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Punchneedle, Bunny Hill Style

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.

Bundle Up Punchneedle from Bunny Hill Designs

“Bundle Up” Punchneedle from Bunny Hill Designs

 

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.

"Wild Hare" Punchneedle from Bunny Hill Designs

“Wild Hare” Punchneedle from Bunny Hill Designs

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.

"Sweet Pea" scalloped pocket from Bunny Hill Designs

“Sweet Pea” scalloped pocket from Bunny Hill Designs

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!

“Winterville” Punchneedle from Bunny Hill Designs

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.  :>)

Bunny Hill Punchneedle Display

If you haven’t done punchneedle before here’s the link to a good video to get you started:

Punchneedle video

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!

Oodles of fabric to give away!

Oodles of fabric to give away!

Hugs,

Anne

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June 2, 2014 - 12:28 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, these are SO cute. Love the sheep especially.

Oh, how exciting!! FABRIC!!!!!!

You are so sweet and generous. Sending you an e-mail.

BTW, you should be getting a new book in about three weeks or so. I hope you like it. :D

June 2, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Aniva - I love your sweet and simple designs, they are so crisp and childlike.

June 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm

mimi'sdarlins - These are so, SO cute, this really takes me back. My sister and I used to love to do punch needle. I love the pink lamb and reindeer…only you would think of that :) I’m looking fwd to your new website, too!
And thank you so much in advance for the nice surprise, how thoughtful of you to reward us just for leaving a comment on your last post. I’m sending you an email right away!

June 2, 2014 - 1:19 pm

PAtricia G Hayes - Thanks for the generous thoughts, Anne. You are one heck of a talented lady. I imagine you do not sleep much and your little ole brain is just a planning along. haha

PGH

June 2, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Lee - How fun! I love Sweet Pea!

June 2, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Barb - Congratulations to the lucky winners – any fabric from your stash will be such a treat!

I’ve never tried punch needle, but your designs are so sweet, I think I’m going to have to give it a try. Once again, thank you so much for your wonderful, imaginative creativity!

June 2, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Terri M - I am so excited for your punch needle patterns. When you sent out the teaser I could hardly wait until they were available before commenting I raced over to get one on order. They are soooooo adorable.

June 2, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Joan - Those are adorable! I started doing needle punch years ago and that cute little rabbit on the scooter is all I need to get me going again.;)

I also just finished your christmas wheels pattern – what fun!

June 2, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Peggy M.pe - I love these adorable little needle punch patterns. I bought the tools from you to try this technique quite awhile ago and still haven’t done it. Maybe I’ll try the pink reindeer. She’s awesome.
I do read your blog just rarely comment. Sorry. I like your idea for your current giveaway. We need to let you know we are out here following you. Always inspired by your wonderful projects. I have four ready and waiting for me to dig in!

June 3, 2014 - 4:37 am

Donna Campbell - Recently started punch needle & glad to see a new source! Great designs!

June 3, 2014 - 6:19 am

Dottie Oestreich - These are really beautiful, Anne! You are inspiring me to try Punchneedle!

June 3, 2014 - 6:43 am

Lisa C. - I would love to do that little sheep for my soon-to–be born granddaughter!

June 3, 2014 - 6:58 am

Mary S - What delightfully cute gifts to make. Thank you for sharing. God certainly gave you a tremendous talent.

June 3, 2014 - 7:28 am

Dawn - These are all adorable….

June 3, 2014 - 10:02 am

Pauline - WOW…Anne, you always have a whole lot of cuteness at Bunny Hill…luv the sheep!! Years ago…I bought 2 different size needles and a snowman kit but haven’t tried it. I really should give it a try. Congratulations to your winners…lucky ladies!! Have a wonderful week…hugs and happy stitching, Pauline

June 3, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Louise - Love the punchneedle. I took a class a few years ago and haven’t made any thing since. I need to start again and I think your patterns are the inspiration

June 3, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Marcia - Awww, your punch needle patterns are adorable. And I like the way you are doing a give away to the people that posted on your last blog post. I didn’t but I’m sure there is someone there that never wins and will really appreciate this.

