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Valdani Colors…What’s your favorite?

Valdani has more colors than you ever thought possible, breathtaking colors that make you want to own them even if you don’t stitch.  Each new color is more lovely than the last.  It’s like opening a huge box of crayons each time we get a delivery. Just look at these Valdani Pearl Cotton collections I […]

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February 22, 2012 - 7:07 pm

Karen - Anne — Oh I just love the Valdani floss — I completed “Folk Art Melody” by Lori Smith – A Wool Applique that was so much fun to make — and I used one of the variegated mossy green colors — it came out beautifully especially with the precious hand dyed wool that I used for the leaves. I hope others get to try it ! It also works well when doing Punch Needle — no more reloading of your Punch Needle — it flows through nicely.

Thanks for sharing! Karen

February 22, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Nancy C. in Utah - I absolutely adore Valdani threads, all of them, but I just can’t afford them. One or two colors here and there, but not enough of a collection to do big projects except maybe redwork. Having said that, I do believe as compared to other fine threads, the price is not unreasonable, I just have to choose my priorities when there is also so much beautiful fabric to buy, LOL. Big Hugs…

February 23, 2012 - 12:09 am

ane - Son unos colores preciosos.



February 23, 2012 - 5:13 am

mimi'sdarlins - The colors are breathtaking, Anne! These variegated shades must be beautiful on wool.

February 25, 2012 - 4:42 am

pdudgeon - i love those two top boxes of the heather colors. I’ve been saving fat 8th’s of some various checks to make a star quilt for my hubby. those colors would be wonderful worked in the buttonhole stitch to outline the various stars.

ps. they don’t happen to also make fingering yarn from those shades do they? would be wonderful worked up into heathered socks.

February 26, 2012 - 11:05 am

ina - I love them all! Anne, how do you handle washing your designs when you use this brand?

February 27, 2012 - 9:34 am

SuzK - I fell in love with Valdani thread when my friend Jacki Paton introduced us to her Muddy Monet collection. Recently I purchased a heavy duty thread, mostly for the color, from a web business in Massachusetts. I needed a specific color and weight and fell in love with the thread – I didn’t realize it was Valdani until I started using it and knew I wanted more colors – it’s Valdani’s 35W quilting thread, but I’ve been using it for stitching a wool penny rug. You use the one strand and it flows thru the wool like butter. I’m now collecting all the colors and hope I can find more colors somewhere else.

Obsessions: What are yours?

Obsessions other than fabric…what are yours?  What makes you crazy when you see it?  What’s the one thing you can’t resist buying?   Maybe clothes, shoes, dishes, thread, floss, scissors, books or magazines? Do you obsess about something else?  I can’t be the only one with a few obsessions can I?   Fess up!   My […]

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January 25, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Barb - Mmmm nothing beats going into a stationary store,all those yummmy note pads,pens and coloured paper,envelopes,pencils……..I better stop now or I’ll have to go run to one to get my fix :) Barb.

January 25, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Pam in Indiana - Oh, Anne! I, too, am obsessed with pens — pens just have to feel and write just right! Maybe it was when I started doing calligraphy. I love the jetpens site! Thanks for sharing this with us!! When I was changing planes at Narita in Tokyo, I found the coolest sparkley pink pens with wonderful fine points in a little gift shop! Now I have a site to look for more!!! Problem is that there are hundreds of pens at jetpens and I don’t know where to start to look. I do love all things pink and I especially love to find pink notebooks around the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign in October and now during Valentine’s Day. Is there a support group for people who love pink pens?

January 25, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Michelle - Ah!!!! Just started my wish list on that site….. Great pens!!! Thanks so much for showing your goodies…. I am excited to order a few of my own!!!!

January 25, 2012 - 9:41 pm

ina - I have a teddy bear obsession that started when my husband gave me my first one shortly after we were married 29 years ago. Most of my bears are hand made. I’ve brought bears back from England and Canada. My sewing rooms has 2 levels of shelves going all around the room and they are filled with bears. ;p

January 26, 2012 - 4:57 am

Robyn Brown - I’m thrilled to find another pen and paper addict :) I too love JetPens. I spend way too much money there. Would you share what notebooks those are? Also, I’ve had my eye on that same fountain pen. How do you think it writes? Great post! Thanks.

January 26, 2012 - 5:23 am

Wendy - Linens! Vintage linens are my favourites. New vintage look alikes are great too! Doilies, aprons, pillowcases, …Love them!

