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Spooky Delights Quilt Along

Are you ready for the fun stuff this week?  It’s time for some sewing with Spooky Delights featured on the Jolly Jabber Blog today.  You may have to scroll down but yes, you’ll find the next part of the pattern for the table runner I designed.  You can stitch to your heart’s content.  Should be just enough sewing to get you through the week and then by next Monday, Kimberly will be back with the border instructions.

Be sure and follow the group of bloggers who are making this runner.  They’ll be done with their versions before you know it.  Follow along and you could be too!  Think how great it will feel to have a Halloween project completed before the end of May!

Fat Quarter Shop’s put some more kits together.  You can find them here, but be sure and order one today.  I don’t expect them to last long.

Speaking of some Spooky Delights fun, starting on May 5th I’ll have some scrap bags of Spooky Delights on my website for you.

Bags of scraps

Moda sends us scraps and we bag them up.  Scraps like you’ve never seen before, these are the end cuts of sample yardage used for the sales reps cards.  Some pieces are large and others are narrow, it just depends on where the fabric fell in the cutting machine.   Each bag contains 2 lbs. of Spooky Delights scraps.  I’ve limited the bags to one per person because we’ve only got 19 bags.  That’s 38 lbs of scraps we’ve bagged up!  I’m giving you, my blog readers, fair warning especially if you live in California and don’t get up before the New York early birds.

Get up early on the 5th and order one!  I’ll be up with you because that’s my favorite time of day to work.  You’re hearing about it first on my blog! You’ll find the scrap bags under Fabric/Bundles

When I design a fabric line I keep at least two or more bundles from each line I design. The bundles are adding up quickly and I’m running out of room.  I’ve decided to be happy keeping just one bundle of each line for myself.  I’ve added my extra bundles for sale on my website starting  May 5th.  Lily & Will, Lily & Will II, Ooh La La, Jubilee, etc. and you’ll find them under Fabric/Bundles along with the scrap bags.

I’m clearing out clutter and getting rid of things I don’t need.  I’ve been inspired by two books, “Never Too Busy to Cure Clutter” by Erin Rooney Doland, and “Make Room For What You Love” by Melissa Michaels.   Melissa has a blog hop starting today that looks really great.  Hop on over to The Inspired Room for a visit!   I followed one of her suggestions and cleared everything off my sewing desk this weekend.  Then I put it back together, starting of course with the sewing machine.   Now I have to use it to see if it’s comfortable.  I’m keeping the gummy bear jar and you can see the tip of my light box on the far right.  Not willing to give either of those up.  There’s a long box behind the sewing machine that I bought back from my trip to Wisconsin.  I may have to think up some clever things to keep in it, like jars of extra bobbins etc.  Of course I’d have to find the perfect jars and that would mean bringing in some more clutter.  Hmm…what to do?

Clean desk

 

Now that I’ve given you enough to keep busy this week, I’ll be working on my newsletter for May 5th and getting ready for my Sunday, May 8th Splendid Sampler post!  It’s time for an applique block from Bunny Hill!

Chelsea’s over on my Facebook feed this morning telling everyone what she think about a diet.  Don’t let her talk you into any cat treats.  That’s what she’s begging for.

Back soon!

Anne


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  • May 2, 2016 - 12:06 pm

    DeAnna Dodson - Oh, man, I SO need to declutter. Everything!

    I could get rid of 3/4 of what I have and never miss it. O.o

    Looking forward to more on the cute tablerunner! :DReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2016 - 12:08 pm

    Hildy - I love the table runner you’ve designed because it’s Halloween and there are cats! But first I need to finish a quilt before I start with it but lucky for me it’s a holiday on thursday and friday I don’t have to work … so long weekend and a lot of sewing time.
    Decluttering sounds great and I think it’s because it’s spring that we all think about it and part with the things we don’t need any longer. But I don’t part with my fabrics;-)
    Oh, and what is it with dogs and cat treats? I remember my neighbor dogs loved nothing more than the old cat food we put out for them. But I promise no treats for Chelsea.ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2016 - 1:19 pm

