Emily Joins Bonnie Hunter for Mai Tais in Paradise

by Emily Klaczak
QM Scrap Squad

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Emily Klaczak

“Your quilts are too nice to sleep under,” said my husband Joe one morning, as he was making the bed. “Can you make one that’s not so pretty? One that’s just made from scraps?”

We had been using one of  my scrappy quilts that summer, but it was made from predominantly blue and violet fabrics, to coordinate with our bedroom. I think that’s what he meant by ‘too nice’—it was too thought-out and it didn’t fit in with his idea of ‘scrappy.’ I think he wanted a quilt that looked as though I’d scattered the contents of my sewing room waste basket on the floor, and then sewed the pieces together as they fell. I wasn’t about to do that, but I did go to Bonnie Hunter for inspiration. She is one of my favorite scrap quilt designers.

In my personal pantheon, Pat Speth and Bonnie Hunter are the Goddesses of Scrapitude. They have inspired me to carefully sort, trim and store my scraps, and they’ve taught me that there is a place in a quilt for every bit of fabric, no matter how small the square (within reason!) or how strange the color or pattern.

QM scrap squadB Emily Joins Bonnie Hunter for Mai Tais in ParadiseI chose Bonnie’s Mai Tais in Paradise as my final Scrap Squad quilt. It was hard to choose from her many designs, but I was attracted by the combination of star and Nine Patch blocks.

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Bonnie Hunter’s original Mai Tais in Paradise block for Quiltmaker’s Sept/Oct ’12 issue

I redrafted the pattern so that the blocks would finish to 10-1/2″ and was pleased to note that there would be minimal preparation of fabrics, since I had pre-cut my scrap stash into squares ranging from 2-1/2″ to 6-1/2″.

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The alternating blocks for Mai Tais in Paradise by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker

The Nine Patches and star centers were 2-1/2″ squares. I used 5-1/2″ squares for the half-square triangle blocks, trimming them to size after they were sewn together, and I cut 2-1/2″ strips from 4-1/2″ and 6-1/2″ squares for the rectangles within the star blocks and the Nine Patch block borders.

I mixed up the colors and prints up as much as possible and tried to avoid high contrast designs. I wanted the viewer to look at the quilt and see colors, not white flowers on dark green backgrounds or red balloons against light blue skies.  And I also invited pastels to come and play with their bolder siblings; I didn’t want to use only beiges and creams for the lighter squares and triangles.

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And there’s still plenty more where these came from!

Selection of the fabrics took more time than cutting, and then I began to chain piece the squares and triangles. I had recently recorded several hours of Doctor Who episodes during a BBC America marathon, and the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors kept me company while I sewed the blocks together.

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I did change the pattern of darks and lights in the nine patch squares so that there would be more light fabrics; I didn’t want the quilt to be too dark.

I did change the pattern of darks and lights in the Nine Patch squares so that there would be more light fabrics; I didn’t want the quilt to be too dark. I took some care to lay out the completed squares so that I did not have similar colors touching at the corners.

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On my “design floor”

I thought the quilt needed a border that would not call attention to itself. So I went back to the stash for tone-on-tones that read as solids.

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I didn’t want anything too distracting in the border.

As I was sewing the blocks together, I thought of how I might quilt it on my home sewing machine. I had planned to quilt in the ditch around each block, and decided it might be interesting to quilt the alternating designs differently. So I did loopy bubbles over the Nine Patch blocks, and large squares on the star block, repeating the loopy bubbles in the center square of each star.

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I usually do scrappy quilt backs but I found six yards of a medium blue star print languishing in my stash. Time to put it to work!

And here’s Joe with his finished quilt:

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There he is, standing on a bench on our backyard deck.

Blogging for Quiltmaker as a member of the 2015 Scrap Squad has been an amazing experience and I feel honored to have been a member of this select group of talented quilters.

