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What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?

What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?  Ever wondered about it?

When I started designing, it was the fabric that inspired me.  I’d wait on pins and needles to see the newest lines from Moda.  I’d have several quits in my head and when I saw the right fabric I’d start designing.

Oh joy how things have changed!   Now I design the quilt first and spend many happy hours choosing colors and drawing fabrics to go with it.  Think what this would mean if you were the designer.   Your colors could vary to fit the quilt, and suddenly you’d have your own backgrounds and prints that work in a way they could never work before.  For me its pure heaven.

"Mistletoe Lane" on the way to Moda

“Mistletoe Lane” on the way to Moda

 

I snapped this picture earlier this year as I was sending off my newest fabric line to Cheryl at Moda.  It’s because of Cheryl and her faith in me, that I can finally work this way.  What you see in the package are color swatches, carefully selected for my newest fabric line and block of the month quilt.  The Scan-disc has all the files to create this new line,  and the package for Cheryl is filled with my ideas.

If you wonder why I’ve been so quiet, it’s because I’ve been dealing with deadlines for this newest fabric line called “Mistletoe Lane”.  I’ve been working on patterns, calculating yardage and everything else that needs to be done while I wait for my sample yardage.  It’s supposed to arrive this week!

“Mistletoe Lane” is coming soon!

Hugs,

Anne

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July 27, 2014 - 11:44 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oooh it’s always so intriguing to see a tantalizing little package like that. Love the colors. Can’t wait to see the final result! :D

July 27, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Susan - Can’t wait to see your new line……I just love all your fabric……I will be watch for a peek of it!!

July 27, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Pam - Cheryl is amazing. I can’t wait!

July 27, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Hildy - Your new fabric line sounds great I love the name!

July 27, 2014 - 2:01 pm

liz - Oooh, pretty! I’m practically salivating over the colors!

July 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Judi - Please, please come out with a new baby line! Since most and I do mean most of the baby quilts I have made(and I have made 8) this year alone, the gender of the child is known. The one who didn’t actually know, took a sealed envelope with the gender info to her baby stuff store and they put away the blue ( in this case) choices she made.

I desperately need pinks, blues, lavenders with greys and tsuoes. It seems every nursery was pink or blue with grey or taupe this past two years!

Help! My children and their friends don’t want trucks, farm animals or robots!

July 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Karen Miller - Nice to see a post from you Anne and congratulations on another new line from Moda! I just love all of the beautiful new fabrics and peruse them often for inspiration for a new Moda Bake Shop recipe or pattern. I’m a new pattern designer and am always inspired when I see your fabric and sweet BOM. I would love to learn more about the process… Can’t wait to see the line. Hugs, Karen
http://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com

July 27, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Barb - Oh I love the name “Mistletoe Lane” just conjures up all sorts of ideas, thoughts and memories. I just know this is going to be extra-special – fabric always inspires so many possibilities.

I’m with Karen Miller (above commenter) I’d love to learn and understand the process of fabric from inspiration to manufacturer – I know we would all be in utter awe of what it must take !

Thank you, Anne, for sharing your talent, creativity and generosity with us.

July 27, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
Sounds lovely. I love everything you design.
Love,
Mary

July 27, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Anita - I’m loving the pink and mocha colors, can’t wait to see what you designed to go with it.

July 28, 2014 - 1:02 am

rosa - The new name sounds fun.Can’t wait to see the new fabric line.

Don’t know what comes first because sometimes I see a fabric and know which pattern I ‘ m going to use .

July 28, 2014 - 5:41 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I love the colors! Now I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see the new line and pattern :)

July 28, 2014 - 7:17 am

Pauline - Anne…love the name, love the colors and I just know I will love your new ideas for your new line of fabric and your new patterns. Your creations always make me smile. Happy stitching, Pauline

July 28, 2014 - 7:50 am

Jackie Roisler - Very interesting, thanks for sharing :) plus, anxiously awaiting your newbie items.

July 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Tina Mclellan - Oh my! I can’t wait. Miistletoe, Christmas and Bunny Hill! What a fabulous combination. It just has to be wonderful!

July 30, 2014 - 4:22 am

Shawna - I love the name of this fabric line! I can’t wait to see it and the patterns you design for it.

Makin’ it Cute

“Makin’ it Cute” flower templates from Me and My Sister Designs have so many uses!

Makin_it_cute-7332If you love flowers then you’ll love these templates.  You can make fabric flowers, felt flowers and even paper flowers!

FlowerFelt Flower

Felt Flower Yellow

My granddaughter Alyssa, used a flower as a hair clip.

