Friday, November 17, 2017

Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Vol 16 Road Rally Blog Hop!

Happy Friday, everyone!

If this is your first time visiting me, welcome!

My name is Bonnie Hunter, and I write the Addicted to Scraps column for Quiltmaker.

In every issue you’ll find a block pattern destined to help you fall in love with your scraps all over again.  Many of these blocks come from my own Scrap User’s System, playing with sizes of strips, squares and rectangles that work easily together, mixing and matching fabric lines, print types, genres, designers and manufacturers and playing by color family.

Today is a day long awaited – my stop on Quiltmaker Magazine’s 100 blocks by 100 designers – volume 16 – Road Rally Blog Hop!

I hope you have enjoyed the many stops along your way that have finally found you at my doorstep.  If you haven’t yet, be sure you check out the other designers participating in this tour on the Quiltmaker Blog Quilty Pleasures.  There is more fun and prizes to be had.

As you may have heard,  a new "The Quilting Company" website has just launched, rolling all of the quilting websites; Quiltmaker, McCall's Quilting and Fons & Porter, as well as the magazine's quilting stores into one giant website.  The address for the Quilty Pleasures blog has also changed, so you may want to update it in your bookmarks.

Fall is in full swing in north central North Carolina and the colors are glorious.

The change of the seasons always has an effect on the colors I choose to work with, and autumn colors are a favorite.

Would you join me for a walk around my neighborhood to see what inspires me? Click to play:

My favorite thing about my home in this area of the country is the close proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains and all of their beauty.

In fact, just this spring we crossed the North Carolina/Virginia State Line (just barely! Simply drive over the line and take the first left!) into Grayson County and purchased a chunk of mountainside to call our own.  My block was inspired by the colors of autumn, knowing that this issue would release in November, and I have named it Grayson County after my new part-time home.


Grayson County Block, #1572

My block is found on page 44 of the now-releasing volume 16 of 100 blocks!

I used my favorite neutral scraps together with some tone on tone colors from civil war to modern, pulling these colors out of a favorite piece of Kaffe Fassett fabric in my stash.  I used my Essential Triangle Tool to make all of the triangle units in this block and it came together very easily.

I was also able to get ALL of these pieces out of my Scrap User’s System drawers of pre-cut strips and squares. TRIPLE BONUS!

I had so much fun with this block that I made it again!

Using Pepper Cory’s Peppered cottons!

This block result came as an invitation by Pepper to make a block for the Studio E fabrics booth at Quilt Market a couple of weeks ago.  Each designer invited was to make a block of their own design using a variety of Peppered Cottons.  All of the blocks were displayed together.  So much fun!  I added some sashing and cornerstones to bring the block up to a nice 16’’ finished size.

And then I liked this idea so much I made another one using the leftover Peppered Cottons and it is destined to be the center of a table topper for the cabin.


9 Grayson County Blocks set 3 X 3.

Quilt suggestion. No pattern given.

I played around with a simple setting of 9 blocks set with neutral sashings and red cornerstones.  This would make a beautiful wall hanging.  With borders, it would measure 40 1/2’’ square.

What about using 3 blocks for a lovely table runner?  There are so many possibilities.

If you are a new-comer to Quiltville, I want to especially welcome you and let you know about our favorite time of year:  MYSTERY SEASON!

Every year, during the holidays (starting Black Friday!) we have a free reader appreciation mystery that happens here on my blog.  I’d love to have you join us.  For more information please click the On Ringo Lake mystery tab at the top of the blog.  You’ll find all of the introductory information there with clue #1 going live on November 24th, in just a week!

I am so excited about this year’s mystery I can hardly stand it.

More about me:

I publish my books under the Kansas City Star imprint of C&T Publishing.

I blog here daily, and when I am home not traveling and teaching, you’ll find me doing a live Quilt-Cam via Facebook Live that is later posted here on the blog and archived under the Quilt-Cam tab for easy reference.

I have a passion for vintage sewing machines and use and share them often.

You’ll find all kinds of things here from tips & tricks, loads of free patterns, yearly mysteries and challenges – and more!  Be sure to check out my Calendar of Events tab to see if I’m teaching or lecturing near where you are.

You’ll find me very active on Facebook and Instagram sharing my quilty and not-so-quilty life.  I’d love to have you along for the journey. Be sure to check out my Facebook Group, Quiltville’s Open Studio. Everyone is getting into high gear waiting for this year’s mystery season to begin as well.

There is always something scrappy going down in Quiltville!
 I hope you’ll stop by often!

And NOW for the Give-Away Nitty-Gritty!



There are TWO Give-Aways happening here!  One lucky winner is going to receive a copy of 100 blocks Vol 16 directly from Quiltmaker Magazine. And one EXTRA lucky winner is going to receive not only Vol 16, but Quiltmaker’s Holiday Cheer issue.

