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String Fling: Scrappy, Happy and Loving It!

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Strings and strips and scraps usually too small to be useful for other projects, but they are just right for these 13 new quilts from Bonnie Hunter. Find a twist on traditional designs along with some new ideas straight from Bonnie's scrappy imagination.

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String Quilting Basics

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Foreward

Scraps! We’ve all got them – big pieces, small pieces – some we’ve saved from our own projects, others we’ve acquired from other quilter-friends who know of our love and passion for great variety in our quilts. I’ve always said, once you go scrappy, you never go back!

For me, there is great satisfaction in finding “just the right spot” for that one little left over bit, sewing it into the block, into the quilt, watching it become part of a beautiful whole.

Just as an artist works with canvas and paint, I think of every string added to each string block as a brush stroke of color, a bit of texture and contrast. Standing alone, by itself, a string may not be much to look at, but when joined with a multitude of other also seemingly unusable and humble pieces, they create a symphony of exciting beauty and unlimited possibility.

The 13 string-based quilts in this book are sure to whet your appetite for digging into your scraps and creating your own unique, one-of-a-kind string quilts, for each string quilt is unique – there are no two alike ever! Even when made in the same design, simply the fact that the fabrics vary so much quilter by quilter, it is impossible to duplicate a string quilt.

 

Basic Sewing Guidelines

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Foreward

Scraps! We’ve all got them – big pieces, small pieces – some we’ve saved from our own projects, others we’ve acquired from other quilter-friends who know of our love and passion for great variety in our quilts. I’ve always said, once you go scrappy, you never go back!

For me, there is great satisfaction in finding “just the right spot” for that one little left over bit, sewing it into the block, into the quilt, watching it become part of a beautiful whole.

Just as an artist works with canvas and paint, I think of every string added to each string block as a brush stroke of color, a bit of texture and contrast. Standing alone, by itself, a string may not be much to look at, but when joined with a multitude of other also seemingly unusable and humble pieces, they create a symphony of exciting beauty and unlimited possibility.

The 13 string-based quilts in this book are sure to whet your appetite for digging into your scraps and creating your own unique, one-of-a-kind string quilts, for each string quilt is unique – there are no two alike ever! Even when made in the same design, simply the fact that the fabrics vary so much quilter by quilter, it is impossible to duplicate a string quilt.

 

The Scrap User’s System

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Foreward

Scraps! We’ve all got them – big pieces, small pieces – some we’ve saved from our own projects, others we’ve acquired from other quilter-friends who know of our love and passion for great variety in our quilts. I’ve always said, once you go scrappy, you never go back!

For me, there is great satisfaction in finding “just the right spot” for that one little left over bit, sewing it into the block, into the quilt, watching it become part of a beautiful whole.

Just as an artist works with canvas and paint, I think of every string added to each string block as a brush stroke of color, a bit of texture and contrast. Standing alone, by itself, a string may not be much to look at, but when joined with a multitude of other also seemingly unusable and humble pieces, they create a symphony of exciting beauty and unlimited possibility.

The 13 string-based quilts in this book are sure to whet your appetite for digging into your scraps and creating your own unique, one-of-a-kind string quilts, for each string quilt is unique – there are no two alike ever! Even when made in the same design, simply the fact that the fabrics vary so much quilter by quilter, it is impossible to duplicate a string quilt.

 

Blue Skies

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Blue Skies

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 84˝
SQUARE FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 10˝

Separating my collection of strings into color families – pulling blues and yellows with a few whites and creams thrown in to lighten and brighten – was the starting point for this quilt. It reminded me of a beautiful sunrise on a bright summer morning. The strings are pieced into yellow and blue blocks, and each color block is strategically sliced and matched with an opposite color to form the block centers.

Fabric Requirements

•5 yards of scraps in a wide variety of blue hues from light to dark. Push the boundaries and pull in turquoise, and even push toward periwinkle!

•5 yards of scraps in a wide variety of yellow hues from butter to butterscotch! I threw in some whites and creams to bring in a spark.