AlyssaThen she tried it as a necklace.

Alyssa

And finally she used it as a bracelet and painted her fingernails to match.

Alyssa

We made some felt flowers and used them to decorate a bulletin board.

Pin-up board

Then we glued some flowers to magnets and used them to decorate a white board.

magnetsWe thought a Chelsea Chihuahua flower hat would be cute.

chelsea_hat-7287

Or a Milkshake flower bonnet.

Milkshake Bonnet

You can buy these templates at The Fat Quarter Shop.

Or, hop over to the Jolly Jabber blog and you might win one!

Makin’ it Cute today!

Happy Monday

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July 14, 2014 - 9:14 am

liz - On a completely unrelated note, do you happen to know what polish your daughter is wearing?

July 14, 2014 - 9:58 am

Tanya Quilts in CO - I love the wool felt flowers!

July 14, 2014 - 11:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, these are so sweet! I love everything Barb and Mary design, but the Chelsea and Milkshake adornments have to be the best :)

July 14, 2014 - 11:45 am

Anita - What a cute granddaughter! Love the matching polish! The dog hats are something my daughter would totally do for her dog too, everything was too cute :)

July 14, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Barb - Oh my your granddaughter, Alyssa, is beautiful!

And, of course, Chelsea and Milkshake are too cute!! Perfect models they are!

Is that a picture of Lily in some kind of hole? Where is she and what is she doing!

July 14, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Very cute flowers although I’m not sure the dogs thin so, lol

July 14, 2014 - 7:53 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, Chelsea and Milkshake are SO darling.

What kind of dog is Milkshake? She just looks precious.

July 14, 2014 - 7:54 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, Chelsea and Milkshake are SO darling.

What kind of dog is Milkshake? She just looks precious. :)

July 14, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Colleen - While the flowers are lovely it’s the models that are just so darn cute!
How you were able to get such darling photos is amazing too
Colleen
Benicia

July 14, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Linda Adam - Well, your post has given me a good laugh! My oldest granddaughter, Drew & I would probably use those adorable flowers in much the same way as you & your lovely Alyssa. Right down to flower hats for our little dogs. We would be holding our tummy’s laughing so hard. Happy Summer!

Linda A, Ontario, Canada

July 15, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Elizabeth Johnson - You win most original ! I love them as puppy hats! Your flowers are great, your granddaughter beautiful and your dogs are so cute in there hats!

July 16, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Lorraine Isaac - My grand daughter would love those flowers, may have to be a project with Grandma, lol

July 23, 2014 - 5:24 am

donna - You are granddaughter is just precious. Love the flowers on your fur babies as well. Hope you have a great day.
Hugs
donna

Have you seen this book?

Have you seen the book called “The 1718 Coverlet” by Susan Briscoe?  It’s not published yet, but you can pre-order one from Amazon.  They start shipping on August 19th and this is one of those books I think you’ll want!

1718 quilt photoI fell in love with this quilt the minute I saw it.   The original quilt was reconstructed with the help of The Quilter’s Guild and both the original and the reconstructed quilt will be on display in Britain from September 5th through December 13th.  It would be worth the trip just to see this quilt!

You can read all about the quilt on Amazon or Facebook.  Be sure and “like” the Facebook page so you get the updates from The Quilter’s guild.  I think this quilt calls for a quilt group so we can work on it together.  I’ll let you know if I come up with a leader (no, it can’t be me) .

If you like the quilt, pre-order the book so you get it right away.  It’s a great project for Fall.

Thinking ahead!

Anne

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July 12, 2014 - 3:40 pm

liz - I’ve been thinking about ordering this book and making the quilt in red and white…I have a thing for two-color quilts, ya’ know.

July 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Wow, that’s amazing!

I love recreating old quilts!

July 12, 2014 - 5:18 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
Wow, this quilt looks like it would be such fun to do! The blocks are unlike any I’ve seen. I do hope you find someone to host a group, I would definitely be on board. I’ll be watching!

July 12, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Anne, thanks for sharing. Will be on the list to watch for and hope someone will start us off. Maybe Jo Morton?????

July 12, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Anita - Love the book! It’s on my wish list :)

July 13, 2014 - 1:04 am

rosa - Looks fabulous.How many blocks are there?

July 13, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Barb - WOW! This is beautiful. I’m going to have to investigate the book.

This would take me a lifetime to re-create but it is stunning. I’d like to go to Britain too just to see this.

