Quick Like a Bunny

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting Tutorial

I hope you were inspired by yesterday’s Tuesday Tutorial to decorate a few Easter Eggs.  (See the Easter Egg tutorial here).

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

As promised, today we have “Quick Like A Bunny”– a free motion quilting tutorial designed to help with hiding all of your newly created eggs…

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

The little chinchillas are easy to sketch—just a few ovals.  I like to bend one of the ears…(No comment necessary…)

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

I thought it was easier to have an outline to follow when I stitched the hoppity hares…

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

I did not stitch a perfect spiral–I thought it might look like a bulls-eye (not very friendly when stitching animals…), but rather, I stitched a “messy spiral”–You may remember the messy spiral from the Spiral Lollipop FlowersTutorial (Review that tutorial here)

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

So there you have it…pink bunnies to go with your Easter Eggs…

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Now all you need is your new bonnet!

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Happy Easter!

Easter Bunny, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Decorating Easter Eggs with Free Motion Quilting–A Tutorial

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

With Easter less than a week away–it’s time to start decorating eggs!   I’d like to say this is a less messy version of traditional egg decorating, but if you took one glance at my sewing studio…

Start by sketching an oval on paper to use as a pattern…Then draw several eggs on to your fabric–rotating them at different angles.  You might like to overlap the eggs and tuck a few behind the rest…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

In order to stitch the eggs, begin at the top and stitch all the way around and back to your starting point.  Be bold!  If you hesitate at all, you’ll end up with a bumpy egg–see below:

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

For the basic egg, begin with a small circle at the top..then just stitch curves right to left, back and forth to give the egg contour…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous…add a spiral at the top…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

and then add scallops.  Try to keep the scallops following your contour lines.

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Now that was fun, so let’s add loops!

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

…and why not swirls?

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

But don’t stop there…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

In less time than it takes to make an omelet, you’ll have a dozen Easter eggs embellished!

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Now we need an Easter Bunny to hide our gorgeous eggs…

Easter Eggs, FMQ, Tutorial

Tomorrow:  Free Motion Quilted Bunnies