Quilting the Bunnies

Oh those bunnies, those redwork bunnies.  How on earth do you quilt a redwork quilt?  Would have been so much easier to have a little framed picture or a pillow, but an actual quilt?  Takes a brave soul, and calls for a bit of daring.  After all didn’t we just spend hours doing that embroidery?  Oh my!

The answer for me was cross hatching.   I love the simplicity of cross hatching and while researching what had been done before, I realized I had a vintage redwork quilt right here at Bunny Hill!  Sure enough, it was cross-hatched (by hand) right through the embroidery.

 Vintage redwork quilt

 Vintage redwork quilt 1

The Japanese cross-hatch many of their embroidered quilts.  Just look at the one in the photo below!  Isn’t it beautiful?

Redwork quilt

So, I decided to have the bunnies cross hatched.   The perfect solution would be to hand quilt, but of course time doesn’t allow that.   So I had Kristine quilt right through the bunnies.  Most of the stitches disappear into the embroidery.

Rabbit quilt

It’s a personal choice this thing we call quilting.  If it’s not for a judged show then don’t worry, and quilt as you like.  Remember, if you decide to quilt around the little embroideries and not inside, they will poof up.

Do some research yourself.  You may find some quilting you just love!  These bunnies were made for love.  They’ll be happy with whatever you decide!



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  • Vicki - I feel the exact same way.ReplyCancel

  • Ginny Worden - I don’t have a problem with quilting over the stitchery, it is after all just one thread, and like you say it disappears. I want my quilts to stay together, as well as look good.ReplyCancel

  • Catherine - Your post couldn’t have come at a better time. I will be finished piecing the baby quilt tonight and was sitting here wondering how on earth I’d quilt it — whether I should quilt through the butterflies I stitched in the large hexagons. Now I know what I’m going to do thanks to you!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - Great way to to the quilting, I like it.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - you can’t go wrong with cross-hatching!!

  • Anonymous - Hi Anne the cross hatching is beautiful on the bunnies. Which color red do you use onthe thread? I’m using DMC Perle no 8 Col. 816, and the other one is DMC Perle no 8 Col 321
    Thanks Anneke Potgieter
    South AfricaReplyCancel

  • Hanneke Floris - I am receving your emails for some time now.And I love everything.
    Thank you for all your inspiration.I can’t say how much you give to me with this emails.
    Thanks so very much
    Hanneke from the NetherlandsReplyCancel

  • Mary @ Neat and Tidy - Thanks for sharing the quilting idea as I’ve been wondering how to quilt mine when they are finished. I love these patterns; thanks for sharing them.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - That is exactly how I would have quilted them! They look terrific!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Perfect solution. I love the little teapot. :o)ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - I think the cross hatching looks great. I have been debating on how to finish off a redwork quilt and had thought about tying it. Now I like the cross hatching too, hmmmm…what to do?ReplyCancel

  • pdudgeon - great idea!! the question of whether to stitch thru or stitch around embroidery has come up often. it’s good to know that we can stitch right thru the embroidery, since it’s much faster that way. thanks for showing us.ReplyCancel

  • Qubie - Love the little quilt. Its’ so cute! The quilting has given me ideas for other quilts. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Susan - I have wondered about quilting my redwork and this answers a lot of my concerns. I have seen both ways (quilting through and around) and like them both but the cross-hatch always draws me in. Your bunny redwork is beautiful, I may just have to try it.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - I have wondered about how to quilt redwork. I really like the crosshatching. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie H - I have made several redwork quilts and always done stippling over the redwork. It doesn’t really show and looks nice.ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - I think that is just right. I like the crosshatch. And that vintage quilt makes my heart jump a little. It is so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Bobbie Lynn - Thanks for the tip.ReplyCancel

  • Candace - Well thank you for solving my huge dilemma about this Anne! I never know what to do about this and have always feared quilting through my lovely redwork – and you have made it look like a breeze! Oh – and the vintage quilt is wonderful!

  • Anonymous - thanks for the advice on the cross hatch. my question is how far apart do you reccomment the spacing to be?ReplyCancel

  • Connie - I like your approach! It looks really classy.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - What is it about cross hatching that is just so perfect? I guess it’s the simplicity and order of it that I like so much.

    The next question: How do you quilt a quilt that has lots of applique? Do you quilt around it or through it?ReplyCancel

  • Patti - Thanks for the comments and examples of cross hatching. I have done it but always thought I was taking the easy way out. Now I will do it without worry and know it is something tried and true.ReplyCancel

  • Threeundertwo - I think the cross-hatching gives it a nice traditional look. I assume yours are a 1″ grid?ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I love the new Chelsea Manor line, and I can’t wait to start this quilt. It is sooooooo cute!

    Betty ClarkReplyCancel