American Patchwork, Vicki & Me

The journeys we take in life, always seem to bring unexpected pleasures.  Those little things we never anticipate.  Sweet surprises that can’t be predicted or even thought of when we start the journey.  Amazing, is the word I use for these little pleasures. 

When I started designing, I never anticipated the friendships I would find along the way.  I was focused on my business,  trying to get it up and running, worried that I might not be successful, have enough money to continue, afraid people wouldn’t like what I did, and well, you get the idea.  Oh my, it was a lot to focus on!  Now as I look back on my journey, I realize that one of the unexpected pleasures that I NEVER anticipated was the friendships I would form with other designers.   These friendships have helped me through difficult times.  Times when I needed advice or wanted to ask questions.  Unexpected pleasures like no other!

Vicki Bellino, of Bloom Creek, is one of those designer friends.  She’s been there for me time after time.  We’ve laughed, cried, shopped, visited and had countless phone calls together. Imagine my surprise, when last October, this picture arrived in the mail.  A gift from my friend Vicki!   A Bunny Hill bunny surrounded by Bloom Creek blooms, pieced and appliqued in the perfect pinks.  It made me cry, of course.  Just to think of the hours she spent making this precious gift that symbolizes our friendship, I still can’t believe she did it.  This picture now hangs in my studio.

Vicki and I  decided we wanted to share this with all of you.  So we took the Bunny Hill bunny and her Bloom Creek blooms, and a new quilt was born.  We submitted this new version to “American Patchwork and Quilting” and they said yes!  Coming in the April issue of “American Patchwork and Quilting” you’ll find our quilt! 

“The Bunny Patch”

Applique by Anne Sutton

Pieced & Quilted by Vicki Bellino

Featured Fabric, “Aviary” by Three Sisters, from Moda Fabrics

If you subscribe to this magazine like I do, you’ll be receiving this issue in your mail box any day now.  If you don’t subscribe (you should), you’ll find it on news stands February 2nd. “American Patchwork and Quilting”  is one of the few magazines that ships to subscribers before it hits the stands!  I’ve included directions for the spray starch method of applique in this issue, along with other applique tips. Vicki gives you tips on how she’s quilted this quilt (it’s just  amazing).  If you’d like a kit you can find it here on my web site or here on Vicki’s web site.  We have limited kits available so don’t wait.  Our kit includes everything but the magazine and backing for $45.00! (No, it doesn’t include the sewing machine, the pins, the batting, the scissors, the thread or someone to make it for you tee hee!) Opps, I forgot, buttons and ribbon not included. 

Look for more posts soon on my new Bunny Tales blog!  Be sure and re- subscribe on this blog.  Most of you aren’t having problems subscribing, but a few are.  I’m working on it,  so please try again in a few days.  Maybe a miracle will happen.

And speaking of miracles, the true kind, be sure and bid on the wonderful auction quilts on The Fat Quarter Shops, Jolly Jabber blog.  You’ll find a Bunny Hill quilt there, along with so many other wonderful items.  Don’t miss this auction! 


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Be back soon!  Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 



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  • Barb - Oh Anne & Vicki – This quilt is absolutely over the top!!! You two are sooooooooo generous to share it with the rest of us. A million thank you’s to both of you for your beautiful creativity and amazing generousity. Pink & bunnies??? What more could one ask for!!!

    Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Buttons, bows, and a bunny. Overflowing with cute-ness.ReplyCancel

  • AnnieO - I’ve been anxiously awaiting my AP&Q mag for the last few days, now there is even more reason to look forward to it! DD and I were at a fabric store today and there was a sample of your quilt done up in Roueniere’s. It was gorgeous! Congratulations on your happy collaboration and success.ReplyCancel

  • Annette - What a gorgeous quilt – it will be a few months before it comes to Aust so will have to keep an eye out on it.ReplyCancel

  • Jean - It seems so incredulous that you would have been so worried about your starting your business and whether you would be successful at it. I guess it just goes to show that the humble, hard working people are the true talents in the world. There are thousands of us that love your work. People don’t see the behind the scenes work that goes on with any endeavor. We think that it’s all so easy and natural. All I can say is CONGRATULATIONS! You deserve it. By the way, you forgot to say whether the kits contain chocolate!ReplyCancel

  • anna lee & choc chip - What a tribute to friendship-bunnies & quilters. I LOVE the quilt. What is the Rose on white material? I live very rural & very little fabric shops avail to me, I have not seen this.
    ALSO–I LOVE-LOVE your BUNNY RUN quilt over at Jolly Jabber I would love to get it -but its too steep -I shall keep it in my dreams because it is just wonderful.

