Monday, April 14, 2014

A Bonnie Day at our Guild! Part II

My last post about Bonnie Hunter's visit to our local guild is continued below, with more pictures of Bonnie's bodacious quilts!

This one is appropriately named Bodacious!  Her bow ties are made from four patches that were leaders and enders.

Easy Street
Easy Street Back
East street front and back.  Bonnie sure has me opening up to use more on the backs of my quilts than just plain muslin.  And to use colors I don't think I like!

Winston Ways
Midnight Flight
Narragansett Blues

Love, love, love this one.  Of course, because it's blue!  It's in Bonnie's new book, which is just released, More Adventures with Leaders and Enders.

Lazy Sunday Morning
This quilt is so bright and cheerful!

Roll Roll Cotton Boll

Remember on the first part of this quilt show, when Bonnie Hunter said she saved the small half-square triangles cut off from Starstruck rectangles?  Well, they are here in Roll Roll Cotton Boll!  Lots of them!

This was a mystery quilt, and I remember making a gazillion half-square triangles, and if I use Bonnie's scrap user system in the future, I will already have them as bonus triangles from another quilt.  What a concept!  Bonnie talks about it on her blog (Here)

Blue Skies

Blue Skies, which has yellow and blue - two of my favorite colors.  Lots of strings here.
Cotton Candy

Bonnie has no daughters, and said she just had the urge to make something totally "pink".  It is sure beautiful! Love the backside also!

Cotton Candy Back
Pineapple Crazy was just amazing in person.  Bonnie took leftover pieces from everywhere, and created a paper-pieced lovely quilt, using fabric that many quilters would have (or did!) throw away.  

Pineapple Crazy
Next up was Jamestown Landing, and it is on my bucket list.  I love it!
Jamestown Landing

She used creams, tans up to "brown paper bag" color for the neutrals, and lovely blues.  

She closed the show with this wowzer!!!  It's her hexie quilt, and she's nearing the finish on it.

Some of the pictures are a little fuzzy, and I apologize, but most of the time my mouth was open in awe, and my hand wasn't too steady on the camera.   Thanks to Bonnie Hunter for the amazing show of her quilts.  She is one of my heroes.

Here's what I worked on recently:

I'm directing you over to Judy Laquidara's blog for Design Wall Mondays - my favorite Monday morning activity is looking at all the quilts there.  (Here)

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Bonnie Day at our Guild! Part I

Bonnie Hunter came to our guild and talked about her scrap user system.  You can read more about it (here)

She also brought many of her beautiful quilts to show to us.  Enjoy the show!
Bonnie said to notice the red plaid that was sewn into the corners of the rectangles on Starstruck.  She sewed another seam on the piece that she was cutting off, creating a small half-square triangle that she saved and used later in another quilt.

Virginia Bound
Bonnie used one orange man's shirt for all of the orange squares in the outer borders.  

Smith Mountain Morning

This quilt uses brown and blue - the two most common colors in my stash.  I really like the color combination.  I will have to make a brown and blue quilt!

Tumalo Trail

This quilt is so beautiful, I wanted to keep snapping pictures of it over and over again.  I think it will go on my bucket list.  
Bricks in the Barnyard
I love the red border and all the spots of red in this one.  Bonnie said there were several different reds in it, and she showed all the matchy-matchy people that it didn't matter.  If you put enough of different ones in, it will work.  
Hawks Nest Cheddar

She pointed out that on-point blocks have on-point borders, and straight set blocks have straight-set borders.  I love the triangles in the border on this one.
Rectangle Wrangle

Interesting point made by Bonnie on this one:  The center has a darker "feel" and the lighter border lightens up the whole quilt.  Even though the border is a lot of work, it really is worth it, and makes this quilt wonderful.
Boxy Stars
Another Boxy Stars

This quilt show will be continued on the next blog post.  

Monday, April 7, 2014

Bonnie Hunter Class on Talkin Turkey

Bonnie Hunter visited our guild and taught a class on her quilt, Talkin Turkey.

She is so nice, and just as I had pictured her, very down to earth, and real.  I felt like I already knew her! She de-boned a shirt for us:

My friend JoAnne McPherson (Patriotic Quilter blog) and I sat together. JoAnne is so creative, and I really like her blog.  Please visit her blog - she's a great quilter! 

JoAnne thought about the red string squares we were making in the class, and came up with the perfect luncheon potluck dish.  Doesn't her beautiful jello mimic the layers of red fabric in Talkin Turkey's string piecing?

So clever!  We had a great time sewing together.  Here's a picture of Bonnie's Talkin Turkey, from the front and also the beautiful plaid back which shows the quilting:

Just lovely!  My next post will show Bonnie's quilts that she brought to our guild meeting.

I'm connecting with Design Wall Mondays (Here)  to see what everyone else is doing. I have Talkin Turkey on my design wall this week: