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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday week of fun and relaxing!

Yesterday I took Diana and my grand-daughters into San Francisco to see the Nutcracker Ballet.  We rode Bart and then walked a few blocks to an area they call “The Plaza”.   It’s a beautiful area and it was filled with children dressed in suits and taffeta dresses, all going to the War Memorial Opera House.   The children were a sight to see and the ballet was a magical way to start the holidays!

The War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

The War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco

Today I’ll finish some shopping and then I look forward to a weekend of relaxing, catching up on television shows, and maybe even some sewing. I can hardly wait!

My family in Germany will be celebrating Christmas ahead of us because of the time difference.  Lily got lots of presents from me, but the one from Chelsea is sitting in customs waiting to be delivered after Christmas.  Here’s Chelsea telling her what to say to Lily when she finally arrives.


What do you have planned for this holiday weekend?  I hope you have some time to relax and enjoy the holiday.


May Santa bring you everything you’ve wished for (Karen in Ireland sent me this beautiful one…thank you Karen!)  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each of you!



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December 24, 2014 - 8:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - I was just thinking of you this morning, Anne! Enjoy all these fleeting holiday moments, as they pass too quickly. Merry Christmas to you and yours…((Hugs))

December 24, 2014 - 8:34 am

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, such a cute little puppy! :D

Love that ornament. So pretty!

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2014 - 8:42 am

Pat Godkin - Dear Anne: thank you for sharing your holiday celebrations. I was thrilled to see you will be at Homespun Holly 2015. I have registered for my 2nd year!! It will be great to finally meet you in person.

December 24, 2014 - 9:57 am

Mary T Salmon - Lily will love her puppy!
I hope to mark a quilt tomorrow. I finished my Bunny Hill quilt for granddaughter, Sarah. I made a pillowcase to match. I use your satin ruffle, just like the pattern and used it on the pillowcase too.
Have a wonderful Christmas, Anne.

December 24, 2014 - 10:46 am

julie zaloudek - A trip to San Francisco and the ballet–what a fun way to start the holiday celebration!
We’ve done some lunch/shopping outings to get in the spirit. I went to Starbucks this morning. Tamales and posole tonight, presents and good food tomorrow. Along with tossing treats from Santa to the cats!
Have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas–all the best to you and your family in 2015!

December 24, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Anita - We went to the same ballet last week with my daughter and granddaughter, it was such a nice ballet! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 24, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Linda - Happy holidays to you and your family <3

December 25, 2014 - 7:19 am

Karen S. - What a beautiful day in the City! And “little Chelsea” is just adorable. What a sweet gift for little Lily. Merry Christmas to all of you, and thank you for all you give us throughout the year!

December 25, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Tammy - Merry Christmas. The ballet sounded wonderful.

December 26, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Barb - Ah, The Nutcracker is such a charming way to celebrate the holidays – how fun for all of you. Chelsea’s “twin” is just too adorable – like Chelsea herself. And the Santa ornament from Ireland is so beautiful – what a wonderful gift!!

I do hope you had a peaceful, joyous and very Merry Christmas!



December 31, 2014 - 9:02 am

Miss Jean - Happy New Year, Anne! Next year, if you don’t want to travel to San Francisco, The Gallo Theater in Modesto has a fabulous Nutcracker performance. The daughters of our friends are in it.


I was going through pictures today and I found some of Moochers my cat.

Moochers, I can’t believe we named her that, the poor cat.  She was such a frail thing when she found us, and the name didn’t fit at all.  But there we were in the vet’s office and they asked me her name.  Moochers was all that came to mind, so Moochers it was.

When she found us she was starving

When she found us she was starving

I think that’s why she’s giving me this look.  She just can’t believe I named her that!


You’ve named me what?

Over time the name grew to fit her.  Or, maybe she grew to fit the name?   Hummm…




 Now she’s a “huge” part of our family and I dare say she’s probably the only cat ever named Moochers.  She comes when she’s called and I take that as a sign she likes her name.


She even looks like a Moochers now.  No starving cats in this house!

Moochers now

She’s getting older and like all of us, she’s starting to show a bit of age.  The fur above her eyes may be thinning but her body sure isn’t.

She’ll be helping me decorate for Christmas this week.  She loves to participate in everything, especially if it involves a pillow.  Have you started decorating yet?  Do you start right after Thanksgiving?


Fyi, we’re working on our blog over the next week trying to fix a few things.  Hopefully our link page will be back soon!


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December 2, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Letty - Okay, the shot that made me laugh out loud was the one with his legs spayed out straight behind! He’s adorable!

