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Kathy just loves Lydia's "Under the Stars" pattern, so much so, that she made it queen size with smaller squares (2-1/2).  She then put the snowmen on pillows shams and added an extra toss pillow to top it all off!  Pretty marvellous...don't you think?
Thank you Kathy for sharing your inspiration with us!
Here's Lydia's version...
Click on this image to purchase your pattern and get sewing "Under the Stars".
Click on this image to purchase your pattern and get sewing "Under the Stars".
Happy Quilting!

Do you press your seams open?

Sometimes it is so much easier to press the seams open but it sure does take more time and effort.  The advantages only appear when you start piecing the finished blocks together in rows!  Everything seems to fit so much better without the bulk.  I like the fact that the quilt lies nice and flat and makes for nicer machine quilting.

How do you feel about pressing the seams open?  It seems there are mixed reviews!
Whatever your choice is...it doesn't really matter!  I'm enjoying making these blocks.  A super cute pieced border will be added.  This quilt was designed by Lydia years ago.   It's called Mosaic Magic.   I cut the fabrics and slipped them into a drawer and they've been hiding there ever since.  
Isn't it nice they have made an appearance and will soon be a quilt top!


Sunshine, flowers and all things of color make my heart joyous!  How about you?
Here is Juanita Earnheart's variation of Lydia's Cottage Garden Sampler!  Isn't it fabulous?

Juanita says...
" I certainly can't take any credit for the color choice since I bought the kit at Quilts By the Bay, Galveston, TX. It had been a block-of-the-month quilt and she had one set of kits left over that she sold to me while I was at the store on a shop hop. I changed a few of the fabrics, but not very many. This is the only quilt that I've made that I kept for myself."

Thanks so much Juanita for sharing your lovely quilt with us!  I think you need to make and keep a lot more quilts for yourself!  Aren't all quilters guilty of that...we give away some of our best work!

Have a most happy quilting day today!!


Lucie's Razzle Dazzle Quilt is really dazzling!

We love our customers!  And we love what they create with our patterns!
Lucie Nichols recently sent us pictures of her version of Lydia's Razzle Dazzle.
She made this quilt queen size and believe it not, it's her first adventure into paper piecing!
It really is dazzling! And yes, she did all the quilting on her domestic sewing machine!  She mentioned in her email that she loves the feeling of satisfaction from doing the whole process, from selecting fabrics to cutting and piecing to quilting and binding.  She also said, "I'm sure there are a many more skilled quilters out there than me but I want to be able to look at my quilts and say "I did it all!" 
Thanks Lucie for sharing!  It's so awesome!
Have a very, very happy quilting day today everyone!

A good "Waste Not" tip for freezer paper!

Hi there!
I have 72 of these freezer paper templates to make for the Whitework Sampler quilt, so I just thought I'd share with you, a good "waste not" tip.  For these templates I cut 2 inch strips from my roll of freezer paper and stacked up 6 copies to cut at a time.  I stapled the template as well as the extra cut off areas of the freezer paper.  Cut and trim your template and conserve the cut offs! I then keep these for tracing leaves or circles, etc.  Just make your leaf tracing and re-staple to the freezer paper cut off!  Presto...6 leaf freezer paper templates from scraps most quilters would have just cut off and thrown in the garbage!  Keep your cut off's in a ziplock bag and they are ready to use for your next project!  
Happy Quilting!

Some of our best sellers are now instant download patterns!

A Quilter's Garden, Pressed Flowers, Simple Country Sampler, Peaceful Harmony and Hare Affair are now instant download patterns available here.  I can hardly wait to get back to sewing...too much computer times these days!   Hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Canadian fall we are having!
Happy Quilting, Lorraine

4 More Instant Download Patterns are Available!

Mixed Flowers, Stardust Serenade, Spring Garden Sampler and Spring Beauty are now available as instant downloads here.  No more waiting for the mail to arrive!  You can have your pattern printed and start digging through your stash tonight!
Happy quilting day to you all,

Stack of Snowmen is Now an Instant Download Pattern!

