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September 12, 2019
Stars Align {Ohio Star Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

The blocks I made on retreat are now in a top that is ready to quilt!


I decided on a very simple sashed setting for this quilt without cornerstones. I have a 60" square batting from Hobbs set aside for this project so I used that as my "maximum size" when deciding on how wide to cut my sashing strips. I settled on cutting 1.5" strips, so my finished quilt size will be 53" square.

Sometimes a quilt just needs a very simple setting.


I also put together a pieced backing for this quilt using some of the Quiet ...

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September 5, 2019
Child's Play {Baby Quilts with Island Batik and AccuQuilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

It's time for another Island Batik Ambassador project!


This month we have been tasked with making baby quilts that use the "block on board" dies from AccuQuilt we received in our summer goody boxies.

The die I received was an Ohio Star die and I decided to use the Quiet Shades fabric for my quilt.



I used mainly fabrics from the layer cake for my block parts and some neutral sprinkles fabric for my background. The cutting for this was lightning fast using the die; this made it so easy to transport all of my block parts to retreat ...

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August 30, 2019
Quilt around the Clock {Quilt Camp Review} from Little Bunny Quilts

I'm back home after a wonderful few days sewing my heart out!

Let's review my project progress:

My first project was to make two quilt tops using our Hip To Be Square pattern and Island Batik fabrics for my November Island Batik blog hop project. I won't show off the full tops until the blog hop, but here is a sneak peak:


As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you

My second project is my September Island ...

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August 29, 2019
Starburst Wall Hanging {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

My Island Batik version of our long-time favorite Starburst pattern is now complete!


For the quilting, I picked out a tan Aurifil thread that is nearly the same shade as the tan batik that I used in the blocks and for the inner border. I drew inspiration from my Magnolia quilt and quilted the blocks with different motifs and a consistent filler in the background. I used a meander with a "shell" in the background.

Here are my first two blocks close up.



I used the grey batik for the backing, and here is the first block quilted, from the ...

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August 26, 2019
Star-Crossed {Starburst Quilt Top} from Little Bunny Quilts

It's time to show off my Starburst quilt top before I start quilting it!

Taking a quick rewind, here are my blocks before adding my sashings.


I moved around the locations of some of the blocks from this layout slightly while putting together the quilt top. I used the simple sashing option without cornerstones for my quilt top.


I used the tan mottled batik for my smaller inner border and the dark navy/teal print for the border.


For the backing, I am planning to use a chunk of the solid batik fabric provided in our most recent Ambassador ...

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August 16, 2019
Into the Wild {Quilt Camp Prep} from Little Bunny Quilts

I am so excited to head back to "Quilt Camp" aka quilt retreat with my mom next week!

As I have done the last two years, today I'm sharing about the projects I am planning to work on while I am off in quilting land next week.

My first project is actually two projects. For my November Island Batik blog hop project, I received a very large bundle of fabric and split it up into two colorways to make two different versions of our Hip to Be Square pattern. I've actually never made our Hip to Be Square ...

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August 15, 2019
Lucky Stars {Starburst Blocks} from Little Bunny Quilts

The blocks for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge are complete! I'll have a finished Starburst top in no time!


I finished up blocks 6 through 9; these blocks are the most intricate blocks of the bunch and so they took a little longer than the first five blocks.





Here are these four blocks together:


Here are all nine of my blocks together:


Back to the grind to finish this quilt top! Get your own copy of Starbursts on Etsy!

Sharing at Wait Loss Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday!

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August 12, 2019
Catch a Falling Star {Starburst in Progress} from Little Bunny Quilts

I've been putting the pedal to the metal (or really, my hardwood floors) on my paper pieced Starburst blocks for this month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge!


For this installment of creating my constellation with fabrics, I've finished up blocks 2 through 5.






Here are these four blocks together:


So far, the darker blue-grey and the tan batiks are the two non-strip fabrics I have mixed into my blocks. I'd like as much of the block piecing as possible to come from my 2.5" strips but the first couple blocks have quite a bit of piecing ...

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August 5, 2019
Star Light Star Bright {Shooting for the Stars with Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

I'm not on the blog hop schedule this month for Island Batik (but make sure to check out the other posts!) so I am tasked with making a star-themed project this month!


This month I am going to be making a wall hanging or throw sized version of one of our original Honey, Bunny, and Doll patterns -- Starbursts!


If you've followed me for a long while, you might remember that Starbursts was our first-ever quilt along! My original quilt (above) is a twin-ish sized quilt, and I made a mini quilt during my first year as an Island ...

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August 1, 2019
Happy Mail {Island Batik Ambassador Box #2} from Little Bunny Quilts

Twice a year it's like Christmas for Island Batik Ambassadors!


I shared my unboxing video a few days ago on our Facebook page, but here it is for those of you who may have missed it:


Here are some photos as well:

First up, my strip pack of Sand Bar, coordinating two yard cuts, and coordinating half yard cuts. These are the fabrics that I am going to be using in my August project. I'm going to be making the wall hanging size version of our Starburst pattern.


Next, a 10" stacker of Quiet Shades, coordinating two yard ...

