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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How to Face a Quilt

Facing a Quilt is a wonderful way to finish your quilt!  After all the work of designing and piecing – finishing is very exciting!  There are many ways to finish a quilt.  In this tutorial, I will show you how to add facing to your quilt as an excellent way to finish!  Don’t forget to watch the video tutorial too!

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Quilt Facing SUPPLY LIST

  • Quilted (unbound) quilt top – any size will work
  • Qty (4) squares of fabric- measuring 4″ x 4″
  • Qty (4) facing strips – cut two WOF strips measuring 2.5″ wide and then cut these in half

BASIC SEWING SUPPLIES NEEDED

This art quilt consists of several class samples from a Modern Quilting Class I took with my local guild last summer.   Besides a quilted top, you will also need your corner pieces (which can also come in handy for hanging your quilt, four facing fabric strips that are at least the length of each side of your quilt top.  You can use sewing pins or clips.  I prefer clips for this technique, so that is what I will use in this tutorial.  You will also need a pair of scissors.  

Sewing the Facing

Once we have all the facing and corner pieces attached to our quilt top, we will sew these in place.  Simply start at one corner and sew the entire perimeter of your quilt, using a one quarter inch seam allowance.  I love using a sewing stiletto to help keep the fabric in place while I’m sewing.  This is especially useful when you want to keep your fingers away from the needle.  While you are sewing, when you reach a corner of the quilt, ensure that your needle is in the down position – lift up your presser foot and pivot your quilt.  Continue sewing around the entire perimeter of the quilt

Once you have all the facing and corner pieces secured with your stitching, you will take just a moment to press your facing strips out. The next step is to sew a line of stitches along the facing strips, just about an eighth of an inch away from your seam.  The purpose of this step is to help the facing strips easily fold to the back of the quilt. 

Using your scissors, snip away each of the corners.  Be careful not to snip past the diagonal line of stitching you made earlier.  Making these little snips will reduce the bulk in the corners when you turn the facing right side out.  When turning your facing right side out, simply flip out each corner of the quilt.  The raw edges of the facing strips will be hidden behind the facing corners.  I used a chopstick to help my corners along.

Quilt Facing Finishing Touches

Next, we will hand-bind the facing strips to the back of your quilt.  I found the easiest way to do this is to clip the  facing strip into position.  You can even move the corner to the back so you can reach the raw edge of each strip to hand stitch this down.  Once your binding is finished, you can add a dowel rod to the insides in case you wanted to hang your quilt on the wall.

The finished Faced Quilt!

I really like the way facing a quilt does not take away from the original design of this quilt.  Regular binding would have districted the vision of this mini quilt and taken away from all the soft curves.  I hope you enjoyed and learned from this tutorial.  Be sure to watch the video tutorial!

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Let me know, in the comments below, if you have ever tried facing a quilt.  I love hearing from you!  Happy Quilting!

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Churn Dash Quilt Block

The Churn Dash Quilt Block is a classic quilt block that has stood the test of time. The Churn Dash is a very old 9-Patch quilt block pattern, originating between 1800 and 1849. Its name is a result of the resemblance of the triangle and rectangle perimeter of the block to a butter churn and the center square to the stick (or “dash”) of the butter churn.  In this picture tutorial, I will show you how to put together this fun and easy quilt block.  Grab your cutting measurements and let’s get started with this Churn Dash Quilt Block Tutorial!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Pinterest Pin 2

To get your cutting measurements, you have a couple choices:

Option 1: Download for free.

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(PS – if you have trouble finding the pattern as a subscriber, please contact me)

Option 2: Purchase the Cutting Measurments

Use this link to purchase the cutting measurements. You’ll be emailed a download link for a file that references the instructions in this tutorial and provides the cutting measurements for this tutorial.  You’ll also be able to download this file in my shop.

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Churn Dash Quilt Block Supply List

Basic Sewing Supplies Needed

Churn Dash quilt block tutorial

Iron your fabrics nice and flat to remove any and all wrinkles.  Sometimes, I like to spray my fabrics with my favorite spray starch to make it easier to manage.  Use your cutting measurements to get your pieces all cut and in order.
Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 1

Sew your (2) long strips of fabric together like in the image below (right sides together).  Next, cut your sewn strip of fabrics into (4) equal parts.  For exact cutting measurements, please reference your pattern.  Press open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 2 

Take your large square fabrics and line up, right sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance all around the perimeter of the square.  Next, make (2) diagonal cuts and press each piece open.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 4 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 5

Now it is time to assemble your blocks.  I recommend sewing each row together first and then assembling the three rows.  I have shown below the recommended pressing direction for optimal assembly.

