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Clowning around

Had to share this with you!  It’s my grand-daughter Alyssa in her clown costume that I made right after market, in one day, under pressure, with dottie fabric.  She surprised me by getting that great tie all on her own.  Then she found a hat and added the flower trim.  We had one happy grandma […]

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November 5, 2013 - 3:24 am

Karen Miller - Perfect match! She looks awesome Anne – what a fun costume! Thanks for the newsletter too!

November 5, 2013 - 4:18 am

Linda - Great costume! Great photo! I’m off to check out these patterns. Thank you. :-)

November 5, 2013 - 5:57 am

Audrey - The link for the snowmen ornaments didn’t work! I think these would be great do do with my 10 year old granddaughter.

November 5, 2013 - 6:08 am

Judy Davis - Very thankful for your free patterns for the Snow pockets, Stocking treats, and Snowman Smiles. Love your patterns and website.

November 5, 2013 - 9:38 am

Pauline - OMG Anne, the clown costume and your grand-daughter are adorable. What a fun time making memories with your DGD. You sure do know how to make us smile…as always I love reading your newsletter. I’m in love with ‘Winter Wonderland’, all your new patterns are the cutest…they are sEw me. Thanks for sharing your talent…it keeps us quilting and creating! Enjoy your day Anne, hugs Pauline

November 5, 2013 - 12:55 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, such a cute costume!

Love your Christmas treats and your new fabric line. So cute!

And I had to order Rudy. Couldn’t resist! :D

November 5, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Sue Chapman - Great job on the costume, and the tie absolutely puts it over the top! Your grandgirl is as clever as her grandma! (SO MUCH FUN being a grandma!)

November 5, 2013 - 5:36 pm

Karen Shackleford - Your granddaughter is adorable. Great job on her dottie costume! And thank you for the Christmas patterns and fun incentives. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

November 5, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Sara - what a wonderful costume! So cute!
And thanks for the stocking pattern and snowmen idea, I’ve already printed them off!

November 6, 2013 - 6:21 am

Kristy - Your granddaughter looks fabulous! Well worth your efforts. She will always remember you for coming through for her. The stockings are darling…hmmm one more thing to go make. I can do this!

November 8, 2013 - 6:02 am

mimi'sdarlins - Your granddaughter is so darling, even with a giant red nose :)
She has obviously inherited some of her grandma’s artistic qualities!

November 8, 2013 - 11:32 am

ina - that is adorable!! she looks so cute! ;p

November 18, 2013 - 8:03 pm

dispack - Wow, cute costume – good job to you and the girl! Fun.

November 24, 2013 - 11:16 am

Sew Thankful Sunday, 11.24.2013 - The Crafty Quilter - […] You might know that I’m a huge fan of Anne Sutton, aka Bunny Hill Designs.  Her blog, Bunny Tales is always fun to read and if you get her newsletter, you’ll find some treasures such as how […]

Transfer Paper

If you read my newsletter you might have noticed the little pillows I made using my grand-daughter’s drawings.  Fortunately she doesn’t follow this blog because these are a Christmas surprise. I used this Transfer Artist Paper to transfer her artwork to fabric. She’s done so many cute drawings it was hard to choose… You can […]

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September 18, 2013 - 5:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Thanks for the reminder, Anne, I missed that newsletter. Your granddaughter has inherited her grandma’s sense of whimsy in her darling designs. I love this idea!

September 18, 2013 - 6:06 am

Linda - This is adorable! Your granddaughter is quite the budding artist!

September 18, 2013 - 8:32 am

Louise - What sweet drawings. Love her style. A very neat way for you to preserve them for her into gift form.

September 18, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Paula - Adorable and what a wonderful idea.

September 20, 2013 - 2:38 am

Kity - That must be a wonderful Christmas surprise! I’m sure it will make your granddaughter very happy!!

September 20, 2013 - 2:41 am

kitty - Sorry, Kity=Kitty. I don’t know why the system keeps repeating “kity”

September 20, 2013 - 11:32 am

Teresa - How cute. I have some drawings of my daughters. Need to do this for her.

Weekend Summer Fun, Sewing of Course!

I spent last weekend sewing with friends, and oh my gosh we had fun.  I think everyone should plan a retreat at home.  Just think, send your husband and kids away for the weekend (mine husband happily went camping) and invite some friends over for sewing, all weekend long.  Use whatever space you have even […]

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July 21, 2013 - 7:43 pm

Faye - I think you should spray paint them pink!

