Easter Bunny Table Runner

It has been a tradition of ours to host my husbands family for holiday meals.  Each year, for Easter Sunday, we all gather and share a meal.  We all slow down and share this special time to celebrate traditions and enjoy the holiday together.  Dressing up my dinner table with a festive table runner is always a great idea.  I used my Bunny Block and added a really fantastic finish that I know you will want to see.  I love how my Easter Bunny Table Runner turned out!  There is even a new video to show you how I quilted this on my LongArm and then showcased my special finish.  Check for the video at the bottom of this post!

Materials List

Tools and Supplies Used

Quilting the Easter Bunny Table Runner

Once you assemble the Bunny Quilt Blocks, add your sashing and borders – you can load your table runner onto your Long Arm. If you don’t have a LongArm, you can always sandwich your project and baste in the method of your choice.

I used a simple meandering quilt design to quilt my Easter Bunny Table Runner. This was easy to do because of the regulated stitch that my Juki J-350 QVP provides. The overall measurement of the table runner was approximately 20″ x 72″. It seems like kind of a long table runner, but I have a very large table. We usually have at least 10-12 seated at our family gatherings. This size table runner fits perfectly when I have all the leaves of the table installed.

It only took two passes in my LongArm to finish quilting. I am able to quilt my projects (large or small) with my LongArm Quilting System very quickly!

Trimming the Quilt & Cutting the Binding

Once I finished the quilting, it was time to trim everything up and cut the binding strips. Using my TrueCut Acrylic Ruler and My TrueCut Straight Cutter, I was able to cut accurately and safely each time. There are so many good things to know about the TrueCut Track-Guide Technology.

I had enough backing left over that I decided to use this as my binding. I love it when that happens! Normally, I would try to make my binding stand out a little more by using a coordinating/contrasting fabric, but I wanted my rick-rack to the the star of my Easter Bunny Table Runner, so this solution was perfect!

Finishing the Easter Bunny Table Runner

My Juki TL2010Q was used to piece the top of my table runner and also to sew the binding strips together. I purchased a special extension table called the Versa Table, by Sew Steady. This comes with a Grid Glider, which is one of my favorite ‘must haves’ on my sewing machine. The Grid Glider has markings that help me piece my binding strips without the need to draw a diagonal line. Quick and easy is my favorite way to make things and my Grid Glider is perfect for this step as well as helping me maintain my seam allowance and snowballing. To learn more about using a Grid Glider, visit this post. There is also a video included.

To add the rick-rack, simply align the edge of the trim against each raw edge of your Easter Bunny Table Runner. Sew this in place, using a quarter inch seam allowance. I recommend using a thread that blends with your rick-rack. I used Snow White Finesse thread.

Using my Oliso TG1600 Pro+ Smart Iron, I pressed my binding strips (wrong sides together) and attached the binding on top of the already placed rick rack. Once I finished attaching my binding and joining the seams, I pressed my binding out and decided that hand binding would give me the best results for this finish. I love how the rick-rack just peeks out of the edge of my Easter Bunny Table Runner! What do you think? Will you try this fun and easy technique?

Be sure to grab your Bunny Block Quilt Block pattern and a Precious Pastels Fat Quarter Bundle and make an Easter Bunny Table Runner for yourself! You will love it! Be sure to watch my video below for all the steps I explained in the article above.

Let me know if you have questions or suggestions! I would love to hear from you! Happy Quilting!

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The Bunny Quilt Block

The Bunny Quilt Block is such a cheerful block!  Super cute and easy to sew together.  After you make one, you will want to make more!  Make them in your favorite springtime color palette!  Let me show all about the Bunny Quilt Block!

Material List

Supply List

Cutting out your Bunny Quilt Block

It doesn’t take much fabric to make just one block. In fact, it takes less than a Fat Quarter of your Bunny Face fabric and less than a Fat Quarter of your background fabric.

I used some really fun solids from my online fabric shop. My original plan was to only make enough Bunny Quilt Blocks for a table runner, but I found the process so enjoyable that I ended up cutting fabric for 30 blocks!

