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Fat Quarter Baby


We had some fun playing around with The Fat Quarter Shop’s new book “Fat Quarter Baby“.   It’s a book filled with 20 of the cutest baby quilts ever!  Ten quilts for little girls and 10 for little boys.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy quilt for a baby boy, “Andrew” the whale is perfect.  He looks cute in so many fabrics.  I wanted to see how he’d look with a bit of a modern twist, so I tried him in taupe and grey using Moda’s basic “Dottie”.   I love dots, and it’s been fun to see these little whales come together.

Dottie 1

My assistant Sue has a new grandson, so she’s been making the “Andrew” quilt for him using Sweetwater’s “First Crush” fabric line along with a grey Moda Bella background. Don’t you love this paisley whale?


Or, how about this little whale, also from “First Crush” by Sweetwater?

First Crush 2

My friend Nancy made up “Andrew” using a blue and yellow colorway.  Jennifer Cabral finished it with some darling quilting!

Whale in blueFollow along on The Fat Quarter Shop’s blog hop this week and you’ll see every quilt in this new book, Fat Quarter Baby.  It’s a great book to have in your library.  You never know when you’ll need a quick and easy baby quilt!  


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November 17, 2015 - 5:28 am

Barb R - Oh my goodness (I know…I say that all the time) but these baby quilts are so adorable! A “Dottie” whale? A paisley whale? And a big blue & yellow,whale? These look like so much fun. I love kids quilts – I think I’m gonna need this book.

So cute!!

November 17, 2015 - 6:11 am

sunny - Andrew is adorable! My nephews are starting to get married and have babies, so I might NEED this book.

November 17, 2015 - 7:19 am

mimi'sdarlins - These are all just darling! I love making baby quilts, recently made a nautical one which was so much fun. Love seeing all the possibilities for this cute whale just by changing the fabrics.

November 17, 2015 - 8:26 am

Lisa McGRiff - Such a great quilt and could be boy or girl just depending on the fabric choice!

November 17, 2015 - 8:49 am

Hildy - Your little whales are too cute the perfect thing for a little boy!

November 17, 2015 - 1:06 pm

DeAnna Dodson - So cute! :D

November 17, 2015 - 6:15 pm

RuthB - Love it Anne! Makes me wish I had a new grand baby in need of a quilt!

November 18, 2015 - 7:42 am

Karen in Breezy Point - This adorable quilt makes me wish my sons would get going on providing some grandkids!!

November 18, 2015 - 9:57 am

Beverly - Expertly crafted…loved the whale theme with different fabrics. The wavy quilting with some bubbles was adorable too.

November 18, 2015 - 1:27 pm

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November 19, 2015 - 4:03 am

Susan - Can’t wait to get this book! Our family has 4 babies coming soon so I need some fast easy, CUTE quilt patterns!

Leaving town again

I keep thinking I’ll fit in a blog post any day now, but here I am getting ready to get on a plane for Portland this morning with not much done.  I’m flying to Holly Hill Quilt Shoppe along with 4 other designers to show 150 ladies how to make our little Christmas projects!

I’ll just give you a quick run down on my schedule so you’ll understand why there’s not been a peep from me.

I got my fabric two weeks before market.  Need I say more?  It was like a nuthouse around here and the main quilt never did get finished.  Such is the world of applique.  :>)

Market was the most emotional ever.  It was Moda’s 40th anniversary and it was such an honor to be able to help them celebrate.  Here’s our group photo in front of the amazing quilt made for Mark Dunn.

Moda 40th

When I returned from market I was stranded at the airport because my poor husband was so sick he couldn’t make the 1  1 /2 hour drive to come get me.  I had to call for back-up.

I brought home everyone’s cold from the airplane.  It lasted a week and I spent 4 days in bed just sleeping.  Now I’m feeling better and I’m off again!

The next 5 days in Portland are filled with rain.  Wonder if I should put plastic bags over my new suede boots?

I’ll try to take lots of pictures for you so you can see how a Christmas crafting party is done.  It’s amazing!  I’ll fill you in on new patterns etc. after I get home next week.  Have a wonderful weekend everyone!





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November 12, 2015 - 7:19 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, how cool would that be? A Christmas workshop with FIVE designers? I’d love to hear all about it!

Glad you’re feeling better! Take care of yourself, and bring us back lots of pictures. :D

November 12, 2015 - 7:19 am

Tammy spencer - You are a busy lady…but of course, the talented ones always are. Sorry to hear you were sick but happy you are feeling better now. Did you get to get some reading done while laying in bed? Can’t wait to see the new projects from market and the christmas crafting event. Take care.

November 12, 2015 - 8:15 am

mimi'sdarlins - So sorry you came home from market sick, but glad you’re back on your feet. I recall you saying your fabrics would be late in arriving, but two weeks…talk about stressful! Such a great photo of all of you! Have fun at Holly Hill and be sure to tell us all about it. Oh, and you can get a spray to waterproof your suede boots. I think most shoe stores have it.

November 12, 2015 - 8:35 am

Hildy - Sorry to hear that you were starnded at the airport because your hubby was sick and then got sick herself just not fair:-( Hope you and your hubby are well now and you have a great time at your workshop! Can’t wait to see all the eyecandy you have for us:-)

November 12, 2015 - 9:45 am

Mary salmon - Anne! I wish you had your own plane! I get sick every time I fly. Have a good time creating I hope Hubby is feeling better. Love, Mary

November 12, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Barb R. - Oh Anne, you are so worth waiting for – I always love your posts and love everything you design! I’m so sorry to read that both you and your hubby have been sick – hopefully, both of you have recovered.

Have a safe, fun trip to Holly Hill – that does sound like so much fun.- lucky attendees. Take lots of,photos,so you can share all the fun with us.

xo – Barb

November 12, 2015 - 4:45 pm

Gale - Glad you are feeling better. I am so looking forward to seeing what’s new with you!!! Especially Christmas ideas.

November 12, 2015 - 5:53 pm

RuthB - I got tired just reading about your busy-ness! Hope you enjoy your trip and that you get rest while you are there!

November 12, 2015 - 6:27 pm

sunny - Have fun in Portland! Maybe you’ll get a chance to get rested up when you get home. Oh wait. Then it will be time to get ready for Christmas!!!!

November 12, 2015 - 7:29 pm

Karen in Breezy Point - I can’t wait to see what you introduced at Market–I hope you will share when you return from your travels! Take care and have a fun trip–it looks like an awesome event!

November 12, 2015 - 7:43 pm

Susan - Mercy, that sounds like a whirlwind! So glad you and your husband are feeling better!

November 12, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Nita - Sounds like your world is not different from mine, sister. Like the teddybear Winnie-the-Pooh dragged down the stairs behind him, whose head went bump-bump-bump! I just showed my slowly developing Tiny-Town quilt squares to my quilt guild tonight. They loved it, and were full of helpful ideas. I know it’s a very old pattern, but I could finally afford it. And my son has adopted a baby girl. Thanks for a precious pattern for little Helen! You are a blessing.

November 12, 2015 - 9:16 pm

Colleen - Oh man I feel for your poor husband to be feeling that poorly…….glad you had a backup plan. Then you getting a bad cold ( the lady’s from quilters garden in Sacramento had flight problems so spent extra day? in the airport) I heard the rain well weather in Texas was terrible this year. Every one thinks designers live a glamorous life so it’s good that you let us know the real story.
It’s too bad you had to leave straight away your four footed family must be really missing you

November 13, 2015 - 2:10 am

Christine B. - Hope you have a lovely few days in Portland but don’t overdo things! Christine x

November 13, 2015 - 4:44 am

Mary on Lake Pulaski - Have a great time and stay healthy Anne.

November 13, 2015 - 5:49 am

Jackie - Have a blast in Portland!

November 15, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Ronda - I really miss your post but I know life happens lol. So glad quilt market was a success!!! cant wait to see your posts!!!

November 16, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Danicia - Hi, do you ever do workshops like that over here on the East coast. I would love to be able to attend one of these work shops. Have fun.

The Making of Merci La Vie for the American Cancer Society

If you haven’t heard

If you haven’t heard, over the last 6 months we’ve been making a second Merci la Vie quilt at Bunny Hill. Yes, I said a second quilt!  It’s a very special version of Merci la Vie because it’s been hand appliqued by women who have either experienced breast cancer, or had a friend or relative with it.  Every stitch is dedicated to women all over the world.