January 26, 2012 - 6:08 am

Hildy - Honestly I’m obsessed with many things: fabric, books, papers, pens, bags … I love all beautiful things. But hey, perhaps it’s a statement and not a obsession;-)

January 26, 2012 - 6:29 am

Stephanie in Mi - pens, notebooks, storage containers, shoes… :-)

I am interested in your starter kit. How is it different from the entire kit from the fat quarter shop? What is it missing? Is it just the fabrics for the plates? Thanks!

January 26, 2012 - 6:51 am

JudyCnNC - My latest obsession seems to be containers – cutesy little ones, larger for storing bits and pieces, plastic, metal and even glass. Found a wonderful M&M tin this year for colored pencils and now I have taken to making pouches for storeing and carrying around my fabric. Wonder when this will end? JC

January 26, 2012 - 7:04 am

mimi'sdarlins - I am very healthy emotionally and have no obsessions…..LOL! I love pretty pens and notebooks, too, I feel more inspired using them. There is something about a fountain pen in hand that makes me feel like I’m Jane Austen and I want to keep on writing :) I love Jelly Roll pens, and see some extra fine gel pens on this site that look amazing, and they’re erasable! Then I noticed free shipping on orders over $25…this site is very enticing, thanks for sharing! Oh, and I love buying socks :)

January 26, 2012 - 7:26 am

Marcia - OH this is hillarious. I have the same obssesion. I just bought a really cute notebook that has “Be Happy” on the outside. I love pens, fine ink, colored Pink is my fav but purple works for me too. I recently purchased some pencils that are #3 lead. They are much finer than the #5 lead but they do break easily. Funny! I thought I was the only one fruit loopy for pads of paper, pens and pencils. I like color pencils but they don’t come in as fine a lead and break more easily. I even use these little lovelies at work. I made a cover for one. That is on my list of things to do for the note books that are not so pretty. I have a notebook for each account I represent so they are like my orgainizational angels. I live on the computer but I can more easily write things and not seem like I’m not paying attention then typing away on the laptop. If I were on my laptop I might just wonder over to bunn….Opps, gotta get back to work :)

January 26, 2012 - 7:49 am

Tami - I love linens, and handbags. I also collect cards, especially ones with great art work on the front. I have a habbit of collecting differnt size glass jars. As far as quilts go I am obsessing over quilts with stars on them.

January 26, 2012 - 8:48 am

Barb - I could admit to being obsessed about everything on your list, too! I also love, love, love hardware stores! (especially the ‘old-fashioneed’ kind – but Home Depot works for me too!)

I adore wonderful paper, pens, stationery – a Paper Source store opened recently near me and I just drool looking at those lucious papers. Swoon!

then there is fabric – well, I know I don’t have tell anyone who reads this blog about fabric!!! A shared obsession by all!

Thanks, Anne, for making us all feel a bit better ‘cuz we know we’re not alone :).

January 26, 2012 - 9:17 am

Sharlet - I love quilt magazines and dark chocolate I have a hard time staying away from them in the store and buying them. I have soooo many quilt patterns from magazine that I have organized them into large 3 ring binders by types of quilts. I love to look at them,

January 26, 2012 - 9:22 am

Anna - There just isn’t enough space in this comment box….

January 26, 2012 - 10:25 am

Trudy - Bowls….blue bowls to be exact. I keep a stack on the counter in the kitchen that I use daily to cook with. The more bowls I use to fix a meal the happier I am. They nest together in just a certain way even though they aren’t a set. They have come from many different places or were gifts. They all hold memories as well as food. They made me smile…..

January 26, 2012 - 2:57 pm

pdudgeon - well if fabric’s out for an obsession, then i’d have to say i obsess about getting my quilting projects in order so i know exactly what i’ve got.

That’s how my stash is organized–by the quilts that i plan on making.
I’ve got everything i need for each specific quilt (except the batting) separated out into plastic bins and drawer units.
So far the count is just under 50 planned quilts. (That’s not counting scrappy quilts made from the left overs after cutting!) And yes, that count does include 2 dresden plate quilts; one with all dotty fabric that i’ve been collecting for about 4 years now! Thanks so much for helping me find a ‘quilt home’ for that yardage!

January 26, 2012 - 7:45 pm

Mary T. Salmon - I am so glad to see another woman obsessed with old hardware stores. I adore them! You can find anything! Our Henne Hardware Store is the oldest hardware store in Texas! It is so famous….
I do seem to collect pink and purple pens too!

January 26, 2012 - 7:56 pm

Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, I have had a ‘thing’ for fountain pens since I was in junior high school. I bought a Waterman years ago to go with a journal my daughter gave me as a gift to write my poetry in after my first one was published and I save it purely for that purpose…BUT…that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love to have some for just jotting things down. Or using in my Bible study classes and of course, writing poetry before it’s finished and ready for the journal. Oh yes…I’m heading over to see if I can afford to feed my fountain pen ‘thing’ and maybe, just maybe get a pretty notebook to go with it. Thank you *I think* LOL. Big Hugs…

January 26, 2012 - 8:14 pm

Vicky - Textile bobbins and darners … my obsession runneth over!

