Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Christine's Kitchen 2.0 {Finished Quilt Top}

My Chrstine's Kitchen top -- version 2.0! -- is now ready for quilting!

I sewed together the three out of four of the rows of blocks right away. The last remaining row is the row containing the two flower blocks which stick out of the vases.


For my two applique blocks, I decided to make white daisies with blue centers. I made my flowers larger than the applique templates in the pattern, so I made two flowers for each block instead of three for each block. These fabrics, as well as the green stems and leaves, came out of my stash of Island Batik scraps. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics to use and share with you!


For the machine applique, I used a blanket stitch around my flowers, stems, and leaves. For the leaves, I used a dark olive green Aurifil thread. For the flower centers and petals, I used a navy blue thread. I used a wider stitch width for the petals and a narrower stitch width for the centers.


After adding the applique blocks to the second row, I added the set of sashings that are added before the pieced border.


Instead of using the background fabric in the pieced border, I decided to alternate between the light and dark colors from the strip pack. I had to cut down the strips from 2.5" to 2", but strip piecing the pieced border was a very quick process. I was able to use up the scraps I had from paper piecing and I think I used about 10 different fabrics in the pieced border.


I'll be using the remainders of my two blue yardages for the backing, binding, and hanging sleeve. This is the next top that I'll be quilting -- I have a batting from Hobbs that was provided in my July Island Batik Ambassador box that I'll be using. I am leaning towards quilting this one with grey thread and I have a few different grey options.

Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, October 15, 2018

Radiant Jewel {Starry Night}

When last I posted about my Radiant Jewel quilt, I was in the midst of making all of the four patches for the star blocks and pieced border.


Once I was able to finish all of the four patches, I started working on my eighteen star blocks. These went together relatively quickly and were easy to work on for a few minutes here and there. I think these came out really lovely and I am happy I decided to make all of the large center four patches the same for these blocks.


I also have all of the pieced border units to put together. My next task is to do the background fabric cutting necessary to complete the pieced borders and to make the 20 or so HSTs for the pieced border units. 

This will be set aside momentarily to work on some baby quilts and finish my Island Batik project for October. I have quite a bit of quilting to do over the next few weeks -- I quilted some secret sewing this weekend for the test baby quilt I made while on retreat. Here's the backing:


Happy Monday! Don't forget to enter to win some Island Batik fabric -- the giveaway will close on Friday!

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Friday, October 12, 2018

Twinkle Pattern -- Now Available! {HBD Pattern Premiere + Giveaway}

I'm so excited to share that our Twinkle pattern is now (finally!) available! A twist on the classic friendship star block, Twinkle uses a nested star design to create a modern star quilt.


I had originally made this quilt last winter for our Island Batik Ambassador hop. This uses the Mountain's Majesty line.




While working on finalizing this pattern, I also made a baby size version of the quilt that is also included in the pattern. I used the Paisley Dot collection for this quilt.




This pattern is now available on Etsy and Craftsy! The pattern includes the directions for three sizes. The baby size version which finishes at 42" x 36" and the throw size version which finishes at 72" x 54". The pattern also includes a twin sized option which adds two borders to the throw size quilt; the twin version will finish at 88" x 70". Here's the twin-sized diagram:


This sparkling quilt pattern is deceptively simple and is perfect for layer cakes and fat quarter bundles. You can actually make all of the blocks for the twin or throw size version from a single layer cake and background fabric!

In celebration of today's pattern premiere, I'll be giving away the last sixteen 10" squares from my Paisley Dot stacker, which I used to make the baby size version of this quilt.


Two entry options:
1. For everyone -- leave a comment with what fabric line or colors you would use to make your own version of Twinkle.
2. If you've made a version of *any* Honey, Bunny, and Doll pattern or quilt along, send me an email (littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com) with a photo of your project for a second entry.

The giveaway will close on Friday, October 19th!

I can't wait to see your version of this fun and easy pattern! Share your pictures on Instagram with the hashtags #HBDpatterns and #TwinkleQuilt! Join the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Facebook Group to be a part of the inner circle to know about pattern premieres and quilt alongs first!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Border Quilt QAL {Sawtooth Stars}

My quilt is growing at a rapid pace! Check out the information about The Border Quilt QAL here!


This "round" of blocks is sawtooth stars! Here's my quilt with all of the stars added:


Since I'm working from scraps and not from yardage, I thought I would share a little more in detail about the process I use to make scrappy yet coordinated blocks for this section of the quilt.