    Janet Melanson - Thank you again for such a great pattern……I’m loving the fact that I’ll actually have a finished runner for my Halloween table ..:)ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2016 - 1:35 pm

    Tammy spencer - I envy a clean sewing area….good for you for de cluttering. Loving the scrap bags! Your table runner is cute and i love all your patterns and have made quite a few of them. Can’t wait to see all the new stuff you come up with in the future.ReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2016 - 3:51 pm

    Mary T Salmon - What a great blog, Anne! I love the sites you payed and will try harder to just keep the things I love…French General, Moda, Diawabo, Bunny Hill,
    Quiltgate…not a short list! Thanks for the chance to win in the 5th. Come on…give Chealsea a little treat!
    Love,
    MaryReplyCancel

  • May 2, 2016 - 9:17 pm

    Colleen - May 5 Cinco de Mayo not sure how early … early is but I think I will try as I missed out on some of your early fabrics
    Thanks for giving us the chance to buy these special goodiesReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2016 - 3:47 am

    Susan Smith - Looking forward to the 5th!! Love your pattern!ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2016 - 4:50 am

    Heather - I am sewing along with Spooky Delights – such a fun little project. I am also really looking forward to your Splendid Sampler block, I love your applique style!ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2016 - 7:04 am

    mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
    You are one busy lady! I’m right with you on decluttering, concentrating on my sewing room and one other room and believe it will make a more pleasant quilting life in general when I complete the task. I’ll check out the books you mentioned, always nice to get another point of view. Your new arrangement looks great :)ReplyCancel

  • May 3, 2016 - 7:58 am

    Karen Martin - Those bundles are pretty tempting! I’ve been thinking about downsizing and clearing out some things. A friend has been reading the Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and is after me to feel the joy too–lol!ReplyCancel

Spooky Delights Quilt Along

Happy Monday everyone!  I’ve got a surprise for you that I designed for The Fat Quarter Shop.   I think you’re going to want one.  It’s a cute table runner that will go perfectly with all the other Spooky Delights patterns we have and the best news is that you can get the pattern for free!   You can read about it on the Jolly Jabber Blog today!

Quilt along for three weeks on the Jolly Jabber blog and you’ll have a table runner ready for Halloween.  It’s so cute it’s the perfect gift.  The kits are only available at The Fat Quarter Shop so make sure you get one right away.  Click on the photo below and it will take you right to The Fat Quarter Shop kit.

Spooy Delights Kit

Happy Spooky Delights Monday!  Beware of bats with button eyes!

Hugs,

Anne

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  • April 25, 2016 - 7:44 am

    mimi'sdarlins - Darling table runner! This is the cutest Halloween fabric line I’ve seen. Seems odd to be thinking this far ahead, but it’s the only way to make sure you get your seasonal projects finished in time :)ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2016 - 8:14 am

    Kathleen O'Grady - This is just so cute!! I love Halloween and this is perfect!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2016 - 8:52 am

    Hildy - That’s too fun not to join in! And I have some Halloween fabrics in my stash … but yours are so cute I know I’ll buy them as soon as they are available here.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2016 - 11:37 am

    Janet Melanson - This is going to be fun….Thank you for a great design :)ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2016 - 2:44 pm

    DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t that darling? :DReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    Barb R. - Oh this is just so cute – I’m heading over to the Fat Quarter Shop immediately to get started.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2016 - 10:36 pm

    Karen in Breezy Point - I’m at a retreat and someone brought back a fat eighth bundle from a quilt shop run–the fabrics are adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2016 - 8:55 am

    Kathleen S - couldn’t find the pattern on Jolly JabberReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2016 - 1:29 pm

    Gale - Oh My!! This is just super cute and I will have to make two for the grandgirls. And maybe even a third one for myself.ReplyCancel

My friend Kimberly, at the Fat Quarter Shop has been doing a Designer Mystery Block of the Month every year since 2011!  I think I’ve had the honor of being in at least half of them! Kim chooses a fabric collection and then invites designers to join her in designing a mystery block.  The result is fun, and always something new!

For 2016 she’s picked one of my favorite Moda fabric lines, Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique. Just look at this stack of blocks, can you see mine in that stack?

