I loved having Bonnie here. I told you that I got distracted from working on stringed diamonds. Bonnie and I decided to work on a project together. I've really wanted to see what my L-O-V-E four patch (like I used in Hot Crazy Love, only not that crazy) would look like in more traditional colors. We went to a couple of fabric shops and came up with these fabrics to enhance Bonnie's crumbs. There is a half yard piece here, a couple of thirds, lots of fat quarters, and a couple of Moda packets of 5" squares. I love the fabric that has handwriting on it (lower right) and the map with exotic places.
We threw in some of my bright fabrics as well, but only tonal fabrics, no novelty prints. Bonnie and I have different ways of working. She likes to sew the blocks, and then sew them into larger units (in this case, a 4-patch) as she goes. That makes me crazy. I love to play with the blocks and their arrangement. We made these my way, so that all our letters would get mixed in together. Here's Howler with our L-O-V-E blocks. These are 3.5" unfinished.
Bonnie realized that she needed to make this quilt top her own, give it that Bonnie touch. She started string piecing diagonally on squares, which were then set in Xs. Pokey is licking her lips in anticipation.
Bonnie sewing away.
And the completed center of Love on a Shoestring Budget:
Bonnie has a picture of her string Lone Star over at her blog.