Some Bunny Loves You!

Greetings from warm and sunny FL! Not to rub it into all of my fellow Wisconsinites (and everyone else stuck in dreary, sloppy spring weather right now for that matter), but I’m still off in a land far, far away – having the time of my life in the sunshine state with my grandson Jace. We’re down here tearing it up at Disney World in true 7-year-old (and cool grandma) fashion. If you’ve never been able to visit, Disney World is definitely a place to see at least once in your life. I highly recommend adding it to your bucket list if you have yet to experience all the fun and magic that comes with a trip like this. I feel truly blessed to be able to do this for Jace. It’s a dream come true for both of us!

Even though I’m dreading the thought of leaving our little sliver of Paradise here in FL behind, I know that I need to go home (eventually) and get back to serious business. I have a lot to do to get ready for everything we have planned for the summer at Primitive Gatherings. So as great as the idea sounds, I simply can’t stay on vacation forever.

Easter is definitely one of the things I need to get moving on once I get home. Even though it’s right around the corner, I think there is still time to crank out a few last-minute basket stuffers and décor items before the big day hits us. I love projects that are not only great for celebrating the Easter holiday, but that also work throughout the entire spring and summer season! If you happened to catch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean during our LIVE YouTube broadcast on Thursday, store manager Shelley had some great suggestions for Easter items that are not only quick and easy, but also make great basket stuffers and gifts as well. Let’s take a look at what she found!

The first item on Shelley’s list is our adorable, Buster pillow. He is so cute, I just want to squeeze him! Buster is a dark gray bunny done in wool appliqué. Finished, this pillow is 18″ x 18″. To make him extra squeezable I used a 20″ x 20″ pillow form, which is available to order on our website. A matching thread kit is also available. Gray bunny in wool applique on lighter background

In the same bunny pillow family we also have, Like Mother Like Daughter and Honey Bunny. Both of these little cuties are done with wool appliqué on flannel as well. As Shelley pointed out, these patterns are meant to be a pillows but can also easily be incorporated into other projects. Wouldn’t they be cute on a lap or baby quilt? Or like Cheri suggested, they’d also be great as hanging décor on a wood stand or clipboard.Wool applique rabbtits on flannel

Finished, “Like Mother Like Daughter” measures 16″ x 16″ and Honey Bunnyis 18″ x 18″. “Honey Bunnyis available in either a light or dark background.

Another idea for hanging Easter décor is my, Easter Bunny banner. This is another quick, easy, and smaller project, perfect for a time crunch. It’s done with wool appliqué and measures 8 1/2″ x 11 when finished.Light wool Easter Bunny on Dark Green Backgroud. 3 Multi colored eggs

If this little guy looks familiar to you, it might be because he’s part of one of my on-going holiday banner series that I’ve mentioned in the past. The collection also includes a version for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and one for the Harvest season as well. These adorable little decorations have a finished size of 8 1/4″ x 10″ each, and are easy to display as a wall-hanger, on a clipboard, or as a small table mat.

Many of you have been asking about the sweet little lap quilt, Nibbles.” This carrot and bunny-themed quilt was one of the exclusive projects during our “Hello Spring” retreat a couple of weeks ago. It was only available to retreat guests at first but great news! Nibblesis now available to the public for purchase!

If you haven’t already seen this little gem, it doesn’t get much cuter than this. Measuring at 41″ x 53″, Nibblesis available in both a solid and homespun version. Better yet, if you order the backing at the same time you purchase the kit, you will get a 20% discount on the backing!

Looking for basket stuffers? Pincushions make perfect gifts for family and friends who are fellow stitchers. The Bunny Pincushion is a pattern from my, “Summer Gatherings” book which is no longer in print. Due to popular demand, we made a pattern of it for those of you who missed out on the book. Pincushion with brown wool bunny

Bunny Pincushion is done with wool appliqué and will be 4 1/4″ x 7″ when finished, making it a great little gift to make for someones Easter or May Basket.