Note: All of these fabrics can have other colors playing on them. There may be red fire engines on a blue background, but it will still read as blue. There may be green leaves and pink flowers on a yellow background, but it will still read as yellow. Don’t think that these have to be tone-on-tone! Look at the background color of the fabric and let it play!

 

Charlotte’s Baskets

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Charlotte’s Baskets

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: APPROXIMATELY 53˝ SQUARE

A quick phone call from a friend asking for help in designing a basket block to use her left over bonus triangles resulted in my digging in to make this small quilt! String blocks cut on the diagonal frame each 6˝ basket block giving the otherwise ordinary block a vibrant place to play. My love of Pennsylvania Dutch colors takes front stage in the sashing and borders, creating a very happy mix of everything under the sun!

Fabric requirements

1 ½ yards of assorted dark colored scraps for basket triangles, 4-patch cornerstones and strings

1 yard of assorted neutrals/lights for block backgrounds

½ yard of red print for basket base and feet

¾ yard of green solid for sashing

¼ yard cheddar print for inner border

⅔ yard red print for outer border

½ yard black print for binding

Basket Blocks

Small Half-Square Triangle Units

Make 6 per block – 2˝ unfinished, finishing at 1 ½˝.

 

Daylilies

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Daylilies

BLOCK SIZE: 14˝

QUILT SIZE: APPROXIMATELY 90˝ SQUARE

My lily blocks from the 1990s finally found a home! I started these blocks when we still lived in Idaho. They traveled with me through two relocations in Texas, a move to South Carolina and finally to North Carolina. The reason they languished? They were so boring! Every time I laid them out to figure out what to do with them, all I saw was huge amounts of beige background fabric. Of course, laying them out on my beige carpet didn’t help matters. They needed color to give them life, and lots of it! They needed updating to bring them into this century, and the wickedly wild string setting blocks gave them just the right place to bloom where they were planted.

The pinwheel border was made with bonus triangle units left from some other quilts – the remainder of which came to live on the back of the quilt.

This quilt does require some careful Y-seaming and a bit of basic applique. Because these blocks and pieces are large, this is the perfect quilt to push your skills to a more advanced level.

 

Jamestown Landing

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Jamestown Landing

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 84˝ x 96˝

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 8˝

Stars and chains in blues and neutrals are sure to capture any star-lover’s fancy! I love designing projects that will use up every last bit. This quilt was a great way for me to use a large variety of blue and neutral scraps for the half-square triangles, and even more scrap fun clearing out a whole box of neutral strings used in the alternate block areas!

Fabric Requirements

4 yards of blue scraps and strings. Gather a wide variety of prints, stripes, plaids and others ranging in value from light blue to dark navy.

5 yards of light/neutral scraps and strings. Look for a wide variety of prints, stripes and plaids ranging from white to cream to beige to tan. The fabrics may include small figures, leaves and flowers as long as the fabric ground reads as neutral.

¾ yard light/neutral for inner border

Star Blocks

Half-Square Triangle Units

 

Orca Bay

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Orca Bay

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 74 ½˝ x 84 ½˝

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 6˝

I spent several glorious days with the quilters of Cordova, Alaska in September of 2011. These wonderful women went way out of their way to make sure I had an authentic Alaskan experience, including a trip deep sea fishing in Prince William Sound where Orca Bay is beautiful enough to make me catch my breath. A sunset picture taken from a back deck overlooking the vastness of the water stretching as far as the eye can see inspired me to name this quilt after this most magical of places. I’ll always carry Cordova and Orca Bay in my heart!

I had a great time playing with two color families of strings in this quilt. My reds go all the way through the red spectrum from orangey-red to pinky-red to fire engine and everywhere in between. My blues have quite the variety too, from light blue to turquoise and pushing through from royal blue to periwinkle and beyond. I tried to stay away from really dark navy as I didn’t want it to make my blacks disappear.

