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When the husband becomes a designer

My husband’s a car nut.  A real honest to goodness car nut, because he says he’s owned and sold about 75 old cars over his lifetime (I picture him at the age of 7 buying and selling).  I tell him I wish we had the money he’s put into restoring all those cars, and he tells me he wishes we had all the money I’ve spent on fabric.  Some things are best left unsaid.

I don’t give him much input on a quilt, because it can lead us down dangerous paths.  But, when I needed a car expert for “Christmas Wheels” I turned to him.  He spent days working on car drawings for me and I spent days trying to simplify his drawings for embroidery.  I kept reminding him that we really didn’t need all the spark plugs, dip sticks, carburetors and assorted car parts that I didn’t even recognize.  I have to admit I erased a few things and never told him.

The end result of this design adventure is “Christmas Wheels”.  There are cars for the men, snowmen for the ladies, and lots of fun for all the quilters!

Christmas Wheels by Bunny Hill Designs

Christmas Wheels by Bunny Hill Designs

If you pre-ordered a “Christmas Wheels” kit from us, we’ll be shipping them as soon as the fabric arrives.  Moda’s shipped the Jelly Rolls and Charm Packs.  Fabric will be shipped next.

Christmas Wheels Quilt Kit from Bunny Hill Designs

Christmas Wheels Quilt Kit from Bunny Hill Designs

Here’s what happens when your husband becomes a designer…he suddenly notices the number of Christmas Wheels sold.  When the pattern he helped design starts outselling the others, he doesn’t say a word.  Not a word.   I tell you my husband is a very smart man.

“Christmas Wheels” is one of my Postcard Cuties patterns and that guarantees it will be quick to assemble…once you finish embroidering those car bodies.  Start your engines everyone!  Soon you’ll be at the finish line.  :>)

Hugs,

Anne

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April 18, 2014 - 5:13 am

Linda - Love this quilt. Glad your husband weighed in on the design for the cars. What a fun, whimsical quilt!

April 18, 2014 - 5:14 am

Vicky - He did good! This quilt is adorable. Is that an oil can I see? Love it!

April 18, 2014 - 9:06 am

annie - Very cute and original design! Love it!

April 18, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Kathryn Casavant - You both do great work together. Cute quilt!

April 19, 2014 - 3:46 am

Barbie - This is very cute but I’d love, love, love a pattern with a lot of vintage cars or “muscle cars”! Something we could use to make quilts for the guys in our lives with a more masculine flair. I predict it would be a great seller and your husband just might have a new hobby designing blocks a guy would like!

April 19, 2014 - 7:05 am

Betty Grove - You’ve done it again and with the help of a supportive husband. My DH is spot on when it comes to colors and he is my go to guy when I can’t decide. Barbie has a terrific idea in having your husband design a quilt for men with vintage cars. My husband can name the year and model of any car you show him. We have the money spent on golf and the money spent on fabric, but ’nuff said. On the car quilt it would have to have a bunny or two for sure.

April 19, 2014 - 7:26 am

Susan K in Texas - This is wonderful. My dad was a mechanic and I know more about cars than my husband. He drives one to get somewhere. I want one that’s fun to drive and looks good.I would like to know where to get a kit.

Winter Wonderland is on the way

For me, it seems like it’s taken forever, but Winter Wonderland is finally shipping this week!  You’ll be able to find it at your local quilt store, or favorite online shop very soon.  Just picture those UPS trucks filled with boxes of Winter Wonderland fabric, leaving the Moda warehouse.  It must be a sight to see.

One of the Winter Wonderland fabrics I’m most excited about is this cute snowman panel!

Winter Wonderland Panel from Bunny Hill Designs & Moda Fabrics

Winter Wonderland Panel from Bunny Hill Designs & Moda Fabrics

It comes with a white or red background!  When I designed this panel I was thinking of all the projects you could use it for, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.  The panel squares are 6″ x 6″, the perfect size for so many projects.  Picture that bottom row of snowmen parading across the edge of a pillow case, or down the side of a table runner.   We’ve added “Insul-Bright” insulated lining to our website so you can stitch up some really cute Christmas pot holders.   Be sure to purchase a panel while they are available.  You just never know when you might need one!

Winter Wonderland Panel from Bunny Hill Designs & Moda Fabrics

Winter Wonderland Panel from Bunny Hill Designs & Moda Fabrics

 

I designed  “A Cabin Christmas” to go with the Winter Wonderland panel.  Just add a Jelly Roll and you’ll be able to make this cute quilt in no time at all!   Since this pattern requires a panel, we’ll have panels in stock as soon as they ship.

A Cabin Christmas from Bunny Hill Designs

A Cabin Christmas from Bunny Hill Designs

A Cabin Christmas Pattern Back

A Cabin Christmas Pattern Back

Get ready for some fun sewing and stitching.  I’ll be back to tell you about the other patterns we have for this line.  It’s time for some redwork fun!

Have a great day!

Anne

 

 

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April 16, 2014 - 2:10 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, that’s darling! Wonderful as always. Makes me ready for winter again!

(Okay, I’m in Texas. Winter is always better than summer.)

April 16, 2014 - 5:03 pm

Vicky - Cute, cute, cute!! Might have to do one!

April 17, 2014 - 4:00 am

Grace - Will this panel be available for online ordering?

