Thursday, April 19, 2012

"The Bunny Quilt"


The Bunny Quilt, front view

The design is from Edyta Sitar's book, Hop to It.

The Bunny Quilt, bunny block detail

The first block I completed was the bunny block, and somehow, my family just started calling it "The Bunny Quilt", as in, "Mama, are you working on the bunny quilt again?"

The Bunny Quilt, block 6 detail

It is all hand appliqued. After a lot of vacillating and fear (I was so afraid of messing it up!), I worked out a quilting plan: stabilizing quilting with walking foot (straight lines through the sashing, and in-the-ditch along the inner border); quilt each block; quilt the sashing and cornerstones; quilt the border.

The Bunny Quilt, block 11 detail

For the quilting, I decided on McTavishing for all of the applique blocks. Since it is a dense filler with a lot of traveling back on itself stitch-wise, I used Aurifil 50/2 for all of the quilting. I'm really pleased with how it came out! But boy, it was not fast. Each block took a little more than an hour to quilt. It was scary at first, but the design really is easy to work with and flows so nicely.

The Bunny Quilt, sashing/inner border detail

I went with curvy lines in the sashing diamonds. Then I found a design I liked in Keep on Quilting Pattern Pack #3 by Keryn Emmerson, and used it in the cornerstones.

The Bunny Quilt, inner border detail

The inner border was inspired by a border treatment I saw in passing at the Thimble Pleasures blog (which I saved to my pinboard so I wouldn't forget where I found it!). I just thought it was so pretty, and it looked like something I could do. I think it ended up working really nicely.

The Bunny Quilt, corner border detail

For the outer border, I did feathers. Woo!!! Did you hear that? I DID FEATHERS! (*feeling mighty proud*) I spent a lot of time practicing first. I practiced at every opportunity-- with crayons while the boys colored, with sidewalk chalk on the driveway, in my notepad while taking minutes at the preschool board meeting, on my husband's whiteboard, in the sandbox at school (tracing the design with my finger)-- if I had a free moment, I was feathering. After about a week of that, I finally sat at the machine to try. And I was able to do it. And it didn't look too bad! I am so happy with how it came out.

The Bunny Quilt, feather detail from back

The feathers are even more visible when one looks at the back.

The Bunny Quilt, back view

The backing was pieced from my border fabric rejects/leftovers as well as a little bit of stash (those birds have been in my stash since 1999!). I really love how it came together! Scrappy and happy.

The Bunny Quilt, view of label

And, of course, the label.

The Bunny Quilt, all folded up

Now I just need to find the perfect place to hang it!


  1. Divine! Each stitch, each fabric - it's all divine! Congrats on finishing!

  2. Gorgeous! I love your fabric choices.

  3. Beautiful quilt! Love the bunnies!! :-)

  4. You did such a fantastic job quilting this. The time you spent was del worth it.

  5. Amazing how amazed I am! :-) You really are an artist . . .

  6. Oh, Robin, I am in awe!! You did a fabulous job on the quilting. And wow! look at those feathers. Well done. You should be very proud.

  7. Robin, I am so impressed with your quilting skills. You work is impeccable. As I was reading your post, I found myself thinking, "I wish Robin could teach me to quilt." Someday I must take the leap!

  8. I can barely sew a button on! This is just amazing...I'm in awe!

  9. What a wonderful quilt you've made!

    Dutch greetings, Carolien

  10. So pretty! I am going to have to take your tip and start doodling feathers :)

  11. Exquisite! I am so impressed. Thanks for all of the detailed pictures, too!!

  12. Just beautiful Robin! I hope you found the perfect place to hang it. The applique, the quilting, the fabric, the backing and the label, fabulous!

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  14. I love the way you quilted the bunny quilt! McTavishing and feathers - yum!