Oh, my. Bonnie Hunter is a great motivator. I wanted to come home from our guild meeting last Friday and cut up my whole stash. But I quelched that wild idea with the reminder to myself that I had a deadline. And you know how I am with deadlines! We’ll talk about that later. But first:
Meet Bonnie Hunter! She is the Queen of Scraps, in my humble estimation. And boy, did she have some quilts to show us to prove her point. And great ideas for cutting up your stash to utilize it well.
Bonnie used the quilt behind her to show how she cuts her stash into various sizes of strips, squares and bricks to create numerous variations of blocks. And she had some beautiful quilts to show us how that technique works for her. And I wanted to go home and cut up my entire stash and start on some fabulous quilts of my own.
I love the log cabin-y look of this quilt. And it’s even better in person. I wish you all could have been there.
This one was amazing too. What a great way to use up all your fabrics. Bonnie encouraged us that if we still had some millenium fabric lying around, use it up! I didn’t confess to all of the milleniums fabrics I have. Shhhh….it’ll be our little secret.
The gals who were lucky enough to spend the day with Bonnie for the workshop got up and showed their blocks too. Nice.
This log cabin quilt was exquisite. I love log cabin quilts! And I liked this one so much I took multiple pics.
And you get to see them all…..
I had to put my hand in one pic. Just so you could see how small those strips in the log cabin blocks were. Tiny! Now you can scroll back up to see the whole quilt again. Remembering how tiny the strips are. Go ahead. I’ll wait. Scroll up. Actually, I’ll use this time to go cut my entire stash into .75″ strips so I can make one of these too. But if I cut up my whole stash, I think I’d be able to make about 457 of these quilts. Don’t tell Dear Hubby. He thinks I only have enough fabric for 217 quilts.
This one is pretty awesome too. Lots of squares! I think she might have used her leaders and enders to make this one. A great idea she gave us. Instead of using a little scrap of fabric over and over again at the end of chain piecing, actually sew two squares together. Then you essentially are making two quilts at the same time. That Bonnie is one clever girl.
These little four patches make a really nice quilt. Bonnie loves putting that pink and orange together. Very daring.
How about this one? I had to give you a closer look…..
Looks like four patches and connector corner blocks to me. Simple, yet very effective.
Then Bonnie showed us how to bargain shop for additions to our stash. Big old plaid shirts from a thrift store. And how about a hospital gown. Memories stitched into a quilt.
The center of this quilt was made entirely of recycled items. Shirts and such. Very cool. Now I not only have to cut up my entire stash, but I also have to raid Dear Hubby’s closet for old shirts. I’m going to be in such trouble.
Here’s an up-close look. Just because.
I love plaids too. Seems me and Bonnie could be great friends in the quilting world. We like the same things! Simple, traditional, pieced quilts and very scrappy. How about an up-close look at this one too?
Love the red check that makes up the corners. Simple blocks make up this quilt. And I love it.
This one is the same basic block. Only with sashing to change it up a bit. Have I mentioned what a smart girl Bonnie is?
See how cute? And such a simple block.
I love, love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE this one. Love the brown and blue. Love the plaids and checks.
Isn’t it fabulous? Oh, Bonnie, where have you been all my life? Wait. She’s been right here! Bonnie’s website – you must check out her website. She has so much there to see. Free patterns too. And wonderful ideas for using up your stash. That is if you can get off the computer long enough to actually sew. You could spend some serious time at Bonnie’s website.
Even the backs are cute. Just throw some leftover blocks back there and piece a cute back.
What a great border. What a great quilt! Love how the red just pulls everything together.
Another fabulous one. Did I mention I love scrappy?
Look at all the different fabrics here. What a great way to use up a stash!
Bonnie has such a fun, motivating way of talking about them all too. Did I mention I’m fixin’ to cut up my whole stash?
Nice how she incorporates some fabric in the sashing that requires a shopping trip for something new too. Like the red in this one. That way we can feel good about using up our stash. And we get to feed our fabric addiction by shopping for new stuff for sashing and borders. Way to go, Bonnie.
You know me. I can’t stop with the close ups. Bet you thought that small red check was pink before you saw this close up, didn’t you?
Once again. She shopped for the cheddar fabric for this one. And the rest is just scrappy, scrappy!
Had to give you an up-close again. Just because you needed to see those fabrics.
And this is the hand piecing that Bonnie stitches in little 15 minute segments of “found” sewing time. Just whenever she has a bit of time to stitch. And it’s gorgeous.
See? Fabulous. Beautiful. Over-the-top gorgeous. I have plans to make a hexagon quilt one day. Plans. That’s the difference between me and Bonnie. We might like the same things, but she actually completes the quilts. I have plans. And without a deadline, I’m pretty dead in the water.
Maybe I need to hang around Bonnie more?
So if you hear of Bonnie Hunter doing a program near you, run, don’t walk, to see her. Her quilts are worth seeing. And she has a fun, lively program that will motivate you.
Just be ready to go home and cut up your whole stash. I’ll be starting on mine just as soon as I give myself a deadline.