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Last night while you were sleeping we launched our new website.  As with anything new, it may take us a few days to work out any glitches, but I’m hoping we don’t have any!  We’ve tested it, and then tested it again, and like a mother pushing a bird out of the nest, last night I said to let it go.

 New site


Here’s a few exciting things about our new site:

See those little plus signs next to Patterns, Fabrics, Threads & Embellishments in the picture above?  If you click on them you’ll find a drop down box with selections.

PDF patterns:  Yes we’re trying them out!  We’ve started with our Bunny Hill Petites and we’ll add a few more as we go along. You’ll need to set up an account to buy a PDF pattern.  Your PDF will be available to download 3 times.  You’ll need Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer.

Compare, make a wish list or email to a friend, you can do all three on our new site.  I hope you’ll have fun with this.

Check out as a guest, or set up your own account and create a password.  Now you have a choice!  If you set up an account you can check your order status and see if it’s shipped.  Oh the wonder of modern technology!

If your order totals over $150.00 we’ll give you Free Shipping.

The pictures enlarge to a great size. Click on them once and then click again to get the “big picture”.

I hope you enjoy touring our new site.  Please be patient with us for a few days as make any adjustments necessary.

Email me if you have any questions or problems.  I’m here for you this weekend.


Here’s the link:



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November 22, 2014 - 6:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - What fun1 I’ll be checking this out as soon as I get an extra few minutes….or maybe right now :)

November 22, 2014 - 7:03 am

Pat Godkin - Congratulations on the new website! I am going to give it a whirl!

November 22, 2014 - 7:07 am

Hildy - Your new website looks great and thank you, thank you, thank you for the PDF option. Shipping is a killer and quite often an argument to not buy a pattern.

November 22, 2014 - 7:43 am

DeAnna Dodson - Ooooh, I love the digital pattern option. As mentioned above, shipping can be a killer for just a pattern. I love the new site! :D

November 22, 2014 - 8:40 am

Pam in Indiana - Hi Anne!
I’m looking forward to your website! But I’m not able to go there. When I click on the link I get a funky outline of the site. Is it my iPad or is the problem on your end?

I also get a “buy this domain name” when I type in….


November 22, 2014 - 10:51 am

ina - yay!!!

November 22, 2014 - 1:04 pm

marcia - My phone blocks your site. It won’t accept the security certificate.

November 22, 2014 - 3:38 pm

M - Not able to access your site on my iPad.

November 22, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Debbie - I went to the link and your new website is absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to looking for some fun projects after the holidays!

November 23, 2014 - 3:56 am

Karen - Hi
For the ladies who have been denied access by their phone or iPad when this happens a screen will come up one of the options is ‘details’ take that. On the next screen at the top left corner should be ‘accept’ then you’ll be good to go. Hope this helps.
Looks Fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work Anne.

November 24, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the new website, I love the snowball cushion, maybe next season, but I will start sooner, my grandkids would love one, Lorraine

If you’re out and about

If you’re out and about this holiday season and you pass a Williams Sonoma store, turnaround and go back.  You’re in for a treat. Every year I recommend their Hot Chocolate (I make mine with milk).  It’s a treat that happens once a year, and it makes the season special.

Williams Sonoma Hot Chocolate


This year they’ve added more to this special tradition!  I just bought packages of marshmallow snowmen to serve with the hot chocolate.

Bag of snowmen

Can you believe how cute these are?

I’m sending two of these packages to my Lily in Germany.  She’s going to love these!

Williams Sonoma

Marshmallows anyone?

Thank you Williams Sonoma for making Christmas fun!  My whole family will love these!

Back soon everyone,



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November 20, 2014 - 7:23 am

Sandy M - OMG. Those marshmallows are A-DO-RABLE! I love W&S. They have a wonderful stuffing that pops up for Thanksgiving. The Focacia and the Cornbread variations are so yummy. Oh, and their pumpkin butter… I don’t like pumpkin anything but I always get that because it’s delish.

