Friday, March 22, 2019

Four Patch Quilt Top {Charity Sewing}

Way, way back in January, part of my push to organize my new sewing room included cutting up some of my older Island Batik fabrics into squares and rectangles for charity quilts for the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project.


I had significant chunks of fabric left from two different lines: the Jungle Cruise line, which I used for my Summer Patio quilt and the Bazaar line, which I recently used to make my new Dashing to the Chapel quilt.



From the Jungle Cruise fabric leftovers (and a few additional fabrics mixed in), I cut 9.5" squares and then made gigantic 18.5" four patches.




20 of these four patches made a 72" x 96" quilt top, which is either a very large twin or a moderately sized full quilt.


I'm now working on turning my Bazaar scraps into another quilt top. I have all of my squares stacked up and read to sew into a top. As of right now, this quilt would only be 60" x 80" so it might need a border added.

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Twirls and Stripes {Finished Quilt}

It's time to show off my finished vintage inspired quilt and compare it to its inspiration!

My finished quilt:


The original quilt:


After finishing the quilt, I decided to see if I had any Hobbs batting in my Island Batik Ambassador box that would be the right size for my 40 x 48 baby quilt -- and I was in luck! As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Hobbs batting to use and share with you!


In my box, I had a crib size (45" x 60") cotton batting that fit the bill perfectly. I also got flannel for the backing, which I did have to piece but better pieced than too small, right?

For the quilting, I just did a simple bubbly meander in white thread, starting in the middle of the quilt and working out. I trimmed the batting and backing 1/2" beyond the edge of the quilt to prep it for binding.


I don't always manage to get a good photo that shows off the quilting as well as this one does! All of the straight lines in the quilt begged for some curvilicious quilting.

I cut yellow strips from a dotty batik print for my binding and decided that I wanted to sew the binding by hand to the back. And what luck! I had some perfectly colored yellow thread too!


This baby quilt hasn't been earmarked for anyone yet, but I doubt it will be waiting long for a little miss or little mister! This one seems to be a perfect gender-neutral quilt.



I'm also sure that I will make more baby quilts using this two-block quilt design! It's always good to have something quick and easy like this in the arsenal for baby quilts.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Twirls and Stripes
Pattern: self-designed, based on a vintage quilt
Size: 40" x 48"
Fabrics: Island Batik basics and blenders, flannel backing
Quilting: bubble meander in white thread
Started: February 2019
Finished: March 2019

Sharing at Wednesday Wait Loss, Needle and Thread Thursday, and Brag about your Beauties!

Monday, March 18, 2019

Daisy Chain QAL {Unit B}

Ready to do more sewing?


This week we are making four patches that have one background square and three coordinating fabric squares. These units can be as scrappy or as controlled as your heart desires!

Baby quilt note: You will not need the entire length of the WOF strips to make your scrappy four patches since you’ll only need to make 4 of them. 10” long strips are long enough for this step.

Choose (1*/1/2/2) 2.5” x WOF fabric strip of any color (I) and pair with a 2.5” x WOF background strip (E). Sew along the length of each strip set; press toward colored fabric. Subcut the strip sets as follows. If you have part of Week 2’s strip set left over, use that first to cut your units!
Baby: subcut 4 units
            Throw: subcut 12 units
            Twin: subcut 24 units
            Queen: subcut 32 units

Choose (2*/2/4/4) 2.5” x WOF fabric strips (I) of colors that contrast with the fabric you used in the step above. Pair the fabric strips together, sew along the length of each strip set; press as desired. Subcut the strip sets as follows. Save remaining strip set “stubs” of your focal/focal fabric strip sets for Week 5.
            Baby: subcut 4 units
            Throw: subcut 12 units
            Twin: subcut 24 units
            Queen: subcut 32 units

Pair one background/colored fabric two patch with a colored/colored fabric two patch to make your scrappy four patch units.
Baby: make 4 four patches
            Throw: make 12 four patches
            Twin: make 24 four patches
            Queen: make 32 four patches



Scrappy version: Make the desired number of four patches from 2.5” squares. These four patches can be as scrappy as you desire and there’s no need for coordinating color tones for these units as long as the fabrics contrast with the background fabric.

For my baby sized quilt, I used the "stub" from week 1 to make the colored/background half of my four patches. Here are both piles of four patches together:


For my second quilt, I pulled six 2.5" strips from my strip pack of Flea Market to make enough four patches for my twin sized version. Since I need 24 total four patches for the twin sized version, I made 12 each of my two different four patch "colorways". I will use the "stubs" of these strip sets in Week #5. (Hint hint!)

