A Tisket, A Tasket, It’s October’s Basket!

It’s October, the month of black cats and trick or treats

I have two little black cats that live at Bunny Hill, and you’ll find one in the basket this month!

Meet Topsy & Turvy !

Topsy and Turvy Collage

Topsy & Turvy are rescue cats.  A horrible man dumped them in a shopping mall parking lot and drove off.  We saw it happening.  They were only kittens but they panicked, we panicked, and after a lot of running, stress, and more running, we all ended up in the same car together. Ross and I rescued them. It was a miracle of sorts. We’ve had them about 4 or 5 years now and they are our very own little Halloween treats!  It was just before Halloween that they were dumped!




So let’s go trick or treating together!  You’ll find this free pattern here on my web site, along with all the NEW patterns from Bunny Hill here

And the wool version of October’s block?  It’s over at Cottons ‘n Wool of course! 

And look at what just arrived from Moda!  It’s the French General Notebooks!  They are beautiful!  We only have a few to sell, so if you’d like one click here!

French General Notebook

Have fun with the new block for October everyone!  Trick or Treat!



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  • Stephanie - There should be a special place for people who dump animals!!! Topsy and Turvy are sweet. I just saw Anne's wool version of your darling October block. So darn cute!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Oh, Anne, thank you SO much for a cat at last! I love your two rescue cats. I have two as well: a large black one who "strayed" into my garden and after a saga has come back home and a "new" pale grey tabby kitten, who's now about 16 weeks old. She and her mother and step-sister were dumped at one of our local rescue centres. I'm sure they'll both love their new "friend" – lol. I will try and get the block finished quickly this time and then go back and finish the others.
    Oh, I found the block online at 8.30 UK time – before your story behind the block had come up!ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - What a wonderful story of your rescue. I just hate to hear that people can be so cruel to any animal. Good for you to rescue them!! And here is to a wonderful basket to celebrate themReplyCancel

  • BunnyNuts - What a darling block Anne! I love it!!
    Much success at Market!!! Soak up all that creativity!

  • Anonymous - Anne, you did it again! Outstanding block!!! I think this month is my favorite. You are the most talented person I know. I am quite far behind in this block of the month, but will catch up. Thank you so much for sharing your patterns with all of us.
    Sue H.ReplyCancel

  • Angela - Anne what a great ending to a very sad story – they were so lucky to have had you find them! And what a gorgeous block too – I'm so behind with my blocks I really mustn't start this one until I've caught up!!

  • Diane - Anne, my heart just melted when I saw your beautiful little cats!! And your story!! We had five adorable black cats w/ white mittens and nose markings, my boys named the mama 'Mittens' and her litter of four all looked like her…they are sadly all gone now, we lost our last little angel, Max, over a year ago at age 20, and I still think about her every day.ReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Ohh those cats are so cute and the basket darling!ReplyCancel

  • happy zombie - Oh, oh, oh, oh my goodness! Ok, now my fave. Psssst… don't tell my other blocks I said that (I said it to them too). Seriusly though, I think this is my fave.

    Sunbonnet Witchy-poo Sue… I love her! Thank you Anne! Oh how I love the 5th of month! I'm playing BH BOM catch-up while everyone's at market. And eating cupcakes.ReplyCancel

  • misswrite - Woo hoo! A cat block at last!

    Thanks so much for another sweet pattern.

    And thank you for rescuing Topsy and Turvy. They're precious and SO pretty. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jen in NY - This is definitely my favorite! One of my kitties is a black rescue cat too…shelters always have an overabundance of black cats b/c people think they're "bad luck"…but they are usually sooo nice-tempered! Love your kitties, and thanks for another lovely block!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - I love it! As always…and saw Anne's version early, early this morning…midnight! And I'm so glad you have a fabric list for the Le Jardin…because I really want to make that but already have a fat quarter bundle…so the fabric list was great…I'll be ordering that pattern after market!ReplyCancel

  • debra - Ohhhh–kitties! I didn't know you had cats! I also have two black rescue cats, although their stories are not as dramatic as yours. But no matter how they arrive in our homes, they are fast become a permanent fixture in our hearts.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy B - Luuuuuvly!!!! Pussy cats are a fave too!

  • Shawn - What an adorable block Anne, the little witch hat and kitty, sooo cute and creative. Have fun at the show! I am going to get sewing right now and hopefully I'll be caught up and have pics posted to your Flicker by the time you get back.ReplyCancel

  • Carlie - I love this block! I have been too busy but I am starting on this quilt soon. The designs are wonderful!!!ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - This is just such a cute, cute, cute block! You always amaze and delight me! Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - Thank you so much for rescuing those little beauties. Halloween is a hard time for cats, especially black ones. As a "Mom" to three cats, I am thrilled with your new block. It's my new favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Tania Caminha (tania patchwork) - Hi, it's so nice!!!! Your work is wonderfull. hugs, Tania(www.taniapatchwork.arteblog.com.br)ReplyCancel

  • Tania Caminha - Hi again, if you come in my blog you can see my basket that I made with your free patterns. I love yours baskets, thank you, hugs, Tania.ReplyCancel

  • Judy S. - Love your black kitties! We rescued a cat last Halloween; I just don't understand people that dump animals. Thanks for the cute block!ReplyCancel

  • sewpam63 - LOVE your kind spirit and generosity, Anne!!! Those two kitties sure got a GOOD home! ; )

    Thanks for the October BOM! Cute, cute! I can't wait to start!

    I wanted also to say thank you for the beautiful Leicen floss. I ordered some from your site the other week. It arrived SUPER fast!!! And, it's a delight!

    Enjoy Market and safe travels!!!ReplyCancel

  • K - Oh Anne – this is the best block yet!!!! I love the pics and the new block! Thanks and more thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen - Thank you Anne! This is my favorite block. I have two black cats who "found" me–Morpheus (age 16) and Gomez (age 9). I think black cats bring good luck :) Hope you have a good market and can't wait for a report!ReplyCancel

  • Funoldhag - What a darling block!! You are an awesome designer, Anne. Thank you so much. QltncarolReplyCancel

  • Funoldhag - What a darling block!! You are an awesome designer, Anne. Thank you so much. QltncarolReplyCancel