Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial

My Patchwork Peter Rabbit tutorial is here!  I love this little guy so much and I’m so happy to share him with you!

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

The finished size is 18 1/2″ x 20 1/2″.  You can download the pdf tutorial here:    Patchwork Peter Rabbit

This is a simple project that anyone with a little applique experience could do.  The piecing is very easy and quick.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

The original inspiration for this quilt came from my daughter’s preschool art project from almost 20 years ago!  Am I that old?  I’ve always loved this bunny and when I brought him out to decorate the house for April, I decided he needed to be in a quilt.

Original Rabbit Art work by Nicole Cefalu

Patchwork Bunny Art by Nicole Cefalu

I scaled the original bunny down to 75% and added my own tulips.

If you’re going to make this project, I want to point out that the pattern for the applique has been divided into two sections.  When you print it out, make sure you choose “no scaling” and print at actual size.  You will get an upper body section and lower body section that needs to be matched along the long side using the slash marks as a guide: Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

For the fabric, I found more inspiration from this fat quarter bundle (and a mini charm pack) of Color Me Happy by V and Co. for Moda Fabrics.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I wanted to use my mini charm pack and so a Patchwork Peter Rabbit was born.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I love the floating border and the binding, too.  I took advantage of the color block ombre fabric for this, and I love how it turned out!

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

Sometimes this type of yardage is hard to figure out what to do with.  I think I picked a winner!

I also used this fabulous Linen Mochi Dot by Momo for Moda Fabrics, as my background and outer border.  This was a dream to work with, and I love the texture it adds.  And how about that fluffy tail?  I love the Cuddle dimple fabric from Shannon Fabrics.  I used a similar technique when I made my Surrounded by Circles Baby Quilt for Shannon Fabrics.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I needed a little more than a fat quarter for my backing fabric, so I pieced it together with more color block ombre and one of the large prints.  Cooper is always there to help nap:

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I also added a hanging sleeve.  You can see my tutorial for this technique here.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

And I finally found a good use for my left over scraps of jumbo ric rak.  I added it to my quilt label.  How sweet is that?

Quilt Label @ The Crafty Quilter

This label is easy to make.  I cut a 5″ square of fabric and folded it in half diagonally, wrong sides together, forming a triangle.  Then I stitched a small piece of rick rac to the folded edge of the triangle.  I wrote my information with a Pigma Pen and then basted the triangle to the corner of my quilt, before adding the binding.  Once the binding is stitched, you wrap it around the quilt and it encases the raw edges of the quilt label too.

easy quilt label from The Crafty Quilter

When choosing a stitch for the applique, I decided that a zig zag stitch was the best choice considering all of the seam allowances at the raw edge of the rabbit.  I wish I would have used a wider zig zag and maybe a shorter stitch length.  At some spots, there is a little fraying at the seam intersections.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I think it makes my rabbit look a little tattered, but I’m going with a worn look from being overly loved.

But, my tulips came out nice and fresh:

Tulip applique @ The Crafty Quilter

Picking out the thread was half the fun.  I used Magnifico by Superior Threads:

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter If you need more information about raw edge applique in general, you can go to my Applique Series and get the whole scoop!

Figuring out how to quilt this took longer than the actual quilting itself.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit, quilting detail @ The Crafty Quilter

I used a “seed” stencil along the border.  I double stitched it, in other words, echo quilted it to give it some girth.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I chose swirls and rosettes to stitch around the rabbit applique:

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

I also stitched in the ditch around the inner border and within the patchwork of the rabbit.

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter

This entire project would normally take me two days to make if I didn’t have to take pictures of each step.  So, what are you waiting for?  I think you could whip up your own Patchwork Peter Rabbit before Easter!

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Tutorial @ The Crafty Quilter I hope you all have a wonderful Easter (if that’s something you celebrate) and happy Spring to everybody!


A sigh of relief & a sneak peak

A weight has been lifted from my shoulders.  I have been working diligently for the last few weeks to prepare for the next four month’s worth of video taping for The Quilt Show’s block of the month, A-Z for Ewe and Me.  I’ve been practicing in front of the mirror, making note cards, stitching 13 blocks with “step outs” (broken down steps for each unit) and I still didn’t think I was prepared enough.  Yesterday was the big day, and I spent the morning at Alex Anderson’s studio (yes, THAT Alex Anderson,) being video taped.

