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Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Envelope, Please! ((Give-Away!))

See this envelope?

I don’t know if you can see by the mailing label who it is going to, but it holds very special contents!

This envelope contains:

  • 6 blocks for my 2013 Addicted to Scraps column!
  • A block for a future 100 blocks by 100 designers issue!
  • A very late contract for a quilt that is running in the November issue!

Yes, I was supposed to GIVE the contract to Carolyn while we were in Williamsburg, but we got busy, and I put it off, and then her hubby showed up, and we all packed to go home and --- duh. There it was still in my suitcase! So she is getting it all in one large envelope that will be mailed off today.

This was one of the “MUST DO!” things on my list for this time that I’m home before Bali. My blocks for Quiltmaker are always due in August, because that’s when I’m home long enough to have the time to do them all in one big push.

And I am VERY excited about these blocks ---if you haven’t followed along with my column, be sure to click the “Addicted to Scraps” tab at the top of this blog. EVERY block I do for my column, whether I design it myself, or give an up-do on an old traditional favorite is a way to put my Scrap User’s System into good use.

For example….in the blocks I am sending in, I didn’t have to do ANY cutting of large pieces of fabric. I didn’t cut into Fat Quarters, I didn’t need Charm Squares!

I used the following strips from my pre-cut strip bins: 1.5” 2” 2.5”. I used 2” precut squares. I used 2.5” and 3.5” pre-cut squares. I used bonus triangles!

Making these blocks was a breeze---and because I tackle my scraps into uniform useable widths, they all combine together and made it really easy to pull the colors and fabrics I needed, getting me to sit and sew faster, and giving me the variety I need to give me blocks that I really love.

The hard part about designing and interpreting blocks for a whole year’s worth of magazine issues? I want to turn each and every one of them into a full size quilt!

To celebrate my completing this deadline, I want to do a little Give-Away.

Leave me a comment below, just give me ONE tip you’ve found here that has had a positive impact on your quilting, be it scrap management, or time management, or anything ----let me know how I’m doing!

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One lucky winner will get Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 blocks, signed by me --

AND! to sweeten the deal:

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I’ll throw in a charm pack of Moda’s Summer Breeze!

Let’s do the drawing Sunday night after dinner time. That’s tomorrow. So get commenting!

Oh – the movie last night? We went and saw “Hope Springs” with Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones. IT WAS AWESOME! Definitely cheaper than therapy, and I wonder how many couples went that benefited from just seeing this movie? I laughed til I cried, and I cried til I laughed. It so hit home in so many ways, but it did it in such a humorous way ---GREAT MOVIE!

See it, and take your significant other with you. Don’t delay! Don’t wait until it comes out on DVD. Go to a matinee…take contraband snacks in your purse if you think the expensive concessions are holding you back. ((After seeing an ordinary bottle of water priced at $5.75 ---my big purse goes with me. Seriously. for WATER?!?)) BUT GO.

Today on the list? Randy’s posted some new Sow-Along blocks last week. I need to get caught up!

How nice is this? To be HOME on a SATURDAY!? I relish these, I really do!

668 comments:

  1. Wow, I guess what I get most from your blog is inspiration! And goals ... I have my scrap saver drawers set up, just not organized ... but it's one of my goals - your scrap size breakdown is pinned to my bulletin board!

    I'd love to win this magazine and the charm pack. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  2. Leaders and Enders have really made a difference!!! But actually, all of your tips make a difference!!!

    Number one usually is not a good entry...but I went with it!!!

    Can't wait to see the blocks!! Have a great weekend Bonnie!

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  3. Thanks to you I am now looking for cotton shirts for patchwork.
    josie dot passell at btinternet dot com

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  4. I've become a big fan of your work since discovering your blog several years ago. I started becoming a follower right around the time you started publishing mystery quilts. Except for Carolina Christmas, I've participated in each and every mystery. They are all finished quilts now, except for Orca Bay which is waiting patiently to have its borders sewn on. The main thing I have gotten from reading your blog and applying your scrap user system is a sense of control over my own fabric. By cutting it up into useable sizes it is ready to be used. As a result, I make more quilts, faster with more variety and have more fun doing it. Thanks for all you have done for quilters through your blog and your books. MY copy of your newest book just arrived yesterday and I am ready to jump in and start making lots of beautiful quilts!

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  5. Tip I use is to have strips by size and neat and tidy in a box or basket so the sit down and sew process happens FASTER and is fun.

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  6. I love to go to our local thrift shops and look for plaid shirting.
    From these fabrics I will be making quilts to give to grandchildren to enjoy with their outside play activities.
    Love your blog and yes I have boxes of 1 1/2, 2 and 2 1/2 scrapes.

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  7. Hi Bonnie You have converted me to using up all my old scraps in string quilts. I love the effect that add to a quilt. I find I am always looking for ways to add in some string blocks when I am making quilts. It is a great way to use up all those pieces you just cannot bear to throw away. Thanks for making this possible. Sam

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  8. The blog gives me a lot of inspiration to use up the scraps in ways I hadn't considered. Bonus quilts, gotta love 'em!

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  9. Yeah, thanks so much for all you do.

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  10. Yeah, thanks so much for all you do.

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  11. Yeah, thanks so much for all you do.

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  12. Yeah, thanks so much for all you do.

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  13. I think the most helpful tip that I have used is lenders and enders. I look at my scraps from other projects differently and always have a lender/ender project going.

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  14. without a doubt, it would have to be leaders/enders. the before and after of my thread use is astounding. nearly all gets used on actual sewing and not in the trash can. seems like a simple thing but it has real-time and real world savings for all quilters!

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  15. Hi Bonnie, thanks for all the info you share. You've been a huge part of my quilting journey.

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  16. Leader enders to make a second quilt or parts of a second quilt has been a lifesaver for me when I am in production mode. I think another thing is we can do anything with the scraps, we just need to be organized to do so.
    Meloney is HOT Texas

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  17. Just one thing out of so many things you have taught me would be....to actually use my
    angle rulers that had been in a drawer for so long. Thanks so much for all you do, Bonnie

    Marilyn

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  18. Hi Bonnie.
    The biggest impact you have made on my quilting? Other than than the beautiful quilts that have been the result, you have made me more creative! You have encouraged me to think outside of the box so to speak. And I LOVE every minute of it,
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Deb

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  19. Bonnie, I love my String Fling book! Thanks for the chance to participate in this latest giveaway!