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July 19, 2019
Tree Mini Quilt {Artsy Fartsy Finish} from Little Bunny Quilts

My "artsy fartsy" project for this month is finished!


Here are the previous posts about this project:
Project Beginnings
Machine Applique
Quilting in Progress

Stepping back, I used a light aqua 50 wt. Aurifil to quilt loops in the sky area. I then trimmed the mini quilt into a rectangle.



I used a navy batik for the binding; I used a blue 28 wt Aurifil thread to do the final top stitching. I had never used the 28 wt. before and I really liked it for the binding -- it has more weight than the 40 or 50 wt. threads, but ...

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July 13, 2019
Quilting in Progress {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

I need to come up with a better name for this project than "The July Island Batik Ambassador project using Aurifil thread to make a tree with traces of my and my husband's hands." Suggestions?



This project, whatever I might decide to call it, is now in the quilting stage. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil threads to use and share with you!

I used an emerald green 50 wt. thread to quilt swirls and echos in the leaves; I used the same emerald green thread ...

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July 10, 2019
Branches and Leaves {Artsy Fartsy} from Little Bunny Quilts

Did you manage to figure out what I'm making for my Aurifil and Island Batik challenge project this month?


Which of the five backgrounds do you think I picked? What do you think I'm making?


If you guessed the top aqua and using the hands to make the trunk of a tree -- you were right!


This project is going to be all machine applique and almost no piecing! To stitch the edges of the tree, I used a gold-tan 50 wt. Aurifil thread and a blanket stitch.


I was initially hesitant about the light thread on the dark ...

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July 8, 2019
Tracing Hands and Making Plans {Artsy Fartsy With Aurifil and Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month our Island Batik challenge theme is Artsy Fartsy! The ambassadors have been tasked with making a project that uses at least three different weights of Aurifil thread. We are supposed to channel our inner quilt artists to create something Artsy Fartsy!


As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Aurifil thread to use and share with you!

My plan for this month is to make a fun mini quilt for my hallway that is art quilt-inspired. But also, it's a little on the cheesy side and I ...

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June 28, 2019
Patriotic Table Topper {June IBA Finish} from Little Bunny Quilts

Hip hip hooray -- my June Island Batik ambassador project is finished just in time for the Fourth of July next week!


I used a red IB fabric to make bias binding for this table topper. Curved bindings require bias bindings without a doubt! I added this binding completely by machine for stability; I'm anticipating this topper being washed on a regular basis.



Now I have not only used a new technique (hooray!) I've also made something fun, functional, and festive for my patio table!


As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of ...

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June 24, 2019
Patriotic Dresden {June IBA project} from Little Bunny Quilts

I've finally managed to dedicate some time to working on my Island Batik Ambassador project for this month!


My original plan has been slightly modified -- more in name and less in execution. Rather than making a mini quilt to hang for the patriotic holidays, I'm now planning to make a round table topper for my patio table. The rest of my plan is the same -- a Dresden Plate with strip pieced wedges on a white background. As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs batting ...

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June 17, 2019
Try a Technique {June IBA Project + Giveaway} from Little Bunny Quilts

This month's theme for our Island Batik Ambassador assignment is trying a new technique!


This is a theme that we've had before for our Ambassador challenges -- last year, I played around with using bias tape to make a table runner.


This year, I'm going to try a technique that's been on my to do list for a VERY long time -- making Dresden plates! My plan is to make a Dresden plate mini quilt.

I do not have a Dresden plate-specific ruler, but I do have a variety of other wedge rulers that can also be used ...

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May 31, 2019
On the Plus Side {Finished Quilt} from Little Bunny Quilts

This has been a very busy month and I'm relieved that I was able to finish this quilt up over the long weekend!


But first, take a quick peek at the pictures I showed yesterday -- does anything look different in my final quilt?


Yes, I added a grey border all the way around the quilt. No, this wasn't a part of my original plan and I'm very glad that my spontaneous decision worked!

The main reason I didn't add a border when I was finishing the quilt top was that I wasn't sure that I ...

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May 30, 2019
On The Plus Side {Quilt Top + Quilting} from Little Bunny Quilts

I had to do a *tiny* bit of finagling and planning to sew this top together because it isn't just a traditional grid, due to the tiny plus blocks surrounding the center five blocks. I first sewed the tiny plus blocks into sections, then sewed the sections of plus blocks to the larger strip blocks and rick rack blocks. From there I was able to sew things into rows, and then sew the rows together. I spent a significant amount of time thinking about how to press my blocks and attempting to have as many interlocking seams as possible ...

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May 23, 2019
Orange You Glad {Modern May with Island Batik} from Little Bunny Quilts

Today I'm showing off my last blocks for my Modern May challenge! As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics and Hobbs batting to use and share with you!

My final blocks for this quilt top are my orange "rick rack" blocks. As a reminder, I'm using Cheryl and Paige's Modern Plus Sampler Pattern, with a few modifications. For the previous blocks, my big modification was strip piecing most of my block units, but for this block, I had some more significant changes.

Instead of having each rick ...

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