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 6 Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 7

Such a fun and easy quilt block!

Churn Dash Quilt Block - Step 8

Have fun with this block and try all kinds of fabrics!

Be sure to show your completed Churn Dash Quilt Block in my FaceBook Group!

We would love to see your work!

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Until next time, Happy Quilting!

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Color Love Mini Quilt

I’ve been having fun sewing curves!  I first learned how to sew a curve when my local quilt guild hosted a Schoolhouse for the Quick Curve Ruler.  All the students learned how to sew curves, using the incredibly fun and easy ruler.  Once I learned how easy sewing curves could be, I took another class for a fun pattern called Color Love.  This pattern uses similar tools and the end result is fabulous!  Let me show you how it’s done!

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Cutting the Fabric

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I’m inserting this video, which demonstrates how easy it is to use the Quick Curve Ruler Mini.  For the Color Love Pattern, you will be cutting all your fabric in preparation for sewing.  Once you sew your first curve set together, the video also demonstrates how to square up your piece.  The more you make these blocks, the easier it becomes!

I like to keep my scraps and had quite a bit of Tula Pink Tent Stripes and Pom Poms left over from previous projects.  I love how colorful these prints are and how they play really well with my assortment of Low Volume Fabrics.

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Assembling the Quilt Top

Once I figured out the layout (with the help of my Quilty friend Kelly), I just pieced it all together!  If you look closely, not every block is a curve set.  Some are simply squares!  Such a fun and happy mini quilt!

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I used my Juki Miyabi to quilt this up.  I also invested in some Quick Curvit Quilting Rulers to help me with the Quilting. These rulers helped me follow the curve that the pieces take, once they are sewn together.  I love how the finished quilt turned out!  I used some of my Tula Pink Tail Feathers in Poppy to complete the backside of the quilt.  I just love how it came together!

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I hope you make a Color Love Mini Quilt for yourself. When you do – don’t forget to share your project in our Facebook Group!  See you there!

Happy Quilting!

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Perfect Thread Tension

How to achieve Perfect Thread Tension

Have you ever wanted to have perfect thread tension every time you sewed or quilted?  Are you confused with how your bobbin case works or how to calibrate the settings?  Sometimes those tension knobs at the top of your machine are confusing too!  I have been in the same boat, but recently discovered a wonderful trick to help me achieve Perfect Thread Tension no matter what type of thread, fabric or batting that I decide to use!  In this article, I will show you how I thread my Juki J350 Long Arm machine and what I do to get that perfect tension!

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Winding the Bobbin

The Juki Miyabi J-350 QVP uses M sized bobbins (which are larger than domestic machine bobbins).  I typically like to use a 40 wt thread when quilting, but I seem to always have the 50 wt thread in more color variety – so I am using that quite a bit right now.  Here are some basic steps to winding the bobbin on the J-350 QVP.

  1. Begin at the thread spool and pull the thread through the thread stand guide.
  2. Bring the thread through the Thread Guide Base and then have the thread come back toward the bobbin.
  3. manual wind thread around the bobbin several times.
  4. Place the bobbin on the Bobbin Winding Shaft and move the Bobbin Presser towards the bobbin.
  5. Hold the thread end while the thread winds into the bobbin.
  6. When you get enough thread on your bobbin, the Bobbin Presser will fall back.
  7. Take off your bobbin and place it in the Bobbin Case.

Calibrating the Bobbin tension

Unlike the top tension of a sewing machine or longarm machine, which requires significant rotational movement to adjust tension, turning the bobbin case screw 1/4 turn in either direction can have a large impact in bobbin tension.   I was recently introduced to a nifty tool to help me calibrate my bobbin tension.   The TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge associates a numerical value for bobbin tension.  It is easy to dial the bobbin tension in with each new bobbin or when swapping top threads. When I use my TOWA Bobbin Tension Gauge, in my quilting routine, I have saved time and it helps me to start each quilt with proper bobbin tension.  Check out this video to see how easy it is to adjust the bobbin tension.  Also check out this handy day reference chart by Superior Threads!

