QM’s Scrap Squad is winding down its commitment. Their final assignment was to make a scrappy quilt from anything Quiltmaker has ever published. They’ve been wowing us with their creativity! See Keri’s Blankenship’s quilt and Julie Huffman’s quilt.
Today’s quilt is by Donna Hanna from Bangor, Pennsylvania. If you’re a Bonnie Hunter fan, hold on, because this is wonderful! You’ll hear from Donna in her own words below.
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When we were given free reign to pick any quilt from Quiltmaker, I knew instantly the quilt I wanted to make. I had seen a Log Cabin quilt layout that included alternate blocks. Being a Bonnie Hunter fan, I used her Log Cabin Love block as the base of the quilt. This block appeared in Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps column in Quiltmaker July/August ’15.
To go along with my Log Cabin blocks I needed five rows of alternate blocks to complete the design. I opted to use five different blocks for the rows. I went back to Bonnie’s Addicted to Scraps column and selected 7″ blocks to match up with the Log Cabin blocks.
The first block is Happy Hour from the May/June ’11 issue. I changed the pattern a little to use up some really tiny scraps—you can see below how I used random lengths for the outer rows of the block.
My second row of alternate blocks features Whirly Girl from the May/June ’12 issue.
Row 3 is Grandpa’s Star from March/April ’12.
The fourth row is Gifty Boxes from Nov/Dec ’15.
And the final row is Mai-Tais in Paradise from Sept/Oct ’12.
I decided on Hourglass blocks for the borders. They represent the many hours I enjoy quilting. The final result is a throw-sized quilt perfect for an afternoon snuggle.
For the back I used a set of blocks that I had purchased though a buck-a-block sale at a local quilt shop.
These blocks have been in my stash a very, very, very long time and I knew that they would never be finished as a quilt top. So I turned them into a quilt back.
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What fun it has been to turn the Scrap Squad loose with all of QM’s patterns. They’ve done a remarkable job! Please join me in thanking Donna Hanna for doing a beautiful job all year long.
P.S. For more Bonnie Hunter inspiration, check out her Scrap Quilts online course!