Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Nuts About ? Blog Hop




Welcome to the first day of our "Nuts About ?" blog hop.
With a name like that, who wouldn't want to participate.
We all have something we are nuts about. Most of us quilters are just "goobers" to start off with!
;-)

Marian must have tapped into that idea, to come up with this great hop.
A big thanks to you Marian for bringing us all together again. 
I do hope, that you all sit down "almond" us and enjoy.


Hot off the longarm... my
Allietare 2015

I  "pecan" a fan of Bonnie Hunter, long ago. I love her style, the way she can use up the tiniest scrap of fabrics, or the most hideous piece in the stash... you know, that one you can't bear to throw away.
Lord knows, I have plenty of them.
LOL!!

There is something about putting the petal to the metal, as they say, and just chain stitching to your hearts content. Many think I am a bit "walnuts" with it all, and it's a "title" I hold dear to my heart!


Now I must admit, I am no fan of mystery quilts.  It's not that I don't like them but, I am one who want to know just what I am getting into. I tend to save up all the clues and start it once it's all been revealed.
This year was a bit different. I went "pistachio" and thru caution to the wind, although I did go with the colors that Bonnie picked out.

Below are the past few years of my Bonnie, 
mystery quilts that I have completed.
Well, sorta...
That quilting fairy hasn't seemed to get them all quilted just yet.
Darn her!
:-)


 Grand Illusion 2014 


Celtic Solstice 2013
The last time I decided to be a rebel, I went with colors I loved.  We have a "Bonnie Hunter" club here in Denver and our fearless leader told me I needed more contrast. She spent endless time with me and the color wheel. Did I listen to her???  Oh "cashew" no!  After all, I knew my colors looked fabulous together. Well as you can see, Celtic Solstice just doesn't have that punch that it needs. It's my "if only" quilt. If only I would learn to listen.  Rules, so many rules!
LOL!!


Easy Street 2012


Orca Bay 2011
This biggie is 3 times the size of the original pattern, and to this day
holds the title of my all time favorite quilt.
Could it be that Orca border I added???
;-)



Carolina Christmas 2010

So I guess I can wrap this up, by saying I'm just "NUTS" 
over scrappy quilts.
The stash busting, the chain piecing, (unless of course I've run out of bobbin! Don't ask me how I know about that! :-)  "Scrap quilts" are the roots of quilting, and they are just...well, the mixed nuts of life that drive me!

I hope you've enjoyed my little trip down the piecing road. If your new to Bonnie Hunter, you can find it at Quiltville.com
She hosts a mystery quilt once a year at Thanksgiving time. It's on her site for a few months, then is published in her next book.
Shes got loads of fabulous free patterns on her site to peruse!
She also has a great blog at

We have some great sponsors today, so you won't want to miss this chance to enter the give-a-way.

A big round of applause for the Fat Quarter Shop


Also to "Any Pattern.com" for this fabulous Daffodil pattern.
Both are linked for you. 



Be sure to stop by and visit my fellow bloggers and see what drives them NUTS!
;-)

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80 comments:

  1. I, too, have an "if only" from one of Bonnie's mysteries. Yours look wonderful, though! Beth @ Words & Stitches (pbstrand@msn.com)

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  2. I don't do mysteries either, I'd hate to put in all that work only to find at the end that I don't like the pattern. Your Celtic Solstice looks brilliant to me.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  3. I love all your quilts. I am way behind on my allterite

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  4. I love all your quilts. I am way behind on my allterite

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  5. Your quilts are beautiful! I love to visit blog hops and hopefully it will give me inspiration to get into my sewing room and my scraps and fabrics. I only make small projects, but it has been som while since I did anything.

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  6. You are nuts in a great way! Beautiful quilts, I have made two of them.

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  7. All your quilts are stunning! The one with the orcas is my favorite

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  8. I LOVE your Nuttiness, and you are seriously crazy if you think Celtic Solstice is a fail.. OMG...I love love love those colors together.. Their isn't a quilt on this post that isn't wonderful tho. I to feel the same about Mystery Quilts, I wouldn't mind so much if they showed us the end result first at least I could warm up my fabrics prior to doing it.. The mystery to me is in what we'll be doing next.. I won't touch a mystery quilt either tho until the block is revealed, because I just like to use colors where I want or think they should be and I would be extremely upset if lets say I made a penguin, and a purple ended up in the face. I just couldn't do it. :) I won't even risk it.. I'm that stuck in my ways. :)

    Thank you for participating in Nuts About, I love that your here with us.