A sure sign of a season to come here in Canada, these three snowmen are enjoying the snowflakes while the birds visit.  The great thing about this kind of wallhanging is that it can stay up long after the holiday season right up until the spring flowers emerge.  Have fun creating your own whimsical stack of snowmen, and then make some more for gifts for family and friends!  Now is the time to get started!  Click here to get your pattern right away!
Size of quilt 31" x 43".  

Happy Quilting,


There is still time to make Pumpkin Trio for Halloween!

What a delightful halloween quilt this is to make!  The pumpkin trio are spook-tacular, stacked upon each other with visitors of black birds and spiders...oh my!  
The finished size is 29” x 38”.  We've just added Pumpkin Trio as an instant download!  Just click here to purchase and start sewing tonight!
Wishing you a very happy sewing day today,

Trouble Free Triangles is now an Instant Download Pattern!

Trouble Free Triangles is now an instant download pattern here!
This quilt was made using Marti Michell's small 60 degree triangle ruler.  These fabulous fabrics (mostly Moda's) in greens, reds and beiges were begging to get made into a quick Christmas quilt.  I had some great Holiday print flannel backing designed by Art to Heart for the back to make it extra snuggly over the holiday season.   Instructions in the pattern include cutting with an Omnigrid 6" x 12" ruler as well, so if you don't own Marti's ruler you can still make this quilt but I highly recommend this fantastic 60 degree ruler!  
This quilt is quilted using straight line quilting with a walking foot and the size (59" x 72") is very manageable.  I don't know about you but I like a quick quilt to make once in a while!
Instructions also include tips on making the bias binding!  I just the love triangles edges on this quilt, don't you?

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You just might catch yourself humming while you make this quilt!  
“Blackbird singing in the dead of night, Take these broken wings and learn to fly, All your life, You were only waiting for this moment to arise”...what a great song by the Beatles!  You’ll enjoy appliqueing these lovely blackbirds perched on these flowering vines.  The centre panel blocks are pieced and exhibit a lovely chained effect which makes this quilt a delight to make!  
Easily download at our website here!
Have a wonderful quilting weekend everyone!

Blackbird Lane finishes at 63” x 63”.

Garden Pathways Is Now An Instant Download Pattern!

Lydia’s garden pathway blocks (variation of log cabin) make up the bargello effect of this quilt pattern.  Pretty flowers are appliqued in the lighter pathways to add a charming garden path.  The same block appliqued with leaves and circles creates the pieced border.  If you start with selecting the outside border first, it will be easy to find the co-ordinating scraps from your stash to make this garden grow!
You will need to be able to print both Letter (8-1/2" x 11") and Legal (8-1/2" x 14") paper in order to use this pattern.  Go visit our website here to get all the details.
Happy Quilting today!

Another Instant Download pattern available!

Blossom Thyme is now available as an instant download here!  This is a such a pretty quilt!  The curvy vine and flower appliqué border is so pretty!

The two pieced blocks create a simple chain effect!  If you haven't tried downloading a pattern before, well, it's really easy!  If you run into any problems, you can just email me and I will get you up and printed in no time!  Just think, you can get started sorting your fabrics right now and get piecing by tonight!  No time like the present!
Happy Quilting, Lorraine
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Monique's Show n Tell

We love it when our customer's send us photos of their quilts!  Thanks today to Monique Wilson who has shared her version of  Lydia's pattern, "A Quilter's Garden".  Monique has changed up the appliqué vine to make it truly her quilt!  She will be teaching this quilt as a class in Hawkesbury, Ontario this fall.  
P.S.  I loved your email ending with the following tag line, Monique...
Happy Quilting everyone!
P.S.  We will be moving this blog soon from Blogger directly to our website!  Please go to our website http://www.therabbitfactory.com and you will find our new blog.  Click on comments below a blog entry (even if you don't want to comment) where you will find the subscribe to blog option.  We would love to have you receive our blogs posts by email and would be thrilled to have you move over to our new site! Thanks, Lorraine


I've been busy sewing half square triangles for the next scrap quilt!  These are piles of 12 each!  Sometimes it is a lot more fun to just sit and sew, sew, sew!  Hope you are having a happy quilting weekend!

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!

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!

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!

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!  

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!

Keeping Cool Indoors!

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

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!

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