Donna, Julie, Kathy, Keri and Pam, it’s been fun peeking over your shoulders, watching your quilts come together. Diane, thank you for the challenges that you offered to us, and for your guidance and support.

And Joe, thank you for walking the dog, making dinner, cleaning the house, and making the time for me to create. And thank you, Quilty Pleasures readers, for following us on our quilting adventures. Love you all!!!!

~Emily~

 

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 4

Hi! Welcome back to the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along. This week we’re making block 4, Bingo, block #477 designed by Jessie Kurtz. In case you’re joining us for the first time, here’s what the three different versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler look like.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

Kits available in three variations for this quilt, and the pattern only is available as well.

Here are the first three blocks that we’ve included this month:

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Spinning Star, block #261 designed by Lynn Roddy Brown

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Village Square, block #967 designed by Mickey Depre

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Get the Point, block #291 designed by Carrie Nelson

Did you see Carrie’s pillow that she’s making with her block?

And here is block #4, Bingo, block #477 designed by Jessie Kurtz.

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Bingo, block #477, designed by Jessie Kurtz

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Bingo assembly diagram

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Bingo in three different colorways

Don’t forget to check out our designers who are sewing along with us:

Jessie Kurtz is sewing Bingo and the first three blocks on her blog today. She’s using blue and green prints from her stash for the project.

Lynn Roddy Brown has also been sewing along each week. She’s using solids for her version.

See you next week for a new block.

P.S. If you are sewing along with us, we’d love to see your blocks! Post photos on your Facebook, Twitter or Instagram accounts and use the hashtag #100BlocksSampler

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Bonnie Hunter Q&A: Scrap Quilts Online Course

What do all quilters have in common? Scraps. And many of us love using those little treasured leftovers to make scrap quilts, of course. If you’re looking for some helpful ideas on how to save and organize your scraps and then use them to their full potential in your quilt designs, be sure to check out our Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter online course.

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Top Row, L-R: Moth in the Window, Wild and Goosey, Mai Tais in Paradise
Bottom Row, L-R: Twirl Around, Pinwheel Fancy and Idaho Square Dance

This online course focuses on quilt block construction, with the final quilt being up to the imagination of the maker. The six projects were inspired by some of Bonnie’s favorite blocks from her QM Addicted to Scraps column: Moth in the Window, Wild and Goosey, Mai Tais in Paradise, Twirl Around, Pinwheel Fancy and Idaho Square Dance. We recently caught up with Bonnie to chat about the course – here’s what she had to say:

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What makes this course unique from all of the other courses on this same topic?
I believe this course is different from all the other courses as I take students back to ground zero, unlearning things they may have learned incorrectly and making Scrap Quilting with the Scrap User’s System an easy and fun endeavor with great results.

If the students can only retain one thing from his course, what should it be?
Sew by UNIT SIZE! It’s the size of the unit that makes units easy to put together. If we sew so the units sizes are correct, everything else about patchwork falls easily into place. Accuracy in cutting matters just as much as accuracy in where to actually place the seam to create the correct unit size.

Why do you love teaching this topic and utilizing it in your own personal projects?
I love teaching students how much fun and freeing creating beautiful quilts with scraps can be. When we allow ourselves to sew with ALL of our fabric, instead of limiting ourselves to one collection by a single designer or manufacturer, we open up a whole new world of possibilities. What comes forth is a unique quilt that is indeed a reflection of the maker, not of the fabric manufacturer. This is where true art begins.

Watch a preview of the online course:

Visit Craft University to learn more about Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter! Registration for the current session closes April 4, with two more sessions scheduled for later this year.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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True Friends and Sewing Collectibles

Something wonderful happened to me in February when I was on quilt retreat with a dozen friends in Colorado.

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Bev’s Stitchery

There’s a little fabric store in Buena Vista called Bev’s Stitchery. We usually stop in because they have some nice quilting fabrics, tons of current books, quality thread and any notions we forgot to bring.

