I thought it would be fun to make an applique patchwork wall hanging with rabbits on it. Something to make me feel like Spring is on the way and perfect for Easter! I had some leftover batiks from other quilt projects that worked perfectly.
24 x 24
The first thing I did was go through my batik scrap 2-inch squares and pick colors that would work well with the fabrics I had picked for my wall hanging.
Then I traced the rabbit on to my Heat n Bond Lite fusible iron on. There are two different rabbits, one has a bent ear and the other which I’m using has both ears upright.
When working with a large applique piece, I like to cut out the center of the iron-on fusible. This helps your patchwork not be as stiff.
Now that I have the patchwork rabbit ready to applique, I’ll make four small rabbits for the corners of my wall hanging.
For the small rabbits I chose the template with the bent ear and just used the background fabric for them. You could do patchwork but if I did, I would use smaller squares of fabric.
Half Rectangle Triangle Blocks
The wall hanging is made of squares and half rectangle triangle blocks (HRTs). I have included easy directions in my pattern so you can make the HRT blocks without a template.
I really prefer using my AccuQuilt GO! Half Rectangle Triangle die when making 3-inch x 6-inch HRTs. There are also several templates and Deb Tucker has the Split Rects quilting ruler that allows you to make several different sizes of them.
Here is the wall hanging all pieced before adding the applique rabbits.
I have a sewing machine that I rarely use. The one thing I really like about it is the blanket stitch so I decided to use that to applique my rabbits.
I used it around the small rabbits also.
Rabbit Mug Rug
I also made a small mug rug using another of the small rabbits. If you don’t enjoy applique or need something finished fast, try this method.
I fused the rabbit on the fabric, added my batting and backing and then made rows of stitching to catch the applique. This is a good time to use a walking foot if you have one.
The quilting is just a simple free motion meandering stitch done on my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine.
Patchwork Rabbit Quilt Pattern
The quilt pattern includes full-size templates for two different rabbits in two different sizes and complete directions for making the wall hanging.
Get the Patchwork Rabbit quilt pattern