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Kimberbell Bench Pillow Block of the Month

Decorate your house each month with a 38″ by 16″ Kimberbell Seasonal Bench Pillow.  What a neat and fun way to create a great themed pillow.  One for each month to be enjoyed.  This unique block of the month program has been very popular, son’t don”t delay.  Click Here for more information, or to order.

Block Subscription Is Now Available

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BLOCK book subscription is now available.  BLOCK by Missouri Star Quilt Company. Featuring lots of tutorials and detailed instructions to make 10 projects out of new fabric. Plenty of photos, ideas for projects and patterns with written instructions. 10 of them, in every issue.This subscription is billed bi-monthly along with the bi-monthly issues that are sent automatically.  Click Here for more details or to order yours.

 

Meet McKenna Ryan

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McKenna’s beautiful designs have captured the imaginations of quilters for almost two decades. Her unique ability to create exquisite, one-of-a-kind art pieces stems from a love of nature that began as a child in Michigan, and later blossomed in Montana and the Pacific Northwest.
McKenna began her business, Pine Needles, in Montana after leaving a corporate career in Boston. On the outskirts of Glacier National Park, she produced her very first “brown-bag” patterns, which were unprecedented at International Quilt Market in 1995. At first a hand-applique artist, she took to fusible applique in order to achieve more intricate details while keeping the process simple. Her initial portfolio of patterns reflected not only the majesty of her environment, but her whimsical point of view, becoming instant classics in the marketplace, and establishing her as a pioneer in the art quilt movement.
From lively salmon to pristine mountain ridges, from clothesline kittens to barnyard cohorts, McKenna draws creativity from her natural surroundings. Her use of sophisticated color palettes and textures has inspired many innovative fabric lines in partnership with Hoffman California Fabrics. Her extensive line of signature ombre fabrics, which have been used in several of her most recent designs (Wind in the Whiskers, Dog Park, and From the Coast, With Love), illustrate McKenna’s wonderful sense of color. Often, McKenna will cut in the center of a yard to find the exact piece that will have just the right effect in the overall composition of her quilt.
It is this innate design sense and attention to detail that sets her quilts apart. She approaches each new project openly, and allows the composition to take shape gradually, as part of an organic process.
mckenna_ryan1]“When I can connect to the creative process as a part of Creation itself and let my work fulfill a higher purpose, then I am always pleased when the process is complete. It is not so much that I have created a new design, but participated in it. The better I become at trusting this process, the more I am able to access a certain grace that is inherent in the process. This grace or connection is what I believe makes art come to life. And I believe all great art is alive.”
Currently located in Portland, Oregon, McKenna continues to weave her story in the great Northwest. This month marks the opening of her new showroom to the public by appointment, and a host of many exciting announcements to come. The ease and fun of her patterns have inspired and delighted quilters the world over. It is only fitting that her company’s tag line, “Simply Beautiful, Beautifully Simple” should reflect the spirit of her artistic message.

The View From Bunny Hill

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New-Dolley-Pattern-Cover-web-232x300What’s the view from Bunny Hill?  What comes to mind for me is a peaceful valley filled with lots of bunny helpers creating sophisticated, timeless, heirloom treasures.  Well that statement is half true.  Anne Sutton, the owner and designer of Bunny Hill Designs is the matriarch of countless beautiful heirloom quilts that are treasured by all who own them.  Her designs cover a full spectrum to quench any quilter’s pallet.  Whether it be traditional country, vintage, holiday or “shabby chic”, her unique combinations of small piecework applique and stitchery mingled with delicate pastel shades of blue, pink and greens create whimsicle artwork to be enjoyed for a lifetime.  Click Here to view a selection of Bunny HIll Designs products available from our store.

Block-Three-Blog-150x150Anne started her business 10 years ago in 2004.  Her first applique block of the month was “Catch A Christmas Star” and believe it or not the pattern is still available.  The quilt that she is most known for, and the one that really launched her career, was “Rabbits Prefer Chococlate”.  “Those little bunnies were really magical and dear to my heart”, Anne says.  In fact it was her antique chocolate mould collection which was the inspriation for that quilt.  Anne states that her passion is for appliqué with the needle turn applique technique.  Today she uses the Spray Starch method combined with machine applique.

Bunny-Hill-computerAnne works out of a 400 sq ft. studio in her home, along with her assistant Kim and her husband Ross (shipping).  Her two dogs named Chelsea and Milkshake spend the day with her in the studio and are a big part of her life.  Designing is Anne’s second career, and the one she loves most. Her first career was an event planner for a Four Star hotel.  Anne says, “After years of planning weddings, business meetings and social events I can now spend my time planning quilts! I feel so fortunate”.  For more information about Anne and Bunny Hill Designs, visit their website at  www.bunnyhilldesigns.com