November 20, 2014 - 7:34 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, I so agree about Wms Sonoma hot chocolate mix! The one with peppermint is super, too. We’ve had their roasted marshmallows, but these snowmen are so adorable, we’ll have to pick those up for all the kids. They also have some of the best sauces and salsas…ooh and cookies….just everything we get there is superb! Now I’ll be thinking of this all day…may have to make an unplanned drive. Plus, dark chocolate is good for us :)

November 20, 2014 - 7:39 am

Kathleen O'Grady - How precious!! I will be finding some of those, I hope! Thanks for sharing!!

November 20, 2014 - 8:53 am

Pat Godkin - Thanks for the tip! We love both hot chocolate and marshmallows-cannot resist those snowmen”

November 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

ina - those snowmen are ADORABLE! ;p

November 20, 2014 - 11:43 am

Hildy - Oh, these snowmen are too cute! I’m sure Lily loves them!

November 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Mary S - This looks scrumptious. Have to check and see if it is in this area. Thanks.

November 20, 2014 - 9:12 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, Lily will love those!

That looks delicious. :D

Psst, I have five flower centers and eight bunny eyes to do, and then I’ll finally be finished with my Baltimore Bunnies quilt.

Thanks so much for the beautiful design. It’s still my favorite.

November 21, 2014 - 2:08 am

Wendy Williams - So jealous, live in the UK and don’t have any Williams Sonoma stores, but maybe its a relative who owns the store and will send me some! x

November 21, 2014 - 5:21 am

Barb - Those snowmen marshmallows are too adorable! (Actually, I think they remind me of some of your snowmen designs – maybe WS got the idea from you!)

And who doesn’t love hot chocolate! I think a trip to WS is on my To Do list:-)

Thanks for sharing this with us.


November 21, 2014 - 6:09 am

Tricia L. - I’ll have to check this out! Thanks, I usually walk right by!

November 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Kathleen - Now I want hot chocolate!!

November 24, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love, love, love the marshmallows, will try to make a couple for the grandkids, Lorraine

Acorns and Roses

Two weeks before Thanksgiving and in California we have acorns falling and roses blooming.  Feels normal for November.  I set off for the farmer’s market this morning with my camera in hand.

Falling Leaves in Downtown Brentwood

Falling Leaves in Downtown Brentwood


November Roses

November Roses


On the Thanksgiving Menu

On the Thanksgiving menu


Color in the vegetable world

Color in the Vegetable World


California Berries in November

California Berries in November


All-star Carrots

All-star Carrots

Our Farmer’s Market is open for one more weekend believe it or not.

There’s one more photo I took today…

Flannel for Baby

Flannel for Baby

I’m making receiving blankets and burp cloths for my new granddaughter who’s due to arrive in February.  Lily will have a new little sister soon!

Back soon,


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November 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, congratulations, Grandma! :)

November 15, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Tammy - Congrats to big sister Lily, I am sure she’s going to love being a big sis!

Love the colours in your pics, and it has been a strange season seeing all kinds of blooms at the wrong time.

The fabric in the burp cloths is adorable, how cute.

November 15, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Hi Anne,
What a great idea bringing your camera along on your farmer’s market trip this day. I truly love the carrot’s photo, they are looking yummy. Some look like a variety I am not familiar with All your photos, the brightness made them all simply tempting to eat right now. hehe Don’t I wish. The berries, this must be your second of the season??
Anyway thanks for sharing with all of us.
Wow, this is going to call for more trips across the pond, another little body soon to be on your lap. How wonderful.
Enjoy every minute with your family. Patricia

November 15, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Mary T Salmon - Lucky Grandma!! Great pictures.

November 15, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Mary S - Congratulations on the new little one coming.

No roses blooming here or veggies. Too cold.

November 16, 2014 - 2:21 am

Hildy - Congrats for become a grandma again although the baby will be far away. But February is a great month, my birthday is 18th and sometimes the weather is quite good here then.

November 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

Juanita in OH - Hi; Thank you for these beautiful photos. Congratulations for the new baby to come!
There is nothing in the world greater than grand parenting. LOVE the fabric.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

November 16, 2014 - 8:06 am

mimi'sdarlins - Congratulations on your new baby granddaughter on the way! Your life is filled with ‘little women’, how wonderful. I love the sock monkey fabric (who doesn’t?), made pajamas and matching overnight bags for my granddaughters a few years ago. Have fun sewing for the new baby :)

November 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm

ada shave - The only thing that is growing in Newfoundland, Canada is snow balls. They started yesterday.