First and foremost, I separated my scraps into one pile of lights and light-mediums and a second pile of darks and dark-mediums for my backgrounds and stars, respectively. From these piles, I sorted the fabrics by size to make sure I had enough of a fabric to make a full block (or two or three or four!). Most of my blocks were made in pairs and all of the blocks but the red star blocks in the corners have the same fabric throughout the block. 

I also employed multiple techniques to make the flying geese based on the sizes of my scraps. For many, I had fabric wide enough to use the fast flying geese technique. For others, my scraps weren't wide enough so I used the stitch and flip technique. Even though the stitch and flip technique isn't my favorite, it allowed me to make use of a wider variety of scraps. 

Originally, my plan was to quit after my "round" of stars, but I have plenty (PLENTY!) of scraps for the next round of the quilt -- friendship stars! I still need to add my next round of solid fabric as the spacer border, but I will do that when I start my friendship stars next week. I think I only have enough Kona Champagne for one more spacer border!

Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Christmas Countdown {78 Sewing Days Left!}

There are 78 sewing days left until Christmas! Today I've put together a helpful compilation of a bunch of *free* tutorials for Christmas and holiday themed projects! As always, any pattern is a holiday pattern if you use holiday-themed fabric -- let your imagination go wild!

Jingle Bell Rock Throw Quilt from Moda Bake Shop:
This one is my latest MBS pattern! I've seen a few in-progress versions of this quilt and I can't wait to see more!


Rail Fence Table Runner:
The perfect pattern for those leftover 2.5" strips or for a quick and easy gift!


Frosty Cabins Table Runner from Modern By The Yard:
This is one that I'm actually planning to make another version of sometime this winter!


Bowtie Wreath and Countdown to Christmas 6" blocks from Moda Bake Shop:
Be creative and come up with your own setting for the entire collection of 6" blocks from last December's block-a-day "Advent calendar" on MBS!


Star of Wonder Table Runner:
Another simple table runner that's perfect for gifting!


Sparkle Tree Skirt:
This tutorial would work with any 6" finished block swapped out for the Ohio Star blocks!


Ribbon Candy on Moda Bake Shop:
If you're feeling festive, this is the quilt to try! Amanda designed and made this quilt and I have it on my bucket list to make myself.


As always, if you make something from one of our tutorials be sure to share a picture with us!

Happy Monday!

Friday, October 5, 2018

Of Borders and Babies {Shopping Spree}

It's the last quarter of the year, and that means it's time to focus on finishes, finishes, and more finishes so that there just might be the possibility that I could end the year with less than 15 WIPs. I'm also itching to get some quilts out of my house, either by gift or by sale, so I have fewer to move when we manage to buy a house.

So the logical thing for me to do was to go fabric shopping, right? Right -- because everything I bought (well, nearly everything) has been for finishing projects!

I have complained to a number of people recently that I have given seven baby girl quilts in a row and we've had no baby boys in our circle since a coworker had a boy over two years ago! Well ask and ye shall receive -- friends are having TWIN boys later this year. And of course, my already-made, ready-to-gift quilts won't work! So I'll be making matching baseball themed baby quilts out of this adorable Peanuts fabric:


My plan is to use our Ready, Set, Soar! pattern to make matching quilts with baseball appliques. I might use different colors for the bindings and backings. 

I also recently learned that a new to me quilt shop moved into my town and this past weekend was their big pre-quilt market sale! I had a lovely time visiting Charlotte's Cottage quilt shop, chatting with the owner, and picking out border fabric for not one, but two quilts!

I picked out the burgundy floral for my Double Delight quilt. The blue geometric print will be the final border on my Drift Away quilt.


I also might have just picked up a few things on sale just for stashing...


When I put the flower pot print in my cart, I had no idea how large the print was! I have a larger cut of this -- 1.25 yards -- so it might get used for a backing of some sort.

Happy Friday to you! No finishes here this week, but feeling a little bit accomplished with projects I can't share yet! 

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Needle, Paper, Scissors {Paper Piecing with Island Batik!}

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics to use and share with you!



If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that I absolutely LOVE foundation paper piecing! I've been looking forward to this challenge since we got our project calendar all the way back in January.

When we got our July shipments, I decided that I wanted to use the London Fog fabrics to make a new version of our Christine's Kitchen pattern. This pattern was our 2017 QAL -- when I made my original version, I also used Island Batik fabrics in greens with a cream background.


This time around, I pulled out the yardage and strip pack of London Fog and decided to use a grey solid for my background.