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Threading the Machine Head

I found that threading the head of the Juki J350QVP is just like threading my Juki DU1181N.  This threading is also similar to most sewing machines as well.  Threading the head of the machine is super easy, but in case you are new to threading this type of machine, here are the step by step instructions and a nifty diagram (thanks to my owner’s manual)

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Ensuring proper overall tension

Proper needle thread tension is like a game of tug of war.  When both sides are equal neither sides are winning.  When one side is winning and one is losing your tension is off.   The key to finding out which way to turn your tension dial is to find out what side is winning and losing.  Is your top thread loose and bottom too tight?  Or is your top thread tight and your bottom loose?  One way that makes this easy to tell is to use a white piece of fabric to test with two different color threads that will show nicely against one another. The graphic below explains this nicely.  I would actually suggest printing the below picture and keeping it with your sewing machine for a quick reference.  Trust me it will come in handy!

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I hope you have found this guide helpful in order to achieve the perfect thread tension for your machine!  Let me know if you have any questions in the comments section and I will be sure to try and help!

Happy Quilting!

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The Baby Ooo Quilt

The Baby Ooo Quilt is a modern and fun project!  One of our neighbors was getting ready to become a first time Grandma!  She asked for a quilt to match her soon to be Grandson’s nursery.  My inspiration for the Baby Ooo Quilt was from the full sized version of the Ooo Quilt I had finished a few months ago.  The Ooo Quilt was chosen from one of my Missouri Star Quilt Company Block books.  This was from Volume 1, issue 4.  In the book, this quilt was called “Jump Rings”.   I chose some really great, limited edition, fabric.  Let me show you all about this quilt so you can make one too!

This fun and simple baby quilt is a modern design. Watch the video demonstration and make one today! #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

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THE Baby ooo QUILT – MATERIALS LIST

THE baby ooo QUILT – SUPPLY LIST

  • Sewing Machine with a quarter inch presser foot
  • Cotton Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 wt)
  • Rotary Cutter with sharp blade (no kidding about a sharp blade)
  • Acrylic Ruler
  • Cutting Mat
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • Sewing Pins or Wonder Clips

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THE baby ooo QUILT – ASSEMBLY

Be sure to get yourself a copy of the Block Magazine.  In the pattern, you will find all the details for assembly.  The process is really simple.  Instead of using a jelly roll, I just cut up my fat quarters as show in the pattern.  Deciding upon the layout was fun.  It took me several times to finally settle upon a layout!

Deciding on a quilt layout is always fun. Learn how to make this cute baby quilt - It's fun and easy! #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

I numbered my rows, after I decided on the layout.  That really helps me to keep things straight when I get the blocks back to the machine for sewing.

TIP:  I used the following video tutorial as a general guide for assembly:

THE 000 QUILT – ALMOST FINISHED!

Once I had my quilt top assembled, I decided on some simple stitch-in-the-ditch quilting.  It’s simple and fun!  Be sure you have a Walking Foot!  There are different kinds of Walking Foot attachments, based upon the shaft of your specific machine.

I used my Walking Foot to quilt this baby quilt. Check out how the finished quilt turned out - It's fun and simple! #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

I also wanted to add a “special touch” to the quilt, so I added some Big Stitches with some special 12 weight thread from Aurifil.     I didn’t use a hoop because my quilt was already quilted.  I just added some big stitches on the inside boarder of each “O”.  What do you think?

I love how the Big Stitch Quilting turned out. It was fun, relaxing and simple to do! #slowsewing #forbeginners #easy #jellyroll #ideas #modern #baby #ToMake #Designs #Simple #Blocks #Tutorial #HandQuilting #Big Stitches #Embroidery #quilting #sewing #handmade #GiftForBaby #FreeMotionQuilting #Project #Patchwork #Contemporary #WalkingFoot #DIY #Fabric #BabyBoy #BabyGirl #Nursery #Bedding #SewMuchMoore #SewMuchMooreInStore #Hip #Trendy

Once I sewed on the binding, I could not wait to take some pictures of this amazing quilt!  I was also a little late in getting this to my neighbor, so I headed to the backyard and snapped this completed picture.  I think it is too cute!  And I will definitely be adding big stitches to more projects in the future!  Making this Baby Ooo Quilt was fun and easy!  I just loved making it and my Neighbor loved the result!  Yay!

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If I were ever to make this quilt again, I think I might try one for a baby girl.  Just think of the fabric possibilities!  I hope you make one of these quilts.  What fabrics would you choose?  Let me know in the comments below!

Happy Quilting!

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