Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Blocked Rainbow {Finished Twin Quilt}

My twin sized version of my Blocked Rainbow pattern is finally complete! This pattern was our QAL in Spring 2018 and I had made the throw size version in 2017 with fabrics from Benartex. I did actually finish this in December 2018, but we have been racing around nonstop since December 22nd between traveling for Christmas, packing, and moving. Things have finally settled down and I finally was able to snap pictures of this finish!


I made this version of the quilt using Island Batik fabrics and Kona Black as the background. I considered quilting this top myself but after seeing my mom's version of the quilt finished with a simple pantograph, I decided that I wanted the same for my own quilt in black thread!


The backing is a crosshatch grass green extra wide fabric. The binding is also Island Batik -- I believe it is specifically from the Morning Sunshine line but it is an all-over rainbow batik. 


I'm not sure what I'll be doing with this quilt just yet but I am just happy to have it finished! The pattern is available on both Payhip and Etsy. 



Quilt Stats:
Name: Blocked Rainbow
Pattern: Blocked Rainbow, twin version
Size: 99" x 72"
Fabrics: Kona Black background, various Island Batik fabrics
Quilting: pantographed loops
Started: February 2018
Finished: December 2018

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Monday, January 14, 2019

Dashing To The Chapel {In The Pipeline}

January is one of our two Island Batik blog hop months! I'm working with the Bazaar line this time around, which is a gorgeous collection of brights. Some of the fabrics have floral motifs, some have butterflies and dragonflies, and some are blender prints.


I decided that I wanted to use these fabrics to make a remixed version of our Dashing to the Chapel pattern. My mom and I constructed the original quilt in 2014 as a wedding gift for my sister and her husband. Her now-mother-in-law did the long arm quilting!


The original quilt used a fat quarter bundle plus coordinates, but I am working from half yards of a fewer number of prints. Additionally, I decided to simplify things for myself slightly by not making the blocks entirely random. I picked out ten colors for the larger size churn dash blocks:


I picked out the majority of the larger prints for the larger blocks and did a lot of cutting:


Not making one block at a time allowed for a major time savings in the form of marathon strip piecing:


Followed by marathon chain piecing of the HSTs to go with them.

This process was also repeated with six fabrics for my smaller 6" churn dashes and itty bitty 4.5" churn dashes. Here's a sneak peak of the top:


My official hop day is next Tuesday -- January 22nd. Until then you can get the Dashing to the Chapel pattern on Etsy and PayHip!

Don't forget to check out all of the stops for this week of the hop:

Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

(And a quick teaser: I changed up the border a bit for this version and I can't wait to show it off!)

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

News and Notes {2019 Happenings}

Thank you to everyone for the well-wishes on our new home! We are still surrounded by boxes for the most part but things are getting better day by day.

Today I'm going to share some news, notes, and reminders about what's going on both here on Little Bunny Quilts and in quilt blogland.

First, I'm excited to share that I am returning as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019. This year we are partnering with Aurifil, Hobbs, and Accuquilt (!!!) for our projects and there is an Accuquilt GO! system on its way to my new house! I've snuck a peak at the new box of fabric and it's beautiful! I'll have a full share of all of the goodies here on the blog in a few weeks.


Additionally, the Getaway blog hop continues, so don't forget to follow along with each day's posts! Here's a sneak peak of my project:


Next, I hope that you will strongly consider participating in some way in the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.


This project is being spearheaded by Carole at From My Carolina Home. Some details:

  1. More than 4500 quilts are needed for those whose homes were completely destroyed
  2. The project will go through Summer 2019 so plenty of time
  3. I am matching top makers with longarmers to help get more quilts sent, forms are on the link and both top makers and more longarmers are needed.
  4. There are five drop off locations in NC, with Wilmington as the distribution point
  5. Completed quilts should be bed sized
  6. Regular updates will be on Carole's blog. 
My plan is to make a number of tops from my leftover Island Batik fabrics from 2017 and 2018. I am going to cut up my older fabrics into easy sizes of squares and rectangles for simple patchwork tops. Right now I am leaning towards 10.5" squares and 10.5" x 5.5" rectangles to start. 10" finished squares will translate simply into 70" x 90" for twin, 80" x 90" for full, and 90" square for queen.