 

Designer sample blocks

I forgot, this is a mystery so the blocks are cleverly hidden, but I can still see mine peeking out!   Here’s a clue to finding my block.  I’ve used 3 of the fabrics in the 9 patch below to make my mystery block.  Can you guess what three I used?  I just might surprise you!

Designer Mystery 2016

Fat Quarter Shop has kits available and Kimberly will be doing a video each month showing you how to make the blocks.  This is going to be an adorable quilt!

I’ll be back on Monday to tell you about a little three-week sew along the Fat Quarter Shop is doing that involves my Spooky Delights fabric!

See you soon!

Anne

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  • April 23, 2016 - 12:03 pm

    mimi'sdarlins - There are so many great combo possibilities in these prints! If it would surprise me, then I’d guess the blue dots, the black stripe and the white print. At least those appeal to me today…guess we’ll have to wait and see what block you made :)ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2016 - 12:33 pm

    sunny - Uh huh. Yep. Sure. I know exactly which block is yours! LOL! It’s all beautiful fabric.ReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2016 - 7:36 pm

    Colleen - I see the red stripe peeking out but the other 2 fabrics not so sureReplyCancel

  • April 23, 2016 - 9:21 pm

    Karen in Breezy Point - It will be fun to see which fabrics you used in your block–I’m thinking you must have used that cute check! I can’t wait for the Spooky Delights sew along!ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2016 - 2:56 am

    Hildy - Such beautiful fabrics! I think your block is the one between the 2016 and Designer script with the navy bias strip, the dots on aqua and the little blooms on aqua. At least that’s the only one with 3 fabrics from the 9-patch, lol;-)ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2016 - 5:10 am

    Susan Smith - I love Little Miss Sunshine! I think you used the 2 blue fabrics and the red gingham!ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    RuthB - I’ve always wanted to participate in Kimberly’s BOM. The fabrics are always gorgeous and such wonderful designers are featured. Love to see you on that list Anne!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2016 - 4:21 am

    Barb R. - I think it’s the red check & floral near the bottom. Whichever one it is, I know it’s fabulous!! :-)ReplyCancel

  • April 26, 2016 - 1:38 pm

    DeAnna Dodson - I love the blue floral in the top right corner. Is that one of yours? :DReplyCancel

If you’re lucky enough to be at the Paducah Quit Show this week, be sure and look for a kitty named Noel. She’s sweet and cute as can be. Don’t worry, she’s not lost, she has a wonderful home. She belongs to Pam Seaberg who has captured her in thread and stitched her on a quilt. You’ll find Noel in the quilt exhibits at Paducah! I call Pam my friend because we met through this blog and Bunny Hill, but she’s more than a friend. She’s an artist I look up to and I think you will too when you see her work.  If you go, be sure and take pictures for us, because neither Pam nor I can be at the show this week.

Have you ever seen anything so beautiful as Noel?  Well, Pam’s been entered in many quilt shows and who knows where you’ll find her next.  Here’s another one of her beauties to enjoy, she calls this one “The Sleeping Artist”:

The Sleeping Artist II

Someday I’m going to stand with Pam in front of one of her quilts and we’ll have our picture taken together.  I think we’ll both be grinning from ear to ear because of the excitment!

Now, here’s another one of my favorite pictures.  This was taken a few weeks ago when my son Doug and his family were here for a visit.  Babies are so brave when they hold Dad’s hand.  I wonder what Maya was thinking as that wave touched her toes? That’s a mighty big ocean for such a little girl, but when you’re 1-year-old, the world is yours to explore. I loved having Maya and Lily here for a few weeks.

Doug & Maya 2016-4824

Now that they’re back home in Germany, I’ve got some catching up to do.  I’ve fallen behind on my Splendid Sampler blocks, but hopefully I can catch up in just a few weekends.

If you’re doing the Splendid Sampler, I hope you’re enjoying it!  If you’re in Paducah look for Pat Sloan!  She’s 1/2 of The Splendid Sampler organizers and she’s teaching this week at Paducah.  Email me a picture of you and her together in Paducah holding a sampler block, You’ll be entered into my exclusive Bunny Hill contest.  You could win a basket of treats from Bunny Hill!  I’ll announce the winner and show your photo sometime next week.

