Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Drift Away {In Scraps}

It's hard to deny -- I love scrap quilts! Over the last few years, I've made quite a few quilts that were made entirely (or nearly entirely) from fabric from my stash (like Pinwheel Plus, Sunset Gathering, Summer Solstice, Meadow, and my two Blue in Bloom quilts, to name a few!)

I'm now in a place where my fabric yardage and bundles are dwindling, and I have scads and scads of fabric that fall into the scraps-to-large-scraps category. Now that my Top Spin and On Ringo Lake quilts are finished, and my Double Delight and Donuts projects are ready to be put together into finished tops (with the help of a trip to the store!), it's time to embark on a new scrappy project.

Somewhat by serendipity, Melissa of Happy Quilting released her Drift Away pattern and I knew it was perfect for my green, teal, and blue fabrics that didn't get used in my Donuts quilt. Rather than use fat quarters, I used a variety of sizes of scraps, many of which were leftover chunks from backings, to cut the squares needed for this project. I also decided on using black for the background since I had a large chunk of it on hand.


In this picture, the smallest size squares are already sewn into pairs, but I can still pick out lots of recognizable fabrics from older projects! The plaid on the left was the backing for Racing Rails, the teal dot was the backing for Sunset Gathering, the olive and aqua leaf is from my Midnight mystery quilt, and the squiggle is from Beau's Ties.

One of the reasons I decided to go with black instead of a light solid is because the fabrics I used have both whites and off-whites in the prints.

I managed to get a significant part of the first corner together rather quickly! I didn't lay out the entire quilt at once so I just started randomly pulling the medium and large sized focus squares from their piles. I have two different fabrics for the large setting triangles, so I am alternating them.


So far I think my "place-the-squares-as-you-go" plan is going quite well. I only had to take out one or two seams where I sewed units upside down. Only a few rows to go until I'm halfway done with the quilt top! This quilt as designed ends up at 80" square -- I'm strongly considering adding a border on all four sides so that it would end up full/queen sized since I may give this as a gift. But those are things to decide another day!

Sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Blocked Rainbow Quilt {Prize Winners}

It's time to share the prizes for the Blocked Rainbow QAL! Thank you again to our sponsors and to the participants!


Annette: Benartex Contempo Fabric Bundle


Susan: HBD Pattern Bundle


Gina: Quilting JetGirl Pattern Bundle


Ramona: Island Batik Bundle


Liz's top: HBD Pattern Bundle


A huge thank you to our grand prize sponsors!

Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs
Quilting JetGirl (pattern bundle)
Benartex Fabrics (fabric bundle)
Island Batik Fabrics (fabric bundle)

Friday, June 15, 2018

30 Pearls {Quilt Top}

I'm excited to share my finished quilt top for our June Island Batik Ambassador project!

First and foremost, I love that my original vision worked out so well with these fabrics and was so simple to create! Even though I'm a nervous pinner for sewing curves, the blocks were quick and easy. 

The one change from my original design is that I pieced the top and bottom sashing (which makes the quilt square rather than rectangular) instead of it being single pieces. This was out of necessity (since I was working with fat eighths!) and I think it looks great.

Here's the top together:


And for comparison, here's the original design!


Since I didn't want to buy something as a separate backing for this quilt (since it's going to be a wall hanging), I pulled some of my 5" Island Batik stash builder strips, one of the fat eighths that I didn't use in the quilt top, and a larger piece of green yardage (some of which I had used in my Blocked Rainbow quilt).

The green piece of yardage wasn't quite big enough on its own for the backing, so I needed it to "grow" a little bit. I sewed the 5" strips end to end and then added four slice-and-insert strips to my green yardage, two going in each direction.



I like the added interest on the back, even if I'll be the only one that knows it's there! Now to work in earnest on quilting the top! I'm planning to use white thread in the "pearls" and colored thread in the background. I actually have about a dozen different pink, purple, red, and orange-hued spools of Aurifil that I've been auditioning! I've also been studying Leah Day's quilting gallery for quilting ideas.


Happy Friday and happy sewing! Sharing at Finished or not Friday and Linky Tuesday!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Summer on the Coast {Finished Quilt}

I'll fully admit that there were multiple times where I completely forgot that this quilt top was done and ready to quilt! I finished the top in July 2016 and this quilt was one I designed for a mystery quilt along I hosted. I actually bought the backing fabric for this quilt in July 2017 at the same time I bought the backing fabric for my Meadow quilt and my Green in Bloom quilt.

Here's the quilt top from when I finished it:


This design was inspired by combining a traditional Storm at Sea block with pinwheels. I sent the quilt and backing home with my mom the last time she came to visit with the instructions to "do with it as she pleased." The reason this top sat for so long unquilted and unfinished is that I didn't know how to quilt it so it was probably the right decision to make someone else decide how to quilt it!

Here's the preview pictures my mom posted on Instagram:


The finished quilt is lovely!


The quilting is all different sorts of echoing of the block shapes. The backing is an old Moda print from the Farmer's Market line. I love the diagonal vines -- it makes the binding look fantastic!



This will likely become my new "mobile quilt" -- the quilt that I keep in the car for picnics and other activities!



Quilt Stats:
Name: Summer on the Coast
Pattern: Summer on the Coast (designed by me!)
Fabrics: random stash fabrics (backing/binding is Moda)
Techniques: paper piecing
Quilting: rulerwork echo quilting by my mom
Size: 60 inches square
Started: March 2016
Finished: May 2018

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

Monday, June 11, 2018

Tips and Tutorials Festival Kick-Off!

Today is the kick-off of the Tips and Tutorials Festival hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Yvonne of Quilting JetGirl!


Honey, Bunny, and Doll is one of the sponsors of the "Block Patterns and Tutorials" category and the winner will receive four PDF patterns from us!