April 17, 2014 - 4:18 am

ana-ane - Son unos diseños preciosos, me gustan mucho

saludos

ana

Look What’s Cooking

We’ve cooked up some aprons this week and now you can too.  It’s a free pattern from Fat Quarter Shop!    Kim, Robin and I each picked out fabric, a kitchen towel to go with it and we started sewing.  Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop made a video that guided us step by step.

Robin made “Miss Perfect Pearl” using fabric by Tanya Whelan.   Didn’t her apron turn out cute?

Perfect Pearl

Kim made “Miss Dinner for Two” using a Sandy Gervais Dinner for Two panel for pockets!

Dinner for TwoI had so much fun making this apron that I actually made two!   I’m calling the first one “Mademoiselle Printemps”.   I used the 3 Sister’s Printemps fabric line from Moda.  I cut an extra kitchen towel in half, gathered the top and stitched it into the waistband.   It’s great for drying hands.

Miss PrintempsI’m calling the next one “Miss Gingham Girl”.   I used some stash fabric (Printemps from Moda).

Gingham Girl

You’ll find the “how to” video here.

You’ll find the pattern here.

Thanks Kimberly for the free apron pattern!  Everyone at Bunny Hill loves it.  It was so much fun!

Anne :>)

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April 7, 2014 - 5:43 am

mimi'sdarlins - Such cute aprons, and I love the idea of attaching a half towel, very clever! These look so easy to make, I’m thinking about making several for gifts with matching potholders.

April 7, 2014 - 7:13 am

Pam - All your aprons are so cute! Love the addition of the hand towel, Genius!

April 7, 2014 - 7:50 am

Kathleen O'Grady - What adorable aprons! I love the towel sewn into the apron, what a smart idea! That would be very handy to have since I am always packing the hand towel with me when I am working in the kitchen and my husband is constantly chasing it down. I will be making a few of these, great gift idea too!

April 7, 2014 - 9:37 am

Sue H - What a great pattern!! I’m thinking it would make great holiday gifts! Thank you!

April 7, 2014 - 9:47 am

Miss Jean - I watched the video and they are super easy! I love yours made out of Printemps!!!

April 7, 2014 - 12:09 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Very cute!

April 7, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Barb - Oh, these are just too cute! The fabrics all of you selected are so much fun. Thanks for sharing these.

April 7, 2014 - 6:45 pm

Jacque (aka Snoodles) - Love all of these….two standouts for me are the one with the Sandy Gervais panel for the pockets, and the one with the hand towel conveniently sewn on! Genius!

April 7, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Libby - Too cute. Love them all

April 8, 2014 - 5:09 am

Janie - Love your apron with the towel attached!

April 8, 2014 - 8:43 am

Debbie I - Adorable! I love that the cookware matches the aprons.

April 8, 2014 - 10:14 am

liz n. - AAAAAGGHHH!!!
Too cute! TOO CUTE!! I can’t even…

April 8, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Books_Bound - The aprons are all cute, but I’m blown away by your styling! Lovely job.

April 9, 2014 - 12:10 am

Diane Nagle - What darling aprons! Love all the different styles and colors. Very cute indeed!

April 9, 2014 - 1:45 pm

ina - DANG!!! THose are just gorgeous! I love the idea of the hand towel to go along with the aprons. we seem to go through a lot of kitchen towels around here. ;p

April 10, 2014 - 1:39 am

Laura Lynch - Oh my goodness . . . I love them all! I’ll have to watch the video & print the pattern! Thanks for passing on such a great pattern.
Laura

New Moda Dottie

Moda’s just shipped the most beautiful bundles of Dottie fabric ever.

Moda DottieModa Dottie 2

Dots and dots and more dots.

Moda Dottie 3

The great thing about these new dots is they are part of Moda’s basic fabric line.  That means we’ll be able to get them for a long time.  I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them.

Moda Dottie 4

  To give you a sampling of the new Dottie fabrics, we’ve added some mini charm packs to our website.

Moda Dottie 5They make me feel like making a Dottie quilt.  Just little squares of dots, with white sashing.  How fun would that be?

Have a great weekend everyone.  I’ll be back on Monday to show you what’s been “cooking” in my kitchen.

Anne

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April 3, 2014 - 7:15 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, I love, love, LOVE these! Especially the tiniest ones. So cute!

April 4, 2014 - 3:52 am

Frances - I love dots. Your fabric is so pretty.

April 4, 2014 - 3:59 am

Sharon Bennett - Love these! How about a dottie pinwheel quilt?

April 4, 2014 - 4:41 am

Staci - Oh, I think I’m about to fall off my fabric fast…………There’s little that I love more than polka dots……..

April 4, 2014 - 5:40 am

Judy d. - Just love those Dots! Whatever you do with them would be beautiful!

April 4, 2014 - 10:20 am

LINDA - HELLO,are these not the most colorful+bright+fun DOTS,you’ve ever seen! Just love them! HAPPY SPRING TO YOU!

April 4, 2014 - 10:34 am

Catherine - Loving all of the dots, but especially all of the grey dots. so many shades, makes a great neutral.

April 6, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Laura Lynch - Oh Anne . . . love those Moda dot too!! Just when I think fabric lines can’t possibly get any better . . . well they do!! I can’t wait for your new line to come out too! I think it’s going to be one of my favs . . . honey (husband), I think we need a new room addition for my quilt room :o)
Keep on designing Anne . . . you inspire me!
Laura