Is this cute or what?

Here is the completed first block for Blanka Janosi’s quilt, and I am inordinately pleased with it.

balloon block

As I was working on the piecing, I had the thought that it would be cute to applique little animals or children in the basket, but I told myself that it would probably be hard to find a fabric in the right size print, of an appropriate color, and sufficient cuteness. But as soon as I looked in my stash, there it was! It is left over from Christina Shumann’s quilt. In addition to the bunny, who looks a bit alarmed at finding himself airborne, there are duckies, sheep, and bears. The plan for the quilt is to have 5 pieced blocks like this one alternating with 4 sky blocks in a 9×9 grid. The applique was done with the classic (aka outmoded) needle turn technique, but it only took me 20 min. to do the bunny, so even She Who Hates Applique is not complaining. I am thinking that I will want to do something snazzy with multiple borders, but we’ll see about that at a later date.

2 Responses to “Is this cute or what?”

  1. Marty says:

    Ann, this is just adorable! The bunny passenger is the perfect touch! And needle turn applique is not outmoded. It’s my method of choice when time is not an issue.

  2. Cathy says:

    Too cute! I agree that the bunny looks somewhat alarmed, but I’m sure he’ll get used to it. I love the soft colors in this!

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