We also carry these delightful decorative pins called, Just Pins. They are super cute and easily dress up your pincushion for any occasion. We just so happen to have the Easter Bunny set, which perfectly with the Bunny Pincushion.

Another great idea for a unique basket stuffer is our pastel and tie-dyed wool charm packs and bundles. If you know someone who loves to work with wool, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful wool! Our wool is hand-dyed which means no two pieces are the same. They’re great for any wool appliqué project, but are especially nice if you’re doing something with Easter eggs or flowers. As Shelley put it, “these are great for doing flowers since no flower in nature is one-single color.” So true!

Speaking of Easter baskets, are you a fan of our caramels? We proudly offer local, award winning caramels made by Vande Walle’s Candies in Appleton, WI. If you consider yourself a caramel connoisseur, you’re defiantly going to want to get in on some of these sweet, buttery, old fashioned caramels. They are by FAR my favorite caramel out there!

Jess put together these cheerful 1lb bags just in time for the Easter Bunny to make an appearance. These festive 1lb bags not only make great gifts, but they’re also a perfect excuse to treat yourself to a few as well (bag designs vary). If you’ve never had Vande Walle’s Caramels before, you’re truly missing out. …and if that’s the case, I really think you need to change that. LOL!

I hope this gives you some great ideas for Easter! If you have any questions regarding any of these items, please feel free to give Shelley a call at the shop. She’ll be more than happy to help you! You can reach the shop at 920-722-7233. Alright! I’m off to go and enjoy the last couple of days of my vacation. I will see you all next week once I am home! Don’t forget, Moda Blockheads 4 – Block 2 will be out on Wednesday, so watch my blog for the details on that! Have you decided to participate in MBH4? Still thinking about it? Let me know in the comments for a chance to win a prize! And remember to watch, Stitch with Lisa Bongean on Thursdays. I’ll be back on screen next week where we’ll be doing a trunk show on Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilt’s new Moda line, Beautiful Day. I’m really looking forward to this one! You can tune-in by hitting the link below. See you all there! Until then, have a great weekend and remember to stitch every day! ~Lisa

27 responses to “Some Bunny Loves You!”

  1. Kimberly Avatar

    Yes!! Using Urban Farmhouse Gatherings and some coordinating solids ❤️

  2. Ginger Thompson Avatar
    Ginger Thompson

    I have loved looking at everyone’s BH4 first blocks that I have decided to participate with what else but Primitive Gatherings fabrics!

  3. Joanne Rodriguez Avatar
    Joanne Rodriguez

    Love the block heads. I’m much better at applique, but would love to try more piecing.
    Rock on at Disney

  4. Nanette Peter Avatar
    Nanette Peter

    I love Disney World!!! How wonderful to share it with Jace. He’s the perfect age to appreciate a cool grandma!
    PS. I am eagerly awaiting the next BH4 block. This is my first time to participate and I am so grateful to the designers and Moda for the hard work that has been out into making this happen

  5. Diane Wyte Avatar
    Diane Wyte

    1st time to start BH! I have the block one printed out and cannot decide what fabrics to start with to make a smashing quilt??!! Two colors? Repros? Flannels? Hmm. How about three shades with a different than neutral background?!? Open to all ideas—

  6. Deb Magerkurth Avatar
    Deb Magerkurth

    What great memory making moments w Jace!
    I’m still trying to decide on my accent fabric for Moda Blockheads #4. I know, I’m going to regret my indecisiveness! But I will get there! Looking forward to next weeks trunk show. Sitting w my Beautiful Day tower wondering what to make. Safe travels!

  7. Sandra Avatar

    Yes!!! Got the first block finished for BH4…..this will be my 3rd year. Such a great stitch a long.

  8. Carmen N Avatar
    Carmen N

    Blockheads 4-I’m in. I may not to be able to keep up with getting them all sewn but I vow to get the block cut out at least. All of the bunnies are just too cute! Have fun in Florida!