November 16, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Wish we had a market like that, what fun, enjoy, Lorraine

November 20, 2014 - 6:10 am

Barb - Congratulations, Anne, to you and your family on the news of a new baby on the way. What a special blessing for all of you. Lucky Lily will be a wonderful big sister.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Leaving for Quilt Market

It’s that time of year again when Houston Quilt Market comes around.  I leave very early Friday morning for Houston, and what a market Moda has planned!  The theme this market is “Get Comfy with Moda” and the designers have a fun school house planned.  If you’re a shop coming to quilt market don’t miss the Moda School House on Friday.  If you’re a blog reader you’ll be able to watch a school house video after market courtesy of www.thefatquartershop!

get comfy



Hop over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog today and you’ll find me talking about Mistletoe Lane.  The quilt is coming to market with me so if you’re a shop owner be sure and come by to see it.  We’ll be counting down the days until Christmas!

I’ll be posting to instagram while I’m at market so be sure and follow along.  Moda has some new designers and one of them is a sweet friend of mine, Brenda Riddle!  Wait until you see her new fabric line…I’m in love and I think you will be too.

I’m not staying long at market this year, but I’m excited to be going!

I’ll leave you with a picture I took on the way home last week.  There’s an area near our house where we see these two little owls every Saturday morning on our way to the Farmer’s Market.  The little one may jump up to get some sun, but when she see’s us coming she hops down the hole and peeks out.  I think these little owls are an endangered species.  You’ll be seeing them on one of my quilts someday.

Sweet Little Burrowing Owls

Sweet Little Burrowing Owls

I’ll be back soon.  Wish you could come with me!





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October 23, 2014 - 6:46 am

Patricia C - Have always wanted to go to the Houston Market but something always comes up.
Thanks for sharing the baby owls, adorable.

October 23, 2014 - 8:55 am

Hildy - These owls are just too adorable!!!
Have a fun time at market and I can’t wait to see all the market goodness showing up in blogland:-)

October 23, 2014 - 1:55 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Have fun at market!

What a precious little bebbeh owl! I hope you’ll post more pictures if you get them. :D

October 23, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Juliez - After braving the frenzy at Sample Spree, I’ll see you Saturday !

October 23, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Louise - Love the owls! Geez sure do wish I could follow my favorite local quilt shop owner and be able to have a preview of what she chooses for us for the coming months. What fun that would be. Also anxious to see your new line and Bren’s as well. Have a wonderful time

October 23, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Joanne Moore - Love the photo of the owls!! Thanks for sharing. What a neat encounter. Have fun at Market!

October 24, 2014 - 4:10 am

Dawn - Have a truly super time at Market, wish I were there too – one day hopefully :) Love those little burrowing owls, we don’t have them in the UK, they’re so lovable! Thank you for posting the pic of them x

October 24, 2014 - 5:16 pm

gailss1 - Have a great time at “Market” and will watch for news….love those little owlets, how adorable!

October 25, 2014 - 2:34 pm

mimi'sdarlins - How fun to be heading to market again! During a recent shop hop, I couldn’t resist your Mistletoe Lane fabrics, they’re even prettier in person.
Love the little owls and must send this to a friend who watches endangered owls on camera. They are in a preserve so they can hopefully breed and have a better chance of survival.
Have fun at market!

October 25, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Erin Stewart - Those owls!!! You really must weave them into a pattern somewhere so we can use the fabric and see them every day too. ;)

I hope you’ve had a lovely time at quilt market!

October 28, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Loris Mills - I love those burrowing owls! We have enjoyed one or two each year hanging out with us through the winter. I think it was so dry this past year that they didn’t visit. I missed them.

November 4, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Lynn Koeppen - We wished we could have met you at the Quilt Festival. We were disappointed that very few designers stayed for the Festival. Maybe next time! :-)