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Guess who’s visiting? It’s my family from Germany and I’m just in heaven! My grand-daughter Lily just turned 3 and she chats away in both German and English. If she’s talking in German to me, I can say “Lily, tell Grandma in English” and she’ll translate. It’s amazing to see what children can do when […]

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July 1, 2014 - 7:06 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, I”m so happy for you! I’m sure you just live for these visits. We are blessed to have our family nearby, but it wasn’t always this way, and I still pinch myself that we’re all together again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful granddaughter, and enjoy all the special moments these days will bring :)

July 1, 2014 - 7:23 am

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I am so happy for you! I know the feeling well. Lily is an absolute doll, as your other granddaughter. Mine is two and a demon at times. So stubborn. She will need it in this world. She is so inquisitive. I love watching her.

Have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures!
Happy 4th…I will pray for rain.

July 1, 2014 - 7:44 am

Louise - Oh my, Lily has grown so.. What a little sweetie. Our family for the time being all living in different states, and I am hoping it won’t always be so. Chicago, Newport Beach, Surprise, Az and we are up here in the very Pacific Northwest. We enjoy their visits so much but they never seem to last long enough! Enjoy the 4th of July, be safe.

July 1, 2014 - 8:03 am

Pam in Indiana - Oh, Anne, I’m so happy for you! Our five kids are all out of state — but our son just moved back from Monterrey, Mexico after three years. He just arrived back at Notre Dame for a year so were really glad he’s back in the States. Our youngest is flying home tonight from Omaha with our first and only grandson, Henry, for his baptism on the 12th. Everyone will be home except for Molly who is a nanny in Oklahoma.

Then I go to Michigan for my quilt week with my six BFFs at Kristen’s lake cottage.

Love seeing sweet Lily — that is so wonderful that she is bilingual. Meredith is taking Mandarin and is teaching Henry — they’re such little sponges at this age.

Enjoy your time with everyone. Our house is about to get wild for a few weeks but I love it. I miss the old days with all the kids!


July 1, 2014 - 8:07 am

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t Lily beautiful! And I just love Milkshake. She looks so sweet and huggable. :D

I’m jealous of Lily’s ability to speak two languages fluently. That’s such a wonderful thing to be able to do.

I hope you all have a wonderful time and a fun, safe 4th of July!

July 1, 2014 - 8:09 am

sunny - ~~sigh~~ I guess now I have to learn how to punchneedle. I don’t NEED another hobby, but a girl has to make certain sacrifices… Lily can’t possibly be 3! You just announced her birth a month or so ago. Didn’t you?? Enjoy all the lovely family time that you can.

July 1, 2014 - 9:47 am

Hildy - Anne, it’s so great that your family is visiting you and you all have a great time. It’s sweet to see Lily walk the dogs I’ll bet she thinks she’s a big girl now as she can walk a dog all be herself.
Enjoy your time with your family:-)

July 1, 2014 - 11:24 am

becky m - I live for those visits from my family too. The letdown afterwards is so hard though. Especially with my 5 yr old who doesn’t quite understand about distances yet. I love that Lily is bi-lingual! My daughter has a 5 yr old friend who is bilingual French and English. She also thinks nothing of switching from one language to the other and it’s amazing to watch!! Keep those languages up for her, she’ll love you for it!

July 1, 2014 - 11:50 am

Lisa E - Yes, it’s been hot in the Bay Area. I’m so glad that your family is visiting you. Can’t beat the little ones!

July 1, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Susan - I am very lucky that all my children live here (Az.) with the exception of my oldest granddaughter who lives in Portland Or..
Your granddaughter is beautiful and I know the moments you spend with her and family are precious. Love all your fabric and your punch needle work….:)Enjoy making wonderful memories with your family!

July 1, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Linda Hnath - Thank you for sharing your family’s visit with us all. How wonderful that you are all together. Hugs for Milkshake and hoping she does ok on the 4th.