As noted above, both top makers and long arm quilters are desperately needed. Please consider helping in some way!

I am still also looking for a few bloggers who would want to participate in our Daisy Chain QAL. Please email me (littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com) if you'd be interested in sharing every two weeks about your quilt progress -- you'll get the clues early!


Finally, Audrey, Karen, Stephanie, and I are plotting and planning for the third round of the Coast to Coast Bee! Here are my quilt tops from the first two years:



I am trying to figure out exactly what I will request for my quilt. My two thoughts are another medallion or a big block quilt where each person would make one XL quilt block. We are currently looking for one to two more USA-based intermediate-advanced quilters to join our round robin bee group. Email me (littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com) if you might be interested.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule {Winter Island Batik Blog Hop}

Today is the kick-off of the semi-annual blog hop featuring the menagerie of Island Batik Ambassadors showing off the newest Island Batik fabric lines!

This hop's theme is "Getaway!"


Here's the full schedule of bloggers, fabric lines, and dates -- make sure to visit everyone, as most of us have giveaways that will start on our designated hop day!

WEEK 1 (week 1 and week 2 have been updated to link to the blog hop posts!)
Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball
MaryEllen @ Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra @ mmm! quilts


Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty
Michelle @ Creative Blonde


Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge


Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine


Friday, January 11 - Flea Market


WEEK 2
Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller


Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose


Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park


Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song


Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic


WEEK 3
Monday, January 21 - Winter Park
Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations


Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar


Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom


Thursday, January 24 - Boho


Friday, January 25 - Brookview


WEEK 4
Monday, January 28 - French Blue
Pamela @ PamelaQuilts


Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night
Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing


Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer
Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics


Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  


Friday, February 1 -
Icicle

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Daisy Chain Mystery QAL {One Month To Go!}

I am so excited that one month from today is the official kick off of the Daisy Chain Mystery QAL!


Today I'm going to share some of the details (but not all!) to entice you to come along with me on this quilty journey!

First and foremost, the mystery quilt will be offered in *FOUR* sizes (approximate total yardages given):
Baby 36" square (2.5 yards)
Throw 60" square (4.75 yards)
Twin 96" x 72" (7.5 yards)
Queen 96" square (10.5 yards)

The units will *not* be different sizes for differently sized quilts, the larger quilts just use more units and blocks.

This quilt is designed so that you can use just yardage, just scraps, or a combination of scraps and yardage. The cutting and piecing will work with pre-cuts too -- jelly rolls, charm packs, layer cakes, and I think it would be especially lovely with a fat quarter or fat eighth bundle.

This quilt is also designed to be easily accomplished by a confident beginner but also fun and enjoyable for quilters of an experienced persuasion as well. I had a lot of fun making my original tester quilt and I am looking forward to making my second version alongside all of you during this QAL.

We are starting our QAL about a month earlier than we do typically -- we'll be starting in February rather than March! -- and I know that you have a LOT of choices for new QALs that start early in the year, but I really hope that you will join us!

The printable versions of the directions will be available on Payhip. We hope that you'll follow us there and join our HBD Quilts Facebook group for discussion, tips, and hints!

I'm really proud of this quilt design -- I worked really hard to design a quilt that I loved and was excited to make and hope that you'll feel the same about the quilt!

As always, thank you for reading my blog and supporting Honey, Bunny, and Doll quilts!

Additionally, I am looking for "a few good bloggers" to join the QAL and share about their quilts! If you might be interested, please send me an email (littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com) and I'll give you the details.

Here's the schedule!

Schedule
Fabric Requirements - February 4th
Cutting - February 18th
Block Units- March 4th
Block Units - March 18th
Block Units - April 1st
Block Units - April 15th
Catch up week link up - April 29th
Top Construction Part 1 - May 6th
Top Construction Part 2 - May 20th
Link up/giveaways/quilt parade starts: June 3rd
Link up/giveaways/quilt parade ends: June 17th