Category Archives: Bonnie Hunter

What I’m Working On

I had a busy week and thought I wasn’t going to get much done in the sewing department but happily the weekend came along and all was good.

We had weather here this week…a late start one day and no school on Friday.  I thought Friday I would have a house full of kids but it turns out that several parents didn’t go in to work so I had an easy day with early pick ups so by 4pm, I was done with childcare and the house was already picked up!  YAHOO.  That day I had older kids who don’t fight and very busy all on their own so I was able to get the childcare laundry done during the day and able to get a my paperwork done during childcare.  That was golden to me.  Also during naptime I was able to get a blog post written so seriously, the last family walked out at 4pm and I fired up the sewing machine!!

I am working on two projects and both are on the front burner right now…the mystery quilt and Kayla’s baby quilt.  You might remember that Kayla opted for this quilt.

…and the mystery quilt.

I really wanted to work on the mystery AND the baby quilt so I compromised by piecing on the mystery blocks and as leader and ender, I worked on the baby quilt.  Then I told myself that on Saturday, I would reverse and work on the baby quilt and the mystery would be my leader and ender.  I thought it was a good plan.

It was a great plan until I started putting the first block together of the baby quilt.  Oh my word.  I was so upset.  The block wasn’t coming together at all.  I got frustrated and decided that I would just set it aside and work on the mystery.  I wanted to enjoy the gifted sewing time I had and not spoil it by doing something hard…

So with the mystery on the front burner, I sewed like crazy.

By 5:52pm I messaged Connie and told her I had three blocks done.

I ended going to bed on Friday night with half of the blocks done…

Saturday morning I woke up raring to sew.  I was hoping that I would have better luck with the baby quilt.  I really didn’t.  So I focused mostly on the mystery and tried a little with the baby quilt blocks.  I was getting more and more frustrated with the baby quilt so it was making it harder and harder to work on it.  I had so much frustration with it that I decided I’m going to make a seperate blog post which will publish tonight.  For now, I’ll just tell you about the mystery.

By noonish I had all of the mystery blocks finished.   Here they are….

Then I started in on the setting triangles.

In between I would work on a baby quilt block or two but was always going back to the mystery quilt over frustration with that baby quilt.

The setting triangles went fairly well.  I twisted a unit a time or two but that was nothing compared to the problems I was having with the baby quilt.

Before too long, I had the setting triangles all finished.

I went on and started working on the corner triangle units.  I only needed four of them so that was quick.

In between times I played with Rosie…ranted about the baby quilt…cross stitched for a bit (that’s impossible with Rosie) and listened to audiobooks.  It was the perfect sewing stretch that I’ve been longing for (minus that baby quilt)…and I had an AWESOME audiobook.

By bedtime, I had all but one block left of the baby quilt and all of the mystery, blocks, corner triangles and setting triangles FINISHED!!  Yahoo.  I set some out for a little preview.  What do you think? Continue reading

Quilt Finish: Wild Child

Wild Child is finished!!  That means I have the 5 childcare Christmas quilts finished.  I’m so happy.  I feel a bit freed up.

I’ve made this quilt before…  The one below was done in the colors from the book.  The book I’m referring to String Fling by Bonnie Hunter.


In the book she uses a teal color for the alternate blocks and a floral print for the border.

This is what I ended up with…polka dot backing, the floral and pink borders.  I like that version but I’ll admit, I like this one even better.  I think purple is more my color.

This quilt came together quickly as I had 20 white blocks already done.  See when I made the first quilt I oriented one set of white blocks the wrong way with triangle direction not matching. I decided to set those blocks aside with the intention of pulling them out one day and making a baby quilt.
When I bought the border fabric I bought enough of if for binding too.

Back when I was a new quilter I wouldn’t have matched border and binding.  I liked a boxed off look of a different colored binding.  Nowadays, I like things easy and flowing.  I knew finding a matching binding that wasn’t the same fabric would be challenging so I bought 3/4 of a yard more of border fabric.

You can see my awesome white based neutrals.  They make me smile.

I did a simply loopy quilting motif.  I do this freehand on most kids quilts.  I figure they will be washed often.  Also, on a busy quilt like this, there’s no need to add custom quilting.

It was getting dark as I was taking pictures.  I’m so surprised they turned out.

At the time I made the first version of this quilt a couple years ago I was so frustrated I screwed up those 20 blocks…today, I’m thrilled I did.  This quilt turned out so nice…even nicer than the original I think.

