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Roll Roll, Cotton Boll

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

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

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Smith Mountain Morning

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Smith Mountain Morning

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 9”

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 71” x 80”

PIECING DIAGRAMS.

In May 2010 I had the privilege of teaching for the Virginia Consortium of Quilters in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. Spring was in full bloom and the surroundings were just breathtaking. Early morning sunrises over the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains inspired the name for this pattern, capturing the wonderful memories forever in my mind.

True to the traditions of ages gone by, this design uses scraps of unbleached muslin in a variety of dye lots. Muslin is the perfect accompaniment to recycled plaids, stripes and prints. A bonus bag of brown calicoes dating back to the 1980s and 1990s gifted to me at a trunk show in Marietta, Georgia also played its part in completing the medley of repurposed scraps.

Smith Mountain Morning is a two-block quilt, with the star block, a 54-40 or Fight variation, in two colorways, and a Chimney and Cornerstones log cabin variation which is rotated to complete the design between the stars.

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Pineapple Crazy

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

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.

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Tulip Fields

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

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.

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Charlotte’s Baskets

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

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˝.

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