Monday, May 18, 2020

Unity Quilt Along, Part 8!

It’s time for our big finish!

Which somehow doesn’t feel so big -

Because each week over the past 8+ weeks you’ve seen the quilt grow and come into being.  And this week we reach as tall as tall can be – At least for my “needs to fit a twin bed” purposes.  I’m excited to see what twists and turns your own vision takes as you decide to end where I do, or to go ahead and continue to add rounds, or complete full rounds figuring out the math for yourself to make it work.

This has been an adventurous experience for me.  I have spent the past two months feeling like there was a fire under my seat – and every week as the quilt grew in length and width it took more piecing and sewing time.  

I’m now looking forward to a bit of a breather as I stitch binding while watching you reach your own finish line.  I will be there at the end cheering you on, the way you have cheered me with each weeks clue release.

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Yesterday I thought I’d get a full out “on the grass” photo -

Only someone decided to steal the show.

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Graphic of our full layout.

Which comes with a funny story. While you were working on your Part 6 which lead to Part 7 – I thought I’d get a jump on everything and working just off the “in my mind” graphic, started making all of those Part 8 stars.  24 of them.

I slaved for days – I cut, I sewed, I pressed – I pinned to match points as I joined them together!

And they were looking really great too!

All 24 of them!

I stitched them into 2 lengths of 12 blocks long – and ……they were too short to go across the width of the quilt top!  WHY!? WHAT!?!  Oh Shoot.

I made them in the 4’’ size – instead of the 6’’ size I was supposed to make. Back to the drawing board!

(See, it’s a good thing I snuck in an extra week with Part 6 to buy me some more time!)

Your Part 8 is to make 24 stars 6’’ finished (6 1/2’’ unfinished) and add them to the top and bottom of the quilt!

This won’t be hard.

You’ve made all of these units before in Part 2.

They are even the same size, just colored a bit different.

But the cutting and the sewing is the same.

24 sets – 4 matching geese, red on the right, blue on the left.

Geese will measure 2’’ x 3 1/2’’ unfinished and finish at 1 1/2’’ x 3’’ in the quilt.

24 center square in a square units.

Units will measure 3 1/2’’ unfinished and finish at 3’’ in the quilt.

Follow the directions from Part 2 making 24 square in a square units with blue centers and aqua corners.  Remember to press the seams on the first two corner triangles in toward the center, and the second two outward toward the corners to eliminate bulk.

Star points:

I used my Essential Triangle Tool to make all of my units.  You can also use the stitch & flip or Simple Folded Corners ruler methods shown in Part 2 if you wish.  

Cut four quarter-square triangles from 2’’ strips with the Essential Triangle Tool.

Use the green 2’’ strip width line and cut 4 quarter-square triangles for 4 flying geese units for each of 24 sets.

I cut my four corner squares from the same 2’’ neutral strip.

Cut 24 sets.

Cutting the wing triangles.

Place blue 2’’ strip and red 2’ strip with right sides together as shown – blue on top.  Cut with the ruler in this positioning.  Make 4 cuts using the 1 1/2’’ finished red line for half-square triangles on the ruler for 4 matched sets of wing triangles.

6'' Star Assembly -

in the right size this time!

The star assembly and pressing is the same as in Part 3.  (Which is probably why I made my first batch in the 4’’ size instead of 6’’.)  Remember when making the flying geese to press the right hand wing triangle toward the neutral background triangle.  Then press the left hand blue triangle outward toward the wing triangle.

Block assembly -

Join units into rows, pressing top and bottom row seams toward the corner units, and the center row toward the center. Press the last two long seams toward the center.

Seams may also be pressed open at any time.

Join rows to complete each block.  

Blocks will measure 6 1/2'' and finish at 6'' in the quilt. Make 24 blocks.

Oh, that’s so much better.

Make 2 rows of 12 blocks each. Press. Join to top and bottom of quilt. Seams will nest with the previous round 7 every 6’’.  Other seams will be offset.

*NOTE* if you want a longer quilt, you may also add a sashing between Part 7 and Part 8.  I didn’t because the quilt was already 94’’ long and I didn’t want it longer.

Stay stitch around outside edge of quilt.

