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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…

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