If you’ve been a blog reader for a while you might remember that several years ago I challenged myself to make all of the quilts in Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling. I did it. I made every one of the quilts that were in the book.
I wrote a blog post about it…You can read it and see all of the quilts HERE. I actually made all of the quilts in the book once and made one TWICE. That’s a real testament that I loved the book.
Well the other day after I finished the Oregon or Bust quilt top from Bonnie Hunter’s book Scraps and Shirttails II, I got to wondering how many of the quilts I’ve made from that book…
The answer is all except three. Hmm. That has me thinking. Do I want to make every quilt in this book? I truly had a great time making all of the ones in the String Fling book…Maybe I should challenge myself to make all the quilts in this book. Hmm.
It’s so funny…I looked at a past blog post when I reviewed the book, I said, “There are 13 quilts in the book, I think I’ll be making all 13 at some time in my quilting life…” HA. Now here I am 12 years later contemplating that very thing. So funny. When I said it back then, I think I was exaggerating and didn’t truly mean it. Now here I am very seriously thinking about it.
How about I do a little review here so you can see what I’ve done and which ones I’d need to make yet?
I am pretty sure the first quilt I made from the book was Criss Cross Applesauce. You can read about it HERE.
This is Stars over Shallotte. You can read more about it HERE.
I made Smith Mountain Morning. I loved that quilt. It’s HUGE. My son Karl owns it now. I didn’t make this one with shirts. It was all fabric store fabric. You can read more about it HERE.
This is Fair and Square. You can read about it HERE. This one was also not made with shirts. I constructed my blocks differently as I hate sewing blocks together in an on-point setting. You can read how I did that HERE.
Next up is Holy Toledo. This was made from shirts. This one is the one I finished most recently. It was a UFO on my UFO list in 2021. I finished it then. I really sewed up pretty quickly considering all of those triangles in the border. You can read more about it HERE.
I love this one so much…it’s Hawk’s Nest. I make the entire border with bonus triangles I had collected over the years. You can read more about how I did that HERE. This is another that was not make with shirt fabric.
Bricks in the Barnyard is the next quilt. This one has the fun braid border. That was so fun to make and was something new to me. You can read more about it HERE. I don’t know if I still have this one or if I gave it away for a benefit.
Carolina Christmas was one I had done immediately. It was the 2009 Mystery and it was reprinted in the book. If I remember right, it was my first mystery quilt. You can read more about it HERE. This one lives at my daughter Kayla’s house.
I saved my favorite for last. This is Rectangle Wrangle. You can read more about it HERE. I love-love-love this one. My husband really liked this one too. As I said earlier in this blog post, I really like the quilts in this book but this one quickly caught my eye. For a long time every time I would cut out a different quilt made from shirts, I would also cut strips for this one. That helped me get the variety of fabrics in the quilt. This is one I’ll likely never gift…and if I do, it will only be to someone I know will love it and care for it. I do remember purposely trying to pick some pinks, and yellows to go in this one to brighten it up a little bit.
Of Bonnie Hunter quilts, for me, this one is on the top ten list. Admittedly, others from this book are on the list as well.
The ones I don’t have done are Goose in the Puddle…
This one I think I would make in a similar colorway. I do think I’d make it from shirts. I might work to find a red for the sashing so that would be made from all of the same fabric. I would also make it bigger. I loved love to make this quilt as it’s lots of mindless sewing…my favorite. I might like to make it in a 5 x 5 setting.
Another one I haven’t finished is Tumalo Trail. It very much surprises me that I don’t have this one done. My friend Nell made it and after seeing hers I really planned on making it…but it never happened. Also, this is one of the first quilts I thought…I’m doing that one.
I’m thinking I might have some unfinished 3 1/2″ nine patches too so…maybe I should start this one sooner rather than later. My plan again would be to enlarge it…maybe an 8 x 8 setting. Hmm. I’m liking this idea more and more.
The quilt I’m least excited about is the last quilt in the book that I haven’t made. The quilt is Old Kentucky Album. It’s not the design I’m not hot on…it’s the colors or fabrics that were used. I might make the sashing a little thinner too. Hmm.
I’m thinking this is a quilt like Oregon or Bust…I like the design of the quilt but want to make it in some other color scheme. But what color scheme?? Please chime in if you have any ideas.
Mary, you were my inspiration for Oregon or Bust. Do you have any ideas for this one??
Well, it looks like I have to rethink my plan to quick buying used shirts. For sure I want to make Goose in a Puddle in shirts and possibly the other two as well so let the shirt buying begin. I had kind of put myself on hold. For sure I want to buy lots of white ones…some blue ones…for sure red ones. I need to make a plan. Sadly, I’m paying more for shirts than I previously have. Now I have to pay $2 each…I know they are way more for many of you.
Now…how to tackle getting these three quilts done…one at a time. I’m not going to push myself and say they all have to be done in a year. I’m just going to commit to working on them as some of my new starts. I still want to really make progress on my UFO quilting…but I have to admit, I’m pretty excited about this.
Before I dive too deep into buying more shirts, I think I’m going to dig through my pits and pieces and see if already have any nine patches made. I might have some and that would be a great jump start for Tumalo Trail. I’m writing this during nap time and my grandkids are here. Once they are gone, I’m going to go dig and see what I have. YAHOO!! A plan. I love a plan. If I do have some, Tumalo Trail might be the first one I tackle.