Greetings Quilters and Sewists
I’m so happy to be a part of the 2022 Nursery Blog Hop with Michael Miller Fabrics.
It’s almost Easter and what better way to celebrate the season than with this adorable group of Spring themed fabrics from the Honey Bunny Collection by Sleeping Bear Press. As soon as I saw this collection I fell in love with these sweet little bunnies. The collection includes these wonderful tossed bunny prints as well as the “Topsy Turvy” print with large scale circles featuring Mom and baby bunnies, and several great panels. If you love this collection, Michael Miller has a follow up Christmas Collection dedicated to that special bond between Grandma’s and their grandchildren. Click HERE to preview Grandma’s Christmas Wish.
Sizing Up the Fabric
I thought the circles would fit inside my Charm Hexie template and I could sew up a basic version of my Sew Many Hexies pattern. The pattern features hexagon shaped pieces, perfect for I spy quilts, and sews together with no set in seams. The background features Michael Miller Cotton Couture in Cream and Candlelight. If you have never sewn with Cotton Couture you are really missing out. Cotton Couture stitches up like butter and blends perfectly with this collection. It’s also available in well over 200 colors so you can blend it with any collection.
I started by cutting all the circle images with my Charm Hexie template and the setting triangles of background fabrics.
I also chose a portion of the panel for the top stripe of the quilt and cut it away from the other elements of the panel. I filled in the rest of the quilt with random hexagons of the other prints as well. The pattern looks complicated but is actually quite simple.
Stitching the Parts Together
The quilt assembles easily into rows which made creating the feature row very simple. Quilt sides can easily be trimmed square once the quilt top is assembled. To get the top two rows lined up with the blocks in the quilt be sure to finger press a line in the center of the row to use as a guide to square up.
I eliminated the outer border of my original quilt pattern and added a simple border of the tossed bunny print.
Once the quilt was complete, I fussy cut some bunnies from the remaining tossed prints and added some appliqué features to the quilt using a 1 inch Jewel English Paper Piecing template found here. Adding appliqué creates a little special surprise to the feature row.
What a sweet little addition to any nursery. The leftover parts of the panel can be used for canvas prints, a baby bag or a nursery pillow.
I’m so happy to be asked to participate in the nursery blog hop. I hope you will join the rest of the bloggers and check out all the amazing projects they have made with Michael Miller Fabrics. Follow the list below for more #makingitfun.
Until next time… Happy Quilting!