Sunday, April 12, 2009

Hoppin' Down The Bunny Trail

A while back, Milah over at From My Back Porch had a crazy idea about a quilt challenge. She had five printed panels depicting Beatrix Potter's beloved children's classic, Peter Rabbit. Her rules for the challenge were simple. She and four other quilters would each make a baby quilt using as many blocks from each panel as possible. And the quilts would all have to be finished by Easter Sunday and posted online for all to see.

I really enjoyed working on this project. It seemed challenging at first to come up with a design and find colors to work with the pre-printed blocks. Once I finished the modified log cabin blocks, I decided it still needed a little something. So I took advantage of the opportunity and taught myself invisible machine applique. Come to find out, I like machine applique! I chose simple in the ditch machine quilting for the blocks with hand quilting around the appliques. Then I just finished it off with a scrappy binding.


The photos really don't do it justice. It turned out far cuter than even I expected. It's been a long wait for those of us involved to see what everyone else has come up with. So while you're chowing down on malted milk eggs and chocolate bunnies this morning, please take a moment to check out the other quilts by Milah, Bren, Lori, and Winona. It's amazing how different each quilt turned out to be.

Oh, and have a Happy Easter!

16 comments:

Milah said...

Christine,

Wow! I'm impressed! Your quilt looks awesome and I love the appliques. That invisible thread is nice to work with but hard to see, and expensive. I did have plenty left over though.

Thanks for playing along, have a Happy Easter.

Milah

~Bren~ said...

Christine...I love it!! The applique really makes it shine! Beautiful!

Lori R said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! The applique, the scrappy binding, the log cabins--awesome! You did a great job :)
Now I need to learn how to machine applique...
Happy Easter!

Terri said...

That is a work of art - love it, love it, love it! How did you teach yourself machine applique? Do tell - inquiring minds want to make a quilt like that! :)

miniaturequilter said...

Very pretty quilt, love the log cabins and applique!

Matthew said...

The quilts are all so great! Way to go! And congrats on the new little chick...........hopefully it will be a "she" and you can get plenty of eggs from her ;) Happy Easter!

johnmayersquare said...

The quilts are all so great! Way to go! And congrats on the new little chick...........hopefully it will be a "she" and you can get plenty of eggs from her ;) Happy Easter!

Christine said...

Terri,

I just read Harriet Hargrave's applique book and started trying some of the techniques. Try it. You'll like it!

Carol said...

That is very pretty. Love the colors and your applique work looks great.

Suzette said...

Just gorgeous! Your work always makes me want to get up in the attic and get my stash down! Nice quilt!

Jayne said...

That's beautiful! I love the appliqued border and the log cabin blocks. The fabrics you chose are perfect, too. Now I have to go look at the others....

Far Side of Fifty said...

You created a beautiful quilt! I love the colors that you chose! I can hand applique.. but by machine..that would be a stretch for me..what a fun challenge..you did great! :)

Niki RuralWritings said...

I love the colours you chose, it's so bright and cheerful!

Winona said...

Christine, your quilt turned out great. I love the border. You did a great job. It was nice how each of us did things differently. Good job! Sorry I didn't get the chance to check yours out yesterday. Have a good day. Winona

Annette said...

Your quilt is absolutely beautiful! What a great idea you all had.

Jennifer said...

great quilt- i've enjoyed looking at what you all did! i looked around your blog a wee bit- looks like we might have alot in common!