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  20. Hi Bonnie.
    The biggest impact you have made on my quilting? Other than than the beautiful quilts that have been the result, you have made me more creative! You have encouraged me to think outside of the box so to speak. And I LOVE every minute of it,
    Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Deb

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  21. Anonymous8:07 AM EDT

    The biggest time saver that I learned from you is the use of the Easy Angle ruler. It allows me to grab already cut strips and get right to the cutting of half-square triangles. It's recommended use appears in so many of your patterns that it has been a great investment. And Bonnie, you ROCK with your BLOCKS!
    mrsrlbills@aol.com

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  22. Bonnie, I have made two of your mystery quilt projects and have kept the steps to do Orca Bay. Also am spending quite a bit of time trying to tame my scraps with your cutting system. I am surely hoping my name gets drawn

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  23. I'm always exhausted just reading about your schedule! It must be good to have some time at home. :-)

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  24. You inspire me because of your amazing energy. I like to use the scraps and strips that have accumulated. That way, I feel as if I am helping the environment by not throwing away all the extra fabric. Thanks for all blogs. Have fun in Bali.

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  25. Well, of all the really useful tips you've given me, I would have to say that i found- if a fabric is still ugly, you just haven't cut it small enough- would have to be the Queen of tips for me. I look at my elderly fabrics in a whole new light, and dream of their possibilities.
    Thanks so much for the give-away.

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  26. I really love all your hexie tips, that's what I am working on right now.

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  27. Anonymous8:11 AM EDT

    Hi Bonnie, glad you get to spend a Saturday at home. I have used many, many of your tips, from the organizing of scraps and strips, to using the leaders and enders, have almost enough blocks for a lap quilt. I would really love a copy of the book, a signed copy being even more awesome. That charm pack would make a very cheerful quilt, with the bright colors.

    Mary Stewart
    mary755804@yahoo.com

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  28. How exciting, autographed copies are always so much nicer!! I have to say two things stand out - leaders and enders and cutting your scraps into usable sizes as you go and not chuck it all into the corner for later :)

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  29. I was just telling my friend, Laurie who was at your class in Williamsburg, your leaders/enders tip has changed my life. I'd go on about it, but you just needed a comment, right?

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  30. Hi Bonnie, I am finishing up my latest quilt Crabapples (by Bonnie Hunter). You do have some amazing patterns. Thanks for everything you do and I do look forward to the free books. You are one special lady.

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  31. Reading tour blog and exploring the web site has greatly reduced my need for everything to match. Just use the scraps and see great combination! Thanks for helping me grow my outlook and skills.

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  32. Anonymous8:14 AM EDT

    I actually use my scraps now instead of just saving them. Thanks for the inspiration. Jan jtquilts@frontier.com

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  33. Anonymous8:14 AM EDT

    After hearing about you for a while, I just started seriously following you. I love scrap quilts and always kept even the tiniest piece. I have done several scrap quilts and love them, but the way you organize your scraps has made a HUGE difference in my approach to them. I now have my scraps all cut and organized. It has made a big difference in even my mood when I approach my scraps. Being organized has had a nice soothing, calming effect on my spririt.

    Thanks,
    Dianna

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  34. Bonnie, I love your site! Seeing how hard you work and the amazing quilts you create motivates me into, if not sewing, playing with my fabric. Using precut squares as leaders and enders has started me on the way to my 2" scrappy quilt. It's so easy to make progress on it while making something else. Take care of yourself so we can enjoy your art for many many years.

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  35. You have given me the ability to organize not only my stash, but my piece of mind! There is no better feeling that to be able to go to your sewing room and grab a few bins of cut pieces and let your imagination run wild. Sewing, for me, is a calming, creative experience, so to be able to "go and sew" when I only have a few spare moments in my busy schedule has been a life saver. Thanks, Bonnie, for your continued inspiration!

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  36. I love the books you write. My husband just bought the latest two for my birthday!

    Now I have your scrap plan in print.

    Thanks for the chance for a give-a-way.

    Marilyn in MS

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  37. I have learned quite a lot from your blog, de-boning old shirs have lead to a lot of great fabric in my stash! I will try to get more organized with cutting and sorting strips. I also love your patterns, you ar very good at showing step-by-step instructions, keep up the good work!
    I long for my copy of String Fling which is hopefully crossing the Atlantic Ocean now. I am sure that this will lead to many nice quilts in my future!

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  38. Inspiration, that's for sure and you showed how to use the companion angle and the easy angle ruler.I'm also more confident at machine-piecing and just finished my scrappy pinwheels and squares top :)

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  39. Hi Bonnie,
    I just was impressed from the very beginning, when I discovered your page "Quiltville". (Do you remember the Randomstars-Quilt I sent you a picture after I finished it for my Dad?) Since than I follow your page/blog and get a lot of inspiration.
    But the main thing for me was, when you said: "Don't worry. All fabrics will look great together". Since that time I am not afraid anymore about the colours and prints to look ugly.
    Thank you for sharing all your Ideas with us.
    xxx Doris :o))

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  40. Cutting yardage into 10.5 squares for backings. I was able to process a lot of the "what was I thinking" fabrics and some donated fabrics-- fabrics I didn't want to use much of in tops. Some of it was cut into 1.5" strips because even ugly looks good when the piece is small enough!

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  41. Bonnie I am so glad you are having a Saturday at home, I think you deserve it! Shame it does not come with cocktails & a massage but hey take what you can get I say.
    I have your advice (& several of your followers - thank you ladies!) to thank for my new to me 1951 Singer Featherweight. I was nervous about buying an old machine until I kept seeing your purchases & raves about their straight seams.
    Her name is Eartha (as in Kitt) & I am totally smitten & plowing through my scraps. I have always believed that NO fabric is ugly at 2 inches square.
    As a bonus, I am forming a new friendship with the lovely lady from whom I purchased the machine.
    Thank you for all that you do.
    Warm Regards
    Lush
    London, UK

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  42. Definitely going to see Hope Springs. I'll see anything with Meryl! Your website and patterns have been such a great help to our little quilt guild for making our donations quilts, and for me personally. Great directions and information. Thanks for helping us "tame the scraps" =)

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  43. Pauline Gudas8:21 AM EDT

    The best tip is how to keep your scraps organized..2in strips, 1.5 strips, 3 in squares and so on. When I am looking for them it is so easy to find what I am looking for.

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  44. I enjoy all your tips and tricks, but faithfully do leaders and enders!

    I would like one day to have all my scraps cut into appropriate bins, I try but never get it all done. I know that after the work of it, it will be a huge pay-off having my scraps organised, but it seems like a huge job to start!