Have a great week everyone.  Guess what’s shipping this week from Moda?  It’s Spooky Delights!

 Hugs,

Anne

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  • April 19, 2016 - 7:33 am

    mimi'sdarlins - Oh my, these are beautiful artistic quilts, and probably spectacular in person! I love this photo too, I’m sure you started missing them the moment they got on the plane, it’s so hard to have loved ones far away :(
    Just saw your Spooky Delights block on IG….so darn cute! Been enjoying all the Splendid Sampler blocks too, wish I had time for that one but can’t do everything I want ;)ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 7:35 am

    Mary salmon - Thanks and for posting Pam Seaberg’s work. Someday she will be recognized with a first place ribbon! She has been a good friend and has taught me so much that she has really raise the bar in my quilting adventure!

    Your babies are so sweet. What a lovely picture of your son holding Maya’s hand at the beach. I know you miss them terribly. I hope your animal babies are doing well.
    Love,
    MaryReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 8:53 am

    Hildy - Love the cat quilts but then I love cats and quilts and both in one is the best! Or combined in fabric like in your new collection … I know I need some of the cat fabrics:-)
    Too sad that your family went back to Germany but it makes the time you spend together even more precious and special.
    Love all your Splendid Sampler blocks I’m behind with mine again but hope to catch up soon.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 11:16 am

    Janet Melanson - I can’t wait to see Spooky Delights ..I hope my quilt shop has ordered it …perhaps I’ll pop in and mention it:)ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 12:19 pm

    DeAnna Dodson - Oh, I love the cats! They look like my Eddie and my Petie.

    Love that photo of your son and granddaughter. Just lovely.

    Really love the bee fabric in your block, and I’m not usually an insect person. That’s just very pretty.

    Looking forward to seeing Spooky Delights. :DReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 7:20 pm

    Pam Seaberg - I am honored to know you Anne, and to be featured in your blog. We must meet in person soon.ReplyCancel

  • April 19, 2016 - 8:11 pm

    Colleen - So lucky you are to be able to visit with your precious grandchildren. And I love your friends cat quilts I have to say I first thought photos then paintings then I read your words quilts Pam is indeed a talented artistReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 4:21 am

    Susan Smith - Oh, I wish I was in Paducah this week! So glad you had an extended time to visit with your family! Love your Splendid Sampler blocks. I’m behind too but hope to catch up sometime in the next few weeks.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 5:17 am

    Mama Spark - Thanks for turning me on to Pam. Her work is stunning! I love cats and her work is just gorgeous. Unfortunately I will not be in Paducah either but hope someone gets some photos for you.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 5:47 am

    Barb R. - Pam’s quilts are spectacular! How I would love to see them in person! Honestly, I don’t even “get” how one does that – she is so talented and incredibly talented!! Thanks for showing us a bit of her art.

    I absolutely love the picture of your son and granddaughter – so beautiful!! I can only imagine how much you miss them and treasure the visit of your son and family. My wish for you is that you get to see them again very soon.

    Ooooo …. Spooky Delights is just wonderful! Can’t wait.

    xo – Barb R.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 7:10 am

    tonia conner - Hey, your in my neck of the woods. I didn’t get to go this year, thanks for sharing these beautifully quilted and stitched Quilts. I would have loved to seen these. I just can’t imagine the work.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 7:15 am

    Karen Martin - On my–those thread painted cats are beautiful and amazing! Love the photo of your son!ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2016 - 7:35 am

    Pat Godkin - Anne: so good to read your blog this month.
    I have seen the stitched portraits of dogs too. Amazing!
    I know how much the family visit meant to you with your sweet grand daughters.
    My son named the ocean waves as we walked along the beach, “the water that chases me”. I tell that one to my grand children today when we visit the beach.
    Your Splendid is looking good!
    Thinking of you this week as I am sewing up Winter Postcards for Cuties! I will be at Verna Mosquera’s retreat! Hugs!ReplyCancel

  • April 30, 2016 - 8:09 pm

    Anita - Love all the pics especially your blocks and your son and grand baby :)ReplyCancel