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  9. I love scrappy quilts too but haven't tried one of Bonnie's yet. They sure are gorgeous though!

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  10. Beautiful quilts, I like your color combinations.

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  11. Beautiful quilts! I also prefer to know ahead, where I am heading to. But a mystery is also fun to do and actually one of my very first quilts was am mystery, lol!
    Hugs Martina

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  12. Your quilts look amazing, and I can tell you are nuts for quilting:)

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  13. Lovely quilts! Love Bonnie's pattern - mine still wimps!

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  14. Your quilts are all beautiful! I especially love the orcas!

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  15. I love all your quilts! You did a great job with your scraps!

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  16. Those orcas make your quilt special! Bonnie turned me into a scrappy quilter too and I agree with you about mysteries.

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  17. Such beautiful quilts and they are each so large......jealous!

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  18. Great blog.The quilts are all beautiful.

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  19. Beautiful work Joan, I'm not into small pieces unless it happens to be applique.
    How are you feeling? Thinking of you.

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  20. I love BH, too. Adjusted my scrap user's system from her wonderful insight. I've done half of her mystery quilts. This is just a beautiful display of them and cheers to you for completing each one. Hope you are healing and resting.

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  21. I personally think that your Celtic Solstice is absolutely amazing. The dark purple pops the "circular" pattern, and the pink pops in the other blocks. I wouldn't have changed anything on it. The other quilts are gorgeous too, I have some of my Bonnie's finished, and others not so much...pretty pattern as well.

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  22. I still haven't finished my Bonnie Hunter quilt:(

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  23. I think your colors are wonderful on Celtic! I too like the mysteries but...... You never know right?
    I thought grand illusion had the colors of a carvel cake. When I was done I went to show my husband and he turned on our living room lights which had new LED bulbs. The quilt was blinding! Like neon lights.
    So perhaps just go with your instincts and use your colors if your not sure of hers.

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  24. I love your Bonnie Hunter quilts!! They are all so beautiful!

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  25. I love your Bonnie Hunter quilts!! They are all so beautiful!

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  26. Oh Joan, these are all fabunuts! I do like celtic solstice....they are all a great bag of mixed nuts

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  27. You have yourself some lovely quilts there.

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  28. I'm nuts about scrappy quilts too. And I'm so jealous you've finished Allietare. I'm so close but other projects keeping taking priority! Yours is beautiful!

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  29. Man, I wish I had your talent. I am amazed every time I click on your page. You are such an inspiration to me. I want to be as good as you are one day :)

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  30. My first and only mystery quilt was Bonnie's in 2009! I have done a few other of her quilts and even went to one of her workshops - that was really fun! I love her quilts and have one more in my UFO list.

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  31. My first Bonnie Hunter quilt was Easy Street. I gave it to one of my daughters and it is their favorite quilt. I have Grand Illusion to a flimsy and work on Allietaire. Love your quilts, and Celtic Solstice is still nice.

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  32. Oh my goodness, you've really impressed me with what you do with scraps. Beautiful quilts...love the orcas!

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  33. Wow--I'm impressed that your mystery quilt is finished already! I have two that have been "in process" for a few years, so I just saved the patterns this time around. Yours are all wonderful!!

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  34. Oh Joan, your Allietare is just gorgeous. I loved seeing all of the other BH mystery quilts as well. I must admit that my favorite quilts are scrappy ones.

    I hope you are continuing to heal.

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  35. Love seeing all the quilts in one post. Keep scraping on.

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  36. Your quilts are absolutely amazing!

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  37. That's is absolutely a fabulous line up of gorgeous quilts. Nothing nutty about any of it. Waste not want not.

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  38. What a wonderful display of quilts. i am a Bonnie Hunter fan also and just love seeing how each person translates her patterns simply by their choice of color. Don't know how I missed Carolina Christmas but I'll be searching it down later today.

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  39. Pretty collection of quilts. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  40. So happy to see this collection of Bonnie Hunter's quilts. I've done a couple of them, too, scrappy of course.

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  41. HI, YOUR QUILT IS SO NEAT! THANKS FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  42. When I saw this blog hop, I was thinking of you...you are certainly "walnuts" which fits right in. Loved seeing all those scrappy Bonnie quilts. I have started Celtic Solstice - it's not even a top...yet. Our guild was lucky enough to have Bonnie come last year and I have the Texas Tumbleweeds top nearly done. Thanks for all the nutty sentences. You are a hoot.