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  45. Your leader/ender system has allowed me to make several "found" quilts, just piecing away as I work on other quilts.

    Thanks for the chance to win! Enjoy your Saturday.

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  46. I feel fortunate that I got to meet and greet you at my guild a month or so back. I have been putting into practice and getting more organized with cutting and sorting darks and lights. As I sit watching the olympics I have my cutting board on a tv stand and just sit and cut, sort as I go and my large scraps are being organized in to logical piles that will make a scrappy quilt a breeze. thank you!

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  47. Thanks for all of your awesome tips!! I love your patterns and I will hopefully be organizing my scraps soon using your awesome scrap management system! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

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  48. Oh Miss Bonnie.... so many things you have taught me, let me count the ways. 1. Saving strips into pre-cut widths 2. Placing said strips into specific drawers 3. Keeping the aforementioned drawers organized and pressed. 4. Sub-cutting little strips into squares for leader-enders. 5. Keeping the aforementioned leader-enders in a basket next to the sewing machine to start and stop a crap-ton of sewing. 6. Save the aforementioned leader-enders and make another quilt (YEAH) 7. Using the companion and easy angle rulers 8. Enjoy quilting every minute I get to do it.

    Love you!! and thanks for the giveaway :o)

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  49. Bonnie,
    Narrowing this down to just one tip is hard. But I think the one thing that has made me think the most is that "Scraps" as we call them are actually expensive. I had never thought about the pieces and parts as actually being expensive material until you brought this to my attention. With the cost of good quilting fabric these days this point is even more important today than ever before. Now I am "rich" with beautiful pieces of fabric which can be made into wonderful scrap quilts and not wasting any of my precious commodity.
    Thanks for your scrap savers system and how it has transformed how we look at our fabric stash.
    Many blessings,
    Shelia

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  50. Bonnie, you are a font of quilty knowledge, but one of my favourite and most used hints of yours is the useable Bonus half square triangles. , or maybe its using an old telephone book for strip piecing. or........ the example you set by your planning and organisation, not just of projects but time.. I want my life over so i can use all i have gleaned

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  51. I love the little template from your site that makes "found triangles" all in a uniform size from all those snowball corner trimmings. Thanks for the tip Bonnie!

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  52. I used your tip to do string piecing on old phone book yellow pages. Worked like a charm! Raised a few eyebrows at my last quilt retreat, but I told them to check your website/blog for lots of great ideas and inspiration.

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  53. I have really put your scrap management system to use! Although I still have a bag or two of scraps that need to be cut into usable sizes, I have gone from several big bags to organized containers of various sizes of squares and strips. They have come in VERY handy when they are needed.

    Thank you for continuing your knowledge and creativity!

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  54. Cutting and sorting scraps into uniform bins is inspired. It makes the process of scrap quilting so much more efficient! You are the 2nd person to recommend Hope Springs. DH and I will definitely be going to see it.

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  55. thanks Bonny for the rulers, the scrap system and the never ending inspiration
    Jo - Belgium

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  56. What I've learned from you is not quilty related...give generously, be gracious and you will always have a happy heart! You are a beautiful person and I feel blessed to "know" you!!!

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  57. Your tip about using the EZ angle ruler to cut half square triangles from strips (and lesson on how to USE the ruler) has had the most positive impact on my quilting.

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  58. One tip that I have used is to cut leftover fabric into the sizes of strips or blocks I know I use the most and store them into marked bins. It is such a simple idea, but a little time spent cutting and storing makes using those scraps much easier! Thanks for all the tips you have provided.

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  59. Seriously I have to limit it to one? I don't think I can. Love the leaders and enders idea, the scrap savers idea, the wonderful piecing tips and patterns that show how easy some quilts are that look really complicated.

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  60. Anonymous8:34 AM EDT

    Your use of scraps is inspiring. Every time I look at one of your projects I study what you have done to get the look and I have learned a lot. Love your stuff and the blog.
    Glenda
    info@stonecottagecrafts.ca

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  61. I've only been quilting for a few months, but I use your scrap management system. I know what I'm like (I've been knitting for years), and I knew if I didn't control scraps and leftovers from the start, they'd get overwhelming. So at the end of every project, I trim my leftovers into 1.5", 2", 2.5" strips and squares and put them straight into their box or ziplock. I reckon I'll have a 'free' quilt by the end of the year!

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  62. Bonnie you are an inspiration. My latest finish from your quilts is Orca Bay. The biggest tip is to cut that last piece of fabric into a usable piece before moving it off my cutting mat. Would love to win your book to show how valuable my scraps and strings are!

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  63. Today's tip about "Hope Springs". I signed on for the sole purpose of hoping you would write your HI of the movie. Thank you. I will drag the DH now.

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  64. Anonymous8:36 AM EDT

    Yourvideas with using shirts will come in Andy, my husbands 93 year old grandmother just passed, I want to use her old clothing to make a quilt for her caregiver
    Sharongk@bellsouth.net

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  65. Thank you for all you do for the quilt community. I hope someday to meet you and see all your amazing quilts (which I know are even better in person than in a photograph). My Orca Bay quilt is on display at a local quilt shop in a string quilt exhibit this month, and I can't express how tickled I was to have something I made included in their show - the first time a quilt I made was displayed publicly. Thank you for that mystery, and all the others. It looks fabulous, by the way! And thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway. Ooh, did I say that blue and yellow are my favorite colors, and that charm pack is calling my name?

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  66. Scraps get me so excited, your blog is very meaningful friend.

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  67. I've learned so much! One tip that really helped me was the leaders and enders! Thank you! ~Jeanne

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  68. Miriam in Texas8:41 AM EDT

    Scrap quilting has always been my love. I have tried to make quilts like my friends but those do not speak to my soul so I proudly cut and organize my fabric and scraps to make my soul happy.

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  69. Definitely The Scrap User Method -- WOW, has it made a huge difference. Then second would be the wonderful quilts YOU make from your scraps that give me such a big punch-of-hope LOLOL.
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    JulieinTN

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  70. Only ONE tip?? You gotta be kidding!!!
    After reading all your posts, I'm amazed at how much you're able to accomplish! I've definitely become more productive and us MY time more wisely now. I've also begun using my scraps!! In fact, that's about all I use anymore (how come the bins never seem to empty out??) Thanks Bonnie!

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  71. Love scrap quilts - love all your do. Crazy schedule!!!! Thanks so much for all the fun.