Making the Bunny Quilt Block

A majority of the block construction is snowballing the ears and the face. The rest of it is just adding rectangles and pressing your seams. Since I was making so many Bunny Quilt Blocks, I decided to sew these together in the assembly style method. I would make all my stitches for snowballing and then I would trim the excess of all blocks and then press them all at once. It was a very methodical process and found it to be very relaxing. I was able to sew and watch one of my favorite movies on Amazon Prime in the process!

I decided to make a Quilt Top

This was easy enough to do without a full blown quilt pattern. Simply using more of the Bunny Face fabric (Rice Paper) to add 2 inch sashing in between each block and in between each row. I think the tricky part was deciding how to layout all my Bunny Blocks so that the different colors would look the best. I used some computer software to play with the color arrangement and came up with this:

I’m very pleased with this layout because I was able to use all the colors of the rainbow, even if they were the pastel hue. The layout also worked well because none of the same colors “touched”. Yay!

I was able to sew together all the sashing in no time because my sewing machine was set to “bunny” instead of “turtle”. While learning to operate it, the Juki TL 2010Q can be set to sew as slow as 200 stitches per minute. As the user’s skill level improves, the speed can be increased until it reaches the maximum speed of 1500 stitches per minute. I also sew with a quarter inch presser foot, which helps me keep the perfect quarter inch seam allowance.

It’s no secret that I like to sew at night. Because of this, my studio can become quite dim. I am so grateful to have my Daylight Company Slimline 3 table lamp. This light provides spectacular illumination of my project and doesn’t make my eyes tired! If you are in need of additional light for your sewing machine – be sure to check out the Slimline 3 Lamp from the Daylight Company!

What do you think?

The entire quilt came together very quickly.

I quilted it and bound it with some fun fabric that I had in my stash!

Grab yourself a Bunny Block Quilt Pattern and make one (or more) of these fun and satisfying blocks today!

Happy Quilting!

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Fabric Storage Baskets

Baskets are storage workhorses!  They provide easy organization solutions, plus they’re stylish and can add warmth to any room in the house.   Making fabric storage baskets takes style to another level.  You can make these for any season and even for everyday!  I’ve seen these fabric baskets used in many, many ways!  These are great for baby shower gifts.  Just roll up some newborn diapers and other baby notions into a fabric basket – Voila!  Make it even better if you choose a nursery theme fabric!  Winning!!!  I made one for a recent High School graduate. She chose the fabric of her (soon to be) college and she used it in her graduation party as a collection basket for her greeting cards!  Perfect!

One of the best solutions to a lack of storage are baskets!  Even better – DIY FABRIC BASKETS!!!

Ask any sewing enthusiast if they have enough storage.  You will most likely receive a unanimous “Of course not” for a response!  I have several in my sewing studio that I use for various items.  One of my baskets is dedicated to all my saved fabric selvages.  I used these selvages to make a project bag. You can check that out right here. Am I the only one that saves those?!?!  Making Fabric Storage Baskets is super fun and easy!  Let’s get started!

~Supply list~

I really love the pattern and design of the One Hour Fabric Basket by our friends at Hearts and Bees.  This pattern is an instant download and you only need some basic supplies to make your basket.  This is a basic sewing pattern with a pictorial tutorial.  I love that!  You only need to have some basic skills necessary, like how to sew various size seam allowances and how to top stitch.  Easy Peasy!

The sizing and finished measurements of the fabric basket are  10″L x 6″W x 7″H.  This is the perfect size for storing fat quarters of fabric.  The width fits folded fat quarters perfectly!  Do you love how mine turned out?  I used a retired fabrics by Tula Pink. Sorry – those prints are LONG GONE (unless you want to pay over $30 for a Fat Quarter).  I also altered the pattern by adding a fusible interfacing.  This gave my basket a nice form and shape.  I gave this project a little sass by quilting along the existing fabric lines.  Nice!

