It's a Bunny!

BunnyWith more then 40 pieces in each block, the Fancy Forest Quilt Bunny is a bit of a test of patience and accuracy, but is worth it in the end! With cute stand-up ears and a round cheeks, it’s quite adorable indeed. 

There are a few ways to make this one easier to put together.  

Spray before you cut. Lay your uncut strips  out and give them a good spritz with a fabric spray or starch spray, then press. This will give them extra body and lessen the amount of stretch on the bias while you are piecing the block.

clipStay organized. Whether you are chain piecing each section at a time or assembling one Bunny at a time, keep your pieces organized. The same size pieces are used in several places and it can get confusing. 

Start out by pulling all the pieces for the ears, for example, and tuck all the other pieces away from your sewing area. Label the different pieces by clipping them together with a marked WonderClip or a small Post-It note. This will help you keep them straight so you don’t confuse the 1 1/4” square with the 1” square.

As you finish each section, put it aside and work on the next group of pieces, labeled in the same way.

Keep a steady scant 1/4” seam allowance. When sewing so many small pieces together, the seam allowance is very important. I like to find the 1/4” seam with a seam gauge, then move the needle over one more tick to the right.  

Pressing seams open as often as possible will help, as well. 

Be patient. There are five sections and there are two parts that need careful alignment: the Ears/Eyes join and the Eyes/Cheek section. There is some play in there and we had a few quilters who re-cut the M piece or the B/L piece to make it fit perfectly. 

The nose is probably the trickiest part of the block and is hard to get perfectly even. There are a few ways we found to make it a little more consistent.  

Cut both nose/mouth sides at the same time. We used our handy Corner trimmer to cut off the extra bits of both the black and the main fabrics to create the angle for the nose. Then we pushed it into the corner that we’d just cut and trimmed again, making another 45-degree cut.  

Another way to do is to assemble the black nose square and black mouth square in place and press, then mark your stitching lines.  

Either way you prep for the mouth, when you stitch the second seam on the mouth square, have the black square on top and the main fabric underneath. This lets you keep an eye on your first seam and keep your second seam even with it. 

Bunnies from Fancy Forest

1 comments

Florence

August 11, 2018 at 7:22 AM

Thank you so much for providing us with this tutorial. It is a cute quilt but not easy to make. I have 2 of my children request I make them one each. I am going to need all the help I can get.

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