Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's a month of runners and look what Cherry has us hopping to ---Bunny Dreams Runner

Hello everyone!  I'm so glad to be back sharing my Bunny Dreams Runner with you all. Thanks Samm for inviting me!

I love bunnies (and the color orange) and this was the perfect time to play with this little design, and lots of orange too!! As I've mentioned before, I LOVE raw-edge applique, and today I'm using one of my favorite fusibles: Lite Steam-A-Seam 2, a repositionable adhesive that works like a Post-It note! You can move your applique pieces around and finger press them in place until you are pleased with the arrangement, then fuse them with a steam iron.

Bunny Dreams
Finished size: 32” x 14”

*WOF=Width of Fabric from selvage to selvage


Background fabric: ¾ yd white with dots
2nd and 3rd Borders, and grass in front of bunny: ½ yd green small print
1st Border and grass behind bunny: 1 fat quarter green large print
Scraps for appliqués
3 different oranges for the large carrot, each about 1½" x 24"
Binding: ¼ yd
Lite Steam-A-Seam 2: 1 yd
Matching thread for appliqués

Cutting Instructions:

White Fabric:
(1) 12½” x 12½” for background – center appliqué
(1) 2½” x WOF strip. Cut this strip into (2) 2½” x 14½” for carrots border
(2) 1 3/8” x WOF. Cut these strips into (16) 1 3/8” x 4½” for pickets
(1) 1½” x WOF for pickets

Green Small Print:
(3) 1 3/8” x WOF. Cut (2) of these strips into (16) 2½” x 1 3/8” for pickets
                and (32) 1 3/8” squares for pickets
(1) 1½” x WOF for pickets
(1) 3½” x WOF strip. Cut this strip into (2) 3½” x 14½” for carrots border
Green Large Print:
(2) 1½” x WOF for pickets

A few words about Lite Steam-A-Seam 2

Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 fusible is sandwiched between two sheets of paper; the fusible is adhered to one side: this is the side you want to trace your templates onto; the other side is a liner that will be removed. So peal of a little corner to make sure you're tracing on the paper side with the fusible. Phew, that was wordy.... LOL

Trace your templates on the paper side of your fusible. Leave at least a 1/2" between templates, then cut them out about a 1/4" away from the traced line.

Remove the liner paper from the fusible, and lay the sticky side of the fusible onto the wrong side of the applique fabric.

Cut on the drawn line with sharp fabric scissors.

Alrighty, let's get going!

Trace all your templates onto Lite Steam-A-Seam 2
or your preferred paper backed fusible
and cut them out

The Dream Carrot...
Let's begin by working on that bunny's dream carrot
Cut (4) 1½" x 6" strips of each orange fabric
Sew these strips together and press the seams open
Lay your fusible large carrot onto the wrong side of your strips, fusible side down and press with a dry iron for 1-2 second. Cut on the drawn line 

Prepare the rest of your applique pieces and set aside

The Carrot Border
Sew (1) white 2½" x 14½" strip to (1) green small print 3½" x 14½" strip and press to the green
Arrange 7 small carrots onto the sewn strips, leaving at least a 1" seam allowance all around
Fuse in place with a steam iron

Now let's work on the bunny and his dream carrot
Fold the 12½" x 12½" background piece four-ways to find the center
Center over the layout diagram and pin in place
I used a light box for placement and finger pressed the templates onto the background
When happy with the placement, fuse with a hot-steam-iron

Here they are! Lucky bunny!
I did make a little mistake!!! Yeah, that bunny is a little pale and I will be changing that fab,
but ran out of time... 
Now stitch around all the applique pieces with a matching thread
I used a tiny blanket stitch with embroidery thread

I had to add something to make the runner a little longer,
so I made a little picket fence to keep that bunny out of my garden, lol

The Picket Fence
Let's work on the rail unit first!
Sew (1) white 1½" x WOF strip to (1) green small print 1½" x WOF strip and press to the green fabric
Cut this strip into (16) 1 3/8" wide segments
Sew a 2½” x 1 3/8" rectangle cut from the green small print to one of these segments

Repeat to make a total of (16) rail units 

And now the pickets 
Draw a diagonal line on the 1 3/8" green small print squares
Place over the 1 3/8" x 4½” white rectangles, and sew on this line
Trim the little corner off, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance
Open and press. Place another 1 3/8" square over this and 
sew on the drawn line
Trim, open, and press. You now have a picket. Make (16) of these 

Sew (2) rail units and (2) pickets to create a block that measures 4½” x 4"
Then sew 4 of these blocks to create the Picket Fence.
Repeat for a total of (2) borders

Now for the fun part!
Sew (1) 12½” x 1½” green large print to top of center
Repeat on bottom 

Sew a 14½” x 1½” green large print to each side

Add a Picket Fence to each side

And now the Carrot Borders

And it's ready for quilting!!!