How was your visit with your family? Are they still with you or did they have to go home:-(

July 15, 2014 - 8:46 am

Barbara Moore - The one thing I’ve found in my research on historical American quilts is that the patchwork quilt came from necessity. Well worn, usually whole cloth quilts, repaired with patches over and again gradually progressed into more ordered patchwork tops. And, because of the scarcity of materials in the new world, patchwork came as a result.
Here we find that the American patchwork quilt may not be uniquely our own doing after all. It should not be surprising that in the constant trade between the colonies and the mother country, patchwork supplies and ideas were abundantly traded.
This 1718 quilt is a national treasure and this book gives invaluable historical information that is well worth the read.

My family is here!

Guess who’s visiting? It’s my family from Germany and I’m just in heaven!

My grand-daughter Lily just turned 3 and she chats away in both German and English. If she’s talking in German to me, I can say “Lily, tell Grandma in English” and she’ll translate.

It’s amazing to see what children can do when they are raised with two languages.  Mon always speaks German to her and Dad speaks English.  She goes to an American/German pre-school and one teacher speaks German and the other speaks English.  Because she’s learned both languages at the same time she thinks nothing of it.

Milkshake is such a gentle soul. She took to Lily right away.

 

Every morning Lily and I take the dogs for a walk.   I take the stroller just in case one of them gets tired.  Usually it’s Chelsea, my little short leg chunk.

Walking the dogs with grandma

Walking the dogs with grandma

It’s a little crazy around here now with family getting together.  Day trips are very involved and usually include a caravan of two cars.  A trip to the beach takes at least an hour to get ready.  We find ourselves cooking dinner for 9 to 10 people, running the dishwasher daily, and our grocery shopping has increased  by leaps and bounds.  Of course going out to eat is an event in itself.  Large tables are a highly prized commodity.

When I think about how normal this must sound to many of you I’m both amazed and a little jealous.  Today everyone went camping and the quiet around here is seems so strange.  Don’t you love it when your family visits?  Do your children all live close to you, or do they travel to see you?  Do you take trips together?

Behind the scenes, we’re still working to finalize our new website.  It’s into the testing stage and almost ready.  When the new site is up and running it will look the same, but we’ve added new products, a few pdf patterns (we’re starting with the Petite patterns and we’ll add more as we go along), you’ll be able to set up your own account to make check-out easy each time, or just check out as a guest.  I’ll let you know when it’s up so you can explore the new site and give me your feedback.  I expect there to be a few glitches but I hope our testing will have covered most of them.

We have another shipment from Valdani coming on July 7th and I hope to have all the floss kits for the punchneedle patterns in stock at that time.  Currently we have everything you need to make our Sweet Pea pocket, including the wool, trims and floss in stock.  You’ll find everything on our website.

"Sweet Pea" scalloped pocket from Bunny Hill Designs

“Sweet Pea” scalloped pocket from Bunny Hill Designs

We’re having a heat wave here for the next week and it’s just awful.  The fire danger is high with the 4th just around the corner.   I hope the 4th is fun and safe for you.  Keep those animals locked up inside.  The shelters here are already expecting to be on overload.  We have several cats who hate fireworks, and it’s our first 4th of July with Milkshake.  I don’t know how she’ll react but I’ll be ready.

I’ll be back soon.

Anne

 

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July 1, 2014 - 7:06 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, I”m so happy for you! I’m sure you just live for these visits. We are blessed to have our family nearby, but it wasn’t always this way, and I still pinch myself that we’re all together again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful granddaughter, and enjoy all the special moments these days will bring :)

July 1, 2014 - 7:23 am

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I am so happy for you! I know the feeling well. Lily is an absolute doll, as your other granddaughter. Mine is two and a demon at times. So stubborn. She will need it in this world. She is so inquisitive. I love watching her.

Have a wonderful time and take lots of pictures!
Love,
Mary
Happy 4th…I will pray for rain.

July 1, 2014 - 7:44 am

Louise - Oh my, Lily has grown so.. What a little sweetie. Our family for the time being all living in different states, and I am hoping it won’t always be so. Chicago, Newport Beach, Surprise, Az and we are up here in the very Pacific Northwest. We enjoy their visits so much but they never seem to last long enough! Enjoy the 4th of July, be safe.

July 1, 2014 - 8:03 am

Pam in Indiana - Oh, Anne, I’m so happy for you! Our five kids are all out of state — but our son just moved back from Monterrey, Mexico after three years. He just arrived back at Notre Dame for a year so were really glad he’s back in the States. Our youngest is flying home tonight from Omaha with our first and only grandson, Henry, for his baptism on the 12th. Everyone will be home except for Molly who is a nanny in Oklahoma.

Then I go to Michigan for my quilt week with my six BFFs at Kristen’s lake cottage.

