Saturday, February 25, 2012

Wins and Finishes

I received both of my Fugly fabric giveaway wins in the mail!

First, Jan of Janice Elaine Sews sent me this fun petunia print as well as a fat quarter of this romantic rose petal fabric!

And Colby of sew. quilt. explore. sent me a gigantic bundle of this festive fruit! All or part of this will be going to the mission quilt project at my home church in Michigan that my mom coordinates.

Although I kind of want to make it into a dress and put fruit in my hair.

In other news, I finally decided to put a border on my snowflake quilt.

So now I need to figure out what I want to do with the back of this. Which will likely take months at the rate I've been going lately. Sigh.

Happy Saturday!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


Pretty much I'm slacking on the sewing and the blogging. Teaching and researching and prepping for my oral exam (in less than two and a half months) takes up a lot more time that I thought it would. But hopefully I'll make some progress and have something nice to show in the next few days.

But also, a few good things.

Pretty much I'm famous.

Check out the pins from my blog on Pinterest. This makes me feel really special.

You can also follow me on Pinterest, but I warn you, I mostly pin food, wedding dresses I can't afford, and sassy quotes.

I also won, not one, but TWO sets of "fugly fabric" from the contests last week on Tuesday hosted here. Jan and Colby picked lil' ol' me as (one of) their winners! Pics of my "winnings" once I get them in the mail!

I am definitely going to participate in this the next time it rolls around; I have a number of things that I don't know if I will ever use and even more fabric that I am simply tired of right now.

And HUGE THANKS to Fabrics N Quilts for sharing my Garden Disappearing 9 Patch tutorial on their Facebook page! I am so excited that other people have found my tutorial interesting. It makes me feel like a *real* blogger, especially when so much of my life is tied up in things unrelated to quilting and crafting.

ALSO. If you know of places online where the new 1862 Battle Hymn collection is for sale, comment on here with the link. I've seen it only one or two places, and I just want to shop around for the best price. I am going to use some combination of the blues and tans for the sashing and borders for my Civil War Quilt (per the request of Park Ranger Boyfriend).

Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Scrap Block Challenge: Garden Disappearing Nine Patch Tutorial

If you're visiting from the scrap block challenge from Confessions of a Fabric Addict, welcome!

I'm Alison, a full time graduate student in chemistry by day and if I'm not sleeping, I'd like to be quilting. I've never entered a contest with my quilting and can't spend all day in front of my machine, a one block challenge was right up my alley! Thanks, Sarah!

The directions of the design challenge stipulated:
The blocks use squares of 5", 3.5", or 2" (or can be cut from one of those sizes)
Solids are allowed and finished blocks can be any size.
Finished designs will be used for the quilt ministry (super awesome!)

So I present my take on a disappearing nine patch -- garden style!

You will need:
For nine patch: 9-5" squares: 4 of one fabric, 4 of a second, and 1 of a third.
For stitch and flip corners: 3-5" squares in green, each cut into 4-2.5" squares (you need 12-2.5" squares total)

Lay out your 9 patch as shown below, with the corners as one color, the sides another, and the center as the third. The corner blocks will be the large portion of your "petals" so keep this in mind when you make your color and layout choices. Sew together and press.

Cut your sewn nine patch into half vertically and horizontally to yeild 4 blocks.

On 3 of the 4 corners of your new blocks, sew your green squares along the diagonal for stitch and flip triangles. Cut your seam allowances to a quarter inch and press open.

*Note: I chose to do only three corners, but you could definitely play around and do stitch and flip triangles on any combination of the corners for alternate patterns.

When you sew your blocks back together, you actually have a number of options:

...but my favorite was the flower.

Thanks to all the new visitors and old regulars to Little Bunny Quilts!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Right now.

Right now my life is trying to put in my normal amount of hours in lab in addition to the 15ish hours I spend teaching and grading. So needless to say, the sewing isn't getting done.

I have 3 pairs of rows sewn together on my Seville quilt and the rest is stacked neatly waiting (sort of). I wanted to get it done before Park Ranger Boyfriend was here this weekend, but that definitely did not happen.

I did make some paper heart garlands for Valentine's Day a few weeks ago (found on Pinterest, inspired by here).

You like my vintage television?

And I also came up with a block design for Confessions of a Fabric Addict's scrap block challenge. It is very easy and I am very happy with it. So come back tomorrow morning and I will have a tutorial for my design, as well as a link to all of the other scrap block entries!

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Quick shameless plug

Go vote for my mom in this week's Quilting Gallery contest! Her entry is the "Snowmen (Lori)" and is SUPER CUTE. She's the one that taught me to sew, so I think she should always win.

When my sister and I were younger and my mom had just made this wallhanging, we named all of the snowmen. I can't remember all of their names, but I am pretty sure their last names were all "Beauregard".

So go vote. And come back later for the Friday Five.