I'll be linking up some of my tutorials as well! Here's the ones I am entering:

Block Tutorials:
Red Pinwheels from the Blocked Rainbow QAL
Ohio Star Mini Quilt



Sewing Tutorials:
Making Wonky Crosses in Bulk


Sewn or Quilted Items Tutorials:
Pocket Wall Hanging


If you're interested in participating or checking out all of the tutorials, visit Meadow Mist Designs or Quilting JetGirl! Hats off to them for organizing a great new event!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Mostly Modern {June IBA Challenge}

It's my favorite month for us Island Batik Ambassadors -- it's Modern month! I started plotting this project as soon as we got the schedule for this year!


The Modern Quilt Guild provides the following definition of modern quilting:

"Modern quilts are primarily functional and inspired by modern design. Modern quilters work in different styles and define modern quilting in different ways, but several characteristics often appear which may help identify a modern quilt. These include, but are not limited to: the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, and alternate grid work."


Last year I designed and made my Ombre Everest mini quilt which focused on improvisational piecing but also included alternate grid work.



This year, I decided I wanted to use the pink fabrics from my Sunflower Serenade bundle (below) combined with cream for a very bold mini quilt.



This is the design I mocked up with some of the fabric swatches:


This "30 Pearls" design is inspired by the fact that pearl is the birthstone for June and a traditional 30th anniversary gift, in honor of my upcoming 30th birthday. The simple drunkard's path block "pearls" are scattered throughout the grid semi-randomly with lots of negative space for me to free motion quilt.

I'm done with the cutting for the blocks and have sewn the first two rows of drunkard's path blocks.



Next week I'm hoping to have a finished top to show off! I'm already thinking about the quilting for this one -- I think the white areas should be filled with pebbles (obviously!) and then I'll use a few different fillers for the pink fabrics. What do you think?

Don't forget to check out what my fellow ambassadors have been working on by checking out the Island Batik Facebook page! Sharing at Finished or not Friday!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Coast to Coast Bee 2.0 {Karen's Quilt}

For this round of the Coast to Coast Traveling Bee, I worked on Karen's quilt. Here's what Audrey sent to me:


Karen created the Storm at Sea center, Chelsea added the checkerboard corners, and Audrey added the striped corner sections.

I decided that I wanted to add a border around what Audrey added instead of another set of corner sections to turn the quilt top on point. I settled on adding a diamond chain border around the quilt, with the same sized colored squares that Chelsea used in her checkerboard sections. I found a great cream print with white feathers to use as my background at my LQS while my mom was in town visiting.

Getting the side sections together was very quick and I was able to cut each section to about 5.5 inches wide. I used one of the purple fabrics for squares in the corners.


Here's a close up I used as a teaser on Instagram, which shows the low volume feather print quite well!


Now this top is on its way to Stephanie to work on and I'll be receiving Stephanie's quilt for our last round of quilts this year! My quilt (or rather, my rows) will be coming back to me sometime in July!

Sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday and Oh Scrap!

Monday, June 4, 2018

Blocked Rainbow QAL {Quilt Top Parade}

Thank you to everyone that participated in our Blocked Rainbow Quilt Along! I'm excited to share all of the finished quilt tops everyone has made.


If you finish your quilt top, please email me a photo (littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com) and I will add you to this post! Any finishes submitted to me prior to June 16th will be eligible for prizes.

My top:


Amanda's top: (honeybunnyanddoll)


Lori's top:


Annette's top:


Susan's top:


Gina's top:


Ramona's top:


Liz's top:


A huge thank you to our grand prize sponsors!

Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs
Seams Like A Dream (USA only)
Sarah Goer Quilts (pattern)
Quilting JetGirl (pattern bundle)
Benartex Fabrics (fabric bundle)
Island Batik Fabrics (fabric bundle)

Friday, June 1, 2018

Brutal Honesty {June 2018}

June is here! I have always loved June because June is my birthday month and because I can eat my weight in watermelon and berries and not feel bad about it. Read all the way through for a great quilting community announcement!

My May goals were to finish my May IBA pillow project, which I did, and to finish my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt, which I did not quite accomplish.

Quilting in Progress:
1. Traveling Quilt Bee (2016) -- 5/8 sections completed - I have two more "center sections" to complete and then I'll work on the borders. I am hoping to finish up the center sections this weekend.


Completed tops:
2. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- This top needs a final trim (since it's on point) and I need to shop for a backing.

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

Just blocks and units:
6. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- No progress
7. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress
8. Cubicle Quilts --  No progress
9. Happy Houses blocks -- No progress
10. Birthstone blocks -- No progress
11. Donuts quilt -- No progress
12. Double Delight -- I have all of the blocks for this quilt done! I need to go shopping for fabric for the setting triangles, since I didn't find anything workable in my stash.


Quilt alongs and long term projects:
13. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- My May project was a pillow that matched my April project. Our theme for June is modern-inspired quilts -- I have a large mini (or midi?) quilt designed that I will start sharing about next week!


14. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- I am done with my addition to Karen's quilt but not quite ready to share it yet! Here's a preview:


15. Blocked Rainbow Quilt --  Monday is the start of sharing finished tops! My quilt top is done and I'm plotting how to quilt it. If you've made a quilt top with us, please email a picture to me at littlebunnyquilts@gmail.com this weekend!



My goal for this month is to *actually* finish my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt and to go shopping (online or in store) to get fabric to finish up some of the tops that aren't quite finished and for backings.

I'm also excited to share that Honey, Bunny, and Doll will be participating in the first-ever Tips and Tutorials Festival hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs and Yvonne of Quilting Jetgirl! We are sponsoring a prize and I'll be writing at least one tips and tutorials post!


Have a wonderful weekend!