Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Donuts {Finished Block Sections}

Once I got to a stopping point with my Double Delight quilt, I pulled out my Donuts block sections to assess how much more I needed to do. I found that I needed five more sets of block sections in mainly lighter shades of blue, aqua, and green.

I made one light aqua, one more medium aqua, one medium-to-dark teal greens, one light green, and one light blue set of block sections.

Now all 18 sets of block sections are complete!

This quilt is one that is going to need to be laid out strategically and it would be helpful if I had a design wall for constructing the quilt. I am pretty sure that I am going to use a grey shade of Kona as the background but I'll have to see how much I'll need before I decide what color. 

This quilt was a good choice for my slightly larger scraps and strips, but I ended up with a lot of little bits and bobs from trimming the blocks and I'm not exactly sure how best to use them. They could easily make some scrappy slabs, but they could also work for some of the other projects in No Scrap Left Behind. And so the scrap cycle continues!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #3 - Yellow Flying Geese}

It's already week #3! Let's get crackin' on some flying geese!

This week's block is a pair of flying geese. We'll be making fast flying geese, so each set of four geese will make two blocks! This should be a relatively quick week! If you don't want to use the fast flying geese method, modify the cutting directions to fit your preferred method of block construction.

Six (6) 7.25 inch yellow squares
Twenty four (24) 3 7/8 inch background squares

Six (6) 10.25 inch yellow squares
Twenty four (24) 5 7/8 inch background squares

Construction: Fast flying geese
Draw diagonal lines on the back of all of your background squares. Arrange two background squares atop each of your six yellow squares, pinning if necessary. Sew 1/4" from each side of the drawn line, cut apart on the drawn line, and press toward your background fabric. To each of your "half goose" units, add an additional background square, sew 1/4" from each side of the drawn line, cut apart on the drawn line, and press toward your background fabric. Trim units for the throw sized quilt to 6.5 inches x 3.5 inches and trim units for the twin sized quilt to 9.5 inches x 5 inches. Make twenty four (24) flying geese units. Sew two geese together so that they are "flying" in the same direction. Make twelve (12) two-goose blocks.

Here are my blocks:

You can use any method your heart desires to make your flying geese if the Fast Flying Geese method doesn't work with your current scrap collection. If you're an Easy Angle Ruler kind of person, check out this tutorial from Bonnie Hunter. If you'd rather use the stitch and flip method, check out this page from Connecting Threads that shows both the Fast Flying Geese method and the stitch and flip method.

Remember that if you change which method you plan to use to make your geese you'll need to adjust the cutting directions from my instructions so decide which method you'd like to use first before you start cutting. Regardless of which method you choose, you'll need a total of 24 flying geese in the appropriate size.

Our winner from last week is Ramona! Check out her beautiful churn dashes! Way to go!

This week's giveaway sponsor is Sharon from Yellow Cat Designs! About Sharon:

Sharon lives in Lee Summit, Missouri and is retired -- but somehow she's busier now than when she worked full time! She is a second year Island Batik Ambassador and her designs can be found at as well as in Quiltmaker, McCall's Quilting, Modern Quilts Unlimited, and in the Moda Bake Shop.

Make sure to post in the Facebook group or use the hashtag #BlockedRainbowQAL to be entered to win! Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Today also kicks off the Stash Statement blog hop celebrating Kelly's new book! Click on over to her blog to read all about the cover quilt and enter to win a copy of the book for yourself!

March 19 - Introduction, Yardage Requirements, Kona Sale with HBD
March 26 - Sponsors, Background Spacer cutting, Color Suggestions
April 2- Red Pinwheels
April 9 - Orange Churn Dashes
April 16 - Yellow Flying Geese <-- That's today!
April 23 - Green Sawtooth Stars
April 30 - Blue Bowties
May 7 - Purple Bear Paws
May 14 - Catch up week/Mother's Day
May 21 - Setting directions
May 28 - Catch up week/Memorial Day
June 4 - Finished Quilt Top Parade/Link Up

Friday, April 13, 2018

Antietam Inspired Quilt {Finished Baby Quilt}

Today I'm sharing the finish of my April Island Batik Ambassador challenge! This month's theme is using vintage quilts to inspire new creations!

I chose a quilt in the museum of Antietam National Battlefield as my inspiration which you can read more about in my previous post! I made nine blocks in the same design as those in the original quilt.

I put together the blocks with 1.5" sashing strips. I very often sash 12" blocks with 1" finished sashings for baby quilts -- that way the quilt is narrow enough to use a single width of fabric for backing! 

