So, it's like this. I love bunnies. I love them when are all tiny and cute and I love them when they are all grown up. We even invite rabbits into our yard. In our greenbelts, we keep piles of brush mounded high. Makes a perfect place for rabbits to raise their young. At dawn and dusk, Tim and I love to sit and watch them bounce around, and their mamas didn't raise any dumb bunnies. They know EXACTLY where the invisible fence line is for our dogs. The rabbits sit just 5 feet away from our dogs and just watch as the pups pace back and forth on their side of the line. Doesn't phase our bunnies one bit. They go on munching clover and all the other delicious wildflowers and grasses that flourish in the greenbelts. Seems like all is right in the world... we give them a safe place to live, and in return, they entertain us as they gambol about the greenbelts.
But when the lights go down... when the sun and the pups have gone to bed... it seems these sweet little bunnies forget all about staying on their side of the line, blatantly disregard the rules, and believe our entire yard was planted solely for their amusement and gastronomic enjoyment! There's been many a morning when I have wandered off to the gardens, with coffee in hand, and I have sinister thoughts of preparing rabbit pot pie!
And so it goes, year after year, we have a tumultuous relationship with these adorable, fluffy, delightful vermin! Tim and I have long ago developed a habit of planting 1 for us and 3 for the wildlife. Of course, our family does not depend on our garden's produce to survive. I doubt I would continue to view them as adorable! But, as it is, our gardens are a pleasant hobby, as are the bunnies.
At the end of the day, all we really ask of the bunnies is to "take what you need and leave the rest" and "never tell your friends about our yard!"
DIRECTIONS - Refer to pattern and photo for applique placements and cutting instructions.
Cut out felt using material list above and transfer any embroidery markings. Note: when cutting out random flowers, do not cut perfect circles. The flowers are meant to be slightly askew. Refer to photo.
Using a blanket stitch on the top and a running stitch along the 2 sides and bottom, sew grass to block using 3 strands floss.
Using the pattern as a guide, position bunny on block and pin in place. Using a blanket stitch, sew second ear to block using 3 strands floss. Using a running stitch, sew tail to block using 2 strands floss. The ear and tail should be positioned behind the bunny.
Using a blanket stitch, sew the bunny to the block using 3 floss.
Using a running stitch, sew clover to bunny using 2 strands floss.
Using a stem stitch, sew on clover stems and leaves using 6 strands floss.
Using a running stitch, sew center flower circles to outer flower circles using 2 strands floss. Note: The outside of the circles are not sewn down.