June 3, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Pat Godkin - These patterns are just so sweet! Love the displays & thrilled to have a video on how punch needle.

June 3, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Elizabeth Quigley - Hi Anne ,
I just love all you patterns and pretties. Is there a place I can see how to do the punch needle pretties? They look like so much fun.
XXOO
Elizabeth Q

June 3, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Karen Martin - Adorable! I love doing punch needle!

June 4, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Colleen - Great idea for sharing your extra fabrics! And getting those comments posted

June 5, 2014 - 9:18 am

ina - oh man! i love the Wild Hare punch needle pattern! ;p

June 5, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Mary Ann - Oh I love this pink reindeer. i keep telling myself, “No,new projects” and then something comes along that just shouts to me!!!

June 5, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Mary Ann - Oh!! And most important, thank you for the fun surprise for commenting. I so appreciate all the work it takes to blog and take cute photos and share with us so I always try and comment. xoxo

June 6, 2014 - 11:06 am

Cheryl - So cute. I have all the tools for this but haven’t learned it yet. I’m inspired to get busy on it now.

June 6, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I have never tried this but does not look difficult.
Since my nickname is Wamb (supposed to be lamb but I could not pronounce the “L.”), I will have to try the lamb…but the bunny is so cute!
Love,
Mary

And The House Became a Home

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 House Became a Home by Bunny Hill Designs

The House Became a Home by Bunny Hill Designs

 

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:

House Became a Home Fabric Guide

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 coming to pick cherries Brentwood, CA

People coming to pick cherries Brentwood, CA

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?

Anne

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May 25, 2014 - 12:14 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t that sweet? :)

May 25, 2014 - 12:48 pm

PAtricia G Hayes - HI Anne, Good for you, oh to be so talented as you. However I will enjoy the fruits of your labors.

I, too, sit and do handwork while watching the very same shows as you. In fact grandson just called and told me how he wants to learn to do what those people do and I suggested to him that he watch those shows also. haha apropos

Do you get kumquats out there also. We had a kumquat festival here in FL a few months ago, and I now have several peat pots growing with the seeds. Hopeful I will have some someday. I also love calamondins, neither of which I can get locally only the kums once a year.

How wonderful that you have the other farms so close by.

Happy Memorial Day PGH

May 25, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Carole Crane - Thank you for sharing your weekend with us! I can remember as a child slipping into our neighbors yard and picking cherries from their trees. Nothing better!

May 25, 2014 - 6:31 pm

sunny - I love your little quilt! Enjoy your cherries. We’re having a perfect weekend in Maryland, with perfect weather.

May 25, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Mary Ann - Such a lovely quilt. I will be looking forward to the kits.

May 25, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Denise - Omg! We live I. Antioch! We are neighbors!

May 26, 2014 - 11:42 am

Mary T Salmon - Wow…sea bass…what a treat. I would love some fresh! Have a wonderful day.
I love your new pattern.
Love,
Mary

May 28, 2014 - 9:59 am

mimi'sdarlins - What a darling quilt! Love the colors (you can’t lose with French General), and your design is so sweet, as always.

May 30, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the house quilt, I will be doing it for sure, thanks, Lorraine

June 3, 2014 - 12:25 am

Martha Cook - Your supper sounds yummy. In the state of Maine we have lobster and strawberry rhubarb pies. Wow, traffic there looks crazy! Love your talent.

June 5, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Bev Hernandez - The punchneedle critters are so cute!
And, I’m drooling over the leftovers and scraps from your previous projects.
Bev H.

June 6, 2014 - 10:35 am

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I am floating on air. Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful bag of scraps and FQs. I will use them in my House/Home quilt when I get the pattern. It will be a gift for my daughter and husband when they buy their first home.
Thanks again!
Love,
Mary

Introducing Simple Pleasures

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.

