Back in November, Diana and I went to the Davies Manor Quilt Show in Bartlett, Tennessee. It's a beautiful 1800's plantation that is now a venue to many events. The land and the house are stunning! At the quilt show, among many absolutely beautiful quilts was a bunny quilt. We thought it was the cutest thing and I really wanted to make it! It's just one of those quilts that make you smile! We thought we were going to have to draw out our own bunnies to make the quilt, but thankfully, Diana just happened upon the pattern in a Keepsakes catalog! So much easier when you have the pattern! She also found the companion pattern using cats, which she just had to have! The pattern is by Darcy Ashton. Here is her website, Ashton Publications,and look, Diana, she now has horses...I know what you'll be doing after the cats!
The quilt that we saw in the show used a different bunny fabric for each block, border, and backing! I thought how fun that would be, actually having a purpose to go to a quilt shop, lol!, and immediately began my search. Do you know how difficult it is to find bunny fabric!? Plenty of cat fabrics for Diana, but not bunnies! Then I remembered the note attached to the quilt...the maker said it took her years to collect all the fabric! Ugh! I did not want or need another years long quilt! So, like Dr. Seuss, I thought and wondered and wondered and thought.
And then I had a light bulb moment! Which is so much better than a duh moment!
Many years ago, my granny gave me a tied denim quilt. We took that quilt with us everywhere! It was a car quilt, picnic quilt, sports watching quilt, camping quilt, you name it, we used it! And eventually we just about used it up! Since the edges had worn, seams had frayed, and a lot of the ties had worn out, I decided I'd take it apart, replace the batting, repair and re-tie it, and keep on using it up. That's where it got exciting! Instead of batting, my granny had used an old quilt! I couldn't believe it and yet I could. That frugalness and using-what-you-have attitude was definitely a part of Granny's life. By now that old quilt had really seen better days. I wanted to share the quilt with my sister and parents so I cut out the best blocks, removed the backing and batting, leaving the quilting stitches, and had them framed. This one is mine.
I found this wonderful rick rack fabric at Hancock's. It's perfect for the colors in the bunnies and I know Granny would love it because of the rick rack!
So, 30 bunnies cut out of it later, this is what it looks like: