Well known author, quilter, artist Bonnie K. Hunter was in the Grand Rapids area this week. She gave two workshops and spoke last night at the West Michigan Quilter’s Guild focusing on her Scrap User’s System. Hunter says she gets so much done because her theory is you can do anything in 15 minutes. She will use those 15-minute increments to iron scraps, sort fabric, cut fabric, or sew, or whatever. She never lets herself think, “I don’t have enough time to do that.” She considers herself a scrap USER not a scrap saver. Above is her Double Delight quilt. Hunter says that she sorts her scraps into two piles: neutrals and colors. She may also sort by size. She cuts anything less than 12” long into squares or bricks.

This is called Cathedral Stars and is made using the Tri Rec rulers. It was the object of one of her workshops this week. Hunter says her strip widths are 1 ½”, 2”, 2 ½”, and 3 ½”. She does not use 3” strips. Her Bricks are 1 ½” x 2 ½”, 2” X 3 ½”, and 1 ½” X 4 ½”.

This quilt is made of recycled shirts. The pattern is on her website. She often scouts garage sales and Goodwill Stores to find used shirting.
This quilt is called Crabapple. I’m sorry that the picture isn’t better as the lighting wasn’t the best, but I so loved this quilt and wanted to show it to you. What a great way to use up all those little pieces of fabric. Hunter says that if you think your fabric is ugly and should not be in your quilt, just cut it into smaller pieces. No one looks at those small pieces and sees the design they see only the color. When making a quilt, she uses her smallest pieces first. Hunter said that the most important thing about quilting is the relationship with other quilters. "Quilting is not a hobby it is a life style." You can visit Hunter at her website Quiltville where you can also find instructions on her scrap saver system and lots of free patterns.
Looking for a cute Easter decoration: Check out the Nobel Wife. You are going to love it!

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