The store has been owned and operated by Bev and her husband for many years.

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A display case something like this contained the pincushion, along with many other old, dusty, forgotten trinkets and merchandise.

I had always admired a vintage pincushion in the display case at Bev’s. I have a collection of red tomato pincushions and am always searching for unusual examples, and this one was amazing. It was a globe of red velveteen, and it spun on a golden axis like a classroom globe.

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So one time I asked Bev if she would consider selling it to me. I got a flat “no.” I understood, but that didn’t mean I stopped wanting the pincushion. The next year I asked her again. She hesitated, but said no again.

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The dusty vintage pincushion held old pins and needles. It was made of red velveteen and was on a stand like a globe.

Third time around, Bev’s husband was running the fabric store. I asked if he would consider selling me the pincushion. “Oh no, I would have no idea what to charge for it.” I was bummed but I tried to accept that the pincushion would never be mine.

This year, two friends and I stopped in again. We all paid for our items and when we got back to the car, my friend Carol handed me a small brown paper bag. “Happy Birthday,” she said. I’d turned 56 ten days earlier.

I opened the bag and—oh my word—there was the much-coveted red velveteen pincushion! Somehow sly Carol had talked the owner out of it. She had bought the pincushion for me!

It was one of the nicest things a friend ever did. She knew how much I wanted it, how many times I had tried to buy it. She knew how flatly I’d been refused. And she must have used some seriously slick negotiating skills in order to make it happen. I was so touched.

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The pincushion cleaned up nicely! And surprise! There’s a tape measure!

At home I removed all the old pins and needles. I rubbed my fingers over the holes to help them disappear. I gave the whole thing a good dusting. I realized that the three prongs on the base are meant to hold a thimble! To top it all off, there is a tape measure hidden in the globe’s base. Fully intact, including the retraction mechanism.

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My friend Carol, snuggling her first grandbaby

Now it sits in a place of honor in my home. It’s a wonderful sewing collectible, but more than that, it’s a reminder of a treasured friend. With her in my life, I am surely blessed beyond measure. And I hope you have a quilting friend just like mine.

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New Issue: Quiltmaker May/June ’16

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The May/June ’16 issue of Quiltmaker is hot off the press, and we’re thrilled to share this new edition with you! The issue hits newsstands April 5 and includes a great selection of quilt patterns for dads, grads, babies and more. The cover quilt, Blueberry Pie, is a scrappy two-color, two-block throw designed by Nancy Mahoney. There’s also a Bonnie Hunter quilt, a new Patch Pal, a selection of adorable crib quilts and more. Let’s take a closer look:

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Razzle Dazzle

Razzle Dazzle: Bust your stash with this new scrap quilt designed by Bonnie Hunter! A riot of colors plus assorted light prints with small dark motifs help make this design sparkle. Be sure to also check out Bonnie’s new Addicted to Scraps block in this issue.

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Dancing Butterflies

Dancing Butterflies: Pastel prints, appliqué butterflies and simple piecing combine on this precious baby quilt designed by Kate Colleran. Kits are available for a limited time.

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Evening Bouquet

Evening Bouquet: Add a touch of springtime to your bedroom with this quilted bed runner from Brenda Plaster. The classic basket block design is quick to make.

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Whirlpools

Whirlpools: Decorative tile designs inspired this gorgeous green and blue quilt designed by Janice Averill. The pattern uses just one block to create a dazzling effect with a strong emphasis on the diagonal. This quilt will be the focus of season 2 of our Quiltmaker Lessons in Creativity video series on QNNtv.com. Kits are available for a limited time.

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Lanky Patch

Lanky Patch: Meet the newest member of Quiltmaker’s Patch Pals Collection – an adorable giraffe! This sweet crib-size quilt designed by QM art director Denise Starck is easy to make and perfect for little ones. Kits are available for a limited time.

