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Baby Bunny Quilt with Machine Applique

This quilt is simple and easy to make, but it looks very attractive. It's great for charity or to give away as a gift. It uses the designs from the Bunny Cookie Cutter Applique Set.


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The finished size is about 34" x 34".

We used:

  • about 1/2 yard of white fabric
  • 1 fat quarter of yellow fabric with small flower print for the blocks
  • 1/4 yard of blue fabric for the sashing, first border and corner squares of the borders
  • 1/2 yard of yellow fabric with large blue print for the borders and binding.
For the applique, you will need 1 fat quater of light grey fabric for the bunnies and scraps of blue and yellow fabrics for their clothes.

You will also need a piece of batting and fabric for backing.

For embroidery, we used embroidery polyester threads.

Cutting:

Out of white fabric, cut nine squares measuring 6 1/2" x 6 1/2".

Out of the yellow fabric for the sashing, cut

  • 18 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 8 1/2",
  • 19 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 6 1/2".
  • Subcut 1 of the 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" strips into 4 squares measuring 1 1/2" x 1 1/2".
Out of blue fabric for the sashing and the first border, cut
  • 12 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 8 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 24 1/2",
  • 2 strips measuring 1 1/2" x 26 1/2",
  • 4 squares measuring 4 1/2" x 4 1/2".
Out of fabric for the borders and binding, cut
  • 4 strips measuring 4 1/2" x 28 1/2" and
  • 4 strips measuring 2 1/2" and the length of the width of the fabric.

The Block

The block used is very simple. Sew 2 yellow strips measuring 1 1/2" x 6 1/2" to the upper and lower edges of a white square. Press.

Sew the yellow 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips to the left and right sides of the white square. Press.

Make 9 blocks like this.

The Sashing

Sew 2 strips consisting of 3 blue 1 1/2" x 8 1/2" strips and 2 small yellow squares each:

The Outer Border

Sew the blue (4 1/2" x 4 1/2") squares to the ends of the yellow (4 1/2" x 28 1/2") strips. Make 2 units.

Assembling the Top

Stitch the rows of the quilt. Each row has 3 blocks with stripes of blue sashing between the blocks. You'll get 3 rows:

Stitch the rows and the sashing strips together.

Attach the 24 1/2" blue strips to the left and right edges of the quilt top. Attach the 26 1/2" blue strips to the upper and lower edges of the quilt.

Attach the 28 1/2" yellow strips to the left and right sides of the quilt.
Attach the strips with the blue corners to the upper and lower edges of the quilt.

Embroidery

Stabilize each block with polyester craft felt instead of stabilizer. Baste the quilt top to the felt in the ditch along the colored borders. After the embroidery is finished, rip the baste and cut away the excess felt around the embroidery. Embroider one block at a time.

We embroidered the designs from the Bunny Cookie Cutter Applique Set.

Instructions on how to embroider the applique are enclosed with the designs.

Quilting:

Now place the backing on a flat surface (table) face down. Cover with batting. Spread your working piece over it.

Pin all three layers together with 1" pins and start quilting. A baby quilt should be soft, so there should be a minimum of quilting, unless you are going to use it as a wallhanging. If you are making a wallhanging you can quilt it more densely. We quilted around the applique and in the ditch all over the quilt. There is more quilting on the borders, but it's not very dense either.

After the quilting is finished, press the work with heavy steam and square the work -- all corners should be 90 degrees and opposite sides should be of the same length.

Finish the raw edges with the binding.

The quilt is ready. Enjoy!

Happy Stitching!

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