Why I made Fabric Storage Baskets

My Local Quilt Guild, The Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild, hosted a Christmas swap and we chose this pattern.  My secret swap partner and I made each other a Fabric Basket.  I love all the extra detail that my partner put into the basket that she made.  She added some flying geese and coordinated this with the interior arrow fabric!  I use this basket everyday to store my extra sporty fabric (which I give to my mother to make baby jackets).

This pattern includes multiple size options!  Make different sizes of Fabric Baskets with this additional pattern. The options are really fun!

This basket is perfect to use for everyday storage!

Happy Sewing!  

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20+ Perfect Projects for Easter

It’s that time of year to start thinking about sewing and decorating for Easter!  It’s kind of sad to put away your Valentines decor and quilts.  Thank goodness we can make our homes pretty again with some Springtime decor!  I have scoured the internet and made some great connections with some lovely folks to share these 20 projects for Easter with you!  Let’s all get sewing and have a Handmade Easter!

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If you would like to know more about any of these fun Projects for Easter, just click on the picture!

Perfect Projects for Easter
Easy Easter Basket Sewing Pattern with Optional Bunny Ears by Vicki Elle Handmade
Perfect Projects for Easter
Go! Hopping Bunnies Table Runner Pattern by AccuQuilt
Perfect Projects for Easter
Floral Easter Bunny silhouette Machine Embroidery Pattern by Anna for Artapli
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Easter Egg Placemat by Jacquelynne Steves
Projects for Easter
Floppy Ears Bunny Bag by Stitching Notes
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Tulip quilt by Michelle Engel Benscko
Rain Boot Quilt Block – Pattern by Nadra Ridgeway with ellis & higgs
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Check out this Chubby Bunny Sewing Pattern on the Fluffmonger Etsy site!
Bunny Quilt Block by Nicole (that’s me)!
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I just love this Rainy Days mini quilt, which is designed by Nadra Ridgeway of ellis and higgs.
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Dress up your little bunnies with these darling DIY Bunny Ears Headbands. Check out this great tutorial by Say Yes!
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Just love this tutorial by Make It – Love It!
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This precious Hippity Hoppity Mini Quilt is perfect to spruce up any space! Check out the pattern by Nadra Ridgeway with ellis & higgs
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Don’t you just LOVE these Spring Bunnies? Check out Flamingo Toes tutorial and make one of these for yourself! The poofy tails are just the cutest!
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Who doesn’t want a Stuffed Bunny with a cute little pocket? I just love this tutorial by Alice and Lois!
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These DIY Felt Carrots, by Apple Green Cottage, are perfect for the little to play with!
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You really need to make a Fabric Easter Basket! This quick and simple pattern can be completed in about an hour!  Fill it up will all the Easter Goodies!

Whew!  That’s a lot of Easter Inspiration!  I hope you find something fun to make for Easter this year!  Remember, there is nothing better than making Handmade gifts and Home Decor, especially for Easter!

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Scalloped Placemats Supply list and video tutorial

Scalloped Placemats Tutorial

In today’s video I will be demonstrating a scalloped placemats tutorial using the pattern by Poorhouse Quilt Designs. I’ll be using a wonderful line of designer fabric called Night of the Nutcracker by PaintBrush Studio Fabric’s. These fabrics feature playful mustaches, contemporary holiday foliage including Hollie leaves and berries and of course the Majestic nutcracker himself.These placemats have a unique scalloped shape which may appear intimating to make.  I don’t know why, but sewing curves can be scary!Not to worry because The Bosal double sided fusible precuts make this project a snap. You can find this pattern and all of your supplies in my online shop which I’ve linked in the Supply and Materials List below. 

This project is especially great for creating unique and custom placemats for your home. These are perfect for upcoming holidays and even for every day. Let’s get started and you’ll see just how easy it is to make these scalloped placemats!

Materials List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Prepare the Accents and Borders

Preparing the accents and borders for Scalloped Placemats.

Once you’ve gathered your supplies, you’ll take your accent pieces over to the ironing board. Fold the accent pieces lengthwise, wrong sides together. I like to pre-treat mine with spray starch.