Love seeing sweet Lily — that is so wonderful that she is bilingual. Meredith is taking Mandarin and is teaching Henry — they’re such little sponges at this age.

Enjoy your time with everyone. Our house is about to get wild for a few weeks but I love it. I miss the old days with all the kids!

XO

July 1, 2014 - 8:07 am

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t Lily beautiful! And I just love Milkshake. She looks so sweet and huggable. :D

I’m jealous of Lily’s ability to speak two languages fluently. That’s such a wonderful thing to be able to do.

I hope you all have a wonderful time and a fun, safe 4th of July!

July 1, 2014 - 8:09 am

sunny - ~~sigh~~ I guess now I have to learn how to punchneedle. I don’t NEED another hobby, but a girl has to make certain sacrifices… Lily can’t possibly be 3! You just announced her birth a month or so ago. Didn’t you?? Enjoy all the lovely family time that you can.

July 1, 2014 - 9:47 am

Hildy - Anne, it’s so great that your family is visiting you and you all have a great time. It’s sweet to see Lily walk the dogs I’ll bet she thinks she’s a big girl now as she can walk a dog all be herself.
Enjoy your time with your family:-)

July 1, 2014 - 11:24 am

becky m - I live for those visits from my family too. The letdown afterwards is so hard though. Especially with my 5 yr old who doesn’t quite understand about distances yet. I love that Lily is bi-lingual! My daughter has a 5 yr old friend who is bilingual French and English. She also thinks nothing of switching from one language to the other and it’s amazing to watch!! Keep those languages up for her, she’ll love you for it!

July 1, 2014 - 11:50 am

Lisa E - Yes, it’s been hot in the Bay Area. I’m so glad that your family is visiting you. Can’t beat the little ones!

July 1, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Susan - I am very lucky that all my children live here (Az.) with the exception of my oldest granddaughter who lives in Portland Or..
Your granddaughter is beautiful and I know the moments you spend with her and family are precious. Love all your fabric and your punch needle work….:)Enjoy making wonderful memories with your family!

July 1, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Linda Hnath - Thank you for sharing your family’s visit with us all. How wonderful that you are all together. Hugs for Milkshake and hoping she does ok on the 4th.

July 1, 2014 - 3:52 pm

PAtricia G Hayes - Hello Dear Anne. thanks so much for sharing your adorable young blond, Lily, with all of us.
What a special time for your gift visit from Germany. I am so happy these times for you.

I wonder if you ever got my thanks and thanks and thanks for my wonderful gift of fabrics that were waiting for me when we got home from NH. We had been visiting with our three yr old GGrands twin boys who had arrived from NY to visit with us for a week. Blessed are these visits, little girls and boys, any little people for sure. Makes us young again, heh!
I tried to find an address to send a proper thanks you note to no avail. So sorry that you have to receive this way.
Patricia G Hayes

July 1, 2014 - 3:54 pm

marcia - Have a wonderful time with the family. I have a spot in the closet where I will be hidden with my girls.

July 1, 2014 - 5:24 pm

Barb - Oh Anne, Lily is just too precious! All of your granddaughters are so beautiful!! I can just imagine you are in heaven to have your family with you – enjoy and cherish every moment!

Love the doggies,too – so cute!

Happy 4th of July to you!!

July 1, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Anita - Lily is so precious! What a great benefit to her to be able to understand two languages, I’m sure it will come in handy throughout her life. Love your new pattern too :)

July 1, 2014 - 6:36 pm

tammy spencer - Happy 4th of july (coming in a few days). Today, we celebrate our Canada Day here. Lots of fireworks in the plans for tonight. It’s very hot here as well and the pool is getting well used. Lots of family these past 2 weeks with family from out of town as well (between 12-40 people for dinner every night). I think this summer is going to be a hot one and I’m grateful for the wet pool to cool off in. Your grand daughter is beautiful- how nice it would be to have learned an extra language when young. Enjoy your family time and have a happy summer.

July 1, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Janet - I can’t believe how grown up Lily is! Here’s hoping all your furry ones have an easy 4th. It’ll be interesting to see how Milkshake does!

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your wonderful patterns – this thanks goes to the Sweet Dreams Lily quilt pattern. I re-sized your teddy bear block and made it red and the corner block on a navy/white churn dash for my new Great Nephew … may be my fave quilt yet!

Have a blast!

July 1, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Carmen CountryMouse - How wonderful! Enjoy your time with family, it always goes too fast. Lilly is just darling!