To sweeten the pot I’m throwing in a set of my Addicted to Scraps Quiltville Eco-Pouch sets, a sample of Soak wash, a Quiltville seam guide, a Tutu notions holder & pincushion kit to turn ANY wide mouth jar into a fabulous catch-all, a Carol Doak Teaches You to Paper Piece DVD, a pack of my Bonnie Hunter playing cards (I’m the joker! too much fun!) and a Vintage Textile Soak sample for safely washing those precious quilts, fabrics, and vintage linens. Whew!

Our drawing will happen the evening of Tuesday, Nov 21st! Good luck, to one and all!

And if you weren't here YESTERDAY, click back to THAT POST and enter the Quilty-Box Gift-Away that is also going on!


Quiltville Quote of the Day!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, everyone!


  1. Oh Bonnie! This block is beautiful! I absolutely love the colors/fabrics you chose. I have never heard you mention Kaffe Fassett’s fabrics. I have always liked them and the one you used is also one of my favorites. Hope things are going well for you and your family today. Thank you again for this lovely design!

  2. Beautiful block. I love your "part of the country"...wish I could buy a chunk of land there too! Maybe some day.

  3. What a great block! Now I'm off to the bookstore to buy a copy of the magazine.

  4. What a superblock you designed again Bonnie. Thanks for those lovely giveaways too and all your inspration at the blog. Kind regards Conny

  5. And now we know, "The Rest of the Story"- LOL as Paul Harvey used to say. It looks good in all the colors! I spotted it on the cover. Have a Great Thanksgiving week.

  6. I hope that your family is comforted during this time of loss. Hugs for you and your family.

  7. I went to check out the new web for Quiltermaker yesterday, but none of the buttons/links would work. Guess they have a few bugs to work out.

  8. Such a happy block! I need a tablecloth and this block is calling “come hither” to me! I could easily raid my bins for a scrappy quilt!

  9. I love the colors of this block. It says fall to me. Thank you.

  10. As always, your block is great! Thank you for sharing your life with us as well as your designs. Looking forward to the Mystery Quilt. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

  11. What a great block and great giveaway, I will be checking my LQS for the new magazines!!
    Sending my prayers and deepest sympathies to you and all your family on the loss of your father-in-law. Both my Mom and Dad have passed on now and I miss them both very much, but take comfort that they are together again, and they live on forever in our heart.


  12. Oh, Bonnie! The block is beautiful. You need to make a barn block of it and put it up outside at the new cabin. May you and your family be blessed and supported through the next few days.

  13. Bonnie, I love the block in both colorways! Great job! And I have to say, as I read today's upbeat blog I thought of all you've been going through and was blessed by your attitude and caring for your quilt family in spite of the past few weeks. Blessings to you and yours in the days ahead.

  14. Cool block! Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your day!

  15. Lovely block. Hope all goes well for Thanksgiving. Take care.

  16. Hope all went well today at Carl's service. He was obviously a much loved man!

    Love that block...can't wait to cut one out and get it sewn and quilted...maybe tomorrow night...(I have a service to attend tomorrow). I love Peppered Cottons and Pepper Cory. I met you both in Napierville two years ago...Several of us met at Red Robin for burgers to get away! A fun night with two of my favorites AND my favorite friends(can't leave them out)!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. I love your block design! Thank you for sharing the pics of your lovely area. I have only been to the Blue Ridge Mountains a few times but my memories bring them back to me quite often.

  18. Congratulations on having your block included in Quiltmaker’s 100, Vol. 16! I love everything you do Bonnie! Beautiful block and can’t wait to make my own table topper.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  19. Yours is my favorite block on today's tour! i like it because it's just a plain, simple scrappy quilting block..nothing weird and unusual. I loved it! i'd love to win your giveaway.

  20. Congrats on your block being in volume 16!! I'm definitely placing it on the to-do list after the holidays! (when I get a wee little bit of ME time!)

  21. Bonnie, we have all been holding you and your family close in our hearts for many months. We would love to hug your entire family at this difficult time. Please know that we treasure you, all you do for us and share with us. You have let us into your life and we have let you into our hearts. We are all praying for Courage, Grace and Comfort for your family.

    When you see Mark, let him know that thousands and thousands and thousands of people care about him and his family and pray for them daily...often more.

    I am so glad that you will be able to visit with your family.

    Safe travels to you and yours.

  22. Wow, I absolutely love this block, you have outdone yourself once again. I have already been to two stores in our area and no one has the magazine yet, but I'll keep looking. Have a wonderful weekend Bonnie.


  24. This is a great block! I can see a quilt of these in my future.

  25. Love your new block. I'm thinking of enlarging it to make one block for a baby quilt!

  26. Gosh! I almost forgot. Thanks for the reminder Bonnie. I could sure use a copy.

  27. Brenda at juststitchin60@yahoo.com

    Thank you Bonnie and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I wish you blessings, hope & cheer for the holidays. Thank you again for the Mystery again this year. I’m bringing a new friend into the quilting world and she will be creating the Mystery right beside me.


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