Visit our online gallery to preview all the quilt patterns in the May/June ’16 issue! Look for it on newsstands starting April 5, or grab a print or digital copy from our online store.

Happy Quilting,
Natalie

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 3

Hi again. Welcome back to our 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along.

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three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler

If you’re just now joining us, you can catch up on the previous posts here. There are kits available in three variations for this sampler quilt, and the pattern only is available as well.

This week, we’re featuring Get the Point?, block #291 from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, volume 3. This block was designed by Carrie Nelson, and you can see her block on the Moda Fabrics blog as well. Be sure to check it out. Thanks, Carrie, for joining us!

Here’s Get the Point?

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Get the Point, block #291 designed by Carrie Nelson

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Sew the units and patches together.

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Get the Point? in three different colorways.

Don’t forget to save leftover fabric to use in future blocks. I’ll be sharing some fun little projects you can make using the leftover fabric in future posts.

Other designers sewing along so far: Lynn Roddy Brown. Check out the blocks that Lynn is making.

See you next week.

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When Mistakes Happen, Kindness Counts

There is one email every quilt editor dreads getting. It comes from your manager and it usually starts out like this:

“Would the editor who wrote this pattern
please check on ______________.”

It happens when an astute reader-quilter has discovered a possible error in one of our patterns. It doesn’t happen often. But it does happen. And when it’s a pattern you’ve written, that email can make you break out in a cold sweat.

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I got one of those emails this week. Fortunately the reader was friendly and helpful, and just wanted to know if she was right. She wasn’t grumpy or accusatory, for which I was very grateful, but she was absolutely right. Two editors (I was one) had missed half of the patches needed to make half-square triangles in the border of Swoopers.

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Swoopers, designed and sewn by Diane Harris for Quiltmaker’s March/April ’16 issue. Quilted by Hatty Brown.

(In case you’re making Swoopers, we missed something. From assorted greens you’ll need to cut 63 squares (B), 2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″, in order to make the 126 triangle-square units for the pieced border. The correction has been added to our corrections page.)

Consider that a quilt pattern has three parts: the words, the diagrams and the photos. A quilter using the pattern should be able to make the quilt successfully from start to finish without ever being confused, lost or frustrated. The words, the diagrams and the photos must all work together to make that happen.

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The words, the diagrams and the photos must all work together to guide the quiltmaker to success.

We have a good system of checks and balances to keep mistakes to a minimum. Here’s a simplified summary of how our pattern development works, and photos of staff members who are responsible.

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Carolyn Beam, Content Director

 

Once our content director Carolyn Beam places a design into a lineup for a certain issue, an artist takes a look and breaks the design down into units, blocks, rows, borders and so on.

 

 

 

 

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Genevieve Stafford, Graphic Designer

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Denise Starck, Art Director

Then she generates the diagrams. This is the first time a count is made; the artist (also called a graphic designer) determines how many units, sections, blocks and rows are needed.

Then the pattern moves along to the editor in charge. The editor counts everything again, chooses and names the fabrics, figures the yardage and writes the words.

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Gigi Khalsa, Associate Editor

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Erin Russek, Associate Editor

The pattern moves to another editor. She counts everything again, does her own yardage calculations, reads the words and checks the diagrams. The pattern goes back to the editor in charge.

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Diane Harris, Associate Editor

The in-charge editor checks and rechecks to be sure all the numbers match. Whatever does not match is reconciled—in other words, she figures out why things don’t match and fixes any problems.

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Counting and recounting is part of the pattern development process at Quiltmaker.

This is probably the least fun part, but it’s important and it has to be done. Then the artists make it flow and look beautiful (no small feat) and then, at last, a pattern can move into proofing.

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Paula Stoddard, Managing Editor, keeps all the wheels turning.

 

During proofing, several more editors/sets of eyes count and compare everything yet again. Corrections are made as needed.

 

The managing editor keeps all this moving along. Again, no small feat.