For the quilting, I decided to use a leafy meader after following along with Angela Walter's recent FMQ QAL. I did half the quilting on one day and half the next and used cream thread. The backing is flannel. The batting is Hobbs Heirloom Premium, provided by Hobbs in my IB Ambassador kit.

I used the background fabric for the binding and machine stitched it to the front using emerald thread as a little accent. 

Quilt Stats:
Name: Antietam Baby Quilt
Fabrics: Island Batik basics/blenders provided in my IB Ambassador box
Size: 40 inches square
Quilting: Leafy meander
Started: March 2018
Finished: April 2018
Future: Baby quilt for close friends' first baby!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Coast to Coast Bee 2.0 {Chelsea's Quilt}

This round of the Coast to Coast traveling bee had me working on Chelsea's outdoor themed quilt. Here's what I received to work on:

Audrey added the border and paper pieced New Hampshire lettering and the modern mountains was Chelsea's start to the quilt. Doesn't it look like an old fashioned travel ad?

Since this quilt had a lot of paper piecing already, I decided to continue that theme. It was easy to find "NH facts" which told me all about the state bird, butterfly, insect, flower, and so on and so forth. After looking at paper piecing patterns online, I decided to add blocks of the state butterfly -- the Karner Blue butterfly -- and the state insect -- the ladybug!

First, I worked on the butterflies. This type of butterfly is mainly royal blue and black with yellow accents. I omitted the yellow accents, but found this awesome marble print in my scraps that looks awesome for the butterfly wings!

Next, I made two ladybugs. I didn't have polka dot fabric, so I used a paisley print.

My final addition was a block of New Hampshire itself! I used an outline of the state that I found online and traced it onto my fusible backwards. I picked a green leaf Amanda Murphy print as the fabric for the applique. I used a slightly darker shade of green thread to blanket stitch around the edges of the applique state.

Here's what I'll be passing along to Stephanie! I'm so happy with how it came together.

My next assignment is working on Karen's quilt! Her quilt is a medallion quilt. Sharing at Let's Bee social this week!

I'm also excited to share that I am a part of the upcoming Stash Statement blog hop to celebrate Kelly's first book!

Photo courtesy Martingale/That Patchwork Place

The hop has new posts once a week on Mondays! It's a great lineup of quilters taking part.

Stash Statement Blog Tour Schedule-

4/16- Grand Bazaar    Shelley @ Cora's Quilts
                                    Connie @ Freemotion by the River

                           Diann @ Little Penguin Quilts

4/30- Precarious  Jess @ Quilty Habit                       
                             Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts
5/7- Beach Retreat  Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts                               
                                 Liz @ Savor Every Stitch 
5/14- Fire Pit   Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts <---- That's me!                  
                         Preeti @ Sew Preeti Quilts
5/21- Detour    Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts                         
                         Shelley @ The Carpenter's Daughter Who Quilts
5/28- Murrina    Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl             
                            Leanne @ Devoted Quilter
6/4- Scattered    Jayne @ Twiggy and Opal                      
                           Christine @ Triangles and Squares 
6/11- Bloom Chicka Boom   Chris @ made by ChrissieD            
                                               Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
6/18- Regatta   Susan @ Quilt Fabrication                             
                          Debbie @ A Quilter's Table    
                          Christa @ Christa Quilts
6/25- Catch a Falling Star  Cynthia @ Quilting is More Fun Than Housework        
                                              Anja @ Anja Quilts
7/2- College Prep   Hilary @ by Hilary Jordan                 
                                Lori @ Crossquilt
7/9- Take Flight (bonus digital pattern)  Kelli @ Seriously, I Think It Needs Stitches 
                                                                 Paula @ The Sassy Quilter

Monday, April 9, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #2 - Orange Churn Dashes}

Welcome to Week #2 of the Blocked Rainbow QAL!

I have loved seeing everyone's pinwheel blocks on Facebook and Instagram! Gina was the winner of our Week 1 pattern giveaway hosted by The Inquiring Quilter! Gina is doing a super scrappy version of the quilt with a grey background!

Let's get back to business and make some churn dashes. This week we're making smaller HSTs than last week and doing some strip piecing.

Thirty (30) 3 inch orange squares
Thirty (30) 3 inch background squares
Four (4) 1.5 inch x WOF orange strips
Four (4) 1.5 inch x WOF background strips
Fifteen (15) 2.5 inch background squares

Thirty (30) 4 inch orange squares
Thirty (30) 4 inch background squares
Six (6) 2 inch x WOF orange strips
Six (6) 2 inch x WOF background strips
Fifteen (15) 3.5 inch background squares

Construction: HSTs
Draw diagonal lines on the back of each background square. Pair each background square with an orange square, sew 1/4" from each side of the line, and cut apart on the line. Press as desired. Trim units for throw sized quilt to 2.5 inches and trim units for twin sized quilt to 3.5 inches. Make a total of sixty (60) HSTs.