Merci la Vie from Bunny Hill DesignsMerci la Vie from Bunny Hill Designs

I’ve had a lot of help from some very special women, and I’ve shipped blocks to be appliqued to Norway, Australia, Utah, Arizona, California and Idaho.  As the blocks have come back with the applique complete, I’ve watched this quilt come together and I realize how special this second quilt is.   The quilt will be donated to The American Cancer Society as soon as it’s quilted.  The American Cancer Society was the place we turned to when we found out my daughter-in-law Diana had breast cancer.  It was also the first place to step in and offer free help with programs and classes to support women who have been diagnosed.

To all the women who helped me with this second quilt I say thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Merci la Vie Quilters

Merci la Vie Quilters

From Norway, Asne Kostveit a friend and the owner of the quilt shop Quiltefryd in Norway.   She makes me smile, laugh and I love to be around her.  I only see her when she comes to Quilt Market, and it’s never long enough.

From Idaho, Bonnie Olaveson the amazing Moda designer from Bonnie & Camille.  Not only did she complete a block for this quilt, she coached and encouraged my daughter-in-law Diana, as she went through breast cancer treatments.  For Diana, Bonnie’s friendship, and support was like having someone hold her hand along the way.

From Utah, Jill Finley, the amazing designer who completed her block while finishing up her own breast cancer treatments and surgery.  I love and admire this woman so much!  To my amazement when she returned her block she volunteered to stitch a second block!

All the way from Australia, my friend and fellow designer Rosalie Dekker whose talent and personality brought happiness and sparkle to this quilt.  I’m so honored to have her be a part of making this quilt.  She’s an inspiration to everyone who knows her.

From California/New Zealand, my friend and professional organizer, Sandy Newman who English paper pieced all the hexagon flower blocks in this quilt.  Her delicate stitching brought the hexies to life.

Many other women have joined me in completing this quilt.  Thank you to Kim Stephens for her beautiful work preparing the applique for stitching along with her perfect embroidery.  Thank you to Sue Falkowski and Chickie Ricciardi for their wonderful applique, Nancy Ritter for her perfect “piecing together” and binding of this quilt.

Karolyn “Nubin” Jensen from Arizona will work her quilting magic on this quilt.  She’s won awards with her beautiful quilting and if anyone can make this quilt come to life it’s her.

I’m not sure what The American Cancer Society will do with this quilt, but it’s my wish that it will take on wings bringing hope to everyone who sees it.  It felt so good to be a part of this project!

Much love to all of you,


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October 4, 2015 - 1:06 pm

DeAnna Julie Dodson - What a beautiful quilt and even more beautiful story. I’m sure the quilt is even lovelier in person.

I hope your donation does a lot of good for this worthy cause.

October 4, 2015 - 1:20 pm

mimi'sdarlins - This is such an amazing collaborative effort, and kudos to you and all the ladies who joined forces to make this beautiful and very meaningful quilt. I wish good health and recovery to all these wonderful women.

October 4, 2015 - 2:56 pm

sunny - What a beautiful quilt! And sewn with so much love.

October 4, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Mary ann - So beautiful and full of the love and caring of strong women!

October 4, 2015 - 3:37 pm

pam - It see so many familiar faces there. What a wonderful quilt!

October 4, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Tammy - Thats a wonderful story with this quilt. I hope the quilt can be seen and story shared with many cancer patients during their treatment and recovery.

October 4, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Modalissa - what a wonderful project for a great cause. Thank you to everyone.

October 4, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Dani - What a beautiful quilt and story. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the women and their families too. I hope we can purchase the pattern soon. My beautiful Mom is battling Inflammatory Breast cancer too. God bless you all.

October 4, 2015 - 8:15 pm

Karen Shackleford - Thank you all, and especially you, Anne, for this fabulous quilt for the American Cancer Society, honoring all women who have been touched in one way or another by breast cancer. So fun to see photos of Chickie and Sandy Newman. Beautiful women doing beautiful work!

October 4, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Karen in Breezy Point - What a beautiful project–and so special to have had so many wonderful women work together to create it!

October 4, 2015 - 11:24 pm

Melody - Wonderful quilt and how fabulous to see darling Rosie Dekker’s beautiful face. A truly inspiring group of women, including you dear Anne

October 4, 2015 - 11:51 pm

Beth - A truly beautiful quilt. Love the fabric and colors. Very touching stories by some awesome women. I hope all of them and Diana are winning their fight against breast cancer. Prayers for all!