I can’t believe I didn’t take a single picture.  You’ll have to take my word for it; Alex was the director and videographer; her husband, John, was the technical director.  So, yes, I was under a lot of pressure and I was just a wee bit intimidated, but that was all in my own head.  They couldn’t have been nicer and the whole thing went smoother than ever.  My confidence grew as the day went on, and at the end we (Mary Kay Davis and I) were treated to lunch!  What I thought would be a mountain, really was a mole-hill (if that).  It was a great day!

So now I have time to play!  I want to show you some goodies that showed up in the mail.  I received this fat quarter bundle of Color Me Happy from the Fat Quarter Shop:

Color Me Happy Fabric Tower by V and Co. for Moda It does make me happy just looking at it!

And I received a package from Sew Lux Fabrics.  I love getting orders from them because they make you feel like it’s your birthday.  Check out their packaging!

Sew Lux Fabrics Package This is what was inside:

Sew Lux Fabrics contents A sampler of Perle Cotton in the most beautiful rainbow of colors, a bundle of Contempo by Moda Fabrics, and a few remnants that were on sale.

I couldn’t wait to play with the bundle of Color Me Happy, and I’ve had this idea for a spring wall hanging.  Let me give you a little sneak peak.  I stitched together some mini charm squares:

Mini charms of Color Me Happy sew together Did a little applique magic,

Applique thread for Peter Rabbit

Added the sweetest little cotton tail:

Cotton tail of Peter Rabbit And I’ve ended up with the cutest little Patchwork Peter Rabbit:

Patchwork Peter Rabbit Sneak Peak @ The Crafty Quilter O.K. that’s more than a sneak peak, but I couldn’t wait to show you!  I’m in love with my little bunny!  I’m going to add a small border, and then work on a tutorial for you.  I’m hoping to have it posted by the beginning of next week.

Between this and getting all of my tax numbers together for the tax man (my least favorite thing to do, but I’m married to the tax man and he let’s me wait til the last minute) I’ll have a pretty full weekend!  I hope you enjoy yours and I’ll see you next week!



Sew Thankful Sunday: April

{I am frequently visiting other blogs and I’m always amazed at the talent and passion that I see along the way.  Since I love sharing these new “finds” with you, I created Sew Thankful Sunday.  My way of giving back to the quilting community and sharing great content with you at the same time!}

Sew Thankful Button

It’s finally here!  The first Sunday of April and my monthly edition of Sew Thankful Sunday.  Thanks for all of your support with the new format.  I didn’t realize how popular my weekly posts were, but it’s a tough schedule to keep up with.  I hope this monthly version will make it even more noteworthy for you.

(Remember, you can click on any of the images in this post and it will open up a new tab to the associated link).

1.  Perfect for this month is a little applique project from Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties called April Showers.  She’s got the free templates and pattern on her blog to share with you.  How nice!

April Showers

April Showers designed and made by Lea Anne at Podunk Pretties

2.  The next block is ready for the Vintage Block Quilt Along at Charise Creates.  This one is called Spring Butterfly and it’s all paper pieced.  Cute as can be!


3.  If you like free motion quilting, check out Wendy Sheppard’s Thread Talk Series at Ivory Spring.  She recently shared how she makes her beautiful “roundabout feathers”.  Simply beautiful!


Roundabout Feathers by Wendy Sheppard @ Ivory Spring

4.  I love this table runner by Melissa of Missouri Mel.  She uses one of my favorite new fabric lines, Sweet As Honey and it really is sweet!

Sweet as Honey Table Runner

Table Runner made and designed by Melissa @ Missouri Mel

5.  It’s always nice to do a little charity sewing and with that in mind, I’d like to introduce you to Sarah at {no} hats in the house.  She is collecting 12 1/2″ unfinished blocks to make into quilts for foster children.  It’s called #opgivewarmth and it’s simply good.


