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RBD Novelty Of The Month...Pretty Bunnies

happy new year y’all! i hope your year is off to a great, creative start!

riley blake designs recently launched a collection of novelty prints, delivering a new one each month. this month, we’re celebrating the arrival of pretty bunnies. there are 2 medium prints and 1 large panel. the colors are pink, white, and mint with a splash of grey and black. the watercolor bunnies are divine!

when i received the panel, i wasn’t quite sure what i was going to make. the panel is the perfect size for a baby quilt, especially if you use the coordinating prints and add a border or two, but i wanted to make a mini quilt.

i trimmed the center of the panel down to 11’’ x 14’’, just enough to capture bunny’s adorable head. i also set aside the top and bottom row of bunnies on the panel for my quilt backing. they’re so cute, aren’t they?!

then i went to work creating my mini quilt borders. using a combination of flying geese and square within a square blocks, i created a teeny tiny medallion quilt. the top and bottom flying geese borders are 4’’ x 11’’ and the right and left flying geese borders are 4’’ x 14’’. the square within a square blocks are 4’’ x 4’’ and feature a 1 1/2’’ inside square. finally, i added a 3’’ border with 3’’ corners to complete this teeny tiny medallion quilt. so good right?!

for the backing, i used the row of bunnies, one of the floral prints, and riley blake designs confetti cottons in riley white. i usually don’t piece my quilt backs, but i love how this turned out..the perfect way to incorporate the trio of bunnies. this mini quilt finished at 22 1/2’’ x 25 1/4’’ and i couldn’t be happier.

in addition to the pretty bunnies novelty collection, i also used riley blake designs basics including shades in asphalt and my very own basic, blossom in tone on tone grey. i was considering using blossom in grey with white, but i loved how subtle the tone on tone looked with the other fabrics.

to me, bunnies are all seasons and this pretty bunny is ready for valentine’s day!

i hope you i’ve inspired you to think outside the box when it comes to using a panel?! check out this post to see how karen from cream craft goods used the pretty bunnies panel!

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter

ribbon spools featuring Nancy's Notions...

i’m back with another awesome project featuring one of Nancy’s Notions templates.

i’ve always been a huge fan of 2 1/2’’ strips and the Tube-Tacular Template makes it easy to create dynamic projects with a few quick cuts! and since i’m in the holiday spirit, i decided to create another holiday themed project. i love this version, where the red forms a spool. so cute right? well, guess what? you can make your own!

here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • 2- 1/2 yard solid green fabrics (i used a light and a dark)

  • 1- 1/2 yard solid red fabric

  • 1- 1/2 yard solid green fabric for the border

  • 1- 3/8 yard solid fabric for the binding

  • 1- 26’’ x 26’’ solid fabric for the backing

  • 1- 26’’ x 26’’ batting

  • tube-tacular template

  • matching thread for piecing and quilting

  • misc. sewing supplies

unless otherwise noted, a 1/4’’ seam allowance was used.

i used riley blake designs confetti cottons and 1/8’’ stripe basic for this project.

here’s the cutting instructions:

  • follow the tube-tacular template instructions for cutting

  • cut (2) x 2 1/2’’ x 20’’ green rectangles

  • cut (2) x 2 1/2’’ x 24’’ green rectangles

  • cut (4) x 2 1/2’’ x WOF rectangles for the binding

here’s the piecing instructions:

  • follow the tube-tacular template instructions for piecing

  • make 16 blocks

  • trim each block to 5 1/2’’

  • sew 4 blocks together (should finish at 10 1/2’’ square)

  • sew 4- 10 1/2’’ blocks together to make the quilt top

  • sew on each border rectangle

here’s how you can finish your mini quilt:

  • layer quilt top, batting, and backing together

  • baste as desired

  • quilt and bind as desired

ta-da, wasn’t that so much fun? and easy too, especially with the Tube-Tacular Template!

want a freebie (besides this awesome tutorial, haha!)? you can get free shipping on my faves like wonder clips, my riley blake designs pin bowl, and my go-to olfa trimmers and rotary cutter. use code 189501-1130 for free shipping over $49.00. how awesome is that?

can’t wait to see what you make with the Tube-Tacular Template! i’m already planning on making another version in different colors. it’s very versatile! =)

cut, sew, repeat…

the tattooed quilter

*this is a sponsored conversation between myself and Nancy’s Notions. all opinions are mine, including the text and photographs.