- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: C&T Publishing / Kansas City Star Quilts (July 1, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1611690471
- ISBN-13: 978-1611690477
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 0.3 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
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With Bonnie's help I have gone from a wanna-be quilter whose corners never matched and who was too scared to really try, to a scrap quilter who has found the beauty in crazy fabrics and wonky seams. --Shelly R.
Bonnie Hunter has changed the way I quilt! I have been set free and empowered to mix colors, shapes, strips and bits into beautiful quilts that are mine alone. Using my scraps, I have created so many terrific quilts all inspired by Bonnie's designs. I can't wait for her next book - they are all winners and a much used part of my quilting library. --Kim B.
Since completing my first Bonnie Hunter quilt three years ago, her patterns are the only ones I am interested in now. They are the most beautiful quilts I have ever made. Bonnie's patterns and directions are always precise and easy to understand. The most complicated look becomes doable even for the beginning quilter. --Cathy W.
About the Author
Bonnie K. Hunter is passionate about quilting, focusing mainly on scrap quilts with the simple feeling "making do." She started her love affair with quilting in a home economics class her senior year of high school in 1980 and has never looked back.
Before quilting became her full time career, Bonnie was the owner and designer of "Needle in a Haystack!!" creating more than 70 patterns for dolls and stuffed animals with a country primitive feel. Many of her designs were licensed through the Butterick Pattern Company, translated into seven languages, and sold around the globe through fabric stores. Bonnie is also a licensed massage therapist, nationally certified in therapeutic massage and body work.
But quilting has always been Bonnie's first love. She has been machine quilting for more than 20 years and professionally longarm quilting for the public for more than 15 years. She has been featured in magazines for both her quilt patterns and articles she has written on scrap management and using that stash to its full potential.
Bonnie is dedicated to continuing the traditions of quilting. She enjoys meeting with quilters, teaching workshops and lecturing to quilt guilds all over the world, challenging quilters to break the rules, think outside the box, and find what brings them joy.
Bonnie is the author of "Scraps & Shirttails: Reuse, Re-purpose and Recycle! The Art of Quilting Green," "Adventures with Leaders & Enders: Make More Quilts in Less Time!" and "Scraps & Shirttails II: Continuing the Art of Quilting Green."
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This particular book focuses on using those little pieces you can't bear to throw away. For her inspiration, she reaches into the past, paying tribute to a time when quilting was a pursuit born of necessity. In those times, every last little "good" piece of fabric had to be recycled to make something useful. Amidst deprivation, an artform was born. Everything old is new again, which is the recurring theme of Bonnie's work.
Strings are generally defined as pieces that are too small to be considered of use in normal piecing. Thin strips, of a minimum 3/4" width, usually no more than 2" wide (although you can use wider strips, but because many of the pieced shapes are small, they will look more "scrappy" if you keep the strings narrower) fit the general definition of a string. This book offers 13 quilts that put them to use with spectacular results. You can even utilize "crumbs," which are those little pieces you find on the floor of your sewing room, in the corners of string rectangles or triangles.
Some of the designs have appeared on Bonnie's website ([...]) in the form of mystery quilts. I made the Roll, Roll, Cotton Boll that made its debut in late 2010. It's on my bed now, an absolutely stunning mix of neutral string pieced blocks and prickly pear blocks. For the string pieced blocks, I used the pages from an old phone book. Bonnie suggests using them as stuff you'd throw in the recycling bin, recycling quilter's style. The Orca Bay mystery quilt, the directions for which are contained in the book, as well, appeared on the website late 2011.
For those who want to make a real show-stopper (Bonnie says it was on her "bucket list" and utilized 12,000 pieces!) she includes directions for her tour de force, Pineapple Crazy.
As you can probably guess, these are not quick quilts. No instant gratification here. You will be spending time. But Bonnie has always contended that the process of quilting is not a race. She advocates enjoying the journey. And a lovely journey it is. The satisfaction you will derive from using every piece of fabric that most quilters would have long ago thrown into the trash is so rewarding.
Got a few "ugly duckling" fabrics in your stash? No problem. No such thing as a fabric too ugly to be used in a scrap/string quilt. As Bonnie is fond of saying, "If a fabric is still ugly, you just haven't cut it small enough yet!" And I can say from experience, she is spot-on. Once used in one of these beauties, even the ugly ducklings become beautiful.
Completing any of these projects is wonderfully therapeutic. You don't have to plan, to think about placement of colors. Just throw all your strings/crumbs into a bag and draw them out, one at a time, and sew. If it takes you several months to complete, so what?? It's time spent thinking about whatever's on your mind and clearing your head. I've had many an epiphany while working on Bonnie quilts.
One stop that's a must before you begin your project, however, is to check Bonnie's website (again, [...]) and check the "Errata" section. I found at first reading, a couple of mistakes in the directions in this book, and as I found out later after emailing Bonnie, they are enumerated in that section of the website. You can write them into your book. The website is a wealth of scrap quilt patterns, all for free, complete with pictures and clear, accessible directions.
You don't need a lot of quilting experience to make any of the quilts in this book. Even beginners will feel comfortable and confident. Bonnie's directions are comprehensive, and the techniques are pretty easy. You may want to purchase rulers such as the "Easy Angle" and "Companion Angle" (readily available online or at your local Joann Fabrics) but in case you don't want to invest any additional money, directions are included to cut your pieces without them. But if you get hooked on making scrap quilts, like I am, purchasing those fairly inexpensive rulers will be well worth your while. I use them all the time, even on non-Bonnie projects.
Best of all, you'll learn a lot by doing any of the projects in this book, which you can extrapolate to other quilts, thereby increasing your quilting prowess.
This is another fabulous book, easily as good as her "Scraps and Shirttails," and its sequel, "Scraps and Shirttails II" and "Adventures With Leaders and Enders." Kudos to this prolific, talented teacher and author on her latest work!