Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day May 2015

Hello and welcome to Little Bunny Quilts!

I'm Alison and I have been blogging here for almost 4 years (holy wow!) and work with my mom and my sister to design patterns for Honey, Bunny, and Doll Designs! Here's a smattering of what I've been working on in the last year ... if you care to peruse!

Now on to why y'all are really here!

Up for grabs for our grand prize winner is a Kona Jelly Roll!

It's a gorgeous blend of rainbow colors for a fun summer project!

And wait, there's more!

FIVE runners-up will be able to pick their choice of patterns from the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Pattern Shop!

BUT WAIT! If we get over 600 likes on the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Facebook page, the number of pattern winners will double to TEN!

To enter:

1. For one entry, leave a comment with a quilting project that is on your "bucket list" -- mine is a double wedding ring quilt!

2. For a second entry, if you are some sort of a follower/liker of Little Bunny Quilts and/or Honey Bunny and Doll Designs, let me know how you follow/like us -- follow on Blogger/Bloglovin, like on Facebook, follow on Craftsy, etc. 

Monday, May 4, 2015

QCQAL 2: Row 5 -- Pinwheel Star

We are halfway though the QAL already, how did that happen?

This week we're going to be making pinwheel star blocks! This is a block with a lot of variations -- the way you choose to color it will determine what your final block looks like! This block is entirely half square triangles -- and small ones at that -- so it might be best to work on this one in small batches as to not drive yourself batty.
Remember that you will need to make 8 blocks for a throw and 12 blocks for a twin sizes quilt!

For one block you will need:

For a throw sized quilt you will need:
Thirty two (32) 2.5 inch squares in pinwheel color A
Thirty two (32) 2.5 inch squares in pinwheel color B
Sixty four (64) 2.5 inch background squares

For a twin sized quilt you will need:
Forty eight (48) 2.5 inch squares in pinwheel color A
Forty eight (48) 2.5 inch squares in pinwheel color B
Seventy two (72) 2.5 inch background squares

This block is highly reliant on making accurately sized HSTs! Do not forget to trim!

Pair up each colored square with a background square and make HSTs. Trim each HST to 2 inches square. For each block you will need eight (8) background/color A HSTs and eight (8) background/color B HSTs.

Lay out as follows and sew together.

And here's my finished block!

And here are all 12 of my pinwheel star blocks!

See you in two weeks for our next tutorial!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Finished April Umbrella Wall Hanging

Houston, we have a finish!

Over the last few evenings I've been able to do all of the background quilting on this wall hanging and finish it up -- ta da!

I did the rest of the quilting with meandering loops and quilted all of the background. I didn't do any quilting on the flowers, leaves, stems, or the umbrella handle to help them stand out.

As I mentioned in my progress post about quilting this one, it's slightly difficult to see the quilting on the backing fabric, but I think it shows up decently well in this picture. No puckers -- yeah!

I used some of my 2.5 inch strip stash to do the binding with a dark bright teal. No fancy stitching on this one because I didn't have a good thread color at the ready so I just used off white to straight stitch the binding. The corners turned out REALLY good (like, unusually good) and I'm not going to complain!

Don't forget that Monday is the next post for the Row Quilt QAL and that you can still link up your finished 8 inch block rows!

Linking up with Finish it up Friday and Free Motion Mavericks!

PS. I'm signing up for Sara's Halloween Mini Swap! Check out the info here!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Fussy Quilting

I finally have some progress to share on my April wall hanging!

So, embarassingly, part of my problem has been not having any off-white thread to do said quilting and I finally forced myself to stop and get thread on my way home from work Friday and was able to get some of the quilting done yesterday.

This is my first attempt at "custom quilting" or as I like to call it, "fussy quilting" and I am pretty pleased with the results thus far.

Here's a shot of the whole wall hanging right now:

On the umbrella, I did echo quilting of the scalloped edge of the umbrella. I didn't want to do all that much to take away from the epic fabric that I used for the umbrella.

It's really hard to see on here (and even harder to see on the background!) but the boots are quilted with curls.

Each raindrop is quilted with a raindrop shaped swirl inside. I think these are my favorite of the quilting that I've done on this one thus far.

I'm going to do some sort of filler on the rest of the background -- no quilting on the flowers or the umbrella stem just because they are so small. The backing fabric is the same green and off white fabric you see in the above picture so it is REALLY hard to see the quilting on it but hopefully when it is finished it will show up better.

Happy stitching! Will be sharing at the normal linky places: Linky Tuesday, Fabric Tuesday, Sew Cute Tuesday, WIP Wednesday.

Monday, April 20, 2015

QCQAL 2: Row 4 -- Crystal Star Tutorial and 8 inch row link up

Yay, finally a star block! Maybe we should do a QAL with all stars again? Hmmm....

Click here to vote for what 6" blocks we'll be making! The 6" block tutorials will be posted May 4th and May 18th.

This is a cute block and a good one to use with fussy cut centers. I used the same fabric for the center of all nine of my blocks, but then alternated what the outer colors were for the triangles, so I ended up with 5 blocks with one color placement and 4 blocks with another.

Don't forget we have FREE downloadable directions available on Craftsy!

Here's what you need to cut for one block:

For a throw sized quilt you will need:
Six (6) 3 3/8 inch squares
Twelve (12) 3 inch squares, each cut diagonally once
Twenty four (24) 2 7/8 inch squares
Six (6) 5 1/4 inch background squares
Twenty four (24) 2 1/2 inch background squares

For a twin sized quilt you will need:
Nine (9) 3 3/8 inch squares
Eighteen (18) 3 inch squares each cut diagonally once
Thirty six (36) 2 7/8 inch squares
Nine (9) 5 1/4 inch background squares
Thirty six (36) 2 1/2 inch background squares

Using your cut triangles and your 3 3/8 inch squares, sew a triangle on to each side of the square as shown below to make a square in a square unit. Your square-in-a-square units will need to be trimmed to 4.5 inches and make sure to center your square when you do so! It is also helpful to trim off your "dog ears" as you go as well to prevent bulk.

Using your 5 1/4 inch background squares and 2 7/8 inch squares, make fast flying geese units. You will need four (4) fast flying geese units per block. Draw diagonals on all of your 2 7/8 inch squares, align as shown below (2 per background square), sew 1/4 inch from each side of the line, and cut apart on the line. Press and repeat with remaining 2 7/8 inch squares. Make sure to trim off "dog ears!"

Lay out your block as shown below and sew together.

Here are all nine of my blocks:

For those of you making a twin sized quilt, remember that you will need to make a third 8" block row. I chose to make Dutch pinwheel blocks in nine different fabrics (instead of mixing up fabrics within the individual blocks).

Here are all three of my 8" block rows:

Sharing at Sew Cute TuesdayLinky Tuesday, and Fabric Tuesday!

Here's your chance -- the link up to share your 8 inch blocks will be open until May 8th!

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