October 5, 2015 - 12:08 am

Hildy - Wow, what an amazing story behind this beautiful quilt! And quilted by so many wonderful women. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer early this summer and went under surgery and then therapy through the summer time. Luckly she now finished with it and everything went well:-) Hope that everyone is that lucky!

October 5, 2015 - 3:10 am

Christine B. - What an incredibly special quilt made by some very talented and inspirational ladies! Just remarkable! Hugs Christine x

October 5, 2015 - 3:22 am

Susan - So beautiful, from the quilt to the ladies who made it. What a labor of love!

October 5, 2015 - 4:03 am

Susan - What a wonderful project and gorgeous quilt – a special meaning to many people!

October 5, 2015 - 11:56 am

Jackie - Incredible quilt! Incredible women!

October 5, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Jennifer down - Dear Anne, The quilt you and your group of extraordinary women have created for the Cancer Society is inspiring. Well done to all who participated. I am a palliative care nurse in a hospital in Brisbane Australia. Thanks to the generosity of many local quilters every patient in our unit has a quilt on their bed that suits their taste and they can even take them home if they wish. These quilts made with so much love and care are very much appreciated. At times when I am sitting by a bedside doing a procedure ,to take the patient’s mind off what is happening I talk to them about the quilter who made the quilt. Telling a little about them and their family,many have also been affected by cancer. May the day come that nurses like myself are no longer needed. Much love and best wishes Jennifer.

October 6, 2015 - 11:32 am

donna - This is the sweetest thing ever and really touches my heart. What a special quilt.

October 7, 2015 - 5:30 am

Barb R. - This quilt is just so special – what a precious gift all of you are doing and give to The American Cancer Society. Truly a gift of love, beauty, graciousness and generosity.

And, Anne, I think we all send our love to your precious daughter-in-law. I hope she is doing well – blessings to all of you.

October 16, 2015 - 3:11 pm

Lorraine Isaac - What a beautiful quilt and what beautiful memories

Waiting for fabric

It’s the first day of Autumn and normally I wouldn’t even notice its arrival.  I should be heavy into market sewing because Quilt Market starts on October 24th.  Yet, here I sit waiting for my sample yardage to arrive and enjoying a touch of Fall weather.  It should arrive around September 29th. and there will be a lot of stress sewing once it comes.

I’ll share pictures of my new fabric line as soon as I can, but first you have to promise NOT to be shocked.  There’s not even a touch of pink in it.  I can’t believe it myself!  Here’s a little hint to lead you down the Bunny Hill next fabric line path…some of the colors are pumpkin, apricot, ash grey and raven.   Every time I look at my strike offs I feel like I have bats in my belfry. I’m a little spooked that my fabric isn’t here yet.

While I’m waiting on fabric to arrive I’ve been spending time reading.  Look what arrived in the mail yesterday!  I’m excited about this book because I didn’t get to see the exhibit.  I’m reading it page by page, trying to get a sense of what Joanna Rose shared with New York City.  I’m grateful to the American Folk Art Museum for producing this book.  You can find it on Amazon and it’s worth every penny.

Red & White Quilt Book

I’ve just finished reading 3 new mystery books, all from authors that I follow.  I look for books that belong to a series because I love to read one after the other. These books are the latest in the each author’s individual series so if you decide to read them, make sure you start at the beginning of their series. You can find book lists on each author’s website.

If you’re a Sue Grafton fan, “X” is her newest book and it doesn’t disappoint.  I can’t believe she is actually on “X” and only has Y and Z to go!  Kinsey Millhone, the main character, is way too young to retire so I hope she’ll keep her going in more books once she reaches the letter Z!

Sue Grafton


Louise Penny, another one of my favorite authors, just released “Nature of the Beast”.  I love her main character, Chief Inspector Gamache, but I hope she puts him back in charge in the next book.  I hoped she might do that throughout the book, but she kept him in retirement.  This book was a little harder to follow than her previous ones, but I still enjoyed it.

I read J.D. Robb’s “Devoted in Death” in just two days.   I could hardly put it down and over the weekend I read every chance I got.  Now that I’ve finished, I’m already anticipating her next one.  She just can’t write fast enough for me.