 

Pfeffernusse

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Pfeffernüsse

QUILT SIZE: 84 H” SQUARE

BLOCK SIZE: 12˝

A trip to Germany in February of 2011 sparked a love of my family heritage on my mother’s side of the family. As we drove through the winter countryside, I was filled with a longing for family members long past, that I had never gotten to know. Did they travel these same areas? Did they cook Pfeffernusse (pepper-nut) cookies at holiday time? I’ll never know, but I like to dream they did! The warm browns and reds in this quilt bring to mind the delicious smells of spice cookies baking in my oven. See the end of the pattern for the recipe!

Fabric Requirements

3 yards of brown scraps and strings in a wide variety of spicy brown hues from light to dark for string blocks

4 yards of neutral/light scraps and strings in a wide variety of shades of white to cream to beige for hour glass and string blocks.

Note: All of these fabrics can have other colors playing on them. There may be red hearts on a white background, but it will still read as neutral/light. There may be green leaves and pink flowers on a cream background, but it will still read as light. Don’t think that these have to be tone-on-tone! Look at the background color of the fabric and let it play!

 

Pineapple Crazy

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Pineapple Crazy

QUILT SIZE: 80˝ x 90˝

BLOCK SIZE: 5˝

You know you are scrap-crazy when you have to STOP the vacuum from sucking up a small 2˝ triangle because it just might be the perfect piece for “somewhere.”‘ If you have been saving every string, scrap and crumb, this quilt is the “somewhere” for you! At least once in our lifetime, every quilter desires to do one Extreme Quilt. This was definitely one that was on my bucket list – and I enjoyed every scrappy moment of it! Number of pieces in my quilt? 12,000!

Fabric Requirements

5 yards assorted colored scraps and strings – clean out the small saved bits, and let’s use them!

5 yards assorted neutral/light scraps and strings – I’ve got everything from old calicoes to novelties with baseballs and everything in between.

2 yards solid red – enough for block and border accents and binding.

All the blocks in this quilt – the pineapple blocks, border triangle blocks, and the corner blocks – use foundation paper piecing in construction. All of the blocks finish at 5˝ making the quilt very easy to assemble.

 

Roll Roll, Cotton Boll

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Roll Roll, Cotton Boll

QUILT SIZE: APPROX 85˝ x 100˝

One October morning my hubby Dave and I were driving from Smithfield, Va. back to our home in Wallburg, N.C., just outside of Winston Salem. We happened to be stuck on an impassable stretch of country road, following a truck just packed with cotton bales. I watched stray fluffs of raw cotton dropping and rolling off the back of that truck for miles – finding their place to land at the side of the road, leaving a path of cotton trailing behind. These blocks with their directional triangles remind me of the motion of those cotton bolls – watch them roll!

Fabric Requirements

5 yards of light/neutral scraps and strings. Look for a wide variety of prints, stripes, plaids and novelties ranging from white to cream to beige to tan. May include small figures, leaves and flowers as long as the fabric ground reads as neutral.

1 ¾ yards of red print for blocks

2 yards of pink scraps for block centers and pieced border

 

Santa Fe String Star

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Santa Fe String Star

QUILT SIZE: 72˝ square

My love of antique string quilts prodded me into making this reproduction of a beloved 8-pointed string star. Hot-hot orange is the perfect background for a quilt with loads of vibrant color and a wide variety of scraps – some dating as far back as the 1950s! The double flying geese border, with its light background triangles, counterbalance all the colors in the quilt center bringing daylight to the outside of the quilt. A turquoise binding brings color to the edge!

Fabric Requirements

1 ¾ yards of orange tone-on-tone for the background

4 yards of colored scraps and strings for the center star and flying geese border

1 ¾ yards of neutral/light scraps for the flying geese border

Additional Requirements

Chalk pencil

Template plastic

Star Points

Trace the diamond shaped template onto the template plastic and cut out. Note: the template includes seam allowance.

 

Talkin’ Turkey!

