QM Scrap Addicts: Quilts from Bonnie Hunter Blocks

Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville fame writes a regular column for Quiltmaker called Addicted to Scraps. Each column has a pattern for a scrappy quilt block. You can see all of the blocks on the Addicted to Scraps homepage, along with some ideas for scrap quilts.

Earlier this year we decided it would be fun to give the quilt block patterns to willing reader-sewers and see what they could come up with. We hand-selected seven enthusiastic people and turned them loose. The finished quilts are starting to come in and I feel certain we chose a group of dynamite ladies!

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Idaho Square Dance Block

The Addicted to Scraps quilt block pattern in the current issue of Quiltmaker May/June 2015 is called Idaho Square Dance. It’s a simple little block with a great deal of potential. This is one of the reasons we hoard keep small bits of fabric! The squares are just 1.5″ before they’re sewn in.

Today’s featured quilt is by Doris Rice, also known as The Quilting Queen Online. Doris recently moved from Texas to Illinois. She took this little block and made it her own by using a Western-themed panel and a coordinating border print.

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One of Doris’s Idaho Square Dance quilt blocks

To make it work, she resized the blocks with a 6″ center, shown above and below. She fussy cut the Western motifs.

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This block says “Texas” to me.

Doris set the blocks side-by-side in a 3 x 4 arrangement. She added a pieced border (wow!) made from an adaptation of the block and finished off with a coordinating border print. She kept her palette fairly narrow in shades of blue, red, tan, brown, black, white and gold. There’s a dash of green, too.

Controlling the fabric range helps hold the scrappiness together and keeps it from becoming chaotic. If she’d added hot pink or lime green, can you see how they wouldn’t have worked?

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Doris’s finished “Idaho Square Dance—With a Western Swing” quilt is terrific.

Isn’t this a fabulous finish? Doris quilted horseshoes on the quilt, which will be given to her young grandson Emmett.

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The horseshoes in the quilting help to carry out the Western theme.

Doris pieced an equally interesting backing for the quilt. She says she likes it almost as much as the front.

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The back of Doris’s quilt

This is a fine example of a quilter who took a simple block and pursued her ideas to make something unique. My guess is that Doris didn’t have to shop for fabric either. It’s amazing what can happen when we’re willing to dig into our stashes and “shop” for just the right stuff!

On behalf of Quiltmaker, I’d like to thank Doris for a job well done. Please look for Addicted to Scraps blocks in every regular issue, and visit our Addicted to Scraps Index for scrap quilt inspiration.

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