  9. Patty Jones Avatar

    Definitely plan on joining in on Blockheads 4, have the pattern all printed and fabric starched. I have a large project of new curtains for my living room I am trying to finish up before I allow myself to cut and sew the block. I have been working on them for sometime now, they are out of my comfort zone and I keep procrastinating working on them and instead sew up a block for one of the BOM’s I am doing. It has to stop, I want them finished so they will stop robbing me of my sewing fun by hanging over my head! LOL!!! Can’t wait to get started with the Blockheads blocks.

  10. An Cooper Avatar
    An Cooper

    I just ordered a bunny pillow on Friday when I saw how cute they were and I’m looking forward to Moda Blockheads4

  11. Pam Hintze Avatar
    Pam Hintze

    I am going to do the MBH4. It will be my first one!

  12. Cheryl G Avatar
    Cheryl G

    I really enjoyed the Moda Blockheads. I’m sure number 4 will not be disappoint.

  13. Belinda Jones Avatar
    Belinda Jones

    Yes, I am participating in blockheads four! Couldn’t wait to get started as I enjoyed the other three blockheads so very much.

  14. Pat Widmaier Avatar
    Pat Widmaier

    Hi! Shelly did a great job Thursday. Looking forward to her Tuesday morning chats.

    Haven’t done BH4 yet, but it’s printed. Hope to get started tomorrow after I get Nibbles longarmed and bound! Enjoy rest of time in Florida

  15. Linda Crumpton Avatar
    Linda Crumpton

    Lisa I’m so glad you and Jace got to go to Disney it is a fantastic place for children and adults. The bunny pillows are adorable.

  16. Traci slomba Avatar
    Traci slomba

    I’m in and I’m using creams and indigo fabrics. A great mix of primitive gatherings and minick and simpson! Do I dare to add a splash of orange!????? Let me know!

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      I don’t see why not! Orange is the contrasting color to blue on the color wheel so it might just turn out extra awesome. I think a bit of orange will give it a little “pop!” Let us know how it turns out!

  17. Joyce J Avatar

    I love all of the Easter ideas Shelley showed on the video. Very cute pillows. From the last post about Blockheads – I’m in for my first Blockhead – excited – and the plan is that I will have a nice Christmas gift for someone when it’s done.

  18. Judy Zoll Avatar
    Judy Zoll

    I’m trying so hard to refrain from starting something new when I have so many ufo’s. I’ll be watching to see what others create and that might just be the spark that moves me to participate.

  19. Cathy Brock Avatar
    Cathy Brock

    Loving all the bunnies! Too many to choose from! Cathy Brock

  20. Pamela Pokragac Avatar
    Pamela Pokragac

    I wish I could join the BH4 sal, sadly my computer has bit the dust! I’m glad to follow along via FB and IG 🤷‍♀️ Glad you’re having a great vacation, your grandson is the perfect age for Disney!!

  21. Jeanne Fuelling Brown Avatar
    Jeanne Fuelling Brown

    I am considering trying or becoming a Blockhead this year. It would be my first Blockhead experience.

    1. lisabongean Avatar

      Go for it Jeanne!

  22. terrimulinixyahoocom Avatar

    I’m doing blockheads for the first time. My 4 1/2″ block is done. Here we go.

  23. gijane279-Liz Avatar

    Your so blessed to be spending fun g-ma time at Disney World, I have fond memories of my time as a child at Disneyland. I’m on the fence about blockheads this year, I have many other irons in the fire (unpacking for one) so for now I’m just collecting the patterns. Enjoy the rest of your vacation!

  24. Jolin Barilla Avatar
    Jolin Barilla

    I hope you enjoy time with your grandson. Easter things are darling! I want the pillows!

    1. Bev Freswick Avatar
      Bev Freswick

      I’ve enjoyed the Blockheads projects in past years. So far I’m just observing this time around and still deciding.
      Enjoy your vacation.

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