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Talkin’ Turkey!

QUILT SIZE: 84˝ x 97 ½˝

BLOCK SIZE: 12˝ FINISHED

I love red! I am drawn to red fabric at every turn, especially when found in antique quilts. If I’m browsing for fabric, without anything particular in mind, I gravitate toward red. When I spent time digging through my strings, I found I had more red strings than any other color – even when compared to blue!

This presented a challenge – how far could I go with just these strings and scraps in every shade of red I could find- from pinky rosy red to orange rusty red to juicy tomato, fire engine and all the way to burgundy and everywhere in between? This is the result. I used every kind of fabric in here as long as it was red. You’ll find funky Maryland crabs, Lucky Cows, Christmas fabrics, and even a gifted piece of Central Michigan Chippewas!

The neutral side is just as varied, including some “I dare ya” prints – as in “I dare ya to throw in those hideous Sun Bonnet Sues!” And I did. I even threw in some Millennium fabric. The more you throw in, and the more it clashes, the better it is. Believe me – though the design is based on a traditional Turkey Tracks block, this quilt is no turkey!

 

Tulip Fields

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Tulip

QUILT SIZE: 76˝ x 84˝

BLOCK SIZE: 7˝ FINISHED

Small strings and crumbs are precious pieces and so much can be done with them! Even small units can be a place to show off your little bits. The base units for these tulip blocks are string pieced, and added to the patchwork parts to complete each “flower.”‘ Solid red makes the tulips pop with color!

Fabric Requirements

2 ¼ yards solid red for tulip tips and cornerstones

4 yards assorted neutral scraps for tulip backgrounds and block sashings

3 yards assorted colored scraps and strings for tulip bases and string pieced border

1 ½ yards cheddar print for sashing

½ yard black stripe for inner border

Tulip Bases

Following directions for string blocks, prepare 144 – 4˝ paper foundation squares for blocks and 80 – 4 ½˝ foundations squares for the string border. Set border foundations aside for later use.

Note: It is helpful to start with a 1 ½˝ to 2˝ strip placed on the center diagonal of your block since we will be sub-cutting these blocks down the center diagonal.

 

Wild Child

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Wild Child

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 77˝ x 93˝

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 8˝

Blocks with large centers are the perfect spot to show off a wild variety of strings! You’ll find everything in this quilt, perhaps even the proverbial “kitchen sink!”

Half the blocks have a cooling turquoise background, adding an “alternate block” look to this quilt, though all the blocks are identical – only the background colors have changed. Blocks are rotated to change the direction the strings lean and create a secondary design. A wild and modern floral border plays upon the myriad of color found in the quilt center.

I hadn’t decided on a name for this quilt, but was leaning toward Wild Child, and while I was typing up the directions, “Wild Child” as sung by Enya just happened to come through the playlist on my iPod confirming my decision. Serendipity, indeed!

Fabric Requirements

2 ½ yards of neutral/light scraps for block backgrounds

3 yards of turquoise solid for block backgrounds and binding

 

Zuckerwatte

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Zuckerwatte
(Cotton Candy)

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: APPROXIMATELY 60˝ x 72˝

BLOCK SIZE: 6˝ FINISHED

Recently, I spent quite a bit of time organizing my scraps and strings, which meant copious amounts of chick-flick movies on TV, and dumping out my string bins to divide them by color family. With this activity I realized many things – first, just how many strings a large bin can hold, and second, which colors were the most plentiful! This also gave me the push to use some of these overly abundant color families in scrappy string quilts. Zuckerwatte is the German name for cotton candy, and doesn’t this quilt just scream cotton candy? A real sweet treat in shades of pink and purple. Blocks are composed of pink and neutral string pieced units combined with half-square triangles that bring a lot of motion! A gently scalloped border and binding adds a soft touch, perfect for any girly-girl in your world!

Fabric Requirements

4 ½ yards of pink scraps and strings for blocks and outer border. Include prints, geometries, florals, plaids and novelties

 

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