This is one of the projects that I started while I was at quilt camp in August. I used the larger cuts of two different fabrics from the line for the piecing of the larger pieces and used the dark strips for the accents in each block. Here are the first three blocks that I made:


For the largest blocks, I made half with the floral print and half with the speckled print. For the smaller blocks and the center coffee pot, I used just the 2.5" strips for the piecing. This meant that for a few of the blocks I had to get creative in piecing the blocks -- like for the sugar bowl and creamer where I made them look "dip dyed" instead of just one color for the majority of the block.


Here are most of my paper pieced blocks for this project all laid out together:


Next up will be making the applique flower blocks and then putting the whole quilt top together. I cut all of the background setting pieces before I started the blocks, so putting together the top will be quite quick!

Interested in the Christine's Kitchen pattern but scared to commit? We have a two block preview that is free on our Craftsy site! The preview only contains the pattern for one teacup and one coffee pot and has no setting directions, but is a good way to practice paper piecing with scraps until you're undertake the full pattern!


Monday, October 1, 2018

Brutal Honesty {October 2018}

How is it October already? Summer zoomed by and September was gone in the blink of an eye!

My goals for September were to finish my September Island Batik project, which I did, and to start quilting my Magnolia Mystery quilt, which I did not start yet. I really had a slow month on the quilting front so there's not a lot of progress here.

Quilting in progress/taken to be long arm quilted:
1. Blocked Rainbow Quilt -- Being long arm quilted, return date TBD
2. Donuts quilt -- My mom is going to quilt this on her mid-arm, return date TBD

Completed tops:
3. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- I wasn't sure what color grey thread to use to do the quilting and needed to stock up on thread anyways, I ordered this pack of thread (not an affiliate link) which has three different colors of grey. I think I'll end up using the darkest one, but have the medium shade just in case that one is too dark. I still need to get batting for this one too.
4. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- No progress

Tops partially finished:
5. Double Delight -- No progress
6. Drift Away Scrap Quilt -- No progress
7. Bonnie and Camille C2C Bee Quilt -- No progress
8. Romantic Garden Quilt -- No progress
9. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress
10. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- No progress

Just blocks and units:
11. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress
12. Cubicle Quilts -- No progress
13. Happy Houses blocks -- No progress
14. Birthstone blocks -- No progress
15. Radiant Jewel Quilt -- I finished all of the diamond blocks and have started on my star blocks.


Quilt alongs and long term projects:
16. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- Our September theme was Starstruck and I made a baby sized version of my Twinkle quilt! I am making progress on my all blue version of Christine's Kitchen and will be showing that off this month!


17. The Border Quilt QAL: The first two installments of the QAL happened in September! I now have a quilt center with a bunch of borders. I'm hoping that I have enough fabric pulled for at least one and hopefully two more rounds around the quilt. The next round is sawtooth stars and I have started on that.


New projects: NONE! (Yet! I ordered fabrics for two baby quilts that I need to try to finish this month.)

The rest of the year will be focused on finishes and getting some of these quilts out of bins, baskets, and piles and into loving homes elsewhere. My husband and I are in the process of looking for our first home (!!!) and I'd rather not move all of the quilts currently in our possession.

If you or someone you love is interested in purchasing a quilt that you've seen on Little Bunny Quilts, please email me (littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com) because I am willing to part with many of the quilts I have made in the last two years. It is not cost-effective for me to list everything that I'm willing to sell on Etsy with their current listing fee structure. Click on the "Finished Quilts" tab above to see finished items. At this time I am only accepting baby quilt commissions on a limited basis.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Radiant Jewel {Four Patch Piles}

I've had a little bit of a short attention span this week, so I've been working on the various units that make up the star blocks in my Radiant Jewel quilt.

All of my flying geese units are pressed and trimmed.


For the center of the blocks, the directions tell you to make randomly patched four-patches out of 2.5" squares. I decided that I would strip piece mine using one of the black prints and the cream/gold print.


I also set aside the 2.5" squares I'll need for the border units.

I also started working on the very, very many small four patches that are in the star blocks and the border units. The quilt requires 172 of these four patches that will finish at 2" in the quilt!


While I still need to make about 100 more of these tiny four patches, I laid out my first star block to see what it will look like. The vast majority of the tiny four patches are used in the pieced border.


This has been a good project to work on this week since it's so fun and the fabrics are so beautiful. This weekend I need to get myself in gear to finish at least something or work on something with a real deadline rather than just fun things for myself.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Border Quilt QAL {Checkerboard Rings}

I've managed to add on a few more rounds of rounds to my Border Quilt! Check out all about the quilt along on the Patterns by Jen blog!


For this section of the quilt, we added alternating checkerboard borders and background borders. You can see my first post about the quilt center here.