I will add little buttons for the bow and eyes after I quilt it
(and after I replace the poor pale bunny...)

I had such a good time working on this little runner and hope you'll give it a try!
Visit my blog to get a copy of the Bunny Dreams templates



Grit said...

Ist das schön!!

Lesley said...

This is so sweet! Wonderful pics and tutorial!

kt said...

Cute runner--thanks for sharing!

Dorian said...

What a cute runner Cherry, thanks for sharing!

Cliodana said...

wow such a wonderful runner! perfect for easter table! thank's for sharing

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Sew cute! Love the picket fence. Thanks for sharing how to make it. I love the soft color of the bunny but it's so sheer that the background fabric shows through. I wonder if you put a solid white bunny behind the pink one like a lining, you would keep the soft color without the background showing through.

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Thank you so much for a great tutorial. The runner is gorgeous.

VickiT said...

Just ADORABLE! What a cute table runner. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this tutorial for us and for the templates too.

Deonn @ Quiltscapes said...

Oh, Cherry, that is the cutest!! Love the carrots, oh, and the rail fence, and your little bunny is adorable. Sure you have to switch him out? Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!

Snoodles said...

This is so, SO cute! Love it! I'm headed over to your place, Cherry, cos I want to get the pattern!! LOL

Madame Samm said...

Good Morning Cherry...this is just one terrific runner...or hopper I am calling it this morning.fabulous design...

Christine L said...

OMG I LOVE IT! My SIL is going be so excited to work on this one... I am thinking this weekend I have an easter project to get ready for!!

Marsha said...

Thanks for the great tutorial, the runner is adorable!

Annie said...

Such an adorable Easter runner!

Alex said...

Greetings Cherry, another winner. You are very artistic. Love the theme and colors.

Sallie said...

Sew cute! Thanks for sharing!

WoolenSails said...

Such a fun and wonderful piece for easter, thank you for sharing.


Mrs.Pickles said...

very cute. thanks for sharing!

♥Duff said...

your runner is too cute for words--I love those dreamy carrots! Thanks for the free template/pattern to boot :O)

p.s. Love your blog header art (and signature, etc)--it's fabulous!

dianehobbit said...

What a fun runner, with a great tutorial.

StitchinByTheLake said...

What an absolutely wonderful runner - perfect for these spring days. I've "pinned" it so I won't lose it! blessings, marlene

pinsandneedles said...

Sew cute! Thanks for sharing!

Sinta Renee said...

That is a really cute table runner Cherry! Love this project!

Doreen Meier said...

good morning Cherry. I love your bunny dreams but was unable to find the templates. How do I sign on to your blog and find them. Thanks.

Dayquilt said...

This is really cute, but your link for the templates is broken. I would really love to be able to make it.

Diane said...

Hi i love this but cannot find the templates for the bunny or the carrots. Please help!

Mdm Samm said...

Leave an email so we can help You are a From: Diane <noreply-comment@blogger.co

Mdm Samm said...

From: Diane

Diane said...

dianesametz52@gmail.com. And thanks so much!

Diane said...

Hi Mdm Samm:

I am interested in making this runner it is adorable for Easter. I would love to have the templates for the bunny. My e-mail is dianesametz52@gmail.com

Diane said...


Thanks, I am in the process of cutting out my fabrics right now.

Quilter's Delight said...

Hi, I am also interested in making this runner and would love to have the templates. My e-mail is jillc53107@gmail.com
thank you so much. Jill

Quilter's Delight said...

Hello. I would also love to have templates for the Bunny Dreams Runner. My email is jillc53107@gmail.com

Thank you so much. I look forward to making this runner for our Easter Table. Jill