“Simple Pleasures” from Bunny Hill Designs

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.

Fabric for Simple Pleasures; “Community” by Collections for a Cause, Moda

 

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.

Simple Pleasures Fabric Guide

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.

Block Three, March; “Simple Pleasures”

 

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.

Hugs,

Anne

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May 23, 2014 - 5:34 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t that sweet? I love it.

And, yes, the lamb is just darling. I wish you’d design a whole lamb quilt! :D

Of course, I’m still plugging away on Baltimore Bunnies, but I’ve finished all the blocks and one border, so I’m getting there. Whew!

May 23, 2014 - 9:29 pm

RuthB - Love it Anne! The fabrics are awesome and its great that money is going to Libby Lehman.

May 24, 2014 - 7:40 am

mimi'sdarlins - I love this new pattern, Anne! All of the Moda ‘Cause’ collections are so beautiful, too. Your applique patterns have a quietness about them that I find appealing. I have several applique quilts in progress, many of them yours…it’s so nice to pick up a block and stitch as you mentioned.

May 24, 2014 - 4:10 pm

Jean - I just love the new pattern!!!! The Community fabric is gorgeous and I so appreciate Moda doing that for LIbbby!

May 25, 2014 - 6:49 am

Mary T Salmon - Anne!
How could you post this now?? I have to wait until September for the pattern and October for the fabrics? How could you be so cruel! :)
Can’t I be a tester or something? I love lambs (my nick name) and the entire pattern is very, very cool. I will do anything for Libby. I am so glad this is taking place.
Love,
Mary

May 26, 2014 - 7:10 am

Vicky - It’s beautiful, Anne! I adore your BOMs. Some day soon I hope to jump in and finish up all the ones I’ve started. But this one is definitely on my to-do list!

May 30, 2014 - 9:45 pm

Lorraine Isaac - A beautiful quilt, we are so lucky to have such talented designers to design quilts for our pleasure, thank you, Lorraine

June 5, 2014 - 6:43 am

tammy spencer - Love this new pattern and the fabrics are wonderful. Another great pattern to add to my future quilts.

June 20, 2014 - 4:29 pm

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Living Quilt Market Vicariously

It’s quilt market weekend and I’m living it vicariously through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  You can too, if you put in the hashtags, #quiltmarket or #showmethemoda in one of your apps.  Here’s a picture I found on Twitter just a bit ago.  It’s 2 of my friends, Kimberly at Fat Quarter Shop and Doug Leko from Antler Designs.  Love these two so much!  If I were there, they’d be getting a big hug. Kimberly & Doug at Spring Quilt Market 2014

Or, how about this one I found on Facebook saying Moda won 1st place for multiple booths?  1st place, isn’t that great?  See that pretty lady at the bottom of the picture?  That’s Holly, and she’s usually the creative force in charge of the booth design.  Yeahhh Moda!  You rock!

1st Place for Multiple Booths at #quiltmarket  !!!!

I’ve been quiet here because I’m working like crazy on new patterns. It takes an army to achieve this, and thanks to my worker bees, new patterns will be finished in just a few weeks. I hadn’t planned on doing many patterns because, as some of you know, I’m helping my DIL through chemo (she only has one more treatment to go).  But, I just counted and we have 9 new patterns coming! Nine!!! Four are little Punchneedle projects, and of course we have another Petite pattern. We’ve also got a new Block of the Month, two smaller wall quilts and a wool applique pillow. Pretty good for not going to Market don’t you think?  I’ll have pictures very soon.

I needed a break this morning from all the pattern stuff, so Ross and I took the doggies on an outing to the Farmer’s Market.  Here’s Milkshake and Chelsea in their car seats, as we arrived at the market.   It’s a bit shady in the photo so I hope you can still see Chelsea in her pink car seat.