    Elaine

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  72. Anonymous8:47 AM EDT

    Hello Bonnie
    I really enjoy string fling and would like to complement it with 100 Blocks. Enjoy your Bali trip. Look forward to upcoming blogs

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  73. Anonymous8:48 AM EDT

    Welcome to a Saturday at home. I just don't knowhow you do it!!! You have shown me there is no amount of time too small to do some quilting or sewing.You manage it fit it in anywhere.Good for you and good for you for teaching me that...
    I am headed to a quilt show today in a barn. From preview pic it looks great...hope the rain holds off...it is very overcast and not promising a nice day! Enjoy your weekend at home!
    Scrappy_nanna@hotmail.com
    Ontario Canada

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  74. Anonymous8:48 AM EDT

    Hi Bonnie,
    The absolute best tip I have ever got came from you when you showed how to use the seperate seam guide atttatchement you screw into the bed of the machine to get the accurate quarter inch seam. I have even managed to get one to use on my Bernina 830, and a magnetic one to use on my little Elna Lotus. Without that metal seam guide I would be asolutely sunk! No quarter inch foot ever works out properly for me.
    I think of you every time I go to use one of my machines.
    Rieann from W.Aust. gemama@iinet.net.au

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  75. For me it is the inspiration I get, my hopes are to start using your system.Have started getting this scraps together in 1 bin for a starting point. Would LOVE to win the getaway!!!

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  76. Anonymous8:49 AM EDT

    the best advice that you gave me was watching the lines on my ruler. i thought i could not sew a quarter inch to save my soul but really i think i was cutting my strips just a bit short. i have made planned quilts but like you, i prefer scraps and feel that i am speaking to quilters from the past.
    i found out you will be in michigan in november, so see you in class then. peggy

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  77. This is fun but thinking of just one tip is hard. I guess the first I learned at your class in Little Rock, Arkansas, the time saving of layering your fabrics in cutting so things are matched up and ready to sew, using up leaders and Enders and of course the De-boning a shirt. I have had lots of practice the last couple weeks, making quilts ( now six of them) using this tip. Thank you for all you share with us. You give inspiration and make me want to try new things. Something stringy is in my future..

    Happy sewing.

    Angela in Arkansas

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  78. The seam guide from Bernina that screws in has allowed me to get very much closer to my desired 1/4" seam. Thank you for ALL the tips you give us.

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  79. Your idea of leaders and enders has revolutionized how I sew. Now I feel free to tackle quilts with lots of pieces, because I know I can make steady progress doing the parts as leaders and enders, and not even feel like I'm working on a huge project!

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  80. Love your blog and updates and read them everyday! Hope to become as organized as you are with all you do. Enjoy your trip to Bali! Wish we could all be with you.

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  81. Anonymous8:56 AM EDT

    Bonnie, I would love the opportunity to win one of your books. I am retired and this will give me more inspiration when I make quilts for the needy in the area where I live.
    Valleyquilter

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  82. I have scaps saved in bags--all over the place. The tip I need to put into action is to organize the scraps by size, labeled and ready to sew! It would be a big undertaking at first, but once I got into the habit, I guess it would become second nature.
    Thanks for the tips, Bonnie, and for the giveaway!

    Janet in Kentucky

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  83. I guess my most important tip would be to save all scraps..I didn't always. I think we'd be hard-pressed to find someone who is as busy as you. I get tired just from reading your blog!

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  84. I think the scrap organization ideas have helped me the most.

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  85. Which one do I pick?? I think the most important is how I have organized all my small scraps into colour bins...with the hopes of cutting them into the 1.5-3" squares!! I wish I could send you a picture of my see through bins...very impressive!! Thanks for everything, Bonnie!!
    Paulette
    PS Thanks for the movie review...it sounds great!

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  86. One very helpful tip, is the Scotch reusable strips stacked to guide my fabric through for a perfect 1/4" seam. In general, I just want to head to the sewing room and get sewing after reading your blog updates! Keep up the good work. I look forward to your updates. Mary

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  87. sounds easy but the one tip you give --it seems is "to be organized" and that is what I am trying to do with my scraps - I'm cutting all scraps into pieces that I can use in the sizes that I use - I'm not finished - but I am trying - I am maybe half way there?
    Karen

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  88. The best? I don't have to go to the store and make decisions on fabric to start a quilt. Just open up the "leftover" totes and get started. Your patterns lend themselves to that!

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  89. You have been inspiring in so many ways! Something that has been very valuable to me is learning to use the EZ Angle and Companion rulers. That has saved me so much time. I have also used the idea of phone book pages for string piecing. I could on an on, but instead I'll just emphasize that you have changed my quilting habits tremendously over the years. Thank you!

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  90. Fabric organization has been so helpful. I have also begun cutting apart clothing to use! I've made a quilt from my dad's pajamas & now have a box of neck ties waiting for inspiration.

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  91. Anonymous9:03 AM EDT

    Hi Bonnie,
    I try to get all my scraps cut into useable sizes but never seem to get the job done. However I do seem to be able to get 2.5" strips cut from new fabric before I start cutting for a project and have also managed to cut 2.5" squares that I uses as leaders/enders. I've made a full size quilt with 4patches and alternating 4.5"squares that came out really nice. You've helped me realize that my imagination can be as good as a store bought pattern. Thanks for doing what you do and being who you are.
    Linda in CT
    Ljdutcher@yahoo.com

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  92. There are so many things I learned but leaders and enders, that was new to me and the use of the easy angle and the companion rulers, I love those now! You are so productive, inspiring... Thank you for sharing with us!

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  93. Learning to use the Easy Angle, Companion, and Tri-Recs rulers is my favorite thing I have learned from you. I had the rulers but never used them until you taught me how. Debbie in WV

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  94. Bonnie, the best tip was leaders and enders. I'd been using little scraps as "security blankets" to begin and end (and, in a pinch, I still can), but it is so much more fun to be making patches that are a bonus!
    I so appreciate your willingness to share what works for you! Your generosity with ideas and information is a blessing to countless quiltmakers, beginners and experienced alike!

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  95. You have made me work on letting go of my perfectionism. It's ok to mix and match and its ok if the points aren't perfect. I'm enjoying my time sewing now that I've started to let go of things. It's not easy to let go of things but I'm working on it. I love when you write about the old quilts and point out it's imperfections and how interesting it makes the quilt.

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  96. Oh Bonnie, I have learned soooo, sew much from you! I love my precut squares and strips. The best tip from you...if it's still ugly, cut it smaller. :) Thanks for all you do.

