Sunday, June 28, 2009

On the farm it's rabbit pie day

On Friday I finished my first quilt in a year. I made it for a wee girl's first birthday, so I didn't want to show it off here until she'd received it.

Bunny quilt - close up

I used a stitchery pattern from Bronwyn Hayes' book "Sunshine in My Pocket". I had actually stitched this many years ago, and found it again the other day. My original intention had been to border it with 1930s reproduction fabrics, using similar colours to the stitchery. So that's what I did.

Bunny quilt

I cut a couple of one inch strips from 6 different fabrics, sewed them together and then trimmed them into 2.5 inch "blocks" which I then sewed together again to make up the borders. I added a cute lilac tulip print for the corner blocks, and machine quilted it very simply in the ditch around the stitchery, and then in even lines around the border.

A label is always attached to the quilts I make. I'm usually hopeless at labels, but I have a little helper. It's a book of iron-on transfers for quilt labels. I iron the print onto homespun, and then lay the fabric on a sandpaper board and draw over the print with fabric pens, and then I feel really clever.

Bunny quilt - label

I've got the quilting bug again. And this is what is so nice about not currently working - having the time and freedom to dream and play. I wonder what I'll make next?

24 comments:

  1. I love it! It's so beautiful and you have done a wonderful job. I am falling in love with 1930's repro fabrics even more! :)

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  2. Nothing like a wee cute thing to give you back the bug again (whether it be quilting, crocheting, whatever!). Lovely gift.

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  3. That is gorgeous. You must have a fabric stash that makes you smile every time you look at it. Loving those scotties on the back.

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  4. Gorgeous!! Would it be possible for a tute (or just some insight) on how to do the binding, for us super beginners?

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  5. Michelle that's so pretty! I'm sure Grace will love it for many years to come.

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  6. Awww that's so sweet!
    Grace will absolutely love it.

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  7. Just gorgeous. I am sure it will be a treasured gift for a long time.

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  8. Everything about this quilt is perfect !Gorgeous colours and such a pretty panel .

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  9. Well done you, just lovely.

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  10. and it's just gorgeous. Such a pretty, clever gift.

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  11. It's breath-takingly beautiful...

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  12. I love this so much Michelle - it is just beautiful! =)

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  13. oh wow, it is so so beautiful and just amazing! Totally wonderful. What a treasure.

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  14. Gorgeous, Grace is very lucky.

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  15. Did you say 'time' and 'freedom'? And I was coming over envious of Grace with her quilt!

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  16. That is a most beautiful quilt - what a lovely present to receive and cherish in the future. Love your label too! x

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  17. That is soo soo cute! I love it! Thanks for visiting my blog and giving me some tips on where to go in Melbourne.

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  18. Stunning Mick - I'm green with envy; for your talent, for the Quilt (watch out Gracie) and for your time!

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  19. I completely missed your move and am trying to catch up. What a beautiful quilt. I love the label, too.

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  20. Gorgeous it is! I love the stitchery.

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  21. What a wonderful and thoughtful gift! Lucky 1 year old. Love the stitchery!

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  22. I *love* the border. And the embroidery is ever so sweet. :)

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  23. truly adorable! love the colours, no wonder you've got the bug!

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  24. too cute - can't wait to see what else comes out of your return of quilting mojo

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