December 2, 2014 - 5:07 pm

Letty - Okay, I just gawped at the pictures and didn’t read first. Moochers is a SHE! Sorry Miss Moochers.

December 2, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Barbara - Moochers was a very lucky cat to be adopted into your family. She looks like she is having quite the nice life. Thanks for sharing her pretty face with us.

December 2, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Anita - Such a sweet face, thank you for the update. No decorating in my house just yet. Happy holidays.

December 2, 2014 - 6:14 pm

patricia G Hayes - Ms Moochers is such a lovely color. So now you have a full family. Two doggies, a cat, is that enough now or will there be more to add sometime.
Anne. You are special.
I too enjoy the photo of her wither legs splayed. Cats are so fun, we have a three quarter siamese and never cease to notice new things about her and her antics even though she is eight and a half she is still going strong. Sleeps with us every night, is such a member of the family. Just us three, dad mom and Suki. Suzi rules though, does your Ms M?? Patricia G
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December 2, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I can feel the love between you and Moochers…such a wonderful connection.

December 2, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Tina - I love the picture of her laying on her tummy with her legs sticking out behind her – Too funny!!! ;o))

December 2, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Miss Jean - We had a cat once that we named Uegly – pronounced you-glee. The girl we got her from said she was ugly and had named her that. She grew up to be a beautiful part Siamese cat.

December 2, 2014 - 8:39 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t she just precious! I so much want to hug her. :D

December 2, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Nancy B. - Precious kitty love :)

December 3, 2014 - 12:14 am

Hildy - She’s beautiful! My cats are 10yo now and it shows. They stay more inside where it’s warmer and the connection between us grows stronger every day. As much as I love kitties I think it’s even better when they’re older:-)

December 3, 2014 - 12:29 am

michele - hello
years ago in my family we had a similar cat , same color ,same fur . All the cats inour home were called POMPON.
each time my mother thought it is a male . No no she was and of course she gave birth.
I like Moochers

December 3, 2014 - 2:45 am

Megan - So precious, so beautiful.

December 3, 2014 - 5:23 am

Sue H - She is beautiful …. love her color!!! My own Polly has a Sherpa bed like Moochers and she also lays out with legs straight behind her! They could maybe be friends???!!!!

December 3, 2014 - 6:15 pm

Ronda - Sweet kitty! I think the name suits her! We always start decorating the day after thanksgiving ( that is unless black Fridays hasn’t kicked our tails). I love Christmas decorations and I love looking at my tree when all lit up! The last 2 years the season seemed short and we haven’t put up all or Christmas décor:( Maybe the old saying is true the older you get the faster the year goes by lol. Looking forward to the new site.

December 4, 2014 - 6:10 am

Barb - Moochers is truly a beauty! What a really pretty girl.

Am I correct, but don’t you have at least 2 other cats – I think they are black kitties. Or am I wrong & confused?

Anyway, give Moochers a scratch on the head from me :-)

December 4, 2014 - 7:14 am

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
I’m sure Moochers doesn’t mind her name at all…I expect when she found you she was happy to be called anything :)
Thanksgiving is usually the go ahead to turn on the outdoor Christmas lights and begin to transition the house from autumn to winter decorating. All that said, I’m a bit slow to start this year but today am hanging garland outside to welcome visitors. Happy Holidays :)

December 4, 2014 - 8:20 am

ina - what a beautiful kitty….love the name. ;p

December 15, 2014 - 10:47 am

Ginger - I know this post has been up for a couple of weeks, but I have read it 2-3 times. The photos of Moochers are wonderful. What a great name and great photos of a beautiful cat. Thanks for sharing your critters with us. I love to read about animals and their humans.

blessings and Merry Christmas,
Ginger Gwartney

December 15, 2014 - 4:05 pm

Laura Lynch - Ann,

Moochers is so beautiful!! God knew exactly what home needed Moochers & what home Moochers needed . . . a great match! I’ve done several cat, dog, guinea pig & bird rescues in my time . . . they are always the best pets . . . I think they KNOW they’ve been saved! You are a kindred spirit (reference from one of favorite movie series, Anne of Green Gables w/Megan Fellows).

I start decorating after Thanksgiving . . . but some years it takes me a week or so to decorate.


December 30, 2014 - 9:02 am

greg - She’s such a beautiful cat! Those eyes! I had to do a bit of name changing when I brought my two cats home from the shelter, too. And of course, they love to help with quiltmaking… although I’d rather work alone!


It’s that time of year again.  Thanksgiving, a day to give thanks for family, friends, and all the people who enrich our lives.  I love Thanksgiving, I love the tradition and I love cooking the feast.


