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.
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.