The backing is teal that was in my stash.  Happily is was a 108″ backing fabric.  No need for piecing on this one!!
Isn’t it a happy quilt??

Of course a Ruby picture….

Can you believe I accidently made extra blocks?  AH…rather than put it all the mess away, I’m going to make a baby quilt.  I’ll need to make about 15 extra blocks…no biggie.  I went to the fabric shop to get more of this border fabric.  DARN.  There wasn’t any.  I got something else at the fabric shop but I’m really tempted to order this.  Hmm.  I found this on Quilted Twins.  It is close but not the exact same of coloring as the one I used above.  (Find it here)


I’m still not sure what I’m going to do…I did end up buying something else at the quilt shop so I think I’m going with that.  I’m going to get the center together and then decide which way to go.  I might just have to order this.

I would like to advise that I think it’s best if you pick the border fabric first..then the alternate block color..then the inside border color.

I really don’t mind having a little extra Kaffe fabric around.  I have been collecting Kaffe fabrics and a quilt from them is going to happen.

In the meantime…I’m celebrating the finish of this quilt and patting myself on the back for the finishes I’ve made in the last few weeks.  It’s a great feeling to have it done!!

Quilt FINISH: Hourglass Quilt

I finished up my hourglass quilt.  I was able to get it loaded and quilted on Sunday night.

Oh what a pretty array of color.  I had so much fun with this quilt.  I’d happily make one again and again.

It was fun to slow down my quilting a little bit and take in all of the different prints.  I love these.  See the one that says, “Iowa”.  Next to it there is one that says, “make soup”.

After that, it was on to binding.  I was REALLY tempted.  Really, really tempted to let it sit and do something else.  Then I reminded myself that this quilt needs to get done so the next quilts can get done.  It’s so much nicer to say, I have one finished vs I have one to bind.

I ended up going with a pink binding.  It was the color that I had enough of.  
Originally I had hoped to bind in teal.  Teal is the center fabric and I thought it would bring that color out if I bound in it but I didn’t have enough teal.  I only had enough of pink or lime green.  I went with the pink.  I’ll save the lime green in case I do another boy quilt at some point.

So are you tired of my babble and ready to see the whole quilt?  Well here it is… Continue reading

The Making of my Mystery Quilt

I had a blog reader message me and ask me what I’m doing about Bonnie Hunter’s mystery quilt.  The colors were released on Halloween and she was wondering what I’m going to do…white based neutrals or cream based neutrals.  Well…I started thinking about it.  Often I don’t do anything until the day the clues start coming out as I have plenty of stash to start a quilt with.  This time…I decided to give it a more careful look.  Why??  Raspberry.

Raspberry isn’t a color I typically have…except maybe in batiks.  So I went to the batik bin and pulled.  It might look pretty good to you…but this look LOTS of back and forth work.

I’d pull one out…I’d put one back.  I wasn’t completely happy with this…but it might work.

I LOVED the raspberry to pinks.  I thought they would be just fine.  The greens I started thinking I wanted one piece and the tone was all wrong but the color she has…well it’s not really a batik friendly color.  So what’s a girl to do.  Make sure there is contrast.  Bonnie herself said make sure there is contrast.  Again, that’s a little hard with batiks.

I was willing to buy some more fabric but didn’t want to buy all new fabric.  I thought well maybe it should be Civil War prints.  I’ve often made my mystery quilts out of Civil Wars and it’s worked great.  Nope.  That wouldn’t work…no raspberries…few light blues and again, that green.  Hmm.  I knew immediately I didn’t have enough bright prints so the best way to spend the least amount of money and use my stash to it’s best was batiks.  So…batiks it is.  Now to make them work.

I ended up picking out my base fabrics.  These are the ones that showed the contrast I wanted to replicate.

Then knowing I needed more fabric, I went to the quilt shop.

I had brought my base fabric with and started looking.  Immediately I found the bolt of green I liked and ended up buying that.  It’s going to be my constant green.  I know it’s dark but I’m going with it.  My green on top is going back into the batik bin with the other greens.

I really liked the blue bolt that’s under the green bolt.  I have to careful to maintain the contrast with the green but I think it’s okay.

Then I found two more aquas.  Aqua is really hard to find that isn’t super mixed with blues or greens.  If you look to the right in the picture below those were some neutrals I picked….but more on them later.

When I got home I laid it all out on the table again…See?? Continue reading