Back in August, the always delightful Bonnie Hunter joined us in our Golden, Colorado studio to film a new online course focusing on her Wanderlust quilt. Wanderlust is a stash-busting scrap quilt that was featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Quiltmaker. It’s been an enormously popular pattern, and with this four-lesson online course you can have Bonnie herself take you step-by-step through the process of creating it.
The twin-size Wanderlust quilt finishes at 74″ x 86″ and features scrappy stars that come together with simple unit construction. Isn’t it striking?
“I had a great time playing with this layout,” Bonnie said about the design. “I originally thought I would set the blocks straight, block to block — but then Sadie (my dog) laid on everything shifted some blocks and I saw that if I did a half-block drop every other row I got a fun zig-zag lay out. I used batiks, recycled neutrals, print neutrals and a whole bunch of a black tone on tone to make those colors sing.”
Of course, Bonnie is sharing all her expert scrap quilting tips and tricks in the course, too. You’ll learn a variety of techniques and applications for making flying geese and half square triangles in multiple sizes.
She’s also teaching you the ins and outs of using her new Essential Triangle Tool and Bonus Buddy ruler while showing how these tools can help make your scrap quilting a complete joy! While regular rotary cutting directions were given in the magazine, and this quilt can be made successfully with those tools, it turns the whole patchwork process up a notch when we can easily create units from “regular” sizes of strips without having to deal with 7/8″ or 1/4″ fractions.
While she was on set taping the course, Bonnie shared a couple of great bonus tips with us for cutting fabric – click on the links or the images to watch the two video tips:
The first tip is a fabric cutting tip that will help you get a good square cut on fabric without having to use a lot of yardage in the process.
The second tip involves sticking a piece of micropore bandage tape to your ruler to keep it from slipping and giving you an inaccurate cut.
Patterns for both the full-size Wanderlust quilt as well as a bonus table runner version are included in the course. The course begins November 14.
Click here to learn more about Wanderlust with Bonnie Hunter – on the site you can check out the lesson outline, watch a preview and register for the course!
Be sure to come back and visit us next Monday – Bonnie will be joining us for a special guest blog about this new course.