Bonnie Hunter’s – Scrappy Mountain Majesties!

For the record, I’m not a scrappy quilter.   While I really love seeing scrappy quilts and can appreciate all the work that goes into it, it’s just not something that I’ve wanted to do.   I guess, I’m much more of an art quilter and modern quilter.

One of my quilter friends, Carolyn, is a huge Bonnie Hunter fan and is always trying to get me to make one of her scrappy quilts.  You see, I never thought that I would ever finish a quilt that required you to sew 300, 500, or even 600 little small pieces of fabric together.      I had, successfully resisted the scrappy movement…. until I saw this one quilt that Carolyn made from mens shirts and I loved, loved, loved it.    Then she made and showed me another one.  Come to find out it is a free Bonnie Hunter pattern called Scrappy Mountain Majesties.   Oh My Needles, I just have to make this quilt.

We needed a new throw for our living room couch, so I pulled together blues and neutrals (tans/creams), bought some additional fabric (so it’s probably not “pure scrappy”), downloaded the pattern, and went at it.   It’s a great pattern with lots of different layouts.

Here is my finished throw.   I love the movement and it was EASY!  Yes, I said EASY.

majestic mountain

I can now say, I MAKE A BONNIE HUNTER SCRAPPY QUILT!    I guess that means that I am now in the club.

Oh…. notice that I also made a scrappy border and binding to use up my scraps.   Do I get extra points for that?

Happy Stitchin’


Ps.  Yes, Carolyn, I put a label on the back.




More paper piecing sections completed for Fire Island Hosta

I got on a roll with the paper piecing and completed all the large sections for the pattern. I think I need a little break from paper piecing now. I have plenty of UFOs that need to be completed.  I think I will look for an easy project that won’t take long to complete. I still have to finish trimming each section before I can start attaching the sections together. So far, all my sections look like the pictures in the pattern book.Hopefully all the sections will be easy to sew together.  Next I will finish cutting out the large leaves and leaf veins and attaching the leaf stems to 8 leaves. Then I can start putting the sections together.  Can’t wait to see if all the colors look good together in this quilt. I used the color wheel to help pick out the colors – I chose analogous colors starting with yellow to green to blue-green to blue.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Carpenter Star bed quilt

Mary and I worked together to make a bed quilt (queen size) as an anniversary gift for one of our relatives.

It was a surprise gift and we knew that purple was a favorite color.  So we went to the fabric store and found some purple fabric but we needed an accent color plus white for the background.  Since some of the purple print fabric had teal, we chose teal for the accent color – we do like teal.  

Mary made all the half-square triangle blocks and sewed the center motif of the Carpenter Star quilt pattern.  I quilted the center motif and then added borders using a quilt as you go technique.  Mary finished the quilt with the binding.

Keep having fun sewing and quilting.

Donna and Mary

Progress on Fire Island Hosta quilt pattern designed by Judy Niemeyer)

I have started work on the Fire Island Hosta paper piecing quilt pattern that I bought last year.  I can’t believe that I actually bought the pattern but the quilt looks stunning at the quilt show.  Now the challenge is to complete the quilt.  In June, I sorted all the fabric into bags by the sections of the quilt. In July, I completed 2 sections (8 pieces per section).  Once all the cutting of the templates is completed, the sewing is easy since you just sew on the line.  I did follow the tips in the pattern which were helpful.  I set up a small iron and cutting board by my sewing machine so that it is easy to press and trim as you sew along.  My goal is to complete the quilt top by next April.  So I will try to keep working on the quilt each month until the top is finished.  The colors in the quilt will be white, yellow, green, blue-green, and blue. Hopefully the colors will all work together.  I will keep you posted on my progress.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna

Not your average Sampler quilt

A couple of years ago I took a sampler class to learn more piecing techniques.    I selected southwest colors (turquoise, rust, & brown) and fabrics with the intent of making a new quilt for our guest bedroom (queen size).

Traditional Sampler layout






After I finished the twelve 12″ blocks (+2 extras) I put them in a UFO box.   I didn’t really want to just add sashing to make the traditional sampler quilt.

In January,  I pulled it out of my UFO project box and started looking at ideas on the internet for sampler layouts.

I finally landed on a Moda design (Modern Building Blocks) that I really liked.   The layout was free online:

I also bought the pattern as the pattern required some really BIG blocks and I didn’t find BIG blocks online.

I started adapting the pattern/layout for my design.

12″ blocks extended to 18″ blocks



Phase 1 – the design only needed nine 12″ blocks and I had fourteen.   It did need five 18″ blocks, so at a quilt retreat I took five of my 12″ blocks and extended them to 18″ blocks (with the color/design input from my quilting retreat friends).

36″ BIG block



Phase 2 – Make BIG blocks.   I made a two 36″,  one 30″, and a 24″ block.    I did make some measurement errors and one of my 36″ blocks turned out to actually be 38″.

Phase 3 – Make a mix of smaller blocks to fill in the design.






Phase 4Layout.  I arranged my blocks on floor.   I did use some fillers (strips) to place between block and to assist in the connection of blocks.

Favorite block


Phase 5 – Quilting.   Donna volunteered to do stippling and use a quilt-as-you-go technique.   It was a busy quilt so I didn’t want the quilting to be the star and felt that simple stippling would be good.   In order for her to quilt it more easily on a domestic machine, I sewed the blocks together in 3 large sections.   Then she could quilt the 3 separate sections before attaching them together.



Here’s the finished queen size quilt.

Finished Quilt

On the bed in our guest bedroom.

My finished quilt is not exactly like the pattern.   I used the pattern more as inspiration and tweaked the layout to meet my blocks and the size I wanted.   I learned a lot on this project and am happy with the result.    I’m also happy that another UFO is complete.

I plan on making some decorative pillows for the futon (in the same room) with some of the leftover fabric.

Happy Stitching’,


Ps.   This is my favorite block in the quilt






Polaroid quilt swap

My blocks for the swap

Our quarterly bee was celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  So one member came up with the idea to make 20 polaroid squares that we could swap at our next meeting and then make a quilt.  Eight members participated so they made 160 blocks to swap.  I made 100 blocks and Mary helped me finish the second half of the blocks.  At our meeting this month we swapped the blocks.  It was fun seeing the different blocks in the swap.  Our next goal is to complete a quilt top with these blocks by our December meeting.  I will have to look for some quilt ideas on the internet.  Will keep you posted.  Keep having fun sewing and quilting. Donna

Back from our quilt guild’s retreat – part 1

Mary and I went to our quilt guild’s annual retreat last week (3 night retreat along the NC coast) with 40 quilters.  We had great weather considering that it is February.  I worked on some projects that I had started at our quilting retreat in January. image I finished quilting and binding a baby charity quilt and the mittens (Herky Jerky) wall hanging. imageimage I continued working on making squares using selvages in red and blue for a border on a Quilt of Valor. image Here is a website with 25 sewing projects using selvages: image I also continued working on a modern Disappearing 9 patch using patriotic fabrics – the selvage squares will be the border to this quilt.  Mary and I also made  paper piecing log cabin blocks for the next year’s raffle quilt. Here is my block. image Several members of a quilt bee bought paper piecing patterns and batik scraps for retreat members to make some blocks.  About 20 blocks were made during retreat.  There was a demo on making a fabric collage greeting card.image  I made a card with a beach scene but I still need to add stitching and embellishments to the card.  We played games on two nights.  One game was called ” Right, Left, Center”  I won one of the games and the prize was 33 assorted 10″ squares.  imageIt was fun to play the games but also fun to win the fabric too – especially a bird print that I really liked. Keep having fun sewing and quilting.  Donna