January 27, 2012 - 6:08 am

Carrie P. - I don’t have an obsession but I do love a new pad of paper and new pen as well. Sweet colors.

January 27, 2012 - 6:17 am

Louise Dowie - Yes, “other than fabric”, my obsession seems to be yarn………but not just any yarn…………it has to be wool yarn, and, if possible, handspun, handpainted wool yarn. I’m running out of places to stash it in my house. I have to store it in plastic bags so moths won’t make it lunch. I seriously have to stop it now because I’m sure I’ll never have all the time I need to knit it all!

January 27, 2012 - 10:14 am

Niki Jackson - Oh my! I love sketchbooks, journals, pens and pink. Wow what goodies, have fun. Niki x

January 27, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Julie Zaloudek - I have a thing for little boxes–fabric ones with zippers and wooden ones. My local wine shop sells empty wooden cigar boxes–I have WAY too many but they are great project boxes

January 27, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Kathy - Lately, my newest ” obsession” is baking bread. My family is loving this obsession of mine.

January 29, 2012 - 9:04 pm

Lyn - I must admit I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a new box of Crayola Crayons and a package of freshly sharpened pencils. School supplies make me happy!

January 30, 2012 - 10:32 am

Peg Botham - What a lovely blog, I’ve really enjoyed my visit and subscribed so I miss nothing. After my fabric and stitching supplies my passion & obsession is kitchen gadgets, pans and cooking pots, can’t resist them.
however like my Gran used to say, I dont smoke, don’t drink and I don’t go out with boys so I think I’d be forgiven lol.

My other half, Mr B cannot resist buying writing pads & pens & if theres a special deal he’s completely sold :0)

Peg x

January 30, 2012 - 9:11 pm

Lynda - Oh, my. I’m obsessed with color, form and order (not in an OCD way, I just love my newly renovated home and the peaceful feeling I get from having things in their proper places).

I have more than my share of yummy fabrics and yarns. Before the renovation I had enough books to stock a small bookstore. Now the books are down to a reasonable amount, and I have a craft space with plenty of room for storing all those wonderful supplies.

February 1, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Erica at Sew So Crafty - I can definitely identify with the stationery obsession. I can spend ages browsing in a stationery store going up & down ALL the isles filling up a basket when I don’t actually need anything ;-) Another huge obsession besides the obvious fabrics is PLANTS. Being a hortuculturist it is a passion & depsite having a wholesale nursery I am forever buying more … my hubby just cannot understand that one!

February 13, 2012 - 6:23 pm

Judiann - Delicious fabrics!! I can’t resist batiks especially

Weekend Projects

Do you have projects planned for this weekend?  Seems like I’ve been waiting for a “free” weekend and now that it’s here I’m in heaven.  I have so many projects I’ve wanted to get started on so I plan on sewing all weekend long.  Speaking of sewing, it’s a great weekend to try a Scrappy […]

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January 14, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Leeanne - Yummy wool felt.

January 14, 2012 - 1:42 pm

Annelies - I made my first plate….I am SEW hooked!!! What fun this will be. I knew our sweet Bunnylady would come up with something to make us smile in the new year. YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!

January 14, 2012 - 1:44 pm

Barb - Those wool bundles are so pretty! What is it about beautiful Fabric that just makes you want to make … Something…anything? It always makes the creative juices yearn to start something new.

Happy weekend to you, Anne.

Xo barb

January 15, 2012 - 6:51 am

Janan Doster - I wish to ThankYOU for your free project again this year. I am still working on my Henrietta quilt – I hope to have finsihed soon! But, I had to put Henrietta aside to start the Scrappy Plate. I love Primitives, working with wool, Lisa Bongeans’ wool kits, AND I JUST ADORE YOUR FALL WOOL KIT – – I love BUNNYHILL, Bunnyhill patterns, I am currently also working on “A Vintage Christmas”, – did I mention I love Vintage too! But, I just had to do this Dresden plate quilt, so I looked in my stash and staring back at me – my Amy Butler fabric fat quarters! So here I go! Just made two dresdens and they are so great, almost have a vintage look! Thanks so much Anne.

January 15, 2012 - 10:41 am

ina - Go 49ers!!! Woot!! Woot!! NOW, I have time to sew today! I finished pressing all my blades on Friday so today I can sew them together. This has been a fun project, Anne, thank you so much. ;p

January 15, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Stephanie in Mi - I love everything in this post! The Dresden plates are awesome, and I am so excited they could do a kit. Your wool bundles are fantastic, and how thoughtful to tie them up with such a beautiful ribbon!