Set your machine at a longer stitch length and sew around all four sides of the quilt just shy of 1/4’’ from the edge.  This will minimize stretch when quilting and keep seams from popping open during the quilting and handling process.

And where did those 4’’ stars end up?

On the back!


My Unity is quilted in beige thread in an edge to edge design called Marmalade by Patricia E. Ritter of UrbanElementz.com 

Quilting was finished Sunday afternoon, and binding will come shortly – I’m planning on aqua.

On the porch.

And over the rail.

And Zoey Approved.

Boy, that feels good!

The Big Plan:

Those who have participated in my mysteries before know that we only give this in parts free for a certain length of time.

On June 15th, 2020 our Unity Quilt Along will retire from my blog and become a digital pattern for purchase & download.  Please be SURE you have saved ALL of your parts before June 15th as I will be unable to provide you parts after that date.

The pattern will be rewritten into standard PDF pattern format as “no longer a mystery.” and anyone asking for parts will be directed to the Quiltville Store to purchase it.

Please keep up with those who are posting to our hashtags #quiltvillemystery #sewinplace and #unityquiltalong as I know they would love your likes and comments.  There are amazing shares taking place, and that will continue long after this mystery comes to a close.

And while there are no more parts to Unity – remember we do have our NEW Leader & Ender challenge starting up in July, so be sure to keep current with what we have going on here.  July will be here before we know it and I’d love to have you join us.

This is also winding down:

I have placed my stock of the Addicted to Scraps book on deep deep discount at just $15.99 (regularly $27.95) and it comes with a free PDF pattern download for my Wanderlust Table Runner.

If you've been waiting for this book - now is the time. Put your stash to good use while you retreat away at home. Virginia is on “Shelter at Home” until June 10th, so hurry!

You'll find it in the Quiltville Store along with other goodies you may want to add to your cart - check the NEW category to see what else we've added.

Along with the Addicted to Scraps sale – you’ll also find ALL PDF PATTERNS at 25% off using coupon code DIGITAL25 at purchase!

This coupon code is good for the entire month, but code must be used at time of purchase for the sale price to be in effect. Don't forget to use the code!
No refunds if you forget, okay?

You'll find everything in the digital pattern section of the Quiltville Store.

Quiltville Quote of the Day

Maya said it so well! We are growing through what we go through!

Welcome to your Monday folks – may it grow you!

This Sew-in-Place Quilt Along is given for personal use only.  No part may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical including photocopying for sharing, scanning or by any information storage and retrieval system without permission in writing from the author.

Please no uploading and saving of this file with intent to share, email or distribute, either digitally or in hard copy. NOT FOR RESALE.

Please send your friends to my blog to print their clues. Thank you!

©2020 Bonnie K Hunter. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Wonderful way to finish this beautiful gift that you have given us Bonnie.Thank You for sharing your vision with us.

  2. I've been following through the sit-along and stay-separate times, and enjoyed this quilt-along to bits! no choir, no fitness But... togetherness all way long! Loved every minute of your blog! Thanx a lot! Irene from Witmarsum (Holland).

  3. Thank you, so much, Bonnie. Your quilt is beautiful! And I LOVE the back! I've enjoyed my first QAL with you, and I have learned so much. I'm sure it won't be my last one. Again, thanks for your time, talent, and patience that you have shared with all of us.

  4. Bravo! The quilt is gorgeous! I am inspired. I was reluctant at first to quilt along, but now that I see the quilt, I really, really like it. Thank you, Bonnie, for such devoted sharing and cheerleading.

  5. Oh, Now I understand why you were so frantic. Making the wrong size, and so small, lots of time! Not wasted since you got to put them on the back.
    Thanks so much for giving us all something to look forward to these past 8 weeks.

  6. Thank you Bonnie for the Unity quilt which has helped us endure. Love the back!! Zoey is such a hoot!! She brings a lot of laughter to everyone!!

  7. Thank you Bonnie for fostering Unity with this project. It has been fun to follow along vicariously with everyone working on this one. Always love your "waste not, want not" backings! Also thanks for the fun Zoey video -- good for an early Monday morning chuckle which is always needed these days!

  8. Oh my goodness it's gorgeous! And the back is as fun as the front... so much creativity!
    And the video of Zoey with the quilt is beyond words for cuteness! She actually did a couple of somersaults with the quilt! You can tell how happy she is to have found a loving home with you... makes me teary!