July 21, 2013 - 8:33 pm

Kathy O in GA - I think you should get 3, spray one pink like Faye suggested – don’t things work better in threes?
I’ll come sew – just let me know when!

July 21, 2013 - 8:45 pm

Susan P - I came home with two of these carts in aqua and after putting them together, my husband went out and bought two of them in the charcoal for his workshop. They really are wonderful!

July 21, 2013 - 9:12 pm

Pam - Yes, I’m getting them and they will be pink. Although, the aqua is nice. Think my longarmer tools would store well there

July 21, 2013 - 9:36 pm

Tamara - Pink is a great idea!

July 21, 2013 - 11:13 pm

Pauline - Hi Anne…I would love to come and stitch with you. I did have a great weekend too…it was spent sewing with a friend. Christa and I were working on a raffle quilt for the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild. The proceeds go to Safe House…for every $10.00 you donate you get one chance to win one of three quilts…we do this every year. The drawing of the quilts is in November. Luv the Juki machine…heard only good things about Juki. We have an IKEA in Canton Michigan about 3 miles from my house. I will be checking them out. Have a wonderful week!! Happy stitching, Pauline

July 21, 2013 - 11:41 pm

Miss Jean - Oh, I just love the little rolling cart. It’s just what I’ve been looking for. It’s not the color I would want, but I think a spray can of paint could fix that!

The Juki sounds wonderful as well. With two Berninas and two featherweights, I have to tell myself that I don’t need another machine. Drat!!! A stay-cation sewing retreat sounds like a lot of fun!!!!

July 22, 2013 - 12:19 am

Hildy - Oh, now you’ve just added a Ikea trip to my weekend plans:-)
A sewing retreat sounds fun but sadly none of my friends like to sew ( but they love my homemade gifts;-)

July 22, 2013 - 5:17 am

Pam in Indiana - Hi Anne!
I’ve been outside of Shipshewana in a log cabin in the woods with six of my best quiltie peeps from South Bend since Friday. I’m making Henry’s Lambkins quilt from the kit I ordered from you. We sew, laugh, cry, eat and shop — then watch chick flicks at night while we do hand work. Going on a shop hop today to quilt stores I’ve never visited! We go home on Thursday. We usually just come up for a weekend but planned this last October. We teach each other new things — making purses tonight! We’ve been doing this for 15 years.

July 22, 2013 - 6:05 am

Nicole C. - Those carts are FABULOUS! I bought one to put under my cutting table. The next day, I went back and got three more! I use the other three by my big ironing board, one to hold all my longarm tools and one for my gift wrapping stuff! The IKEA Burken jars fit nicely in the baskets. You can put six large jars in one basket or three large jars, two medium and a small. There are a few different combos that work, but it breaks it down if you need smaller storage in the cart for scissors, etc. I love that I can tuck mine away when Im not using them. They are so great! I recommend them to all my friends!

July 22, 2013 - 8:28 am

Andrea - A weekend sewing with friends? Bliss! I’ve been eying up that Ikea cart also….too cute!

July 22, 2013 - 8:29 am

JulieZaloudek - Just what I need–something to hold more projects!! I”m heading right out to Ikea to get one (or maybe 2)!

July 22, 2013 - 9:59 am

Laura K - How funny! I just picked up my second one of these carts this weekend. I have one in my craft room to hold all my pens and inks (I have another Ikea storage area for my fabric) and I got the second one to hold my onions, potatoes, fruits, and veggies that don’t go in the fridge. I meant to get the grey one for my kitchen since my walls are an atrocious maroon color (hey it’s a rental!), but when I opened the box, there it was in all it’s aqua glory! Oh well the aqua is a prettier color, even if it does clash with the walls. Hopefully we will be in our own place eventually anyway and I can paint the walls a color that will complement my wonderful new cart!

July 22, 2013 - 10:41 am

Juanita in OH - I LOVE your small log cabin squares because they are so beautiful! I just can’t imagine a 1/4″ block : > )
Now, I have to get one of the Ikea carts also, lol, up to now I’ve used whatever everything would fit in like a basket or box etc. TFS.