January 16, 2012 - 10:20 am

Wool, and Hover Mode : All About Applique - […] wool, I thought I’d give a link over to the Bunny Hill Blog. Anne just put up a post showing the most luscious wool. Go feast your […]

January 16, 2012 - 11:29 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I’m drooling over all those gorgeous wool bundles in your store….the colors are so rich in these hand dyed wools! But today I’m enjoying my cottons and am about to start the applique for my first new Dresden block. What a fun group this is….and you’re so right about the inspiration, such amazing variety and talented quilters.

January 16, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Lynda - Such yummy colors!! Unfortunately I’m on self-imposed buying restriction right now. We had our house renovated last year and 2/3 of our belongings are still in boxes in the garage, including my sewing machine and extensive fabric stash. I’m consoling myself by knitting ONE project at a time. Oh, and like Ina, cheering on my 49ers!!!

January 17, 2012 - 6:11 pm

Heather - Now why can’t I reach into the computer and take out that nice little spring bundle!? I know it’d dieing to come home with me! :o)

January 17, 2012 - 8:32 pm

jacqueline - It’s always such pleasure visting you here. I am always inspired and i just love all your gorgeous photos. These wools are so yummie and i especially adore Sorbet Wool Bundle!! Have a lovely merry happy mid-week and love to you!

January 18, 2012 - 11:39 pm

Yvonne - Love my pattern, thanks Anne

Yvonne NZ

Love those weekends

I had a great weekend, how about you?  Did you get some time to yourself to do a few of those things on your list?  Have you started Christmas shopping yet? I’ve been neglecting my house for two months while I’ve worked on new patterns, so this weekend it got some well needed TLC.  Who […]

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November 20, 2011 - 9:53 pm

Pauline - Hi Anne, that wool sure looks yummy!! I had a fun day…..when the cat is away the mouse will play. He is back on Wednesday and today I played. I had a sew day with my friend Christa…..she brought lots she could have worked on, but we made blocks and more blocks and she is coming back tomorrow and we are going to make more blocks…blocks for Jeaneane. We shopped in the morning, came home for lunch and sewed on blocks all afternoon, had dinner and she left about 8 o’clock and she said she had a ‘great day’ when she left. She is a great friend. hugs Pauline

November 21, 2011 - 11:02 am

ina - Remember, Holly Hill is just a phone call away if you decide you want more of that wool! ;0 I hate having a disheveled house….I can’t find anything when it’s like that! My house has been ignored for 2 weeks…time to get cracking around here. Christmas sewing is ALMOST done…almost. ;0

I bet you miss Lily…and her loving parents. You’ll have to find out about Skype. :p

November 21, 2011 - 12:45 pm

Sinta - Oh Anne, I love your yummy wool bundles… I recently ordered from Garnet Hill… a person could get into a lot of trouble there! I love all of your photos from Holly Hill! Their displays are gorgeous… and the next time I’m in Portland I plan on stopping there for sure. I love reading Brians blog… so funny. I finally have embarked on the applique journey… and feel confident to try one of your “A” patterns. I love the one with the pull toys…. I’m going to be a g-ma for the first time and I think that one would be wonderful to start with. xxoo

November 21, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Rachael Rabbit - Hi Anne, I’m still using those ribbons and lace that you sent me ages ago in a giveaway you had. I’ve been so busy with the girls – just getting back into the land of crafts and blogging! I love garnet hill – I find there site a bit financially dangerous though ;-) I’m having a giveaway tomorrow – I really hope you will be able to join in.

November 22, 2011 - 8:15 am

mimi'sdarlins - I love those pastel wools….very hard to find locally except in tiny pieces! I’m trying to get my Christmas gifts made! The house is a chaotic mess due to neglect so today I need to try to clean/organize and be ready for all the kids coming for Thanksgiving dinner. Emails are flying back and forth, who is bringing what dish, what desserts to have, etc…’how early can we come?’ There’s nothing I love more than having my family gather to celebrate…any occasion :) Happy Thanksgiving, Anne, to you and all your readers.

November 22, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Barb - Oh I can’t wait to see ‘raining cat & dogs’ in redwork. I know it’s going to be just too wonderful!

Those wool bundles are beautiful – hmmmm….I wonder what plans you have in mind for those???

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Anne!!!

November 23, 2011 - 9:42 am

picpic - bonjour j’adore vos lainages pastels moi aussi je me suis inscrite à”raining cats and dogs de redwork” j’ai reçu des tissus et j’ai hâte de commencer ! bizzzzzzzzzz