. Well I think I could possibly love this quilt as much as you do! :) It is wonderful! I absolutely love it. I happen to work for a university whose team name is the Nighthawks. Their colors are red black and white (or gray). I was trying to envision how this quilt would look in those colors but I realized part of what makes it so beautiful are all the scrappy pieces unified by that cheddar. I just don’t think a four color scheme quilt would work as well with this design. At least, I can’t picture it. I don’t have that designer gene in me like you do. LOVE reading your blog, Jo. We have so many things in common.

  22. Jo, your color choices for Bonnie’s patterns are always wonderful. You really have an eye for color. This quilt is truly spectacular! And Rosie is just the cutest model!

  23. Jo, I really love this quilt! The fabrics are great and the cheddar just makes it awesome. I really need to add cheddar to my palette.

  24. your quilt is gorgeous!!. I have made over 15 of Bonnies quilts and I only parted with 1. Maybe someday, but right now they are are to precious.

  25. WOW! is what I thought when I first saw this. What a beautiful quilt & I also thought I hope she keeps it for herself. You sure know how to put a quilt together color wise & otherwise! Also love that Rosie and how you taught her to pose on the finished quilts – perfect! Enjoy your blog so much

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