QM Scrap Squad: Bonnie Hunter Log Cabin Sampler

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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Donna Hanna

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.

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Log Cabin Love by Bonnie Hunter for 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.

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Happy Hour by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker May/June ’11

My second row of alternate blocks features Whirly Girl from the May/June ’12 issue.

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Whirly Girl by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker May/June ’12

Row 3 is Grandpa’s Star from March/April ’12.

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Grandpa’s Star by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker March/April ’12

The fourth row is Gifty Boxes from Nov/Dec ’15.

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Gifty Boxes by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker Nov/Dec ’15

And the final row is Mai-Tais in Paradise from Sept/Oct ’12.

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Mai-Tais in Paradise by Bonnie Hunter for Quiltmaker 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.

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Donna Hanna’s finished sampler quilt includes six different blocks from QM’s Addicted to Scraps column by Bonnie Hunter.

For the back I used a set of blocks that I had purchased though a buck-a-block sale at a local quilt shop.

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The quilt back is a surprising contrast to the subdued colors of the front!

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.

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P.S. For more Bonnie Hunter inspiration, check out her Scrap Quilts online course!

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