 

 

Eventually we move into final proofing, where a few more sets of eyes take final looks.

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

Once the art department sends files to the publisher, the pages are posted online, and we look at them a few more times, just to be sure.

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We look at pages again online before they’re printed.

You’d think that with all these reads and rereads and re-rereads there could never be a mistake, wouldn’t you? But life is life and things happen and editors are human, and sometimes we err.

We manage dozens of patterns at once, plus the 100 Blocks patterns, and we’re requesting fabric, writing articles, reviewing products, designing quilts, managing home sewers, blogging, marketing, posting on social media and more.

There’s a lot to think about, as there is with any job, and I’m sure not complaining because I love my job. I think about quilts all day, every day, and they pay me to do it. It rocks. But can I let you in on a secret?

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Kindness

It’s ever so lovely when a reader writes us and asks graciously if we might have made an error. She’s sweet and kind. You wouldn’t believe what that means to us, how much easier it makes our lives. When we’ve made a mistake, we regret it deeply, but a reader’s attitude makes all the difference. So to the reader who asked me this week about Swoopers, thank you. Bless you!

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Quiltmaker’s March/April ’16 issue; Swoopers is inside. On newsstands now.

And here at Quiltmaker, we’ll keep on counting, checking, reading and rereading…and doing our level best to bring you patterns you can trust. That’s our promise.

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Meet QM Associate Editor: Gigi Khalsa

 Meet QM Associate Editor: Gigi Khalsa

Gigi Khalsa

Hello, I’m Gigi and I work as an associate editor for Quiltmaker. For several years, I’ve worked for Quilters Newsletter, then McCall’s Quilting and Quick Quilts, and now I contribute to Quiltmaker in addition to the other titles and help make sure each publication is the best it can be. I write and edit quilt patterns, articles, lessons, I sew quilts and samples and basically do anything else that needs doing. It’s a lot of work but I wouldn’t want it any other way!

I came to quilting after years of garment sewing. Neither of my grandmothers made quilts, but when I was in high school, my mom had a book of Bargello quilt patterns and she made a couple of them. Until about 8 or 9 years ago, that was the extent of my exposure to quilting. Then one day I had an urge to sew something, just for fun, and the idea of dealing with making muslins and fit and drape and all that seemed like work, not fun. So I thought, OK, then maybe I can make a quilt, that seems like fun! I got a book from the library to learn the basics and made one of the patterns in the book.

After that first quilt, I made another but I didn’t follow a pattern, I just made up a simple strip-pieced design. And then another, and so on. I continued designing more complex patchwork patterns and making them, and I haven’t really stopped since.

Some of the quilts I’ve designed and made have been featured in Quilters Newsletter and McCall’s Quilting, and I’m excited to say that I have some quilts patterned in upcoming issues of Quiltmaker as well, so please keep an eye out for them! Here are a few photos of previously published patterns in case you’re interested.

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Impulse, from Quilters Newsletter April/May 2015

 

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Weaveworld, from Quilters Newsletter February/March 2016

 

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Digital Geode, from McCall’s Quilting January/February 2016

I was right when I had the vague notion that quilting would be fun; it really is! The thing that surprised me, however, was how endlessly creative and interesting it is. The way that fabric, color and value can affect a pattern creates infinite design possibilities, and there are so many ideas I can’t wait to try out. I just need to figure out how to make time for all the projects I want to create! The only thing better than quilting, in my opinion, is having a job that keeps me constantly inspired and interested to learn more and improve.

Nice to meet you! Happy quilting!

 

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QM Scrap Squad: Bonnie Hunter Log Cabin Sampler

QM’s Scrap Squad is winding down its commitment. Their final assignment was to make a scrappy quilt from anything Quiltmaker has ever published. They’ve been wowing us with their creativity! See Keri’s Blankenship’s quilt and Julie Huffman’s quilt.