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  43. Joan, I didn't expect to 'see' you today--hope you're healing well. Your Celtic is gorgeous, as are all of your Bonnie Quilts. Orca Bay blows me away--stunning! I don't like all of my results from Mysteries (due to fabric choices) and usually save all the steps and then see 1) if I want to make it and 2) pick my fabrics! I dearly love Bonnie quilts, thanks for the eye candy!

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  44. My sister would go nutso over those orcas. Perhaps I should drop her a hint or two (or ten) to make something like that too! :-) The quilts are beautiful - even your if only quilt.

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  45. I'm impressed with all the scrap quilts you've done! I'm still working on my list of planned quilts but these are making my scrap collection grow. I expected you to be nuts about moose for this hop! I agree with you about mystery quilts. I want to know what the quilt will look like up front.

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  46. Whoa! I'm seeing stars! Fantastic quilts.
    Rosemary

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  47. I am going nuts about all your beautiful Bonnie Hunter scrap quilts! You certainly have a lot of beautiful tops squirreled away. I am hoping I "macadamia" the Allietare one soon. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us goobers ... :-) Pat

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  48. I love all of your quilts, but especially your Grand Illusion - I love that pattern. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  49. What beautiful quilts you created using Bonnies quilt alongs--
    love them all--
    love and laughter, di

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  50. Love all of your quilts even the ones the quilt fairy didn't get to. ;) Bonnie is great isn't she? Get well soon, so you can get back to quilting! vickise at gmail dot com

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  51. I am with you on the Bonnie Hunter bandwagon. She is outstanding in her designs and I love it when she does QuiltCam. I have a few unfinished "Bonnies" to get to the next stage, so guess I had better get to them.

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  52. I am one who can't dive in without knowing where I'm going, so I collect Bonnie Hunter mysteries then never make them. I LOVE your quilts. I must push myself to try the next one as it goes along. Thanks for your story.

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  53. Wow you have some beautiful quilts. I am with you on the mystery quilts. Lol! I believe it is definitely a need to know. Thank you for sharing.

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  54. You are a hoot! What a fun post! Your Orca Bay has always been my favorite!!

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  55. your scrappy quilts are gorgeous
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  56. I'm with you, I save all the clues and wait for the finished product before I decide to make something. You Bonnie Hunter quilts are beautiful!

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  57. Cleverly written in Nuts speak dear. Your quilts are amazing and to me they all look perfect. Love the Orca border you added. Happy Nuts Hopping...

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  58. Bonnie hunter ...There is no such thing as ugly fabric you just need to cut it smaller....lol....Love her quilts my first bonnie hunter quilt was wonky stars......ty for sharing..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  59. You always make me laugh! That's a lot of Bonnie Hunter quilts The orca is my favorite too though you do Bonnie beautifully all the way around. Thanks for the great post. Cashew later.

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  60. So good to hear that I am not alone collecting scraps, even from the garbage bag following weekend quilt retreat . I have made many scrap quilts . I admire your Bonnie Hunter quilts you have made. Thank you for a chance to win. Happy Quilting :)

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  61. Your quilts are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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  62. Wow! Allietare is beautiful! Fun post, thank you.

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  63. Thanks for sharing the pictures of your beautiful quilts. I understand how you feel about mystery quilts. Good for you for not just waiting to see how the mystery turns out, but then going ahead and making the quilt; that's where I sometimes (often) fall short.

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  64. Your mystery quilts are lovely. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  65. I love seeing your mystery quilts. I just started doing them last year....Thanks for sharing!

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  66. Wow! I am so impressed with all your quilts, and especially love the newest.
    donnalee1953 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  67. I especially like your Carolina Christmas quilt.

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  68. I love your Celtic Solstic quilt. . . .and your other quilts also.

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  69. I love all your quilts. You have a gift for choosing colors even using scraps.

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  70. Beautiful quilts! I especially love that Orca border.

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  71. I am so pleased you had all this ready before your mishap! It is a wonderful post. Looking at all those quilts you have done with Bonnie shows how amazing you are with your quilting. Love seeing all the different colours and designs. Thanks for being nuts enough to do them and to share!

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  72. Those are some beautiful quilts. Looks like a lot of work. I admire you for that. Don't think I would have the patience. lol

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  73. I still LOVE LOVE LOVE your orca bay change up! I have it saved in my must make!!

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