6.  There are two spring sew-alongs going on this month at Sew Mama Sew.  The first is a DYO Sampler and you’ll learn how to design your own version of a sampler quilt.  The second is a mini-medallion sampler where you’ll learn many skill-building techniques.  And there will be prizes for those that finish!


DYO Sampler by Sarah Schraw for Spring Sew-Along @ Sew Mama Sew


Medallion Sampler by Corey Yoder for Spring Sew-Along @ Sew Mama Sew


7.  It’s bunny season and this Scrappy Bunny Mini Quilt is so sweet!  Anorina at Samelia’s Mum has a quick tutorial that shows you how to whip one up.

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Scrappy Easter Bunny Mini Quilt @ Samelia’s Mum

8.  Here is a Bunny Love Pillow tutorial from Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl.  I love the floral bunnies and the tulip/heart combo.

bunny love pillow

If you’re still craving more bunnies, check out Amanda’s tutorial for her Bunny Bricks Quilt:


9.  The rabbits are still multiplying!  This Easter Bunny Softie Pattern by Amy at Positively Splendid will keep the little ones happy and (or) your own Easter basket full!


Easter Bunny Softies Pattern @ Positively Splendid

10.  If you’re getting ready for Spring, you’ll want to make this lovely Spring Gardening Apron to help you stay clean, green and organized!  Christen at Love by Hand is sharing her tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous.

Spring Gardening Apron Tutorial

11.  For those of you who enjoy a good mystery, you’ll definitely want to follow Mystery Monday #7 by Sherri at Little Bits of This & That.  Each week you will get a piece of instruction (clue) that will lead you to a quick project that you will have finished in no time.  The past mysteries have included table runners, wall hangings and table toppers in seasonal themes.

Mystery Monday 7

12.  I love decorating with pillows and this project by Andy at A Bright Corner is perfect for Spring.  Her Summer Leaves Pillow will have you digging through your scraps to make the perfect Spring pillow.

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Summer Leaves Pillow Tutorial @ A Bright Corner

13.  Stars and quilting seem to go hand in hand, especially in this quilt, The Royal Star, by Melissa at Happy Quilting.  You can get the full tutorial by visiting the Riley Blake Designs Blog where Melissa is a guest designer.

The Royal Star Quilt by Melissa Corry for Riley Blake Designs

14.  If you’re curious about English paper piecing or if you’re already an expert, you’ll want to check out this beautiful Patchwork of the Crosses block by Jan at Sew and Sow Farm.  She shows you her method and tips for making your own.  Just beautiful!

Patchwork of the Crosses by Jan at Sew and Sow Farm

Patchwork of the Crosses block by Jan at Sew and Sow Farm

And while you’re at Sew and Sow Farm, check out her recipe for homemade laundry detergent!  I might have to give that a try.

laundry ingredients

Homemade Laundry Detergent Recipe @ Sew And Sow Farm

15.  Labeling your quilts is so important, and Pat Sloan makes it easy with her Triangle Label Tutorial.  You’ll have no more excuses for skipping this step!

Triangle Labels Tutorial by Pat Sloan

16.  I have been a fan of Lani at Simply Fresh Vintage for her decorating style and now she has a new Craftsy Pattern Shop.  You’ll enjoy her first {free} pattern for an adorable table topper, Spring Tulips.

Spring-Tulips Table Topper @ Simply Fresh Vintage
Also at Simply Fresh Vintage is a recent roundup of Ten Spring Printables.  The inspiration never ceases!


17.  I am sold on this boxy pouch tutorial by Bethany at Sweet Bee Buzzings.  Her instructions are well written with great photos to match.

Boxy Pouch Tutorial @ Sweet Bee Buzzings

Boxy Pouch Tutorial @ Sweet Bee Buzzings

18.  The March edition of Henry Glass Fabric’s PDQ (pretty darn quick) Club features this cute little pillow made and designed by Jill Finley.  This would brighten up any chair!

PDQ Club Pillow Project designed by Jill Finley for Henry Glass Fabrics

PDQ Club Pillow Project designed by Jill Finley for Henry Glass Fabrics

That’s my list of (most) everything I love about April!  A big thank you to all of the blogs featured today.  You continue to inspire us!