July 1, 2014 - 3:52 pm

PAtricia G Hayes - Hello Dear Anne. thanks so much for sharing your adorable young blond, Lily, with all of us.
What a special time for your gift visit from Germany. I am so happy these times for you.

I wonder if you ever got my thanks and thanks and thanks for my wonderful gift of fabrics that were waiting for me when we got home from NH. We had been visiting with our three yr old GGrands twin boys who had arrived from NY to visit with us for a week. Blessed are these visits, little girls and boys, any little people for sure. Makes us young again, heh!
I tried to find an address to send a proper thanks you note to no avail. So sorry that you have to receive this way.
Patricia G Hayes

July 1, 2014 - 3:54 pm

marcia - Have a wonderful time with the family. I have a spot in the closet where I will be hidden with my girls.

July 1, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Barb - Oh Anne, Lily is just too precious! All of your granddaughters are so beautiful!! I can just imagine you are in heaven to have your family with you – enjoy and cherish every moment!

Love the doggies,too – so cute!

Happy 4th of July to you!!

July 1, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Anita - Lily is so precious! What a great benefit to her to be able to understand two languages, I’m sure it will come in handy throughout her life. Love your new pattern too :)

July 1, 2014 - 6:36 pm

tammy spencer - Happy 4th of july (coming in a few days). Today, we celebrate our Canada Day here. Lots of fireworks in the plans for tonight. It’s very hot here as well and the pool is getting well used. Lots of family these past 2 weeks with family from out of town as well (between 12-40 people for dinner every night). I think this summer is going to be a hot one and I’m grateful for the wet pool to cool off in. Your grand daughter is beautiful- how nice it would be to have learned an extra language when young. Enjoy your family time and have a happy summer.

July 1, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Janet - I can’t believe how grown up Lily is! Here’s hoping all your furry ones have an easy 4th. It’ll be interesting to see how Milkshake does!

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wonderful patterns – this thanks goes to the Sweet Dreams Lily quilt pattern. I re-sized your teddy bear block and made it red and the corner block on a navy/white churn dash for my new Great Nephew … may be my fave quilt yet!

Have a blast!

July 1, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Carmen CountryMouse - How wonderful! Enjoy your time with family, it always goes too fast. Lilly is just darling!

July 1, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Jeanne Jones - Janet, I have two daughters. Each daughter has one boy. One of the daughters lives 5 minutes away, but the other one lives 2000 miles away. We live in Atlanta, GA and she lives in Tucson, AZ. We see her about once a year and she and my grandson will be here on Saturday for 2 weeks. I know just how you feel. Thank goodness for Skype, we use it 3-4 times a week.

July 1, 2014 - 10:06 pm

rpsa - Great pics.Have a wonderful time with them!

July 2, 2014 - 2:18 am

Dawn - Hi Anne, That’s a lovely photo of Lily and Milkshake, brought a big smile this morning, thanks for sharing.
Good news about the patterns going on PDF, the postage to UK is crazy. Also when I post to USA its gone up, so looking forward to that as I would like to make the reindeer for christmas gifts.
Happy 4th July

July 2, 2014 - 5:45 am

Doreen - Hi Anne, I have a brother and sister-in-law in Belgium and my 2 year old niece is learning language the same exact way as your beautiful grandaughter. German/English and now a little italian. They are coming to the US the end of September. I know exactly what you are saying about getting ready to go out and the increase in food bills. We like on a lake and in the summer it seems to be the vacation destination. It is fun since all six kids live in different places. I adore when they come to visit. It is an adjustment when the quiet comes after they leave. It just makes us miss them more. Enjoy your time…. Spoil your grandaughter…Life is too short, breath in every moment. Happy 4th! Hugs, from NH

July 2, 2014 - 8:23 am

Karen Martin - Looks like you will have a fun and busy fourth–love the new project–so cute!