Strip pieced side sections
Pair each orange WOF strip with a background WOF strip. Sew along the long edge of each strip pair and press as desired.

For the throw sized quilt, you should make four (4) strip sets and each set should measure 2.5 inches wide. Subcut each strip set into fifteen (15) 2.5 inch sections for a total of sixty (60) 2.5 inch strip set units.

For the twin sized quilt, you should make six (6) strip sets and each should measure 3.5 inches wide. Subcut five (5) of the strip sets into eleven (11) 3.5 inch sections each and subcut five (5) additional 3.5 inch sections from the final strip set for a total of sixty (60) 3.5 inch strip set units.

Arrange four HSTs, four strip set units, and one background square as shown below for each churn dash block. Sew units into rows and then sew the rows together for a final block. Make a total of fifteen (15) orange churn dashes.

Here are my blocks:

I used five different fabrics this week. As noted in last week's scrappy suggestions, you can chose to mix up fabrics within a single block, or make each block in a single fabric like I have done.

If you're working from smaller fabrics, strip piecing your side sections might not be the best use of your scraps and you might want to cut individual rectangles and that's totally fine! If you want to do that you'll need 1.5 inch x 2.5 inch rectangles for the 6 inch blocks used in the throw sized quilt or 2 inch x 3.5 inch rectangles for the 9 inch blocks used in the twin sized quilt. Some of my side sections were strip pieced and some weren't -- it just depended on the size of my starting piece of fabric for that particular color.

If you like the blocks but aren't sure if you have enough scraps to make either size quilt and don't want to use yardage, here are some alternate project suggestions:

-- To make a set of four placemats, make four (4) 6 inch blocks each week and combine one block in each color to make placemats that each use 6 blocks
-- You could also make a 24 block table runner if you make four (4) 6 inch blocks each week.

This week our prize sponsor is Marlene from KISSed Quilts and the winner will receive a PDF pattern of their choosing! She's retired as an Island Batik Ambassador, but is still designing patterns for the company. Here's a little bit about Marlene:

Marlene (Baerg) Oddie is an award winning long-arm machine quilter, pattern designer and author who enjoys creating unique treasures. She's an engineer by education, project manager by profession and now a quilter by passion. Her company name comes from her engineering days of the KISS method, but she has adapted it to Keeping It Simple.....and Stunning!

Due to job moves with her husband, she is now involved with quilting projects full-time and has a small retail shop and quilting studio in Grand Coulee, WA. You may have read her columns that are regularly picked up across North America in your local Country Register. If you're going through the Pacific Northwest, stop to see the Grand Coulee Dam and be sure to say hello to Marlene.

Make sure to post in the Facebook group or use the hashtag #BlockedRainbowQAL to be entered to win!

Sharing at Linky Tuesday and Needle and Thread Thursday!

March 19 - Introduction, Yardage Requirements, Kona Sale with HBD
March 26 - Sponsors, Background Spacer cutting, Color Suggestions
April 2- Red Pinwheels
April 9 - Orange Churn Dashes <-- That's today!
April 16 - Yellow Flying Geese
April 23 - Green Sawtooth Stars
April 30 - Blue Bowties
May 7 - Purple Bear Paws
May 14 - Catch up week/Mother's Day
May 21 - Setting directions
May 28 - Catch up week/Memorial Day
June 4 - Finished Quilt Top Parade/Link Up

Friday, April 6, 2018

Antietam Inspired Quilt {April IBA Challenge}

Our Island Batik Ambassador theme for April is "Looking Back" -- this month we're taking inspiration from vintage quilts.

For those of you that have read Little Bunny Quilts for a long time will know that my husband works for the National Park Service ("Park Ranger Husband") and spent his first few years in the NPS working at Antietam National Battlefield. One of the more notable items at their museum is this quilt:

This quilt was made in 1850 by Barbara Miller, who lived nearby. Relatives owned one of the farms that became part of the field of battle on September 17th, 1862. The quilt is signed by friends and family. This simple red and cream quilt has large cream sashings and borders filled with hand quilted feathers and a gear-like triangle border.

Today I'm going to break down how I dissected the original blocks to make my blocks and then give you the necessary dimensions to make your own Antietam autograph-style blocks. My blocks are 12" finished, but based on seeing the original quilt in person quite a few times, I think the original quilt blocks are probably 8" or 9" finished.