July 22, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Vicky - Your retreat at home sounds wonderful. Can’t wait until I retire and have one in my future quilting studio!!

July 27, 2013 - 9:22 am

Cynthia Donatelli - My sisters and I all sew…since childhood. We try to get together for a one-day retreat every month. Lots of sewing, show ‘n tell, sharing tips, new projects, and fun box-lunch swap. We live 2 1/2 hour drive away from each other so this is do-able most of the year. Winter in New England can be snowy and/or icy so we are flexible during these months. We’d love to have our California sister and Texan cousin join us, but they are with us in spirit.

Alphabet Art

If you take pictures with your iPhone you may want to try the AfterLight app.  It’s really fun!  There’s a lot you can do with it, including what I call alphabet art.  I made the following photos in just a few minutes using this app. L is for Lily M is for Michaela A is […]

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July 3, 2013 - 7:31 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, that’s so cute!

Do they have a PC app for that?

July 3, 2013 - 9:59 am

Hildy - I recieved my Stitch Zakka copy yesterday, great book!
My cats are cowards, too, every year on Silvester they’re in the basement. Can’t stand the noise and smell I think.

July 3, 2013 - 11:05 am

SuzK - what a great app! I too received my Stitch Zakka yesterday from Amazon. Love your little bunny with his cup! My cat will disappear as well – she will come check on me as I watch from my porch and try to convince me it isn’t safe and then she’ll take off … she’s done her part!

July 3, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Beth - Love this idea for the alphabet! We have three scaredy cats. We always stay home with them at night on the 4th so they feel more secure. How is Pumpkin dong? I hope he has settled in!

July 3, 2013 - 3:55 pm

Linda - Hugs for Marcell.

July 3, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Joanne Moore - Happy Fourth Anne! Last year I spent the night of the 4th in the laundry room with the dryer running and a cd playing while holding Miss CindyBear Airedale extrordinaire. She was not a happy camper. Yesterday my hubby went to the vet for a night night relaxer in the event our neighbors go nuts with the fireworks again. Poor pets. The darn fireworks are illegal here but that doesnt matter to most.
Oh my gosh that app is darling for the alphabet photos. Thanks for sharing. Your grand daughters are so beautiful. I received my BunnyHill order today. I am going to enjoy the evening reading thru my new patterns. Hooray!

July 3, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Marcia - I’m sitting up with our Beagle Butch. he’s shaking like a leaf in a wind storm. It’s going to be a long couple nights. Hugs for Marcel and many warm thoughts for your healing heart missing Bitsy.

July 4, 2013 - 6:18 am

Pam - Hi Anne!
We moved our daughter Madeleine into her new flat just west of Wrigleyville yesterday. She begins a new life after college with a job at Discover. So exciting but Mom’s a little apprehensive with her girl in a big city (she grew up in a small town in Indiana). We took her grocery shopping in the smallest Walmart I’ve ever seen — and out for Turkish food last night. Even though DH is a diehard Sox fan from the South Side, we enjoy the area! We spent last 4th of July coming to the City to go to a Sox game and moving Madeleine out of her apartment after her internship downtown a little south if here.

Our plans are to go to our lake cottage tonight in northern Indiana – it’s on a small island. We take our pontoon boat to the west basin to watch fireworks. However I’m missing our first grandbaby, Henry Creighton who is 6 weeks old so I may lobby to go home to see him in his 4th if July onesie I bought for him before he was born! His mama thinks he’s too young to be on the island!

Our cats (Moselle and Beulah) sleep through the fireworks – years ago when we first owned the island, we had 14 guests and we had a tornado! We survived but lost 5 trees and it moved the house 2″! Our Labrador, Jemima Jane, was terrified of storms after that (so was I as I grew up outside of Phoenix and we didn’t have tornadoes or blizzards) — I had to put her in our bathroom with the fan on and lights out with fireworks and storms!

We had the excessive heat and drought last year. It is always cool on the island with breezes but it was so hot, we didn’t go up to the island very much. It’s much better this year. I hope it is better for you and all our friends out west — the fires are so scary.

July 22, 2013 - 12:54 am

Kathleen Solomi - I have a Juki, love it . Must check if our Ikea has the carts .

July 22, 2013 - 12:55 am

Kathleen Solomi - I have a Juki ,love it . Must check out if our Ikea in England have the carts