July 2, 2014 - 3:04 pm

KatieQ - Lily and Milkshake look like a perfect pair. Thanks for sharing your family visit with us. Lily looks beautiful.

July 2, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Lorraine Isaac - I just had my family visit as well, I have a grand daughter 41/2 and a grand son 21/5, they are so precious, I never knew being a grand mother would feel so special

July 2, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Ronda - Oh Anne how wonderful to have all your babies home. We are very blessed to all live in the same town so I see my granddaughters almost daily. We just got back from a vacation to Gulf Shores beaches and we took the family. It was so much fun and sooo much work all at the same time but wonderful memories were made. I hope you get to continue to enjoy your family as long as they can stay!!!! cant wait to see the new web site!

July 2, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Yvonne - Lovely to hear all about your family, I see very little of my children (8 in all) they are scattered around the world, but it is such a treat when they come home to visit.
Have a wonderful time & treasure every moment,
Happy 4th July
Yvonne & Bailey & Poppy the NZ Bichons

July 3, 2014 - 6:11 am

Vicky - Goodness, that child has grown. She’s so beautiful – just like her granny! Have fun with your family. Happy 4th!

July 3, 2014 - 9:37 am

ina - happy 4th to you and your family! i’m hoping for sewing time and cooler weather. ;p

July 5, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Ann P, - Lily is beautiful! Enjoy your time with your family. A week ago we had all six of the grandchildren for a weekend. We had so much fun. While I was tired when they all went home, our house felt so empty. We love to take family vacations but unfortunately it is hard to organize those very often. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.

July 7, 2014 - 10:43 am

Jeanne - Lily is precious. Milkshake is so sweet and adorable napping with Lily. How did he do with the fireworks? My dog was fine, 1st year for the 4th. Hope Milkshake did well, too.
I saw your stroller. I think its a Pet Gear? Do you know which type of stroller? I’m looking for one for my dog.
Thanks so much for all the appliqué kits you do. Love them!

July 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Jackie Roisler - Lovely photos & sentiment Anne :) Thank you so very much for sharing.

July 8, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Kim - Aren’t children just so smart, I wish we start languages for our children in kindergarten instead of high school here in the USA.
I have a granddaughter named Lily too, she’ll be six in August and she lives far away from me, so we travel to see her and sometimes she travels to the beach in NC to see me. Enjoy your visit with Lily she will grow up so fast!
Good luck with your website and
Happy Sewing

July 11, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Mary Ann - Its always fun to have a houseful of sweet little faces and their very loved Mom and Dad’s. 2 of my daughters and their families moved to bay area last year so we have been more the visitors. Our house is so quiet most weekends now. I am getting a few more projects done but i would trade that off in a minute to run over for a breakfast together. And I know how hard it must be for you to have Lily so far away! looking forward to the new projects and website Anne.

July 15, 2014 - 7:32 am

Sarah - Lily is beautiful. Bilingual people are so clever I think. How long have you got the family from Germany visiting you?

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It’s that time of year!         Baby ducks are here!

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June 6, 2014 - 3:51 pm

sunny - What could be cuter than baby duckies. I often go to our City Park looking for them. And the goslings, too.

June 6, 2014 - 3:57 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, they’re precious!

:::flails and squees:::

After you make a sweet little lamb applique pattern, you must make one with ducks! I would so love that. :D

June 6, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Carmen - Your post made me smile. Thanks!

June 6, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Louise - Oh my gosh stinking cute!! My husband will love these photos.
Thank you for sharing.

June 6, 2014 - 4:44 pm

liz n. - Make room for ducklings! ;)

June 6, 2014 - 4:46 pm

liz n. - Lol, what I MEANT was, “Make WAY for ducklings!”

(This is what happens when you try to type and tell your grandson to pick up the toys in his room at the same time, ha ha!)

June 6, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Mary Ann - So darn cute…and it looks like they are headed right into the pool. I love summer!!