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  97. I've learned to look at the area around me--explore, get some exercise and be exhuberant--like you! :)

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  98. I love the fact that my husband , as he watches the progress of one of your mystery quilts, is just blown away with the outcome! All those little pieces made this?! Lol. I also use the leaders and Enders a little differently as I donate the squares I make to a guild far away from me that are made up of elderly ladies who really can't afford much fabric. They make quilts for. Emergency services, firemen, police, hospital etc. and all the extra squares make it so much easier on them. Thanks again for the inspiration and the chance to win!

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  99. Bonnie, I love your organizational tips! I have been reorganizing my scraps and your tips have been extremely helpful!

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  100. Choosing only one good tip from the Wonderful World of Quiltville is really tough, Bonnie - so I'm going to break the rules and name a few that have improved my quilts.
    1. Get over the "matchy matchy" quilt police rules on fabric selection and dig deep into the scrap bin - your quilt will fascinate current and future generations!
    2. "Done" is better than "Perfect." Truly liberating!
    3. "If it's still ugly, it just hasn't been cut small enough."

    There are plenty more, but these three will set you free to create!
    Thanks, Bonnie

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  101. Hey Bonnie - My favorite tip is using the easy angle rulers. I had always "cut big and trimmed down", but now I just reach for those rulers and am perfect every time. thanks!! Sue K

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  102. I've had the Easy Angle ruler for years, but never really saw the benefit of it before seeing it used here. You have also liberated me from being so 'matchy-matchy' with my scrap quilts.

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  103. Only ONE tip??! ;)

    Alright----one of the most time-saving for me: taking the whole string of chain-pieced units to the ironing board.
    (But a close 2nd: the EZAngle and Companion rulers)
    (and a close 3rd: double sewing for bonus triangles)
    (and a 4th: non-measuring of borders; just lay out strips on quilt center)
    (and a 5th: scrap users system)
    (and.....
    (and.....
    (and.....

    Yup! You're amazing!

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  104. Anonymous9:17 AM EDT

    The tip that may be the most mundane to you - using a ladder stitch on your binding. Of course, I use many more of your tips from storage to strips. And your inspiration to try things new to me like hexies. And your collection of vintage sewing machines has inspired me to hang onto my mother's 1960s era and my aunt's 1950s era machines - - - and use them! Thank you for everything you show and tell.

    Paula in Spring ploveofc@aol.com

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  105. Bonnie, only one tip? Gosh, I have learned so much from you. To this day I have used your leaders and enders technique for making my little quilts. I have a basket zip tied to the end of my cabinet with blocks ready to be stitched. Thank you for all you do for the quilting world.

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  106. I must choose 1 tip, and one comment. The tip would definitely be the leaders/enders trick. But, having my strips already cut into useable widths and sorted is a tip I use, as well, so I would be hard-pressed to leave it out. Then there was the ah ha! moment when I read your comment that the scraps that go into the trash cost just as much as the pieces that get used....well....you see what I mean. Keep on scrapping! Love your work!

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  107. Jackiealu@aol.com9:20 AM EDT

    Hi Bonnie - The best thing I have learned is how to mix up all of my scraps, and come out with something good. I would never have tried this without your help. Thank you!

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  108. My favorite tip is for cutting and organizing scraps. Love you blog and read it every day.

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  109. All your designs are such an inspiration! I thank you for validating my scrap-saving. (Before I 'met' you I cut scraps into specific shapes.) As for a specific tip? I'd say the EZ Angle Ruler and how to use it properly. Quite a time-saver!

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  110. I've followed your blog for a long time and hosted you when you visited Jackson, TN in 2011. The thing about you that inspires me the most is your enthusiasm and energy. You inspire me to sit at my machine and create my visions. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of you quilting life.

    Judy Snider

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  111. Sandra Taylor9:24 AM EDT

    Bonnie~~~I am new to quilting so I can't specifically identify which of your tips that I have learned to love. But one of my favorites so far is that DONE is better than PERFECT. So, thank you for that one!! It sure does get me on the path faster.

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  112. Currently 110 comments. Can we go for a record?
    Bonnie, I would love to have the magazine.
    Thanks for the offer.

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  113. I think the best "tip" is your whole approach--be organized and take advantage of any random free time to sew because you have a project machine-ready.

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  114. I'm amazed at ALL you do...my favorite thing about you is how you use scraps! To me there is nothing finer than a scrap quilt!

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  115. Your leaders/enders have been the biggest help to me.

    Love reading all the great hints you have, as well as your travelogues of your wonderful adventures.

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  116. OK, to choose one--it was buying the seam guide for my Bernina. Certainly speeds up sewing long seams, and give me more accuracy. I put the seam guide on and "sew like Bonnie"!

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  117. Anonymous9:29 AM EDT

    The scrap users system has appealed to me all the years I have followed your blog, but I never had the nerve to actually do it. After moving back to the US from overseas, my stash is MUCH smaller and I finally did it! This summer I have been cutting my scraps into usable sizes without thinking about it too much and what a relief. I have started the Little Monkey blocks and I love just being about to grab a precut from the pile.

    I love reading about your classes and I always pick up some tips that you have given. Recently you have stressed often the 1/4 inch seam allowance and I have determined to measure my seams and be sure before I sew another block.

    Melissa garcia@reydelasnaciones.com

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  118. The main tip I use a lot is your scrap management system! Plus, I just enjoy all of your ideas and tips. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  119. Well, the biggest help you have given me was when you talked about cutting strips. You told us to place the measuring line completely ON the fabric before cutting. I know, simple right!? BUT that one little tip has made a Huge difference in the way my cutting has improved! Thanks, Bonnie!!

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  120. The scrap user's system has been great for me. I'm still working on cutting lots of scraps and inherited fabric but I can tell how great it will be for making tops. Then, there's your positive energy! Love it - it keeps me coming back everyday!

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  121. One of my favorite tips is "If it is still ugly fabric, you didn't cut it small enough" LOL !!!! Thanks for this one and all of the others you have shared.

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  122. First of all, THANKS for sharing so many great tips and inspiration!
    One of the best tips is leaders and enders !

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  123. I am a new quilter (about 6 months) and you have given me so much inspiration and excitement. It would be fantastic to get my first charm pack from you and a book that I can make beautiful things from. Thank you so much for helping me to become a good quilter ( like you ).

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  124. My favorite tip is the double sewing for bonus triangles...and I've just recently started using Leaders and Enders, seeing a 'spare' block get made during regular sewing time is wonderful. I still don't get how you decide what size to cut your scraps into but that is just me. Love your site and all it's inspiration.