For my first checkerboard border, I decided to go with red and light green. The red dot is a fabric that I used for the binding of one of my Little Firecracker quilts and the green is left over from my Little Bunny Placemats and I also used it in my Magnolia mystery quilt.


For my second checkerboard, I went with my paisley print and dark green. Both of these fabrics are ones that have just been hanging around in my stash for a while.


The next round will be sawtooth stars! I'm hoping I have enough fabric to at least get through adding all of the sawtooth stars and then a final background border.

Check out some of the other versions of the quilt by some great bloggers!
Stephanie @ Quilt'n'Party
Daphne Greig
Becca @ Pretty Piney
Kate @ Seams Like A Dream
Vicki @ My Creative Corner

Monday, September 24, 2018

Radiant Jewel {Diamond Blocks}

While I showed a little peak of my Radiant Jewel quilt beginnings in my retreat post, I didn't share a lot about my plans for this quilt.



The quilt has two main blocks -- the diamond blocks that I started on retreat and star blocks. While on retreat I was able to finish 11 of the 17 diamond blocks needed for the quilt and I started the HSTs and flying geese for blocks #12 and #13.

This weekend was the first time working on this project since retreat and I quickly finished the last of the diamond blocks.


I'm very happy with my blocks and as you might be able to tell in this picture, I picked the largest scale prints for the diamond blocks. This quilt is all based around working from one jelly roll and one charm pack so all of the flying geese and HSTs for the diamond units are made with the stitch-and-flip method. If I were to make this quilt again, I wouldn't make these blocks using this method and would find a more fabric efficient way to make the blocks.

However, I did decide to ignore the directions to make the flying geese for the star blocks using the solid fabrics since I had continuous yardages of these fabrics instead of precuts. I have 72 all-solid flying geese to make for my 18 star blocks -- I'll have 6 stars in each of the three jewel tones.


My original hope was that I would be able to have enough leftover fabric from the quilt to make extra blocks to enlarge the quilt. However, when the kit and directions say to "cut carefully, there's almost no extra!" that's probably not a possibility! Part of this is how inefficient some of the cutting is -- one of the next steps is cutting down some of my 2.5" strips into 1.5" strips to make smaller four patches -- that much waste is a killer! Add that in with all of the stitch and flip units, and my heart aches.

Happy Monday -- I hope you get to do some sewing today!

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Jewel Box Star Table Runner {Finished Scrap Project}

This post could also be titled "I am bad at leaders and enders."

I absolutely LOVE the idea of leaders and enders -- a side project that you have going in an effort to save thread and use scraps. Bonnie Hunter is a leader and ender pioneer and I decided that I wanted to join in on her "leader and ender challenge" for this year making Jewel Box Star blocks.

Instead of pure scrappy-ness, I decided to do a controlled scrappy color scheme for my blocks. I picked out reds and greens for my four patches and a fat quarter of an old Basic Grey floral print for my half square triangles. Four blocks later:


As you can see, I arranged my four patches so that one diagonal of the block has green squares and one diagonal has red squares. All of my HSTs use the same blue background floral.

But backing up -- I am not good at leaders and enders. Instead of what you're actually supposed to do with leaders and enders, I tend to just use it as a "filler" project when I have a few minutes here and there to sew. I guess maybe this is just what works for my brain and my tiny sewing space.

I decided that instead of working on more blocks to add to a quilt, I would just turn these four blocks into a long and skinny table runner. I also had this great zig zag print hanging out in my stash that I chose for the backing and binding.


I did have to piece the backing since this table runner is 48" long. I used my tutorial for matching prints to make the necessary seam a little less obvious. I also was able to use the batting scraps left over from my Pansy Garden quilt.

For the quilting, I did more swirly flowers in white Aurifil thread. I used the leftover fabric from the backing (I had a whole yard of this fabric) for the binding. Because the runner is 48" x 12", I needed four WOF strips for the binding -- three strips was *just* too short. I top stitched the binding with a dark green Aurifil thread that is similar to the darker green in the zig zag print.



Here's a close up of one block in the table runner -- the binding and backing fabric is a perfect pair with my navy floral print star points.


And just for fun -- lots of stripey goodness when I rolled up the runner.


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Project Stats:
Name: Jewel Box Star Table Runner
Pattern: Jewel Box Star from Bonnie Hunter/Quiltville
Size: 12" blocks, runner is 48" by 12"
Fabrics: scraps and stash
Quilting: swirly flowers in white Aurifil
Future: Might be a gift, might not, haven't decided!