June 6, 2014 - 6:30 pm

Debbie St.Germain - That is so cute!


June 6, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Lee - What a cute group!!

June 6, 2014 - 7:12 pm

Mary T Salmon - How adorable! There is nothing better to cheer the spirit than watching a mother rear her young! I so much enjoy my short time on the patio with my morning tea. This time of year, I see all kinds of new life emerging. Thanks for the post of mommy and ducklins. There is nothing like a mother’s love.

June 6, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Sue - Sweet!

June 6, 2014 - 7:59 pm

MJ Price - Just love to see the babies. Hope they stay safe.

June 6, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Pauline - Luv your post Anne…so darn cute!! Thanks for sharing, can’t help but smile!! hugs and happy stitching, Pauline

June 6, 2014 - 8:20 pm

tammy spencer - OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh, so cute!

June 6, 2014 - 8:23 pm

Peggy M.p - I absolutely love that second picture! Couldn’t be much cuter!

June 6, 2014 - 8:37 pm

Cheryl In Kansas - Sweet sweet sweet! Lucky you to have those sweet babies and momma to watch!!
Hope all goes well for you….hoping your daughter in law doing okay…

June 6, 2014 - 8:50 pm

Mary S - That little guy reminds me of my knees not being able to make the step up. I thank God for the technology that gave me new knees and steps are much easier. Beautiful picture of mom and her ducklings. Thanks for sharing.

June 6, 2014 - 8:58 pm

Jean - They are adorable! A new Bunny Hill petit pattern perhaps?

June 6, 2014 - 8:59 pm

Jeanne Langston - How wonderful to have these cute duckies to watch! Thank you, Anne for sharing.

June 7, 2014 - 12:13 am

Dawn - Ohh how lovely! Really made me smile – thank you so much for sharing x

June 7, 2014 - 4:49 am

Hildy - How cute! I think there should be a duck door for them;-)

June 7, 2014 - 6:03 am

Janet - That’s always one of the sweetest sights! Maybe if I get a kiddie-pool?

June 7, 2014 - 6:50 am

Karen Martin - So cute! Mom certainly has a lot of babies to look after!

June 7, 2014 - 7:18 am

Christie & Shellie - Adorable!

June 7, 2014 - 7:19 am

Christie & Shellie - Adorable! WhatA Bunch Of Darlings!!

June 7, 2014 - 7:20 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, one of my favorite posts ever! How can you not love baby ducks? Such great shots and captions…thanks for the day brightener :)

June 7, 2014 - 11:02 am

Laura K - Oh I have such a soft spot for ducks and these little ducklings are just too adorable. I don’t get to see any where I live now but we used to see them crossing the street a lot on the way to take the kids to school at one of our other houses. I have a bird loving seven year old who enjoyed the pictures very much. Thank you for sharing!

June 7, 2014 - 8:43 pm

Ann P. - Way to cute!!

June 8, 2014 - 5:42 am

KatieQ - I don’t envy her. A brood of 10 is hard work. It looks like she’s doing a great job. Thanks for sharing the fun.

June 8, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Jackie Roisler - Love it! Just adorable :) Did they make it to the swimming pool & if so, were they allowed to stay to swim?

June 9, 2014 - 2:52 am

Anne Heidi - Oh how adorable, thank you for sharing!

June 9, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Dottie Oestreich - Absolutely adorable!!! I’m amazed you were able to get close enough to take the pictures. Thank you for sharing!!

June 9, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Barb - So stnkin’ cute!!

I like the idea of a new Bunny Hill pattern(*hint-hint). We’re not too subtle, are we:-)?

June 9, 2014 - 3:37 pm

Lynda - Oh.My.Stars!!! These little critters are *beyond* precious!!

June 9, 2014 - 5:51 pm

Gail - Oh my…how adorable this is and hope they had a great swim. What great pics and hope they made the “pool”!