    I have had bunnies all my life-I love the way you take a `snapshot’ of them & make it into a warm & cozy romantic
    memento to cuddle upon ..
    you capture the best of bunnies,from my point of view,right down to the calming color palate. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Shelley - Oh Anne! You girls are so talented and I can’t wait to make this quilt! Thanks so much for thinking of us and thanks to APQ for putting it in their magazine!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - From the moment I met you at the Quilter’s Affair I knew you not only had the talent but the heart to appeal to the quilting masses.

    I love when people share their talent with each other!

    I also am a subcriber and wait patiently for my copy.ReplyCancel

  • Christine - Anne –
    I just got my copy yesterday in the mail and it is so darling!! There just isn’t anything much cuter than the Bunny Hill bunny!! Great job both of you!
    Quilty Hugs,
    Christie & ShellieReplyCancel

  • Sandy Bovee - Anne, Thanks to both of you for sharing your talent and taking the time to share with us not only your patterns and expertise, but your websites and blogs. You both give us a wealth of your experience and perspective. You have added so much to my sewing experience and happiness.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Love the quilt and love that magazine! I have been a subscriber for years and now I’m just excited to hear it’s on it’s way.

    Now, that is one wonderful friend.ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Love the quilt. Just wish my APQ magazine would come so I can have the pattern. Everything you do is so wonderful.

    This is off the subject, but have you decided on a fabric for the outside border yet for the Snowbound pattern? Just wondering.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Leahy - Hello! I am newly retired (WHOOO HOOO!!!) and finally able to get to those quilt projects and to this website that, previously, I only had time to look at now and again. Your website is such a treat – like a yummy candy shop or reading an outstanding book and you can’t turn the pages quite fast enough!

    I’ve been a quilter for about eight years or so, and have recently been bitten hard by the “applique bug”, so I really appreciate this pattern in APQ magazine as well as your Snowbound pattern. The applique starch method in APQ is greatly appreciated as well!ReplyCancel

  • Louise - Anne,
    Just wanted to let you know that my Bunny Patch kit arrived yesterday and the fabrics from Aviary are lovely. Now I will just have to be patient and wait for my magazine with the pattern to arrive. Thank you for all of your wonderful designs..LouiseReplyCancel

  • Diane - Anne, as usual, you’ve created another gorgeous quilt (with Vicki’s help of course). And done in the Aviary pinks it’s perfect; I recognized those beautiful little prints immediately. I’m so glad I subscribe to Amer Patchwork & Quilting, got my issue yesterday, and I can’t wait to make this! Thank you both :-)ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie Nyquist - Anne, I got my magazine a few days ago, loved the tribute from Vicki to you, ordered Bunny Patch, it arrived today!!! Beautifully packaged! You must do a tutorial on tying those beautiful bows!! Fastest shipping ever and the most perfect,beautiful fabrics,I just love it.ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - I just received my copy in the mail and saw that cute bunny and loved it.. It is adorable and know it will be a big hit. I didn’t even read the article yet just checked out pattern, fabrics and oogled it.. Then when I came to your blog and read , what a surprise.. Great work.

  • jaybird - congrats!! i just got mine in the mail & it looks even cuter in print!!ReplyCancel

  • Callie - I hope you might consider making more kits! I just received my magazine and immediately came here to order a kit – only to find they’re already sold out! Pout! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - I just got the magazine. awesome designers the 2 of you! cant wait to work on this quilt. I think I already have the perfect fabric (since your out of kits. I cant believe that I just admitted that I have fabric and dont need more. I must have fever>ReplyCancel

  • Rae Ann - I absolutely love this quilt! The minute I saw it in my magazine …I went right out and bought the fabric to make it. What a gift to the quilting world!
    Thanks for sharing your talent!ReplyCancel

  • MYRAINBOWTIQUE - Cute ♥ ♥ Sweet Post!! :)ReplyCancel