  9. Thanks, Bonnie, for another amazing pattern. You are always brimming over with ideas and patterns. Amazing!

  10. I thought nothing could beat your quilts hanging on the balcony... Enter Zoey Jo!! OMGoodness, that girl knows how to enjoy quilts! Love love all you share with us, thank you, Cats in Carlsbad CA

  11. Your generosity is a shining beacon of lead by example. I love the winter mystery quilts SO much ;) Thank you, Sharyn in Kalama

  12. Thank you, Bonnie, for all your time and talent. The quilt is beautiful. I am far behind in the journey, but look forward to the finish. I've seen some wonderful quilts being made through this quilt a long. Bravo to you! Hugs!

  13. Just beautiful. I am still working on Frolic (my husband passed away unexpectedly a few months ago and I took a little hiatus) and I'm also working on Hunter's Star as a retirement gift for a friend so I knew I just couldn't justify starting something new but I know it will be on my short list as soon as I wrap these other two quilts up. Thanks for such a beautiful pattern and your most generous gift of time and talent.

  14. Zoey's stamp of approval is priceless.

  15. Bonnie Hunter, you are amazing!! Love your Unity quilt and think the aqua binding with be fabulous! But what I really want to know is: Where oh where, did you find the large square on the back of your quilt about surviving the toilet paper shortage? LOL Gotta get one of those!!! Please?

    1. Spooonflower! They have several different toilet paper crisis prints: https://www.spoonflower.com/en/shop?on=fabric&q=toilet%20paper%20crisis&availability=ForSale&sort=bestSelling

    2. I've seen Spoonflower on Ebay, they offer a lot of custom prints, a couple of which I am thinking of ordering. My question to you, as someone who's used their fabrics, how's the quality? How's their service? TIA

  16. Zoey, thank you for showing us the back. Mine will have something along the seam in the backing as well.

  17. Bonnie Hunter, you are amazing!! Love your Unity quilt and think the aqua binding will be fabulous! But what I really want to know is: Where oh where, did you find the large square on the back of your quilt about surviving the toilet paper shortage? LOL Gotta get one of those!!! Please?

  18. Thank you, so much, Bonnie. The Unity is great, and Zoey too and you.
    Greetings from Germany, Barbara

  19. oh zoey i know how you feel...so cute!

  20. Zoey is channeling all us quilters on the spectacular reveal! Good job, Zoey and thank you Bonnie!

  21. Zoey did a wonderful "show and tail", and she made me laugh out loud. Sure hope she finds something else to chew on though because it would be heartbreaking if she damaged this gorgeous quilt. Love your colors - summertime fresh. And your green lawn is so pretty (don't have green lawns here in the high desert, but also no humidity). Have a great week.

  22. Bonnie thank you so much for the awesome gift!! Unity is absolutely my favorite of all your quilts and this time I managed to save all 8 clues! I'm trying really hard to say this year is the year to participate with your leader/ender challenge and get Unity done! Much appreciated!! Cheers! ~Merri

  23. Beautiful quilt Bonnie, and thanks so much for the free mystery sew along. But the burning question I have is WHERE did you get the toilet paper crisis fabric???? I looked on line but can't find. It's fantastic!!

  24. Thank you so much for being the kind person you are...what a wonderful idea and so kind to share with so many...hug

  25. Always, gotta be furbaby approved. Zoey sure does her job well! Such a fine quilt adventure you've shared again. I'm looking forward to continuing with mine. \As usual, too many projects all in progress, so each takes a while to complete. but the fun is in the journey of creation, hmm? I tend to chae after what has most grabbed my eye this day and hop around a lot between them all.

  26. Thank you Bonnie for leading us in making a beautiful quilt.

  27. I have a funny feeling that Zoey thinks this is her quilt.:)

  28. My cats have never chewed or clawed a quilt but they love to scramble the blocks laid out on the floor. My late cat Molly couldn't walk past the sewing room door if she spied a quilt in progress out on the carpet. She would make a run for it and dislodge as many blocks from their spot as possible, a gleeful look in her eyes. My tuxedo cat does it too, and I've never found a tooth mark or a claw pick on the blocks - they just seem to be incensed that there were blocks on the floor!


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