June 10, 2014 - 8:09 am

Clara Chandler - Too cute!! Thanks for the pictures and descriptions to start my day, Anne. It brought a chuckle.

June 11, 2014 - 10:37 pm

ina - adorable! ;p

June 12, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Marcia - Aren’t they precious. I work in an area that has many Geese and their families in the area. This is a very busy area and when they cross the road ALL traffic stops. So baby Geese first, business second….as it should be.

June 15, 2014 - 6:48 am

Janan - This is so cute!

June 23, 2014 - 10:46 am

Diane - Hi–just wanted to let you know that I have finally finished the top to the Snowbound bom that you did back in 2010 and you can see some photos of it on my blog site–there is about 3 posts with it–
thanks so much for doing that bom–
hugs, di and miss gracie


Last October I purchased two live orchids from Pottery Barn.  I ordered two plants, thinking it would increase my chance of success.  The plants bloomed for almost two months and I was thrilled, but of course eventually the blooms died and I was left with two plants to care for.  The Pottery Barn website gives […]

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March 26, 2014 - 7:58 am

Paula - Very pretty. Orchids are one of the few plants that thrive in my house, because all my plants either thrive on neglect or die.

March 26, 2014 - 10:00 am

Jenni - My boss has hundreds of orchids in her backyard hanging along her fence. No lie…hundreds. She will give me a few now and then due to lack of room. She has taught me to give them 5 ice cubes a week and leave it at that. It works! That is all you have to do. 5 ice cubes a week.

March 26, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Katherine Schaffer - Anne -
Your orchids are just lovely; so glad you were able to get them to bloom again! But as always, you are quick to share some helpful tips with those of us out here in “Bunnyland”, whether it be on quilting, working with felt, embroidery … and now.. indoor gardening! You’re a sweetie and deserve those new bloom!

March 27, 2014 - 3:21 am

Pat - My girlfriend has orchids and she puts 3 ice cubes on the plant every week and that is it and her orchids are beautiful. Your orchids are beautiful. Maybe it is finally my time to buy myself one.

March 27, 2014 - 7:56 am

Mary Jane - Isn’t it great fun to have one rebloom! We received one for Christmas two years ago and when it finished it was moved to our bathroom and since it has rebloomed twice (it is into it’s second bloom). Obviously it likes the humidity and the indirect light. Congratulations on your success.

March 27, 2014 - 11:07 am

kathleen Solomi - I have 2 plants sleeping at present
Congratulations , they don’t always oblige with a second flowering

March 30, 2014 - 5:49 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I started growing orchids about nine yrs ago, with trepidation, but found them to be so rewarding, I wouldn’t be without them! I’m continually surprised at how many times a year they will bloom. I have one just like yours happily flowering since early March.
I find phalaenopsis to be the easiest to keep reblooming, some of the more exotic varieties not so much.

April 6, 2014 - 6:32 am

Barb haakonson - Hi, every time I think about watering my orchid, I just use an ice cube. I received an orchid and this info from granddaughter Ashley. I mostly neglect it.

Happy Thursday!

I’ve been busy.  I sent off another fabric line to Moda and it feels so good to have it finished.  I can’t even give you a little hint about it yet, but you’ll be able to tell it’s a Bunny Hill fabric line when you see it.  :>) We’ve got a few Easter Petite kits […]

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March 13, 2014 - 8:38 am

DeAnna Dodson - So glad to hear the good news about your daughter-in-law. Praying for her still. :)

March 13, 2014 - 8:48 am

Fernanda - It’s great news for you and your family. We will continue to pray that everything goes better and better every day. Moreover, the ornaments are beautiful, they are so delicate. Thank you for creating such wonderful things. Hugs. Fer.

March 13, 2014 - 8:49 am

Louise - That truly is great news! I too believe in the power of prayer.
Thank you for sharing your good news.

March 13, 2014 - 9:13 am

Sinta Renee - Aren’t you so clever! I love these little ornaments! Leave it to you to think of something to make Easter even sweeter!