I hope you found an idea or two that sparks your creativity and hopefully puts a dent in your fabric stash!  Thanks for joining me today and have a great week!


Spring Flowers

It’s April and the spring flowers are blooming in my yard!  I thought I would share a few pictures that I took in between rain showers the other day.

The lilac bush is in full bloom:

lilac tree

And I love bringing the scent indoors:

lilac on plate

My little shrub rose looks pretty against our “rustic” fence.  This is also one of my favorite places to photograph quilt blocks.  I hang them or pin them just below the ivy.

rose bush

The nasturtiums are starting to take off:


One of my favorite scents in the world is orange blossoms.  So I picked a few:

orange in vase

I played with my spring blossoms inside and took a few more pictures for fun:

3 in depth

pink and white plate

flowers on plate side

And I had to fit a quilt in here somehow!

Table Runner set

I made this table runner MANY years ago (8?) and it always comes out in the springtime.  The pattern was from a McCall’s magazine (I think?).  I really should document my quilts better so I could get rid of all these question marks!

quilt long copy

quilt copy

I hope things are blooming in your part of the world!


Have a great day!


Appreciating my health and a few WIP’s

The flu has been taking its toll on my little household.  First my youngest daughter (home for Spring break), then my husband, then me, and now my middle daughter (who came by to “nurse” me) have fallen ill.

I can’t remember being so sick and feeling so bad in a long time.  Today, I feel much better and I’m appreciating my health.  Every breath without pain or nausea is a blessing!  This morning I woke up to this:

Feel Better Soon A sweet note from Mr. Crafty Quilter along with a cup of lemon water, a cup of tea ready for hot water, and fresh orange blossoms (my favorite scent).

So, let’s get up to date with what I’ve been working on.  I sent a little package to my oldest daughter in Texas to inspire and nourish her creative soul:

Care Package for Kelly It started with that little pincushion on the right, and then I started looking through my stash and found all kinds of things to send to her.  An oldie, but goodie magazine, some fabric that I probably won’t get around to using anytime soon and that I know she’ll like, a few pages from a magazine that I know she’ll appreciate and a free printable of “Green & Thrifty Cleaning Products” that I found at Living Well Spending Less (not pictured above, but shown below).


And I made a little card to go with the care packiage using washi tape and a few stamps:

Washi Tape, I Care Card @ The Crafty Quilter I am caught up with my BOM’s.  Here’s the latest block from the Fat Quarter Shop’s 2013 Designer Mystery BOM:

Month 10 Block from FQS 2013 BOM by Julie Cefalu It looks like it’s going to be a row of flowers!  Love it!

And here are the letters “H” and “I” for The Quilts Show’s BOM, A-Z for Ewe and Me using the original “kit” fabrics:

H and I blocks from TQS BOM 2014 And here’s my stash version:

H Block from 2014 TQS BOM by Julie Cefalu "I" Block from TQS 2014 BOM, made by Julie Cefalu Here are the first three month’s all together:

Letters A thru I of TQS 2014 BOM, made by Julie CEfalu I think I might use a “quilt as you go” technique for this version.  I’ve never tried it before, so I’ll be looking for some tutorials and sharing my progress.  If anyone has any good tips, please share!

I have been using the thread, Magnifico, from Superior Threads to do the applique and I am really enjoying it!  It shows up nicely and stitches beautifully.  It is a 40 wt. 4-ply polyester thread. You can see it in detail below:

Blanket stitch detail @ The Crafty Quilter That’s a double blanket stitch (#46) on my Bernina 440 QE.  I used to be afraid of that stitch, but now we’re friends!

Have I mentioned this new magazine from the Missouri Star Quilt Company, called Block?  I just received the first copy a few weeks ago.  It’s full of great quilts and patterns, and there’s no advertising inside!

Block Magazine Front Cover It’s very reasonably priced and it will be published bi-monthly.  It’s based on the YouTube videos that they produce and it gives alternate color ways, tips and ideas for decorating.

magazine  pinwheel page copy

magazine garden party page copy


magazine label page copy Yep, it’s a good one!

Now, I have lots of catching up to do and some more nursing to do!  See you Sunday next time (I lost track of the days/month)!