Milkshake gets so excited when we take her, she starts howling and “talking” as soon as we’re a block away.  I think she can smell the veggies.  LOL!

Buckle up! Milkshake & Chelsea in their car seats.

Of course we don’t take them into the actual market, because dogs aren’t allowed.  One of us walks them around the block while the other one shops and then we trade-off.   They love to visit with all the people and smell all the new smells.  Our Farmer’s Market outing is a treat for everyone.

 I always get buy mushrooms for Risotto, but how do you choose when the selection looks this good?

Mushrooms at the local Farmer

Mushrooms at the local Farmer’s Market

…and more mushrooms

and when I saw these, I had to buy some of each.

Local Apricots and Cherries at the Farmer

Local Apricots and Cherries at the Farmer’s Market.

Then I came home and munched away while I worked on writing patterns.  I think the apricots have a great vitamin that helps with pattern writing.

If you’re having a wonderful dinner in Pittsburgh now, surrounded by friends, I’m jealous.  If you’re still standing in line to get into a restaurant, and you can’t hear anyone talk because of the noise, I’m not so jealous.

Hugs to everyone,

 

Anne

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May 17, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Wow, sounds like you are truly busy however a fun time with all your new projects soon to be shown to us. I would like to have my doggie but as we are still traveling some after my back surgery heals I cannot have one as yet. Boo Hoo am so anxious to have a pet doggie too, Anne. HUbbie want to travel some more, especially to NH and PA.

I am in the middle of a project adding my Sticky Fabri-Solvy and ran out tonight, Sat night, so that is why I sent that quick message to you. I will manage just fine till I hear from you.’

So I shall manage till I hear whether you are still selling it. PGH, Florida

May 17, 2014 - 6:05 pm

SandyG - Congratulations, one more chemo treatment to go for your DIL and all of you. That is exciting news!
We look forward to seeing the new patterns. xx

May 17, 2014 - 7:22 pm

Anita - Where do you go for your farmers market? I’m local and would love to check it out :) thanks!

May 17, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Miss Jean - Our local farmer’s market is a treasure trove of doggies being walked! Not sure why they wouldn’t allow them there. Chelsea and Milkshake would be good! Boy, those cherries look amazing! We just started getting them here. I found some in the store the other day – pitiful looking! I can’t wait to see your new patterns. I love market time. Do you happen to know the link to the video Moda does every time with all the designers? I always look forward to it.

Take care and Mollie and Maggie send their best.

May 17, 2014 - 8:23 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Wow! You’ve been busy! Looking forward to seeing all your new stuff when it’s available.

What beautiful produce. Delicious. And Milkshake sure looks cute. :D

May 18, 2014 - 6:23 am

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne! I was surprised to see Doug’s picture at the top of your post. I met him when he was just 12 or 13, already designing quilts at that young age. His family used to own/operate a local quilt shop. Such a nice young man and so talented. I’ll miss seeing your quilt booth this time around but look fwd to all the new patterns. I’m so glad that your DIL is near the end of treatments.

May 18, 2014 - 10:19 pm

pam - I’m with you Anne, watched social media all weekend. I missed the people for sure, but seeing postings about cancelled and delayed flights and the hot setup, not so sad. Glad to hear that your DIL is at the end of her treatment and hope that she is responding well. She’s lucky to have a nice mother-in-law like you. Love the pictures of the dogs. That name, Milkshake, just cracks me up. So cute. xop

May 19, 2014 - 10:41 am

ina - our favorite strawberry guy is back at the farmer’s market near us….we’ve missed him all winter! yay for fresh fruit other than an apple or banana! ;p

May 19, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Barb - Can’t wait to see your new patterns. Based on everything you’ve ever designed /made in the past I just know they will all be too, too wonderful!!

I’m so happy to read that your precious DIL is nearing the end of chemo – I’m sending my prayers to all of you. Blessings and strength.