 I’m thankful that across the world my family in Germany enjoyed the same traditional food on their table.  Lily will grow up to know the tradition even if she doesn’t get the day off from school.

I hope all of you are ready for turkey day and the start of the holiday season.  The holidays get crazier every year, but I hope you can find some time to relax and enjoy the days.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!




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November 26, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Mary salmon - Thanks for the lovely Thanksgiving wish. It will come true for we all have so much in which to give thanks. Have a wonderful year. Thank you for introducing me to the Bunny Hill family of fun, adventure and beauty. I am a kid again!

November 26, 2014 - 7:39 pm

liz n. - Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Anne! Hope it’s a wonderful day for you, and, yes, we do all have so much to be thankful for!

November 26, 2014 - 10:43 pm

Tammy - That meal looks really yummy and is making my mouth water. I live in Canada so we had ore last month. I am really jealous that all my American relatives and friends will be getting that tomorrow while I probably eat some sort of leftovers. Happy Turkey Day everyone.

November 27, 2014 - 12:13 am

Hildy - Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! And it would be beautiful if it was a holiday here in germany a day off work is always a good thing;-)

November 27, 2014 - 6:09 am

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
As we count our blessings today, I want to wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2014 - 7:29 am

Betty Grove - Thank you for the good wishes and may they come to you and yours also. Bunny Hill is a happy place and I thank you for sharing your talents with me. I look forward to another great year of fun with the bunnies.

November 27, 2014 - 7:52 am

Miss Jean - I have a lot to be thankful for. One of them being is the many wonderful friends and acquaintances I have made by being involved in this crazy “hobby” called quilting! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day, Anne!!

November 28, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Barb - Ahhh, your Thanksgiving dinner looks like it was delicious! Yummy!

I hope you enjoyed a very Happy Thanksgiving!

working behind the scenes

Last night while you were sleeping we launched our new website.  As with anything new, it may take us a few days to work out any glitches, but I’m hoping we don’t have any!  We’ve tested it, and then tested it again, and like a mother pushing a bird out of the nest, last night I said to let it go.

 New site


Here’s a few exciting things about our new site:

See those little plus signs next to Patterns, Fabrics, Threads & Embellishments in the picture above?  If you click on them you’ll find a drop down box with selections.

PDF patterns:  Yes we’re trying them out!  We’ve started with our Bunny Hill Petites and we’ll add a few more as we go along. You’ll need to set up an account to buy a PDF pattern.  Your PDF will be available to download 3 times.  You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

Compare, make a wish list or email to a friend, you can do all three on our new site.  I hope you’ll have fun with this.

Check out as a guest, or set up your own account and create a password.  Now you have a choice!  If you set up an account you can check your order status and see if it’s shipped.  Oh the wonder of modern technology!

If your order totals over $150.00 we’ll give you Free Shipping.

The pictures enlarge to a great size. Click on them once and then click again to get the “big picture”.

I hope you enjoy touring our new site.  Please be patient with us for a few days as make any adjustments necessary.

Email me if you have any questions or problems.  I’m here for you this weekend.


Here’s the link:



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November 22, 2014 - 6:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - What fun1 I’ll be checking this out as soon as I get an extra few minutes….or maybe right now :)

November 22, 2014 - 7:03 am

Pat Godkin - Congratulations on the new website! I am going to give it a whirl!

November 22, 2014 - 7:07 am

Hildy - Your new website looks great and thank you, thank you, thank you for the PDF option. Shipping is a killer and quite often an argument to not buy a pattern.

November 22, 2014 - 7:43 am

DeAnna Dodson - Ooooh, I love the digital pattern option. As mentioned above, shipping can be a killer for just a pattern. I love the new site! :D

November 22, 2014 - 8:40 am

Pam in Indiana - Hi Anne!
I’m looking forward to your website! But I’m not able to go there. When I click on the link I get a funky outline of the site. Is it my iPad or is the problem on your end?

I also get a “buy this domain name” when I type in….


November 22, 2014 - 10:51 am

ina - yay!!!

November 22, 2014 - 1:04 pm

marcia - My phone blocks your site. It won’t accept the security certificate.

November 22, 2014 - 3:38 pm

M - Not able to access your site on my iPad.

November 22, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Debbie - I went to the link and your new website is absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to looking for some fun projects after the holidays!

November 23, 2014 - 3:56 am

Karen - Hi
For the ladies who have been denied access by their phone or iPad when this happens a screen will come up one of the options is ‘details’ take that. On the next screen at the top left corner should be ‘accept’ then you’ll be good to go. Hope this helps.
Looks Fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work Anne.

November 24, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the new website, I love the snowball cushion, maybe next season, but I will start sooner, my grandkids would love one, Lorraine