Category Archives: Bonnie Hunter

Ask Jo: Kelli’s Cheddar Bow Tie

Every so often questions and comments come from readers that I think others would like to hear my response to.  That’s when I feature them on the blog.  This is one of those days.

Last week I showed you Kelli’s Cheddar Bow Tie quilt.

Following that I got several people wondering about the layout and more about the quilt.  I thought I’d write a little more about it.

First off, this quilt started as a Bonnie Hunter Challenge quilt.  Each year Bonnie does a challenge quilt starting in the summer and ending the next summer.  She encourages people to construct a quilt as a leader and ender project.  You can read more about leaders and enders here.

In 2011 her challenge was the bow tie block.  You can read more about the challenge and get the instructions on how to make the bow time block HERE.

Kelli and I both jumped on board to make the cute little bow tie blocks.  Kelli opted to use many different cheddar colored fabrics to make her quilt.  Me, I used all the same cheddar color.

To make this quilt, she made 1024 cheddar bow tie blocks.  Oh my.

After Kelli got the individual bow ties made she sewed them into blocks like the one you see below.  You would need 256 of the blocks below.

From there, she sewed them into a larger block.  This is the setting she used…. Continue reading

A Quilt Finish: Cheddar Bow Ties

In my war on truly catching up in the sewing room I’ve been tackling the pile of flimsy quilt tops.  On the pile was a quilt of Kelli’s, Cheddar Bow Ties.  This quilt has been a top for a long time.  Now it’s finished.

This started as Bonnie Hunter’s 2011 Leader and Ender Challenge.  More info on that HERE.

Kelli didn’t follow the suggestion and use one solid cheddar fabric.  She used many cheddar printed fabrics.  The quilt is comprised of Civil War prints.

I think the color selection makes the quilt look like it’s dancing.

I don’t ever think of a bow tie block as anything special at all but just look… Continue reading

My Bonnie Hunter Mystery Parade

Being I just finished up this year’s mystery quilt I thought I would do a little recap of all the mystery quilts I’ve made to date.

Carolina Christmas was the ’09 quilt.

I didn’t know how to blog then and my pictures were terrible.  This quilt lives at Kayla’s house.  I loved the whole mystery aspect and was sold on making them after I did this first mystery.

Roll Roll Cotton Boll  (read the original post here)
I did this as the mystery.  I wasn’t a string girl at all at the time.  I remember dreading when I heard the words string.  I almost gave up on the mystery right then.  I can’t tell you how happy I am that I moved on beyond that.  Strings honestly opened a whole new world for me.


Of all of the quilts, I would definitely make this one again.  Of all the quilts I’ve made for mysteries, this is my favorite.  I think the reason I love it so much was that this quilt sold me a scraps.  Before this quilt I did scraps…but this one showed me I loved scraps.


Mine was all Civil War fabrics and it looked good in those.  This quilt is a keeper.  I won’t gift it.

Orka Bay (more about the quilt HERE)

I did this as a mystery.
I loved this as a mystery…one of my favorite ones.  The border had me really loving the quilt.


I had some UFO blocks and was doing a UFO challenge at the same time I was working on this.  I ended up putting the blocks on the back of the quilt.


This is by far one of my favorite mysteries.  I love everything about it.

Easy Street #1 (read more about it HERE)

Mine is made with primarily Civil War Reproduction fabrics.  I didn’t have purples so I replaced pink for purple.

That year I made TWO mysteries.  Yep, never again for sure.

Here is my Easy Street #2Continue reading