Rabbits!

I guess every quilt has a story, but sometimes I think “Hoo-boy, this one really has a story!”

The finish here started with a shibori dying class with Debbie Maddy in 2018.indigo dye

I decided to use the fat quarters (FQs) I’d dyed in the class to make a quilt using Debbie’s Usagi pattern.

The blocks were easy to make and I enjoyed the process.  Then I decided to quilt it myself!  I usually do pretty well quilting on my domestic machine, but my walking foot decided it didn’t want to participate.  The resulting quilt was quite a mess.  No, I did not take pictures!

I took out a lot of the quilting, using both a regular seam ripper and a tool that looks like a miniature electric razor.  Both worked pretty well, and I managed not to make holes in the fabric!

Finally I got up the nerve to try again.  I did small meandering in the blocks to make the rabbits stand out, some stitch-in-the-ditch around the blocks, and some wavy quilting in the border.  Done!

Quilt stats:

Name:  Rabbits!

Pattern:  Usagi by Debbie Maddy

Fabric:  Most shibori-dyed in class with Debbie Maddy; border is a commercial batik

Size: 44″ x 44″

Quilted by: me (twice–a learning experience!)

18 thoughts on “Rabbits!

  1. Mary, this is absolutely the best! I love the way you used the detail and design of the dyed fabric to create those adorable bunnies! I’m glad you persisted in undoing the first quilting to try again. This quilt is truly original and beautiful.

  2. Oooh. I am triple-impressed. Your shibori dyed pieces are masterful — I don’t know how you got such a perfect results. Unpicking machine quilting is almost impossible (in my experience) so that was another major feat. And then the rabbits are delightful, but could not have been easy to construct (all those curves!).

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