Schedule
Block Units - March 18th <--- That's today!
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

Friday, March 15, 2019

Scrappy Christmas {New Project}

I resisted as long as I was able! My husband bought me Bonnie Hunter's Addicted to Scraps book for my birthday last June, had I had yet to start a project from it. In cleaning and sorting my scraps following our move, I decided that I wanted to make my own version of the Jingle Bell Square quilt from that book.

As the name suggests, the quilt is a scrappy Christmas quilt. I have a number of different Christmas quilts but I don't have one big enough for my bed.

Without going into block construction too much, the quilt requires red blocks and green blocks. I cut some of the parts using my Accuquilt Go! cutter and dies. I decided that I would make small batches of blocks.

In my first batch of blocks, I ended up with five full blocks -- three red and two green -- and some block parts sewn and set aside for future blocks.


Making these blocks is NOT fast. I am a person that prefers to make HSTs and QSTs that I can trim to the correct size so making the smaller size of QSTs for these blocks take a while to make and trim. However, unlike my Double Delight quilt that was last spring's scrap project, it makes more sense to make each block one at a time rather than to make all of the units step by step. Well, I guess it makes sense in my head, since it makes it easier to start and stop on this project.

Sharing at Oh Scrap!


Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Early April Showers {Finished Quilt Top}

Here in Pennsylvania, there's been a lot of rain and a lot of snow since about mid-January. I think we've gotten our share of April Showers and we're only in the second week of March!

I also have April Showers on the brain because I have *finally* (yes, finally!) finished the quilt top of my Coast to Coast Traveling Bee quilt from 2017 -- made mainly from the April Showers line from Bonnie and Camille!

Here's the quilt the when it returned to me in 2017:


This quilt will likely live in the guest room (which is red and white, with a bit of navy -- as it is my husband's baseball room too) on the queen bed, so it needed to have just a *bit* of a border. Because the fabric line came out years ago, yardage of it was no where to be found at a reasonable price (since I'd like to keep both of my kidneys) so I found a similarly colored print from a Cluck Cluck Sew line.

I cut 3" strips and got to adding the borders. (I actually only needed 9 strips instead of the 10 that I cut -- I probably could have cut wider strips had I realized this sooner.)


Finally, a finished quilt top!



Now to decide how it will be quilted... hopefully that part won't take two years to accomplish!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Twirls and Stripes {Vintage Reimagined with Island Batik}

My life has been filled with a lot of strip piecing recently! Both with Unit A for the Daisy Chain QAL, and with this project!


After cutting the pieces and parts for this project, zipping together my "striped fabric" strip sets was the next step.


The HSTs went together quickly as well. I'm using two different orange fabrics and one yellow fabric for these units.


Subcutting the strip sets into blocks went slightly faster than trimming all of my HSTs, as you might have imagined.

Chain piecing all of the pinwheels was also a quick process -- here are the piles of blocks stacked together before I laid out my blocks.


Because I was able to squeeze five 8.5" squares out of each strip set (Island Batik fabrics are *actually* more than 42" wide selvage to selvage!) I do have enough blocks to do a 5x6 block arrangement for a 40" x 48" quilt and only one extra yellow pinwheel!

Here's the quilt blocks sewn into rows. Whenever possible, I like to use the "webbing" technique to put together my quilt tops. I realize now it might be worthwhile to do my own webbing tutorial, so keep your eyes out for one in the coming weeks/months. But for the time being, check out a tutorial from Bonnie Hunter.


Five seams later and I have a finished quilt top!


Now to find some backing fabric for this quilt. I'm leaning towards flannel since I will likely give it as a baby quilt but now that I don't live 5 minutes away from Joann's, I'll have to make a special trip this weekend. And after the super-shrinkage snafu that happened with the last bunch of flannel that I bought, I'm going to get an extra 1/4 yard just to be safe!

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

Friday, March 8, 2019

Orphan Block Mini Quilt {A Little Finish}

I made a mini!

This 12.5" block has been hanging around in my pile of orphan blocks since at least 2014. Yes, 2014! This block came to me as a swap block, when I participated in a monthly block swap on Flickr. (Takes me way back!)

I used many of the other blocks to make these baby quilts but this was one of the blocks whose color scheme wasn't exactly right.

I was just in the mood to do a little FMQ and burn through some batting scraps. I quilted this with white Aurifil in a meander. The backing is "vintage" Anna Maria Horner -- this is a Bubble Burst print from the Innocent Crush line.



The binding is the same bias binding that I used on my Blooming Bear Tracks quilt that I shared last week! I used purple thread to topstitch the binding.



Sometimes you need to just make something quick and simple.

Quilt Stats:
Name: Pastel Mini Quilt
Pattern: 99% sure it's Double Aster from the Quilter's Cache
Fabrics: Scraps
Quilting: meander in white 40 wt. Aurifil
Size: 12" square
Started: the block was originally made in 2014!
Finished: March 2019
Future: doll quilt or mini quilt for my sewing room

Sharing at Brag about your Beauties!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Vintage Reimagined {March IBA Challenge}

This month's Island Batik Ambassador theme is "Vintage Reimagined"!