The original block is -- more or less -- a square in a square in a square in a square with beveled corners. So a lot of research on square in a square blocks and economy blocks later, I had cutting measurements for my planned blocks. I used three different focus fabrics (two greens and a brown) and one cream background and made three blocks each for a total of nine blocks. Island Batik kindly provided these fabrics in my Spring Ambassador box!

For one 12" finished block, you'll need
(1) 4 3/4" square background fabric
(2) 4" squares focus fabric cut once on the diagonal for (4) triangles
(2) 5 1/4" squares background fabric cut once on the diagonal for (4) triangles
(2) 7" squares focus fabric cut once on the diagonal for (4) triangles
(4) 3.5" squares background fabric

I found that these measurements allowed me to sliver trim on all four sides of the block as I went along. If you prefer to have more wiggle room for trimming or use a wider 1/4" seam, add 1/4" to the 4", 5 1/4", and 7" squares.

After adding the 4" triangles, trim the entire unit to 6.5". After adding the 5 1/4" triangles, trim the entire unit to 9". After adding the 7" triangles, trim to 12.5".

Draw lines on the diagonal of each 3.5" square. Sew one to each corner of the 12.5" block using the stitch and flip method. Blocks should still measure 12.5".

I made a total of nine blocks -- three in each color. These will be made up into a baby quilt top shortly!

Have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to check out the Blocked Rainbow QAL and join the Facebook Group!

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Brutal Honesty {April 2018}

It is finally April! For me, that means sewing and listening to baseball games! Or pressing and trimming and listening to baseball games. Basically from now until October my life is evenly split between work, quilting, and baseball.

Being long arm quilted:
1. Summer on the Coast Quilt -- I sent this with my mom for her to quilt and it's already done! Leaving it on the list until I can do an official finish post, though!
2. On Ringo Lake Mystery QAL -- I also sent this one off for quilting, return date TBA since it went to the long arm quilter.

Finished tops ready to be quilted:
3. Traveling Quilt Bee (2016) -- Ready to be layered, pinned, and quilted - this is on my list to start this coming weekend!
4. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- Have a backing picked out, just need to order it!

Tops partially finished:
5. Bonnie and Camille C2C Bee Quilt -- No progress
6. Romantic Garden Quilt -- No progress
7. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress

Just blocks:
8. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- No progress
9. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress
10. Cubicle Quilts -- I made my mini for April and I actually started my mini for May, too!

11. Happy Houses blocks -- No progress
12. Birthstone blocks -- No progress
13. Donuts quilt -- No progress

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
14. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- My March project was to try a new-to-us technique and I tried bias tape applique! Our April theme is "vintage inspired" and I can't wait to show you what I've been working on later this week!

15. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- I have Chelsea's quilt this month and I'll be posting about that next week!
16. Top Secret Sewing -- This has slowed down significantly (HOORAY!) and I have one project for May to finish!
17. Blocked Rainbow Quilt -- This week kicked off the first block tutorial for this quilt! Click here to see the Red Pinhweels tutorial and click here to get the directions from Craftsy.

New Project:
18. Double Delight -- This is my new scrappy side project! I'm still plugging away on my second set of square in a square units and will show those off once they are finished!

My goal for April is to finish the Secret Sewing project that'll be shown off in May and to finally start quilting my TQB quilt now that I have my new sewing machine! 

I'd also like to pat myself on the back for some serious WIP busting. During all of 2017, I finished five projects that were on my WIP list at the beginning of the year. During the first three months of 2018, I have already finished six projects that were on my WIP list at the beginning of this year -- three of which were on my WIP list at the beginning of 2017! I definitely have started plenty of new things, but I'm at least finishing up *some* of the long-languishing projects on my list.

Don't forget to join the HBD Facebook Group -- it's not too late to join in the Blocked Rainbow QAL!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Summer Patio Pattern Premiere {Giveaway and Sale!}

I'm excited to share our newest Honey, Bunny, and Doll pattern -- Summer Patio!

This pattern is perfect for the jelly rolls you've been hoarding in your stash! This pattern includes a twin size option (68" x 91") and a full size option (77" x 91"). Rather than using a background fabric for the sashing, this pattern uses a single fabric for the borders and the sashing to make the blocks float like tiles! You can get the pattern on Etsy or Craftsy.

We've also reached a huge milestone -- over 900 likes on our HBD Facebook page! Thank you for showing such support for us over the last few years! We love designing patterns and selling fabric. As a little thank you to all of our friends and followers, our Christine's Kitchen and Starburst patterns are $9 on Etsy for a short time only! (Regularly $12!!)

