Friday, July 20, 2012

Ric Rac Rabbits Picnic Blanket

Remember this cute little bundle?

Ric Rac Rabbits

It's Ric Rac Rabbits in the slate colorway from Fabricworm.  At first I thought - baby boy quilt!  It has enough of a "boy" vibe without being the traditional colors.  I still think it'd be great for a baby boy's room, but decided to make my bundle into a picnic blanket instead.  Maybe it was the 4th of July that did me in?  I see picnic-worthy, patriotic shades tempered with aqua (instead of true blue),  sprinkled with slate gray and a touch of sage green.  But spread out in a picnic blanket, it still has that vaguely red/white/blue vibe. 

Ric Rac Rabbits Picnic Blanket


Do you like it?  I do!  My fat quarter bundle needed some stretching to become a large picnic blanket, so I alternated Ric Rac Rabbits prints with solids.  I used the Fabricworm fat quarter bundle, plus 1/2 yard cuts of Kona Cadet, Kona Coral, Kona Olive, Essex Flax and Essex Medium Aqua.  My solids don't all match exactly, for example the Kona Cadet is markedly darker than the slate gray in Marisa's prints.  I like the extra contrast in value it adds!

a picnic blanket

Oh, and I also threw in 3 white squares, just for fun.

Ric Rac Rabbits Slate colorway

To make your own, cut squares to 8".  Arrange 81 squares in a 9x9 grid.  Make a backing the same size and sew right sides together.  After turning right side out and edge stitching all the way around to finish/close the opening, then tie the quilt at intervals instead of machine quilting.

tied with pearl cotton

I've been tying with leftover bits of pearl cotton size 8 from my Handstitched projects!  I love the way it leaves the blanket so flat and soft.

Here's hoping that someone (maybe with youngish kids?) gives this picnic blanket a home at the craft show.  I for one couldn't resist the bunnies.  I'm hoping someone else is just as weak!

Ric Rac Rabbits panel for backing

That bundle also comes with the "Hold Onto Your Dreams" panel in slate.  Oh my sweetness!  It was perfect on the blanket back with various prints from my stash.

other Creative Thursday prints too

Including a few from the Creative Thursday debut collection - Meet the Gang!  But, seriously can't get enough of the bunnies in a row.   Seriously.

my tag hiding on the strap

And, hey, I even remembered to put my label on the blanket tie!  Not that it didn't involved a little back tracking...

this little thing

So there's another picnic blanket all wrapped up!  Without batting these big ole' blankets sure compact into a tidy little parcel.  And my mom has just the coolest picnic basket that I can display a few with at market.  Oooh, I'm looking forward to working on display.  First though, off to make more items!  Everyone have a wonderful weekend.

20 comments:

  1. gorgeous picnic blanket, Rachel. I love, love, love the back, it's simply perfect with all the fabrics you put together.

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    1. Thanks so much, girl! Of course, I didn't do much it being a bundle, but it was sure fun.

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  2. Rachel, rabits are soooo funny! I love these fabrics and your quilt is sooo nice. Thanks to your blog, I have in my little sewing stock some fabrics from collection "Meet the Gang" :-) and I made for my little son Adam the box: http://vjahodovce.blogspot.cz/2012/07/pro-adamka-dla-adasia.html
    I like the quality and colour of these fabrics. They are sooo different then our Czech fabrics.
    Have a nice weekend!!! Jolana

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  3. I love this! Some lucky owner will get years of pleasure from this blanket. Although it's not traditional red/white/blue I see what you mean. I like the finished back. I will have to try the tie method of finishing off a quilt, seems very simplistic which I like.

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    1. Yes, it is soooo easy. I'm always amazed to get the tying done in the time it takes to watch a 50 minute tv show!

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  4. This is so beautiful. I hope some lucky family gets this and treasures it for years to come.

    Quilts still scare me a little, ha ha, but with the GREAT bundle I just won here, I may be ready to give one a try now.

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  5. Oh those bunnies deserved to be frolicking in grass!

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  6. The fabrics are adorable! I think I should make quilts with no binding! I may get them done faster =D

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  7. Pieced backs are so much fun and this complements the front so nicely.

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  8. I love this blanket! Those fabrics are fantastic and shout FUN!!!! Have fun designing your display, that's my favourite bit!

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  9. Very cute fabrics! Love that bunny on the back! I'm sure someone will give it a good home.

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  10. In LOVE with this!!! You totally get the vision of my fabrics and how I see them used in designs. Thank you for sharing this Rachel! Also, as a new quilter, you've inspired me to try sewing one of these picnic blankets - feels completely doable and super fun to make!

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  11. Looks great Rachel!! I LOVE those fabrics together like that!! So simple, yet VERY effective!!

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    1. Thanks, Larissa. This was my first time alternating between solid and print blocks. It's a classic, and I like it!

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  12. I love this rug, it's so nice. The colours are gorgeous and I love the way it rolls up and has the tie around it. Really really nice.

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  13. I bought that same bundle for the quilt I make this Christmas for my oldest (4) granddaughter! I just love the bunny panel, but hope to work it into the front instead of the back. Still working on the design, but I love yours!! Thanks for sharing the names of your coordinating solids - that may come in handy!

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  14. I do love the rows of bunnies. So sweet! I think the picnic basket is a great display idea!

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