Our task this month is to take inspiration from a vintage quilt to create something new! Last year, for this theme, I created this baby quilt inspired by a quilt at the Antietam Battlefield museum.


This year, I'm taking my inspiration from another quilt from a battlefield -- this time from Gettysburg! This quilt is in the collection at Gettysburg, but isn't typically out for display.


About this quilt, from the Gettysburg National Military Park collection:

"This thin top layer of a Civil War-era cotton quilt was given to young Helen Mills of Gettysburg by a Union soldier during the pursuit of General Lee’s army on July 5 or 6, 1863. Helen lived on a farm on the Taneytown Road south of Gettysburg. Citizens of Gettysburg and the surrounding community were literally inundated not only with the wounded after the battle, but the numerous articles of war that came with and were left by two massive armies."

Since I now live in Gettysburg, I thought this quilt was an excellent inspiration for this challenge. I decided to simplify the color scheme to white, blue, yellow, and orange. I really love this aqua-blue batik -- it reminds me of free motion quilting designs! As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics to use and share with you!


The original quilt is made up of pinwheel blocks that alternate with a striped blue-and-white fabric, except on the right edge where it looks like they ran out of the striped fabric! Since I don't have any batik fabrics with a similar large stripe, I am going to make rail fence blocks with the white and blue fabrics to alternate with my yellow and orange pinwheel blocks.

While I've never seen this quilt in person, my estimation is that the blocks are somewhere between 4" and 6" finished in this quilt. I'm going to be making bigger blocks that are 8" finished for my quilt, so that I can use 2.5" strips for my rail fence "stripes" and 5" squares for my pinwheel HSTs.


With a half yard of the blue fabric, I should be able to make a 40" square baby quilt. If I'm able to squeeze out an extra block or two from my strip sets, I could enlarge the quilt to 40" by 48", but the goal is 40" square, which is my favorite size for baby quilts.

My next step is making my "striped fabric" strip sets and making half-square triangles for my pinwheel blocks!

Happy Wednesday! Sharing at Let's Bee Social and NTT!

Monday, March 4, 2019

Daisy Chain QAL {Unit A}

It's time to fill those bobbins and put in a fresh needle -- today we're doing our first stitching for the Daisy Chain QAL!


A reminder -- unlike our Blocked Rainbow QAL last year where the two different sizes of quilts used two different sizes of blocks, the different sizes of the Daisy Chain quilt use the same size of blocks and units, but the number of units needed increases for each larger size. Click here to get a printable version of the directions from our PayHip site.

This week we are making our first block units -- classic four patches! These units are composed of background fabric and accent fabric (not your focal fabric!).

Choose (2/5/9/12) 2.5” x WOF accent fabric strips (H) and pair each with a 2.5” x WOF background strip (E). Sew along the length of each strip set; press toward accent fabric. Subcut the strip sets as follows and make the noted number of four patches. Save strip set stubs for Week 3.
            Baby: subcut 30 units, make 15 four patches
            Throw: subcut 78 units, make 39 four patches
            Twin: subcut 144 units, make 72 four patches
            Queen: subcut 192, make 96 four patches




Scrappy version: Make the desired number of four patches from 2.5” squares. Remember that your accent fabric in this step should contrast with your chosen focal fabric. Feel free to mix different fabrics within your four patch units provided the fabrics are similarly toned and have high contrast with your focal fabric.

For my scrappy baby sized quilt, I used the same brown accent fabric for all of my four patch units.


For my Island Batik twin quilt, I used the same multicolored batik for all of my four patch units.


One tip to make sub-cutting your 2.5" sections faster: take two accent/background strip pieced sections and place them right sides together and then cut both layers at the same time into 2.5" sections. Your two-patches will already be nested together nicely to sew into four patches!

Another tip: You can choose to "spin" your seams for these units, however it is not necessary. I like to spin seams for four patches since it eliminates bulk, but for these units, it's not necessary to press a particular way for nesting later on when we assemble blocks.

Let's see what some of our participants are making:
- Stephanie has purple and black four patches for her Halloween quilt!
- Gail used her Accuquilt Go! to cut the parts for her red and white four patches.
- Gene has orange and purple four patches.
- Kate made red and cream four patches for her quilt.
- Christina is working on blue and white four patches!
- Pam has pink and white four patches -- featuring some cute Island Batik birdies!
- Vasudha has red and white four patches -- can't wait to see more!
- Michelle made some lovely purple and white four patches!