July 1, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Jeanne Jones - Janet, I have two daughters. Each daughter has one boy. One of the daughters lives 5 minutes away, but the other one lives 2000 miles away. We live in Atlanta, GA and she lives in Tucson, AZ. We see her about once a year and she and my grandson will be here on Saturday for 2 weeks. I know just how you feel. Thank goodness for Skype, we use it 3-4 times a week.

July 1, 2014 - 10:06 pm

rpsa - Great pics.Have a wonderful time with them!

July 2, 2014 - 2:18 am

Dawn - Hi Anne, That’s a lovely photo of Lily and Milkshake, brought a big smile this morning, thanks for sharing.
Good news about the patterns going on PDF, the postage to UK is crazy. Also when I post to USA its gone up, so looking forward to that as I would like to make the reindeer for christmas gifts.
Happy 4th July

July 2, 2014 - 5:45 am

Doreen - Hi Anne, I have a brother and sister-in-law in Belgium and my 2 year old niece is learning language the same exact way as your beautiful grandaughter. German/English and now a little italian. They are coming to the US the end of September. I know exactly what you are saying about getting ready to go out and the increase in food bills. We like on a lake and in the summer it seems to be the vacation destination. It is fun since all six kids live in different places. I adore when they come to visit. It is an adjustment when the quiet comes after they leave. It just makes us miss them more. Enjoy your time…. Spoil your grandaughter…Life is too short, breath in every moment. Happy 4th! Hugs, from NH

July 2, 2014 - 8:23 am

Karen Martin - Looks like you will have a fun and busy fourth–love the new project–so cute!

July 2, 2014 - 3:04 pm

KatieQ - Lily and Milkshake look like a perfect pair. Thanks for sharing your family visit with us. Lily looks beautiful.

July 2, 2014 - 3:29 pm

Lorraine Isaac - I just had my family visit as well, I have a grand daughter 41/2 and a grand son 21/5, they are so precious, I never knew being a grand mother would feel so special

July 2, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Ronda - Oh Anne how wonderful to have all your babies home. We are very blessed to all live in the same town so I see my granddaughters almost daily. We just got back from a vacation to Gulf Shores beaches and we took the family. It was so much fun and sooo much work all at the same time but wonderful memories were made. I hope you get to continue to enjoy your family as long as they can stay!!!! cant wait to see the new web site!

July 2, 2014 - 8:11 pm

Yvonne - Lovely to hear all about your family, I see very little of my children (8 in all) they are scattered around the world, but it is such a treat when they come home to visit.
Have a wonderful time & treasure every moment,
Happy 4th July
Yvonne & Bailey & Poppy the NZ Bichons

July 3, 2014 - 6:11 am

Vicky - Goodness, that child has grown. She’s so beautiful – just like her granny! Have fun with your family. Happy 4th!

July 3, 2014 - 9:37 am

ina - happy 4th to you and your family! i’m hoping for sewing time and cooler weather. ;p

July 5, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Ann P, - Lily is beautiful! Enjoy your time with your family. A week ago we had all six of the grandchildren for a weekend. We had so much fun. While I was tired when they all went home, our house felt so empty. We love to take family vacations but unfortunately it is hard to organize those very often. I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July.

July 7, 2014 - 10:43 am

Jeanne - Lily is precious. Milkshake is so sweet and adorable napping with Lily. How did he do with the fireworks? My dog was fine, 1st year for the 4th. Hope Milkshake did well, too.
I saw your stroller. I think its a Pet Gear? Do you know which type of stroller? I’m looking for one for my dog.
Thanks so much for all the appliqué kits you do. Love them!
Jeanne

July 7, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Jackie Roisler - Lovely photos & sentiment Anne :) Thank you so very much for sharing.

July 8, 2014 - 4:58 pm

Kim - Aren’t children just so smart, I wish we start languages for our children in kindergarten instead of high school here in the USA.
I have a granddaughter named Lily too, she’ll be six in August and she lives far away from me, so we travel to see her and sometimes she travels to the beach in NC to see me. Enjoy your visit with Lily she will grow up so fast!
Good luck with your website and
Happy Sewing

July 11, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Mary Ann - Its always fun to have a houseful of sweet little faces and their very loved Mom and Dad’s. 2 of my daughters and their families moved to bay area last year so we have been more the visitors. Our house is so quiet most weekends now. I am getting a few more projects done but i would trade that off in a minute to run over for a breakfast together. And I know how hard it must be for you to have Lily so far away! looking forward to the new projects and website Anne.

July 15, 2014 - 7:32 am

Sarah - Lily is beautiful. Bilingual people are so clever I think. How long have you got the family from Germany visiting you?