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  125. Julie L.9:35 AM EDT

    I discovered your blog and your fabric system and your time saving methods about a year ago. Since then I have learned so much but I guess the biggest tip would be that no piece of fabric is too small, all can be used some place, even the ugly stuff!! At $11 and$12 a yard that is a wonderful tip!

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  126. You are just awesome! I learned the leaders and enders trick from you!

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  127. Bonnie I have loved all your tips but the enders and leaders is something I have fallen into doing most all the time and by golly it's so nice to see more than one project being sewn at the same time. It's become a habit and a good one!!!

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  128. You have showed me how to organize the scraps and really use them in quilts. The best tip is how to use crumbs. I sew them together in between blocks and make small blocks that I can make cup coasters or into a full fledged quilt. Now nothing goes to waste. I made three crumb quilts after taking your class in Hershey two years ago. That was before the summer was over. Keep up the good work and we will keep following....

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  129. The most important lesson I have learned from reading your columns is "anything goes"! As long as it is pleasing to me I can tell the quilt police to go find something better to do.

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  130. Choose one tip? That's tough. I think my biggest inspiration is just seeing ALL you do - the traveling, teaching, writing AND sewing - and I figure, well I must be able to at least do the sewing! :) Received String Fling - LOVE IT - am working on the Jametown quilt. 840 1/2 sq triangle? If you can do it - so can I!

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  131. HI Bonnie - I find so much inspiration and ideas from your website, blog and books. I think the best tip is that there are a LOT of ways to use those small pieces. I keep those "funny" pieces in ziplocs by color now and have tried strings (for the first time)! When the new phonebook came - I was quick to grab the old one before it found its way to the recycle bin!
    Thank you for the giveaway.

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  132. Oh it has to be "spinning" those 4-patch seams. enjoy your time "off" !

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  133. Anonymous9:48 AM EDT

    I thank you! I used to look at my huge box of scraps and feel guilty for not using them. Now I look at my scrap user system and find the size I need. I love having my scraps in useable sizes. kathy.wendte@gmail.com

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  134. Love your scrap savers system.
    auntie.clark@gmail.com

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  135. Anonymous9:50 AM EDT

    Dividing colors into lights/darks, organizing the strips, leader/enders sewing...all of it makes so much sense and has helped me gain control on leftovers in quilting. You are the scrap management QUEEN and quilters can actually USE UP scraps if they listen and put the ideas into use. I like it all.
    Diann
    kyquiltymama@hotmail.com

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  136. Thank you for hosting another giveaway Bonnie. One tip? For me - it's leaders and enders - they are simply part of my routine now! (Please may I have a second one? You've made me feel it's OK to be obsessed with vintage sewing machines!!!)

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  137. I just love to see what you will do next. I'd love to have just a little of your limitless imagination. Thanks for all you do and have a great time in Bali.

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  138. I am off to my sewing space to work on a Bonnie Hunter Boxy Star quilt, and will be thinking about getting lucky enough to win this contest, as I totally love anything you design, Bonnie!!! I would love to sit and sew with you for a few days, as I would think I was in heaven. Thanks for the chance.

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  139. I started the "Scrap Users System" about a year and a half ago. It has worked great. My scraps are under control and I am using them all the time. I also just finished piecing Orca Bay. LUV IT!! Thanks for all the work you do. You are such an inspiration. I enjoy you everyday.

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  140. It is hard to nail down just one tip! You have changed the way quilt. Letting go of perfection, mixing in bits of the uglies, bonus triangles, and of course love my box of pre-cut scraps and strips. After I come up with my color scheme, my pre-cuts are next to see what can jump into the quilt and join the party. having them ready is just so easy.

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  141. Your suggestion to cut scraps in strips of specific widths has helped me. When I am making quilts from yardage or fat quarters, I always cut whatever is left into 1 1/2 inch strips for future Log Cabin quilts. Log Cabins are my favorite and when I feel like just sewing and not thinking "too much" I make blocks from my strips.

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  142. Anonymous9:54 AM EDT

    ohh , so many comments. scrap management does equal time management. I am still trying to get mine under control. Scraps and time. I have a phobia that limits my traveling but I like to 'see' places so I do so like your blog. thank you
    dblmstudio@charter.net

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  143. Love your blog. It's so inspiring. I am getting my scraps organized

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  144. Leaders and Enders is what I use most actively. Still working on my scrap-users set-up - I love it but just haven't gotten into the habit of cutting up the scraps at the end of a cutting session right away. And when they join the mountain of other scraps, it's a bit overwhelming. I think I just talked myself into getting busy with them again. Thanks for this talk I just had with myself LOL... Would love to be blessed by winning - that charm pack looks good enough to eat!

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  145. I like to organize each step in zip locks and then its easy to work on a particular part in an orderly fashion. Love your blog

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  146. It is hard to nail down just one tip! You have changed the way quilt. Letting go of perfection, mixing in bits of the uglies, bonus triangles, and of course love my box of pre-cut scraps and strips. After I come up with my color scheme, my pre-cuts are next to see what can jump into the quilt and join the party. having them ready is just so easy.

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  147. Anonymous9:57 AM EDT

    Your scrap savers system has been resposible for making my studio so much more user friendly.I probably have too many bins but I cansure locate my scraps needed easily. Thanks ever so much.

    Would love to have the book and charm pack that you are so generously giving away.

    Claudia in MO
    ccrafts@fidmail.com

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  148. Bonnie, you push me to love scrap quilts. Before I found your page and tried one of your free tutorials (I sent you photo of blue haeven in pink already) I thought the scrappy quilts are just toooo much messy. It is not true. I love, love scrap quilts now. I try to organize my stash your way but I am not so organized as you. My fault. I know....

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway. And thank you for inspiring me in my quilting way.

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  149. Leda Kim9:59 AM EDT

    I got my book 2 days ago. It's terrific. Thanks!

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  150. Cutting with the ruler edge to the right of the line adding a couple of threads sure helps!

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  151. I've learned so much since starting to come visit Quiltville! Perhaps the greatest nudge is that when I want to start a new project, I don't have to run to the fabric store to buy all new fabric - I just need to look at what I already have and use those scraps! I love the idea of kitting and hadn't really thought of that before, but the other day I pulled out some strips and cut them into different width strings and they're ready to go in a kit together for a string quilt! And, I've learned that you don't need a whole day or week set aside to work on a project, you can get so much done by using snippets of time wherever they may be and all those snippets add up pretty quickly to getting a project done. Plus, I've decided that when I grow up I want to be just like Bonnie Hunter! Thanks for all you do to inspire me everyday! really, you do!

