Thursday, August 16, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted! (and make some cupcakes)

Plum and JuneTo those of you visiting from Plum and June's Let's Get Aquainted Blog Hop, welcome!

I started Little Bunny Quilts a year ago to share my quilting progress and ideas. I've had a needle and thread in my hand since I was 6 or 7, started quilting in high school, and have gotten full force into sewing and quilting since the start of 2011. Did I mention that I'm also a full-time PhD candidate in chemistry? I'm kind of a busy girl.

Here are some of the things I've made in the last year and a half (other than the teacup quilt which you can vote for in this week's Quilting Gallery contest!)

1. Nubees Blocks - August 2. Cheery Quilt 3. Christmas Napkins
4. Batik Placemats 5. Nubee's Block  - July 6. Snowflake Quilt
7. Seville Quilt 8. Mystery Quilt 9. Teacup quilt 
Favorite Quilting Tip: Iron, iron, iron! And do the math before you start cutting.

Favorite Blogging Tip: Be yourself! If a quilting blog makes me laugh, I automatically follow it.

Favorite craft book: Scrap Basket Sensations by Kim Brackett

Favorite Books: Harry Potter series and classic literature.

Favorite Quilting Tool: My rotary cutter, it was the best use of Christmas money ever.

Favorite TV show while quilting: I usually have Netflix playing on my laptop. I watch all kinds of movies and shows, but I love Parks and Recreation.

Binding: Hand or machine? I've never actually done machine binding. I really love hand stitching bindings.

And a quick shout out to Jennie who designed my blog! I won her contest for a blog redesign for a while back and she was so wonderful to work with.

Onto the important part:

Cupcake Coasters

You will need:
Batting Scraps
Focus fabric for front
Backing fabric
Binding Fabric (approximately 18-20 inches in length per coaster)


For each coaster cut:
One 4" square for your front
One 5" square for your back (precut squares make things very easy!)


Layer your front square, batting (I used batting scraps cut at 5 inches across and trimmed them once quilting was done), and your backing square together. Quilt as desired. (I quilted mine with straight lines approximately a quarter of an inch apart.) Trim off excess binding.



Sew on binding as desired. Ta da! Maybe even put some cupcakes on your cupcake coasters.


Here's another set that I whipped up in less than an hour for a gift:



Thanks so much for stopping by and don't forget to visit Cathy over at Blueberry Patch!

20 comments:

  1. cute project and I love the tea cup quilt!

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  2. I like your coasters - and your mosaic is very impressive:-) Nice to meet you through the hop.

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  3. Hi Alison, nice to meet you. Great tutorial. I love the cupcake frabric.

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  4. It's nice to meet you! The girl who taught me to quilt is also a full time chemistry PhD student, so it made me laugh to know there are more than one of you out there who also quilt to cope! :)

    I found some cupcake fabric a few months back, and the cupcakes had faces, and some of them looked really angry. It cracked me up, but I kept thinking, what would I use this for? And I didn't buy any. Now I'm kicking myself because, hello! I could have had angry cupcake coasters! Sadly, I don't remember the fabric line. But maybe I'll stumble across it again? Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hello - its nice to *meet* you on the blog hop.
    I am going through a making coasters phase at the moment.
    Great tute.
    Hope you will hop on over to my blog if you have time.
    Kind regards
    Liz
    xxxx

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  6. Great to learn more about you. The cupcake coasters are adorable.

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  7. Lovely to meet you! Cute cupcake coasters!

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  8. So nice to meet you, Alison. You have some beautiful finishes in that mosaic. Sewing keeps me sane too, so I'm right there with you. :) Great little coasters there too!

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  9. I remember instantly following your blog when I saw that you were a PhD student too. :) Gotta do something to stay sane(ish) don't we?

    You have fantastic taste in both books and TV shows.

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  10. I'm a few days late on the Plum and June blog hop but it is good to meet you. Those coasters are darling!

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  11. Those coasters are adorable! What a great gift idea, and I love how they can be accomplished so quick! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  12. It was nice to meet you and those are really cute coasters! Your new blog header is really cute, too!

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  13. Lots of beautiful projects there! I'm amazed at how much you fit in while studing :)

    Sweet little coasters too. As for that teacup quilt... love!

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  14. Nice to meet you! It always amazes me how busy so many quilters are, how do you find the time? The coasters are very cute, and it's such a lovely idea for a gift too.

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  15. Great gift idea and tutorial, I was already following your blog but it's good to find out more about you today :)

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  16. Very cute! It's nice to get to know you - it makes total sense that quilting would be a great hobby for a grad students and stay at home mothers (those two jobs are not actually dissimilar), a great outlet for creativity and productivity.

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  17. These are super cute!! Just like the maker.. You are also a graduate student! We have two things in common! Just became your follower...

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  18. Catching up on the blog hop.... nice to know more about you... so impressive that you are quilting while going to graduate school - terrific! I can totally relate to the idea of quilting keeping one sane!

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  19. Really cute coasters! I'm catching up on the hop too - nice to 'meet' you!

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