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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!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Happy Hearts!

I don't know about you but I am always happy sewing something for someone!
Here's some pillowcases I sewed today for a women's shelter!  I'm happy...what about you!



P.S.  Notice the hair color change...I'm going o-natural!  Better for me and the environment!

When I grow up I want to be a butterfly!

There is nothing more beautiful than the Monarch Butterfly!  I am lucky to live on the flight path of the Monarchs...here's one being tagged before the long flight to Mexico!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Finding Molly!

Just had to add this post from a friend, Lynda Smyth!  She recently finished piecing Lydia's Pattern Stardust Serenade!  What a lovely quilt!  Find Molly in the photo...Lynda said "Molly was found in a garbage bin outside of Shopper's Drug Mart on Dec. 30, 2010...weighed 3 lbs, her tail was like a pencil.  I think she landed in a bed of roses.....and does she ever love quilting! "  Don't you just love quilter's who rescue animals!!!
Stardust Serenade is a real scrappy quilt...Lynda always does her own thing on every pattern, as she is a very accomplished quilter and teacher.    She added..." note that I did not machine piece the center or the outside of each block.  The center 4 pieces form a circle, so I made it a circle and appliqued it to the arcs, the outside 4 pieces when joined form a circle, so I turned under the seam allowance and reverse machine appliqued it to each block.  Was marvellous and saved a lot of piecing...went like a charm!"
If you would like to see Lydia's pattern Stardust Serenade, please visit our website at http://www.therabbitfactory.com  I've included a picture below of Lydia's original quilt!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Lavender....ahhhhh!








Another passion...inhale and smile!  This lovely farm has over 16 different varieties of lavender!  If you are ever in the Grafton area, be sure to check it out!  It's called Scott's Barn!
Happy Quilting today!
Lorraine

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