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  152. Anonymous10:03 AM EDT

    The scrap management has been wonderful for me. I love scrappy quilts and love going to the precut sizes and getting started. Great time and space saver.
    Lera B

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  153. You have tons of great tips and tutorials!! Last night I read about how you do Free hand baptist fans and plan to give it a try today! Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  154. Your leader / ender bonus and your perfect use of all types of scrap fabrics in stunning ways (without the matchy-matchy: you have to use the newest fabric collection) has opened a whole new quilting world to me! Thanks so much for all you do for the quilting community!

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  155. I've learned LOTS of things from you, Bonnie, but I think the one I appreciate the most is the use of the rulers for HST's and QST's. These have saved me so much time and frustration, and I wouldn't go back to the way I used to do them.

    And your new book is just incredible, I hope everyone that wants it gets it because it is wonderful! Now to decide which ones to do...

    Hugs,
    Amy in KY
    (who gets to take a class with Bonnie in late September!!)

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  156. I really enjoy your blog.

    Tip from blog ... getting organized by cutting scraps in to managable strips and units for future use.

    Would love a chance to win.
    Thanks

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  157. Bonnie, i use your scrap system and it's a real motivator to find other ways to stay organized. I clean up after every day of sewing. Put away fabrics that i'm finished with, neaten up what i'm working on, file away any patterns i'mmfinished using. I have multiple projects going and i'd go crazy if i had stuff all over. My scrap bin is very small...i will take a day and use it to make random six inch blocks to clean it out. Now i have a bunch of orphans already done to make a really scrappy quilt. You've changed my quilting life!

    How ate you liking these nightly thunder and lightening shows? Looks like you've actually been getting rain from them...all we get over here is the light show. I think Alamance County is stealing my rain!

    Boppiesgirl at gmail dot com

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  158. Anonymous10:10 AM EDT

    I am an ardent Bonnie K Hunter fan. Following your instructions I have made a number of crumb quilts - just love the crumb blocks. Your revised scrap management system and tips from December have really helped me get my scraps under control and ready to be used rather than just stuffed into tubs.

    Sarah B in Taylorsville, KY

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  159. You've been my inspiration for positive living. Keep moving forward... no matter what....with feeling!

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  160. Just ONE tip? I could give you a dozen! I think my all time favorite is your organization of strips into baggies, though I just recently found the post for making a template for bonus half square triangles, and what about cutting up one of my husband's shirts. Yes eventually it was going to be thrown away, but could I shorten it's life by a few months? Yep, I did. And now I've got my eye on another shirt....his wardrobe DOES need freshening up, right? Now if you'll only tell me a good way to use all those shirt buttons! Thanks for such a great blog. After I've finished reading it, I feel like I've had a good visit with an old friend!

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  161. Best tip I've learned...to go ahead and cut my left over fabric into uniform sized strips, then store in appropriately labeled clear boxes. In the past, I would save the leftover pieces, but just ended up with a box of all different sizes of fabric...waiting to be decided how to use them. In other words, in the past I had ONE HOT MESS! :) Thanks to you I am now organized.

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  162. Two things I have learned... 1) read the pattern completely before starting, and 2) if I have an easier way of accomplishing something, it's ok to do it my way.

    Thanks for the chance to win. Enjoy your Saturday!

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  163. I don't know if I can pick just one thing. I think since I started quilting with one of your patterns I don't know any other way! Let's just say I begin each day by reading your blog, just so I don't miss anything.

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  164. I've learned that cutting the scraps into useable pieces helps a lot. PS I read your blog daily & love when you share the free Kindle books.

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  165. You inspire me to challenge myself and to not worry if every point is perfect. Instead of spending time tearing out seams and blocks for that tiny piecing imperfection, I spend the time enjoying the creativity and dreaming of my next project.

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  166. I love your patterns, quilts, website and blog! Thank you for sharing your knowledge and inspiration with us! We are so blessed! I find you enthusiasm for quilting to be very contagious!

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  167. Anonymous10:15 AM EDT

    DEFINITELY that no scrap needs to go to waste, and leaders and enders actually save on thread AND make a quilt without even thinking about it! :)

    Thanks for your wonderful tutes.

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  168. All of your tips are helpful, and following your blog keeps them fresh in my mind. I love leaders and enders and the hst and qst. I love going virtual antiqueing with you, so fun. I am especially looking forward to wild and goosey.

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  169. Precutting my scraps is my favorite of so many useful tips!

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  170. I've learned a lot of techniques reading your website, used several of your patterns, and laugh every day with you! The best thing I learned, four years ago when I was just getting started quilting, was to STOP READING ABOUT QUILTING AND START DOING IT! I was paralyzed, too afraid to take the next step in a quilt, afraid it would be too hard and not look right. You had a very timely post about turning off the computer and turning on the sewing machine that kicked me into gear! Thanks for all you do to help motivate and inspire and teach us.

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  171. It is too hard to pick just one thing as my favorite! I love leaders and enders, the scrap users system, the mystery quilts, the free patterns, the business card corner template trick... I could go on forever!

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  172. Hope I win, thanks for the opportunity, also glad you gave us the review on Hope Springs..can't wait to see it. Love your blog, and thank you for all you do for the quilting world!!diannemitzel1@hotmail.com

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  173. Anonymous10:17 AM EDT

    Bonnie it is so hard to choose just one thing I've learned from reading your daily dose of fun !! If I had to choose it would be strip quilting - making strips and using for quilts. So fun and easy but I also enjoy your reading tips - we appear to like the same reading material. Have a great time in Bali...........

    otttexas@yahoo.com

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  174. Anonymous10:19 AM EDT

    You have me addicted to scraps now also. I am planning on making a few doll quilts for our LQS to give out at the Christmas party they sponsor every year . They also fill donated home made Christmas stockings for the children so scraps get put to good use, I have a basket under my cutting table and just toss them into it when I am cutting.

    Thanks for the great posts especially of your quilting trips.

    Judy

    judyquiltz@comcast.net

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  175. I love your blog and follow it faithfully. Love to travel "with" you in your quilting journey. My tip I have learned from you is to cut bias on the width of fabric your way, not doing the continous bias anymore. Works well and makes sense. Keep up the good work, Ramona from Maine, can't wait for your trip in May.