March 13, 2014 - 9:42 am

Vicky - A fabulous report on the cancer journey. I totally agree with your mammo recommendation. Just had a clear one after a worrisome wait for results. Can’t wait to see the new Bunny Hill fabrics. Your designs and BOMs always make me smile!

March 13, 2014 - 10:04 am

Andrea - So glad to hear that your daughter in law is doing ok! My Mom just got diagnosed with breast cancer-we have met with surgeons, but are awaiting our oncologist appointment. Luckily, it was caught early, thanks to regular mammograms!

March 13, 2014 - 12:10 pm

Carrie - Wonderful news Anne, family is so precious! Look forward to your new fabric line, your pastel wools are so sweet and perfect for the season.

March 13, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Miss Jean - That is such wonderful news! I always schedule a mammogram as a birthday present to myself. That way it’s easy to remember.

March 13, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Lisa E - I hope your daughter-in-law continues on the path to becoming cancer-free. (My mammogram is in 2 weeks.)

March 14, 2014 - 5:30 am

Pam - So happy that your daughter-in-law has such good news!!! Same results for my quilting peep up in South Bend. She will be having her last chemo the week we get together to quilt next month. We’re so relieved! God is good!

I’ve always been diligent about my mammograms because we do have a lot if cancer in my side of the family. May I make another reminder? Please be sure to get a colonoscopy when you turn 50 — earlier if you have symptoms or a family history. My husband balked at the idea and I MADE him go. The doctor said he had the largest precancerous tumor he’s ever seen. That was 9 years ago. If Paul hadn’t gone, we are sure he’d not be here today to be visiting our first grandson in Omaha.

Take care and enjoy the spring blessings!

March 14, 2014 - 10:01 am

that is wonderful news. The Lord is so good and generous.

Not a fan of the mammogram but get it every year and encourage all my friends too,

I agree with you I LOVE the pastel wool too. It makes me smile and feel happy. But then all the wonderful wool does.

Thank you for sharing your good news, and I cant wait for the new line.

Blessings, Margi

March 14, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Angela @ Cottage Magpie - Thank you SO MUCH for the mammogram reminder. I am due! Meanwhile, those cute Easter ornaments look just scrumptious.


March 14, 2014 - 4:11 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Darling ornaments, and I agree about those pastel wools, they’re so soft and sweet. I’m so happy to hear your good news, and I’ll keep on praying because I also believe in the power of prayer. I hope the good news will keep on coming throughout this journey. Thank you for the update.

March 14, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Martha Blevins - Excited about the new fabric; but, even more excited about the good report from the dr! Prayers and good thoughts for your family from an 18 yr. survivor.

March 15, 2014 - 9:17 am

Diane R. - Good news, Anne. I will continue to uphold your family in prayer. I’m entering my Rabbits Prefer Chocolate quilt in our annual juried quilt show, The Best of the Valley. I’ll let you know how I do!

March 15, 2014 - 12:47 pm

Melody - So glad to hear this good news

March 16, 2014 - 10:20 am

Pauline - Anne…that’s wonderful news!! I’ve been stitching with some breast cancer fabric lately and with each stitch I’m hoping we are closer to a cure. I love your Easter Petites…especially the wee lamb…and I always look forward to your next line of fabric and patterns. Have a wonderful week…happy stitching, Pauline

March 16, 2014 - 1:41 pm

diane matthews - Yippee! Yippee! I have been thinking about your relative (figuring it might be your daughter in law) for so long, now. She will do just fine going through chemo – it’s not fun, but it makes you well. Ask for help whenever she needs it – people are so very willing to do whatever is necessary to make her feel better or help her emotionally. I am so glad the lymph nodes were clear – that is wonderful. No traveling cancer cells. There are lots of us breast cancer survivors out there. She will be one more of us. Hugs to the family. Diane Matthews