the splendid sampler, block 25

The Splendid Sampler Block 25

Welcome to Bunny Hill and block #25 of The Splendid Sampler!  If you’re joining me today, we are officially 1/4 of the way through this beautiful quilt! Can you believe it?  If for any reason you haven’t started this sampler quilt yet, there’s still plenty of time!  If you haven’t even heard about it, you can find the story here.


It should come as no surprise that the Bunny Hill block would feature a bunny!  Sometimes I just can’t help myself. :)

The Bunny Block

Moda sent me this assortment of beautiful fabrics to use for my block and I loved them from the minute I opened the package. The brown stripe became the bunny and Sunday Best was born!   Here’s a suggestion when choosing fabrics for your block: Pick the larger pieces first, lay them out on the background fabric, step about 3 feet away and see how they look. You’ll know if one isn’t right.  I tried three different backgrounds before I selected the one you see.  Sometimes I snap a picture on my phone so I can look from a different view.

Bunny Fabrics

Aurifil sent along 12wt thread to use for the embroidery, and I fell in love with this thread.  It has a sheen that contrasts beautifully with the fabrics, it stitches like a dream and gives it the embroidery a beautiful look.  I used a size 24 Chenille needle and it worked perfectly for this heavier thread.  A size 24 Chenille needle is easy to thread and yet small enough for tiny embroidery.  Now I’m dreaming of buying all the colors of Aurifil 12wt thread, I liked it that much!

Pattern & Fusible Applique

If you’re new to applique, fusible is the easiest method and the one I recommend.  You’ll find the pattern for my Sunday Best block on The Splendid Sampler.  To make it easier for you, we’ve provided two patterns, one with the templates reversed for fusible applique, and one with the templates not reversed for Spray Starch and Needle-turn applique.  If you’d like to try fusible applique, Pat Sloan has a wonderful new book that will teach you everything you need to know.  You’ll find the book on Pat’s website, just click on the photo below.

Teach Me To Applique

Spray Starch or Needle-turn Applique

I love the spray starch method of applique and this is the method I use most often. I find the prep work relaxing and I get the advantage of seeing my entire block together, before I sew anything down.  It also leads right into machine applique if you’re in a hurry to finish.   You’ll find a tutorial for both Spray Starch Applique and Machine Applique on the tutorial page at the top of my blog.

Bunny Templates

Applique Tips 

I’ve thought of a few assorted tips that might help with your applique!

Place the applique templates on the bias grain of the fabric when you can. The bias allows the fabric to stretch around the applique curves.  If you’re fussy cutting a fabric (like I did with the brown stripe), don’t worry about the grain.

Cut any templates or straight edge applique fabrics, with a ruler and a small rotary cutter.  I have a rotary cutter designated just for paper. For example, the bottom of the bunny and the most of the ground template above could be cut with a rotary cutter.

Use a large emery board to smooth the edges of the freezer paper after you cut out the templates.  The smoother you get your template, the better your applique will look if you’re using the spray starch method.

Assemble your block right on top of pattern.  Place the pattern over a light box if you have one and follow the numbers for placement.


I love this quilt so much I’ve been working on one for myself.  I still have some catching up to do (I’m about 5 blocks behind), but sharing this process with all of you is so much fun.  My own version is going in the shabby chic direction with soft colors.  Here’s my “shabby” bunny block I just finished.  I used the Aurifil 12wt for the embroidery on this block too.

Shabby Bunny

I can’t wait to see what you do with this block.   Remember the bunny doesn’t have to be brown and the ground doesn’t have to be green.  Go wild with your fabrics and have fun.  Welcome to the world of applique!

Anne Sutton

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  • Clare - Super cute design…thank you.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - I love this block…and of course I expected an appliqued bunny from you ;) This little guy looks dapper in his dress stripes. But I melted as I got to your shabby chic version…I appreciate all colors and prints, but I think this style is really in my heart. Have a lovely Mother’s Day, Anne (hug)!ReplyCancel

  • pat sloan - Thank you so much for being part of our Splendid Sampler Anne!!! Big Smooches!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Melanson - What a fun block… Great design. Thank you for it and for participating in this sampler quilt. Hope this finds you celebrating Mother’s Day in bunnyhill style :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy spencer - Your block will be a wonderful addition to this quilt. So many winderful blocks so far.ReplyCancel

  • Christine B. - What a beautiful block Anne! I can’t wait to get started! Thank you! Christine xReplyCancel

  • Carla Carlson - What a lovely block! Thank you for sharing your techniques! This will be another GREAT block to put together! CarlaReplyCancel

  • sunny - Yes, I’m shocked that your block features a bunny of all things! And a super cute bunny at that. Thanks for sharing your applique tips.ReplyCancel

  • leratdesfils - Merci, merci !
    C’est trop mignon !ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - Thanks Anne! I love all of your designs, this bunny is so dapper. I use the reversed templates for spray starch appliqué. I print them from my computer on freezer paper sheets. Then iron another freezer paper sheet on top to seal the ink. No tracing!ReplyCancel

  • Hildy - Your little bunny is so sweet and I think it’s perfect for Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • Sandi - It would also be sweet done in wool, thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Launa - Oh Anne, Thank you…Sunday Best is truly a darling block.
    Happy Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • RuthB - Adorable bunny of course…and so Anne!ReplyCancel

  • Pieta Laker-Ratcliff - Oh I do love this little block and as an owner of two beautiful bunnies I am going to do two and make them the centrepiece of my quilt. Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - Aww, I love your bunnies!

    I like to do back basting applique. No muss, no fuss. One you’ve traced your pattern, all you need is fabric, needle and thread. So much fun and so portable. :DReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - Aww, I love your bunnies!

    I like to do back basting applique. No muss, no fuss. One you’ve traced your pattern, all you need is fabric, needle and thread. So much fun and so portable. :)ReplyCancel

  • Melody - I’ve been waiting with much anticipation for your block and wow, it is as wonderful as I knew it would be. I adore your dear little bunny.ReplyCancel

  • Susan - Love your bunny block and your work is gorgeous! I enjoy applique, but need to improve – thanks so much for sharing your tips! I’ll try these tips out and the Aurofil floss that everyone is raving about!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Smith - Oh, I love your shabby version of this block! I’ve never done needle turn—I don’t do a lot of applique and when I have, I’ve always gone the fusible route. But I love the look of your work so much, I may just have get out of my comfort zone and try needle turn!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Thanks Anne for the cute Bunny Block! You are so creative in your designs! Thanks for designing this block and sharing your tips!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Martin - Oh my goodness–that is one adorable bunny!ReplyCancel

  • Machelle - Lovely block! thank you so much for this design!~MachelleReplyCancel

  • Deborah Hays - I always enjoy your posts!❤️ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - I love this block!! I like the freezer paper method, but was having a hard time with the hands and the curves on the leaves. Do you have any tips on how to work with the tiny pieces? Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Caulkins - This is so cute!!!!! I’m definitely going to have to file this project for attention once the kids’ wedding is squared away.ReplyCancel