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Today’s quilt is by Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania. If you’re a Bonnie Hunter fan, hold on, because this is wonderful! You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.

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Donna Hanna

When we were given free reign to pick any quilt from Quiltmaker, I knew instantly the quilt I wanted to make. I had seen a Log Cabin quilt layout that included alternate blocks. Being a Bonnie Hunter fan, I used her Log Cabin Love block as the base of the quilt. This block appeared in Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker July/August ’15.

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Log Cabin Love by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker July/August ’15

To go along with my Log Cabin blocks I needed five rows of alternate blocks to complete the design. I opted to use five different blocks for the rows. I went back to Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps column and selected 7″ blocks to match up with the Log Cabin blocks.

The first block is Happy Hour from the May/June ’11 issue.  I changed the pattern a little to use up some really tiny scraps—you can see below how I used random lengths for the outer rows of the block.

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Happy Hour by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker May/June ’11

My second row of alternate blocks features Whirly Girl from the May/June ’12 issue.

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Whirly Girl by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker May/June ’12

Row 3 is Grandpa’s Star from March/April ’12.

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Grandpa’s Star by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker March/April ’12

The fourth row is Gifty Boxes from Nov/Dec ’15.

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Gifty Boxes by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’15

And the final row is Mai-Tais in Paradise from Sept/Oct ’12.

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Mai-Tais in Paradise by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker Sept/Oct ’12

I decided on Hourglass blocks for the borders. They represent the many hours I enjoy quilting. The final result is a throw-sized quilt perfect for an afternoon snuggle.

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Donna Hanna’s finished sampler quilt includes six different blocks from QM’s Addicted to Scraps column by Bonnie Hunter.

For the back I used a set of blocks that I had purchased though a buck-a-block sale at a local quilt shop.

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The quilt back is a surprising contrast to the subdued colors of the front!

These blocks have been in my stash a very, very, very long time and I knew that they would never be finished as a quilt top.  So I turned them into a quilt back.

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What fun it has been to turn the Scrap Squad loose with all of QM’s patterns. They’ve done a remarkable job! Please join me in thanking Donna Hanna for doing a beautiful job all year long.

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P.S. For more Bonnie Hunter inspiration, check out her Scrap Quilts online course!

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100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along – Block 2

Hi! Welcome back. Did you get block 1 finished? We’re all set to make block 2—Village Square, block #967 from QM’s 100 Blocks, vol. 10, designed by Mickey Depre.

As a refresher, here are the three versions of the 100 Blocks Sampler—red & white, reproduction and traditional.

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red & white

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reproduction

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traditional

You may notice from these three images that the red & white version is set 6 x 8 blocks (48 blocks) and the reproduction and traditional versions are set 7 x 7 blocks (49 blocks). We’re including a bonus 49th block along with two different settings in the pattern. Kits are available for all three versions or you can buy the pattern by itself.

Here’s Village Square:

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Village Square

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triangle-squares

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Village Square assembly

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three versions of Village Square

Be sure to check out our other designers sewing along as well:

Lynn Roddy Brown: We featured her block Spinning Star last week. She’ll have more to share with you.

3/23, Get the Point?, block # 291 from vol. 3 designed by Carrie Nelson

3/30, Bingo, block #477 from vol. 5 designed by Jessie Kurtz

I wanted to share something with you that I found helpful when making my quilt. If you look at the images of the three different quilts, you’ll notice that there is a pieced border. And there are lots of pieces that take a long time to sew together. From the leftover fabrics from each month, I cut some border pieces and sewed them together as my Leaders and Enders when making my blocks.

The background squares are cut 1 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ and the rectangles are cut 1 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.

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I actually ended up piecing more of these units than I needed, so I added a row of them to the back of my quilt (I’ll show that later).

I learned about Leaders and Enders from Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville. If you’re not familiar with them, check out Bonnie’s online course.

Thanks for joining me. See you next week for another block.

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