It’s that time of year!
Baby ducks are here!
It’s a little bit country and a little bit sweet. I’m talking about Punchneedle embroidery, Bunny Hill style! Introducing 4 punchneedle patterns that I hope you’ll love.
Pockets, pillows and pictures, designed with a touch of softness. I hope these little punchneedle petite rugs will become treasured heirlooms. The looks are sweet and the colors are sophisticated and soft.
“Wild Hare” is a 4″ x 6″ punchneedle that we centered and stitched onto a beautiful color of Moda Dottie fabric. Then we framed it with a standard size frame, either 8″ x 10″ or 9″ x 11″. I ordered this frame from Pottery Barn, but you can find similar ones at Target, Home Goods, Michael’s etc.
You’ve seen this lamb before. She’s one I’ve used frequently in my other designs, but I couldn’t resist stitching her in punchneedle. We gave her coat a bit of extra texture, by punching it with 6 strands of embroidery floss.
And last but not least, I love those little pillows you can tuck on a shelf or mantle during the holidays to add a touch of cuteness to any display. Winterville features a pink reindeer that we punched with that wonderful 3-strand Valdani floss. Of course I think every reindeer should be pink!
We’ll be making floss kits (they’re on order from Valdani) along with complete embellishment kits for all of our punchneedle designs. Our embellishment kits include all the wool, buttons, ric rac and ribbon you need to complete the project. We’ll also have the punchneedles and hoops available.
These punchneedle petite rugs make the perfect mini display for a wall. Group them together in a collection and you’ve got the start to something fun. I hung these above the hutch in my studio, leaving room for more to come. :>)
If you haven’t done punchneedle before here’s the link to a good video to get you started:
Our Punchneedle patterns include the Weaver’s cloth so you can get started right away tracing your design. We’ll also sell the Weaver’s cloth separately. We’ll have Punchneedle PDF patterns available on our new website but the PDF pattern won’t include the Weaver’s cloth. Be sure and purchase some extra Weaver’s cloth if you think you’d like to download punchneedle pdf’s in the future. The new website, with all these goodies is only a few weeks away! Coming soon from Bunny Hill!
One more fun thing I’m going to do, is to giveaway my leftover fabric/scraps from my newest patterns. Sometimes Moda sends me fabric to work with and other times I buy it at Sample spree. Either way I always have too much fabric leftover, so giving it to my readers is fun for me! Now here’s the kick…I’m picking the winners from those who commented on my last blog post! Yep, that’s right, if you’re one of the 9 people who have already commented on “The House Became a Home” blog post, just email me your address and you’ll get one of these treats in the mail! It’s my way of saying “thank you” for reading and commenting on my blog post!
Sometimes I’m inspired by unexpected things. I’ve been watching house renovation shows like “Love It Or List It” and “The Property Brothers” on HGTV. They got me thinking about what makes a house a home, nesting, and how much love we all put into our homes. Soon I was sketching out a quilt and “The House Became a Home” was designed. It’s a 36″ x 40″ wall quilt you can personalize to make it your own.
The fabric is the beautiful French General “La Fete de Noel” line from Moda Fabrics. It ships to quilt shops in July and I’ve included the fabric guide below:
The pattern includes a complete alphabet so you can personalize it to your heart’s content, add names or initials to the banner or hearts. It’s the perfect gift for that new couple just buying their first home, or for someone celebrating an anniversary. Of course it would look beautiful in your own home.
The pattern will be ready soon and we’re doing the final proofing this week. You can pre-order the pattern now on our website. We’ll also have some kits available when the fabric ships in July.
Hope you’re having a great holiday weekend! It’s been a crazy one in our area. We have farms nearby, and once a year they open for cherry, peach and nectarine picking. Cherry season is happening now! Because of the lack of rain, the trees have fewer cherries. The cherries on the trees are large and very sweet, but the scarcity brings the crowds . This is what one of the main roads past a cherry farm looked like yesterday:
People were everywhere trying to get to the wonderful fruit.
I went to the local farmers market instead and bought some cherries there. Then I bought a treat for Ross (hubby); 2 pieces of fresh Sea Bass. We’re barbecuing it tonight along with fresh corn and veggies for me :>) What a great way to enjoy the holiday don’t you think?
When life gets crazy I turn to applique. Give me fabric, thread, and a needle and I can relax. My newest block of the month, “Simple Pleasures” is 12 months of handwork that’s portable and easy to stitch. Once you’ve prepared a block, it’s perfect to take to along to stitch anywhere you may go. It will give you something to look forward to while you’re waiting in the doctor’s office or the school parking lot to pick up kids.
I used this beautiful new fabric from Moda & Collections for a Cause, by Howard Marcus Dunn. The fabric line is called “Community”. Moda donates the proceeds from their Collections for a Cause sales to different charities and causes. The proceeds from this fabric line will be donated to The Libby Lehman Medical Fund.
I’ve included a fabric guide for you below and you’ll also find this fabric guide inside the pattern. The fabric ships to quilt shops in September and we’ll be shipping the patterns in just a few weeks.
If I had to pick a favorite block, I think it would be the lamb in block 3. She’s feeling great because she’s standing under her lucky shamrock.
There’s a time in life when we need things to be simple and this little lamb is simple sweet. I hope you’re excited about another applique quilt! Here’s a little secret I’ll let you in on just in case you didn’t know…people who do applique are a happy bunch.
Happy Memorial Day weekend my happy applique friends! I’ll be back to show you more new patterns very soon.