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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Three More Blocks Done and 6 More to do!




Three more blocks are done and six more to do!   There are thirteen Whitework Sampler blocks in total and each one is unique and different.  If you decided to make this quilt, be sure to take care purchasing your white fabrics...I find some of them are difficult to get your needle through because the white tone on tone can be a little dense.   I have purchased 13 white tone of tones in total so far so that each block is different.  Next is the sashing which is appliquéd...check out the pattern.  The sashing looks like it's pieced but it's appliquéd!  
Hope you are enjoying your day!  Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Moving Along with the Whitework Sampler Applique Blocks!

Just thought I'd share a few tips for preparing your templates using freezer paper.
The method we use for machine and or hand appliqué, the freezer paper is ironed to the wrong side of the fabric, and some pattern pieces need to be reversed, but a number of them can easily be traced as they are because they are symmetrical.  Review your pattern first to figure out which ones need to be reversed.
Trace one of each pattern piece, (indicate the pattern letter and the quantity required) and roughly cut out and then stack up pieces of freezer paper underneath the traced image, staple, and then cut out exactly on the drawn lines to create multiples at a time.  
If you need to have the pattern piece mirror imaged you can just flip the freezer paper over to the shiny side and lightly trace with a pencil so that you get the pattern piece mirror imaged.   You will be able to see the line enough to cut it out.
In some cases you need a left and right image, so just trace the template on the paper side of the freezer paper and when you stack up another freezer paper to it, just reverse it, so that the shiny sides are together.  Now you have it, one lefty and one righty!
In the case of Whitework Sampler, we supply only half of the pattern but it is very easy to trace one side of the block, turn the pattern around underneath the freezer paper and continue tracing some templates to finish the shape.  There is no need to prepare a complete full size pattern.
Don't worry that the patterns are printed on both sides.  We do this to save on paper costs and postage.  As you can see there really is no problem to see to trace a pattern and no need for a light box or taping the pattern to a window.  
Once all your templates are prepared, iron them to the wrong side of the fabric leaving half an inch between them so that you end up with approx. 1/4 inch seam allowance on all sides.  
Hope you find this helpful! 
Happy Quilting!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

More Blocks Done!




Moving along quite well!  Here's all four to date...I'm almost finished the fifth block of Whitework Sampler!
Happy Quilting!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Ssshhhhhh....it's a secret wedding quilt!


Yes, it is a secret wedding quilt and I have a year to finish it! Here are the first two blocks from Lydia's Whitework Sampler pattern.  I laid them on this fantastic batik I bought a couple of weeks ago just for the photos!  


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Pressing it up!

We all have scraps of various sizes sitting in a drawer just waiting for the perfect quilt to come along.  I am working on our "Rolling Stone Scrappers" pattern and very shortly we will announce when it's ready for instant download.  The pattern will have two different sizes of this scrap quilt to make, so even some of the smallest scraps can get used up. 
Happy Quilting to you today!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Keeping Cool Indoors!









































Keep cool indoors...sew some cool batiks!  
Hope you are enjoying your summer!
Happy Quilting,
Lorraine
Check out these cool boxes I get from Staples that I like to store my half square triangles in....


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Celebration Sampler


Here are some great pics of Celebration Sampler and a little understanding of where Lydia received her inspiration.   Celebration Sampler is based on the Friendship/Album Presentation quilts, so popular in the mid-nineteenth century and particularly on a quilt made by Charlotte Gillingham, for Samuel Padgett Hancock, 1842-43.  Here is the link to see Charlotte's original quilt. http://www.philamuseum.org/collections/permanent/108226.html
This type of quilt was made to commemorate a special event in a person's life, a birth, a marriage, or a leave-taking.  Presentation Quilts were traditionally made by family members and friends of the recipient and were expressions in cloth, of their love and friendship.  
I just love Lydia's choice of the setting triangles in this quilt as well as the combination of pieced and appliquéd blocks.  The original quilt was set apart by narrow strips of chintz and the roses were cut from a roller-printed furnishing chintz appliquéd around the border.
Have a very happy quilting day!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Checks and Balances


If you have not been to the website yet, do not miss our instant downloads!   If you are looking to do a number on your stash, be sure to check out our "Checks and Balances"...it uses pretty small scraps and it really is a pretty quick and simple quilt!  We have added 2 other downloads in the past week as well, Old Fashioned Charm and Homespun Hill.  Have a happy day!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Today is a good day to share pictures of Jacob's Garden!




How is your garden growing? I grow everything in small pots and it's amazing what I get to enjoy during the summer!  I have two kinds of lettuce, baby spinach and kale!  I used a pair of scissors  to cut my baby spinach to yield the first crop a week ago and already its growing again to yield another!  Mother Nature is in her glory!  It's only fitting that we share Jacob's Garden in the garden today!
Lorraine

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Our New Website!







We are very excited about our new website http://www.therabbitfactory.com!  We've lowered the price for some of our patterns and we are also introducing some instant download patterns...so exciting!  We are adding new patterns shortly, so keep an eye!  New photos of our quilts are in progress and as they become available we will be adding them to the site.  Our new streamlined website will process your order directly and securely which will make it so much more convenient to shop! 
You may need to refresh your browser!
We hope you will like our new look! 
Happy Quilting,
Lorraine

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Birds Nests!

The bird's nests are full now and the babies are chirping!  It is so cute to see the adult birds preparing the young ones for their first flights once they leave their nests.  Can't resist sharing Lydia's Sheltering Tree wallhanging with you all today! 



Friday, June 20, 2014

Everything is growing!



Lydia's Basket of Blooms is a such a lovely scrappy quilt.  I just love the star flowers and the long flowing vines from the baskets!  This quilt is really easy to make with 3 repeated appliqué panels.  *Check out the full size quilt...
It's time to grow your own "Baskets of Blooms"!
Have a happy day!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

No Place Like Home


The spring birds are busy building nests here!  Thought I'd share Lydia's pretty "No Place Like Home" Wallhanging!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Turtles laying their eggs!

Here's a few pictures from my morning walk this morning!  Enjoy!



 

Sunday, June 15, 2014

With all this rain, well we should be having lots of Wildflowers!

This quilt is just so pretty!  Spring rain sure is bringing out the Wildflowers here in Ontario!  Check out these great pics of Lydia's Wildflowers!




Friday, June 13, 2014

Bright Stars...scrap buster!




There is something about a quilt that looks more complicated than it actually is!  There are no y-seams in this quilt...pretty cool eh?  The pattern is available at our website at http://www.therabbitfactory.com


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Patchwork Cottage by Linda Ramrath

Hi everyone!




Just couldn't resist posting this lovely version of Patchwork Cottage by Linda Ramrath.  She has kindly donated this beauty to the Catholic Women's Group of Our Lady of the Lake Church in Leominster, MA as a raffle quilt.  Aren't they lucky!!
I just love her fabric choices...nice and bright and cheery!
Have a happy stitching day!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Beyond the Basics

Hi everyone!
Just thought I'd share one of our most popular sampler quilts...Beyond the Basics!



There are 8 pieced blocks and 1 appliqué block that is repeated 4 times!  It is such a fun sampler to make, plus you learn along the way.  The lattice sashing is really what sets this quilt!


Hope you are enjoying this lovely summer day!

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