Bonnie Hunter: Scrap Quilt Queen

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Do you love scrap quilts?

Bonnie Hunter has been a mainstay here at Quiltmaker for the last 10 years. Her scrap quilts were so popular that she started writing her “Addicted to Scraps” features in 2010. Whenever one of her quilts comes in we all gather around it and marvel. They are the eye candy of scrap quilts!

Blue Ridge BeautyWhenever my stash starts getting unruly I always look to Bonnie’s patterns and articles for some tips on how to make something special. She never disappoints.

Take for example her well-known leaders and enders technique, which allows you to stitch a scrap quilt while chain piecing something different. It was while using random scraps of fabric to start and end chain-pieced units that, as she describes it, a lightbulb went off and she started using pairs of scraps she’d trimmed into 2” x 2” squares for her leaders and enders.

I would sew a light square to a dark square as my leader, sew my line of chain piecing and end by sewing two more 2” squares together. Eventually I had a stack of these little “two squares” that I also used as leaders and enders to sew into Four Patches.
The Four Patches finished at 3”, and I paired them up with 3” finished triangle-squares to make a block. I sewed the blocks together to make Blue Ridge Beauty.

Bonnie Hunter: Addicted to Scraps

In fact, if you look at the blocks from Bonnie’s “Addicted to Scraps” column in each issue, you’ll see that Four Patches are one of her “go-to” units. As she wrote for the January/February 2018 issue, “Four Patches are great everywhere, as block centers, block corners, cornerstones in sashing, borders—you name it! Four Patches always have a place in my quilts!”

Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter

To gain Bonnie’s wealth of tips and techniques for amazing scrap quilts, check out her online course “Scrap Quilts with Bonnie Hunter”, which was inspired by her favorite blocks from “Addicted to Scraps.” The course focuses on block construction, how to break down the designs into units, and how to use your scraps to their full potential. Or as she says, “Don’t just save your scraps—use them!”

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