As for applique, I’m finishing up the last swag border on the “Merci la Vie” quilt that will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  I’ve set an applique goal of two swags a day and I’ll be finished this week!  I’ll tell you about everyone who had a part in making this donation quilt in my next newsletter, October 5th.   It’s an amazing labor of love. Look for the story here on my blog and in my newsletter.

Happy first day of Fall everyone!  Are you ready for it?

Back soon,




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September 23, 2015 - 3:19 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, that book looks like a must have! You have me curious about your new fabric line, looking forward to seeing it. Too bad it’s so late in arriving, but I’m sure you and your staff will be ready in time for market, although a bit frazzled. Just try to relax and enjoy another book :)

September 23, 2015 - 3:35 pm

Cathy - I like the Kinsey Milhone series too. I hope that after “Z,” Sue Grafton starts over with A2 or A Squared or something.

September 23, 2015 - 5:20 pm

Gretchen - Is that a hint of a Bunny Hill Halloween fabric line?!?!?! Be still my heart and rev up that credit card LOL! I can’t wait to see it!

September 23, 2015 - 7:00 pm

sunny - No PINK?!?!? Well, I guess since it’s the first day of Fall, you’re entitled to something a little different. I’m putting that Red and White quilt book on my wish list.

September 23, 2015 - 7:09 pm

DeAnna Dodson - I can’t wait to see the new fabric! :)

September 23, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Sandy Bovee - A little bird told me that Sue Grafton will begin with numbers…

September 24, 2015 - 12:08 am

Hildy - The only Bunny Hill collection without pink is Winterwonderland. But since this was a great collection I’m sure your new one will be gorgous, too:-) Especially if it’s a Halloween/Autumn one!
Can’t wait to start Devoted in Death I love Nora Roberts. I’ve read some Sue Grafton books but not in order so perhaps I’ll need to start again.
I’ve just finished a great book it’s called ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ by Ray Celestin it’s about New Orleans after the first World War and the Mafia and Lewis (Louis) Armstrong are thrown in, too. It’s really good and easy to read.

September 24, 2015 - 4:30 am

Susan - I can’t wait to see your new fabric line!! Pumpkin, ash, raven and apricot sound lovely!!!!

September 24, 2015 - 9:03 am

Barb R. - Oh Anne, that book of red & white quilts looks amazing – I love red! I think I’ll have to order that. One!!

I’m so looking forward to seeing your new fabric line – hard to imagine no pink in something from you, but everything you design is magical so I know this will be absolutely beautiful too!

Thanks, too for the book suggestions. I’ve read all of Louise Penny’s books except this one (it’s on my list) (don’t you just love Chief Inspector Gamache? )

Never read Sue Grafton so I’ll have to start with the letter “A” – I’ve always meant to read her but somehow other books get picked up first.

All the best to you, Anne, and thank you for all of your beautiful work!!

September 24, 2015 - 10:30 am

Karen in Breezy Point - I am amazed that there will be no pink in your next line of fabric, but then I think about some of your adorable Halloween designs and it makes sense (sort of)! I guess I am going to have to break down and buy the Red and White book–I’ve been trying to resist, but your review has won me over.

September 24, 2015 - 11:32 am

Sue H - Thanks for sharing the books! I also read J.D. Robb and Sue Grafton but haven’t been introduced to Louise Penny. I’ll have to check her out!

September 24, 2015 - 3:45 pm

Pat Godkin - I am always so excited when I receive a post from you in my email. I am a lover of red quilts too. When I began to quilt again a few years ago, I made Bunnies Love Embroidery.
The new fabric collection colors sound charming. Can’t wait until October 5!
I have not been disappointed with Blake Crouch author of Wayward Pines trilogy or Brad Meltzers series on a modern day Culpepper Spy Ring.
I am currently reading Crouch’s book “Abandon”. They are full of suspense and mystery.

September 24, 2015 - 5:13 pm

RuthB - I’m always anxious to see what you’ve been up to Anne! And the books you feature are fun because if you like it I would probably like it too!

October 4, 2015 - 9:01 pm

Pam - X is great! I’m almost done.

October 21, 2015 - 9:04 pm

Nita - Thanks for the lovey designs.