Once you have all of your accent pieces starched, folded and ironed, you will pin the accent to the border pieces. Pin all of these in place and then take these units over to the sewing machine.Sew these pieces together using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. I love using my quarter inch seam presser foot for jobs like this. 

Once you have that sewn in place you will press the seam allowance towards the border strip, extending the accent beyond the border edge. 

Create your Mitered Corners

Creating Mitered Corners for Scalloped Placemats.

Now, If you’re not comfortable with miters, let me show you how easy they actually are.  I’m using a 4.5″ x 8.5″ ruler by Creative Grids.  This is a really great size ruler for this project. You can see a very obvious 45° angle markings.  

Layout your project in the proper orientation, with the accent flange towards  the middle.  Place one border unit on top of the other, right sides together. Make sure you match the raw and finished edges. I add a pins to keep the units from slipping around.

I place the 45° line along the long raw edge of the stacked border pieces. I’ll take my friction pen and mark my angle. You may find that you need to be very specific with your measurements when making mitered corners. Go ahead and take your time lining up your fabrics and making your mark. 

We’re going to sew all corners exactly the same way. Before we cut any of the excess fabric away, we’re going to ensure that we liked the miters. If you don’t like how it looks, then you’ll have to see to seam rip and try again. Once you’re happy with how they turned out you’re going to give yourself a quarter inch seam allowance from the seam and trim away the excess fabric. You’ll do this on all corners.

Press your seems for each mitered corner open. I like to use my Wool Pressing Mat and spray starch to get them nice and flat. 

Scalloped Placemat Assembly

Scalloped Placemat Assembly

Pin the border strips set right sides together to the backing fabric. Stitch around the entire perimeter, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. 

Now we will work on the front part of the placemat.

Attach the double-sided foam fusible scalloped placemat to the wrong side of the Front Fabric. Secure with Clips and take this over to your Wool Pressing Mat. Place your teflon sheet on your pressing surface. Lay your exposed fusible side on top and against your teflon sheet. Make sure that non of the fusible materials are exposed to your pressing mat.Without the Teflon sheet, you may accidentally fuse the opposite side of your project to something that you don’t want it to be fused to. 

Once you have your Front exterior fabric fused to your placemat, you’ll take some sharp pointy scissors (I recommend these scissors) and trim away the excess fabric. Follow the edge of the foam scallops and trim out away the excess. 

Next, Center the wrong side of the backing unit on the unfused side of your placemat. Your foam placemat should be facing right side up. Clip all around the exterior of the placemat. Flip the placemat over, take your project to the pressing mat, and fuse from the right side of the back. Using the zipper foot, you’r going to sew right along the edge of the foam scallop placemat. Sew around the entire perimeter of the scalloped placemat. When you come to a corner, make sure your needle is in the down position. Lift up your zipper foot, pivot your project, and then put your zipper foot down and continue sewing along the scallops.

Finishing Touches

Topstitching the Scalloped Placemat for finishing touches

Once you have everything assembled, you can trim away the excess fabric. I recommend trimming about an eighth inch away from your scallop seams.  You’re gonna want to get close enough to where you won’t have excess of bulk when you flip this, but you don’t want to get too close where the seam will fall apart in the wash. Remember, these are placemats and you will be washing these so don’t make your cuts any less than 1/8 inch. Once you have everything trimmed, take your sharp snips and clip the corners. Then take Fray Check and put a drop of Fray Check around each of those snapped crevices.

Now it’s time to flip the project. The magic is happening. Flip the corners first and then continue flipping the rest of the placemat. I love using the Point 2 Point Turner to help get the curves all the way turned out. After your placemat is turned out, you are going to do some top stitching.  I changed my presser foot to the regular presser foot, I changed my thread color to match my fabric, and I also changed the stitch length to three.  You may change your thread a couple times. Once for the accent top-stitching and again for the border stitching. Remember to match your bobbin thread also! This project is done best when you pay attention to the details.

This is it fun and easy project to do, they make great gifts and perfect for creating your own custom decor for the Holidays and everyday as well!

Checkout my YouTube video tutorial and make a placement set for yourself!

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