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Rectangle Wrangle

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Rectanglel Wrangle

Rectanglel Wrangle

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 6” x 12”

FINISHED QUILT SIZE:

APPROXIMATELY 86” x 98”

PIECING DIAGRAMS.

Bargello style quilts have always appealed to me. Scrappy ones of course, are a favorite! This one is another take on Bargello in Plaid which appeared in the original Scraps & Shirttails book. My mind often plays with options, and this one soon followed. What would happen if I cut the constructed panels into rectangles instead of squares? Could I arrange them some way that the design would emphasize the diamond pattern I had in my head? Solid black on the diagonal was the ticket, and this is the result!

Fabric requirements

For the blocks and borders

2 yards black solid

10 1/2 yards assorted light and dark shirting scraps

Uphill and Downhill blocks

Make 42 Uphill blocks and 42 Downhill blocks – 6 1/2” x 12 1/2” unfinished, finishing at 6” x 12”.

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Old Kentucky Album

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Old Kentucky Album

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 8 1/4”

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 86 1/2” x 97 3/4”

PIECING DIAGRAMS.

Blue plaids from recycled shirts and double pink scraps from my 2” strip bin were the beginnings of this project. One blue and one pink for each block seemed pretty simple, but what if a strip was too short to get all 4 pink rectangles needed? Just as in times past, I simply substituted another pink, mixing and unmatching them as I went! Pretty soon I was even daring to boldly use those old mauve and dusty rose calicoes that were so popular in the 1980s and 1990s. They worked just fine, proving that fabric does NOT have an expiration date! The backgrounds vary in shade from light white all the way through to a golden tan, giving the quilt an aged appearance as well.

Fabric requirements

For the blocks

1 1/2 yards assorted blue scraps

1 yard assorted scraps in a variety of colors from pink to raspberry.

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Tumalo Trail

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

Tumalo Trail

FINISHED BLOCK SIZE: 9”

FINISHED QUILT SIZE: 72 1/2” x 82 1/2”

PIECING DIAGRAMS.

A suitcase full of recycled shirt fabrics in light and dark, a big zippered bag of really OLD 1 1/2” strips, a circle of five friends sewing together for a whole week and capping off our time together with a visit to the quilt show in Sister’s Oregon? Priceless!

I had a few test blocks made before arriving, but quickly set to work to power sew this top together. The objective? Get RID of those 1 1/2” strips that had been languishing, some of them dating back to my early quilting years. The piano key border was quite hilarious, I just kept sewing and sewing and sewing, and by the time I was done, I think I had enough border to go around this quilt three times! Needless to say, there will be more piano key borders showing up on future quilts!

Fabric requirements

For blocks and outer border

4 yards of assorted light scraps

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String Quilting Basics

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

 

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.

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Santa Fe String Star

Bonnie K. Hunter Kansas City Star Quilts ePub

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.

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