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  176. Hi Bonnie,

    I have two words ... Leaders & Enders! (hope the "&" isn't a word!) Thanks to those two little words I have a growing basket of two patches in neutrals and shades of purples that are going to grow, grow, grow into a quilt for my bedroom. It's a pattern from the book that would have overwhelmed me if I was going to tackle it but biting it off bit by bit as I work on other things!

    Thanks for ALL your generously shared tips, tricks and techniques!

    Sharon

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  177. It's hard to pick just one! But I think maybe organizing scraps into manageable sizes has helped tge most! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  178. Bonnie,

    You've so inspired me since you were here in 'paradise, Naples FL' in February. I have my Smith Mtn morning all cut out and ready for my retreat over labor day weekend. I couldn't get to sewing it because I've been busy cutting all my 'stash' pieces and parts into usable sizes using your scrap management system. Secondly, our guild has had several donations of fabric that we make for children's charities. I've taken back all the usable scraps to cut down into making even more quilts for the kids. Going so far as a trip to Walmart for new storage bins! I follow your blog just about every day to see what exciting new finds you come up with. Have a great time in Bali! Wish I was going.

    your quilting friend,

    Linda Biondino
    President, Naples Quilter's Guild
    bionfam@gmail.com

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  179. I now use your Scrap Saver method of storing scraps and I love it. It took a while to get them organized, but has been so worth it. Makes me love scrap quilts all over again! Thanks for your inspirational blogs and for sharing your life with all of us

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  180. I so enjoy your block column!! Any scraps I make I think " Bonnie would keep this" LOL

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  181. All because of you the 33 gallon trash can that I used ( ok still use)for scrap storage is no longer filled to over flowing.... I now have clear shoe box size of container with lids filled with 2.5 and 5 inch squars and 2.5 inch strips in different color ways and all. A quick tip from me to all you is I use playing cards for wrapping my strips up...

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  182. Oh, Bonnie what I get from your blog posts in simply JOY. I love reading your blog posts with so much energy and excitement - they always motivate me to get moving. Quilt wise I've learned what constitutes a 'neutral' when making scrap blocks. I used to think of 'neutrals' as beige, tan, grey, etc... Thank you for all your sharing, it is so very much appreciated. And I must say, if a quilter is depressed, she should read your blog, she wouldn't stay depressed for long!

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  183. Anonymous10:24 AM EDT

    What I learned from Bonnie: 1) Be Free! I was one that would buy fabric for a quilt in mind. This was a huge stress for me...finding the perfect fabrics. . I ended up with a lot of extras and not much use. I really learned to let go of the matching fabrics and just focus on the main colors, not the print. I was explaining this to someone when they asked what I was making with remnant fabrics. They seemed slightly confused by my "color only" buying. 2) cut an 1/8 of an inch larger than needed. I'll admit, I cannot cut a straight line with a rotary cutter and straight edge. I'm usually just slightly off. It is better to have squares too big, than too small. I can alway trim them down.

    Leslie lstinger03@gmail.com

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  184. Having certain size strips/bricks has helped me clean up pieces after quilts are done instead of just throwing it all into a bag. It has given me something to do with strings which I just love!!! And, yes, I most certainly have your new book.

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  185. My favorite thing I found on your blog was the letter tutorial.

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  186. You've expanded my definition of what a "neutral" is and thereby improved the look of my scrap quilts.

    --C.B.

    BTW, I really love the way you write instructions for the quilt patterns on your website. They are the best and easiest to use that I've found anywhere.

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  187. I loved the curved binding on the Zuckerwatte Quilt - it had never occurred me to make a curved binding unless the pattern suggested it - this is a technique that will add another 'wow' factor to a quilt. Thank you.

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  188. Definitely Scrap Management has changed my quilting life! My scraps used to be disorganized and guilt-inducing. Now, they're slowly becoming lovely drawers of strips and shapes ready to use. What a lovely gift..thank you!

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  189. I appreciated (and always use now) your discussion about measuring borders directly on the center of the quilt on the floor to avoid flares or cave-ins!

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  190. Anonymous10:27 AM EDT

    Bonnie- I have learned so much! I love your scrap savers tips and system and have finally made quilts without purchasing everything to match! That is a miracle! And, that has given me so much confidence that I can pick my fabrics and make quilts with scraps! I have also come to love string blocks! Just since I started reading your blog I have made six scrap quilts! Thanks!

    Brenda Evans
    evansby@charter.net

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  191. You are the best teacher i found around the web.
    So thank you so much & please, stay quilting :)

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  192. Bonnie,
    Thanks for all that you have done for those of us, that see the need, to make use of every bit of fabric that we can get our hands on. I have been using your leaders and enders everytime that I sit
    down to do my piecing and have shared that tidbit with all that i
    sew with. What a time and thread saver. I look forward everyday to
    see what you are up to and am inspired to see where my scraps take me. Happy Quilting and Travels.

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  193. The scrap system has saved me hours of time. Thanks for your wonderful patterns too.

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  194. As with most of your followers, it's your scrap user system that has helped me tremendously. Now when I finish a project, I cut all of the leftover fabrics into usable sizes for my scrap projects. Eazy-Peazy!
    lequilts.blogspot.com

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  195. I actively use your leaders and enders whenever I am piecing. Your scrap savers system is posted above my cutting table. Thank you for being such a generous sharing person.
    Laurie

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  196. Anonymous10:32 AM EDT

    You know what I love most about you and your tips???? We don't need a whole rack of bolts of designer fabrics sitting behind us to make beautiful quilts. You have taught me to go to control my own stash and more importantly....to use it with your creative ideas and quilt patterns! So far I've made 4 of your designs and have a huge binder of patterns on my short "to-do" list. Thank you for sharing scrap savers system and a really big THANK YOU for sharing your designs and patterns for those of us who aren't very creative and like to flatter the heck out of you in the form of imitation. P.S. If you really wanted to send me a signed copy of your new book....it wouldn't hurt my feeling one little bit....LOL!

    Crystal Casarez
    Sherman, Texas

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  197. A definite for me is scrap management. I have at least three totes full of scraps and I had no system for what to do with them. Now I have a plan and I know how to start organizing them. Thank you! Also I received the three books I ordered from you and I love them all! The books are beautifully made and the photos of quilts are stunning. I don't know which quilt to start first!
    Betty bmoubray@yahoo.com

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  198. I think leaders and enders has had the biggest impact on my quilting. I am working on two quilts at one time (well actually more than that but who is counting!)

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