So let's also do a Summer Patio pattern giveaway! As is our normal MO, leave comments to enter!

1. Leave a comment with what fabric line you'd use to make your own Summer Patio quilt. I think it would be great in any Bonnie and Camille line!

2. Leave a second comment if you are a follower of Little Bunny Quilts (blog, Instagram) or Honey, Bunny, and Doll (FB page, FB group, Instagram)! We couldn't have gotten to where we are without you!

I'll pick winners (YES WINNERS!) next Monday and update this post when I do!

Here are our winners!

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Week #1 - Red Pinwheels}

Hats off to our first official week of the quilt along! Today we are making red pinwheels. Hop on over to Craftsy to download the directions!

Obviously this week's technique is half square triangles (HSTs)! We'll be making 18 pinwheel blocks -- and make them from 72 HSTs! Let's get started.

Thirty six (36) 4 inch red squares
Thirty six (36) 4 inch background squares

Thirty six (36) 5.5 inch red squares
Thirty six (36) 5.5 inch background squares

Construction: Basic HSTs
Draw diagonal lines on all of your background squares. Pair each background square with a red square right sides together and stitch 1/4" from each side of the line. Cut apart on the line, press as desired. Make a total of 72 HSTs.

Trim units for the throw sized quilt to 3.5 inches square.
Trim units for the twin sized quilt to 5 inches square.

Block Construction:
Arrange four HSTs as shown below. Sew together and press as desired. Be diligent in making sure that all of your pinwheel units are all "rotating" in the same direction! Make a total of 18 pinwheel blocks.

For my blocks (I'm making the twin sized version this time around) I used 4 different fabrics and each pinwheel is made of the same fabric HSTs.

Here are all of my blocks:

If you want to go scrappy here are some suggestions:
- If you want each pinwheel to be made up of the same fabric, you'll need to cut your red squares in pairs, which will result in four HSTs.
- You could also combine HSTs randomly and have four different red fabrics in each pinwheel.
-Feeling super scrappy? Use your favorite technique to make scrappy red slabs (a la Crazy Mom Quilts' "scrap vortex" technique) and then cut those slabs into the size squares you need for this step. This will allow you to use smaller scraps, but allot yourself extra fabric to account for the additional seams.

Don't feel overwhelmed by this week's assignment! Every week we'll be making fewer and fewer blocks so this week will likely be the most time consuming! It might be helpful to sew all of your HSTs at once and then set yourself up to do all of the trimming in front of your favorite movie to help the time pass more quickly!

I'm really excited to use the black background this time around! If you haven't picked up your backing fabric yet, our Kona sale is still going on!

This week our prize sponsor is Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter and the winner will receive a PDF pattern of their choosing! She's currently a fellow Island Batik Ambassador! Here's a little bit about Jennifer:

Jennifer Fulton is a quilter/blogger who is passionate about color, fabrics, and design. She’s also extremely curious and asks a lot of questions—that’s the reason she named her blog The Inquiring Quilter!

Jennifer is also a technical writer with over 30 years experience. She’s written many books, including a book on quilting—Idiot’s Guide: Quilting. Currently, Jennifer writes a blog and designs quilts and patterns for leading fabric manufacturers such as RJR, Quilting Treasures, Timeless Treasures, Windham Fabrics, and Island Batik. She is also an Island Batik Ambassador. Jennifer recently designed patterns for Keepsake Quilting and Missouri Star, and has had her quilts displayed at Quilt Market.

Just post a picture of your progress on Instagram with the hashtag #BlockedRainbowQAL -or- post a picture in the HBD Quilts Facebook group! I'll pick one winner on Sunday night and share it in next Monday's post! We also have a giveaway and sale in honor of reaching 900 likes on Facebook! We are giving away a few copies of our new pattern, Summer Patio, and our Christine's Kitchen and Starburst patterns are $9 on Etsy for a short time only! (Regularly $12!!)

Also sharing at Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, and Needle and Thread Thursday!

March 19 - Introduction, Yardage Requirements, Kona Sale with HBD
March 26 - Sponsors, Background Spacer cutting, Color Suggestions
April 2- Red Pinwheels <--- That's today!
April 9 - Orange Churn Dashes
April 16 - Yellow Flying Geese
April 23 - Green Sawtooth Stars
April 30 - Blue Bowties
May 7 - Purple Bear Paws
May 14 - Catch up week/Mother's Day
May 21 - Setting directions
May 28 - Catch up week/Memorial Day
June 4 - Finished Quilt Top Parade/Link Up