Schedule
Fabric Requirements - February 4th
Cutting - February 18th
Block Units- March 4th <--- That's today!
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

Friday, March 1, 2019

Brutal Honesty {March 2019}

As it typically does, February flew by! Between family visiting and the never-ending projects on our house, sewing time was at a premium, but I did manage to finish a few things and make progress on a few others.

Sent out for quilting:
1. Drift Away Scrap Quilt -- At the long arm quilter.

Completed tops:
2. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- No progress
3. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- No progress
4. Double Delight -- No progress
5. Good Fortune Mystery Quilt -- The top of this quilt is now finished! Not sure when or how this will be quilted.


Tops partially finished:
6. April Showers C2C Bee Quilt -- January UFO project -- Final border fabric has arrived, border strips have been cut and are ready to sew!
7. Romantic Garden Quilt -- No progress
8. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress
9. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- February UFO project -- Sashing fabric has arrived, not cut yet

Just blocks and units:
10. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress
11. Cubicle Quilts -- No progress
12. Happy Houses blocks -- No progress
13. Birthstone blocks -- No progress
14. Radiant Jewel Quilt -- No progress

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
15. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- February was the kick-off of the new Ambassador year! I shared about my new Ambassador goody box (including fabric, batting, AND an Accuquilt machine!) and also shared about my Stars at Play mini quilt. The full Stars at Play pattern (including 3 quilt sizes!) is now available!


16. Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt -- The Daisy Chain QAL started in February and we've picked our fabrics and cut them up! On Monday, we'll start sewing the block units. If you haven't joined in yet, there's plenty of time to catch up!


New Projects:
17. Coast to Coast Bee 2019 -- In February, I also made my first block for and mailed off this year's edition of the C2C Bee! I am calling this "Roadtrip Americana" with my bright color scheme and my location-inspired XL blocks. I have received Stephanie's quilt and will be working on that this month.


My UFO for February was my Pineapple Quilt. I ordered fabric to finish this quilt top and my April Showers quilt top at the end of January. I didn't do anything beyond getting the fabric. (Apparently I'm not so good at working on UFOs!)

My UFO for March is my September monthly wall hanging, which is the last of the wall hangings that I have partially completed.

Don't forget to enter to win some FQs of Home Grown on this post!

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.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Blooming Bear Tracks {Home Grown Hop with Benartex}

Today I'm excited to wrap up the month of February by showing off some secret sewing that I have been working on all month!

Welcome to my stop on the Home Grown Hop!


There are certain designers that I *always* jump at the chance to play with their lovely fabrics -- and Nancy Halvorsen is one of them! Before I was deep into quilting myself, my mom was already a quilter and one of her favorite designers has long been Nancy Halvorsen and passed on her love to me!

This fabric line is fun and cheery and includes some great basics that I would tend to hoard in yards if I had more space!


Since I already needed to make a baby quilt for a friend, I decided to use some of the fat quarters of Home Grown to make a "blooming" version of our Bear Tracks pattern. I used both large floral prints, reds, pinks, and greys for my quilt top.

I had to make a lot of half-square triangles! I used three main pairs of fabrics to make my blocks.


One bear paw down, over a dozen to go!


I used the floral prints mainly for the large spacer squares that are in between the blocks. They are almost too pretty to cut up!


With only 25 blocks, this quilt top zipped together quickly!


I decided to skip the border on this and to quilt the quilt at this size. I used a slightly abstract floral motif for the free motion quilting and used a medium grey Aurifil thread for the quilting.



I used a piece of flannel for the backing and I used a half-yard from my stash to make bias binding.


I top stitched the binding and now this quilt is ready for some baby snuggles!





Quilt Stats:
Name: Blooming Bear Tracks
Pattern: Bear Tracks by HBD
Fabrics: Home Grown by Nancy Halvorsen
Quilting: Abstract floral in grey Aurifil
Size: 40" square
Started: February 2019
Finished: February 2019
Future: Baby quilt for a friend

Now it's your chance to win some fat quarters of Home Grown for yourself! Leave comments to enter and up to two comments per person!

1. Leave one comment and tell me which of the Home Grown Prints is your favorite. I love the navy background floral. Click here to see the entire Home Grown collection. 

2. Leave one comment if you follow me in some form or fashion -- if you follow my blog, Instagram, Facebook.

Update: the giveaway is now closed --OhioLori is our winner!


Make sure to check out all of the other bloggers on the Home Grown Hop!

Monday
Introducing Home Grown @ Sew in Love with Fabric

Tuesday

Debby @ Debby Kratovil Quilts
Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation


Wednesday
Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt
Nancy @Masterpiece Quilting


Thursday
Jennie @ Clover and Violet
Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts


Friday
Nancy's Virtual Trunk Show @ Sew in Love with Fabric