I’m a Quilter

My three favorite words…I’m a quilter. The sweet sound of the sewing machine, the feel of the pins in the fabric, watching a quilt block come together as I stitch and press. Ah, this sweet passion called “Quilting”! Isn’t it wonderful? I know I will never tire of it. I hope you feel the same way!

Today was the first day in a very long time that I could finally return to it. The tedious task of pattern writing is finished for the moment, and the little block you see below represents a sigh of relief, and a feeling of contentment. It’s this thing we call “Quilting”! Who knew a little 4″ pinwheel block could mean so much? (:

And here’s the thing my husband will never understand…you don’t have to actually quilt the quilt to be called a “quilter”. Don’t you love it?

For a quilter, possessing fabric is as much fun as making those little blocks. By the time I had returned from quilt market this little package of Renee Nannenman’s new line “French Farmhouse” from Andover was waiting for me. Calling my name every so sweetly. It’s so “French” and the packaging just makes me smile. Renee is the owner of Need’l Love Designs, one of my top ten favorites.

And then a few days ago another wonderful package arrived from Renee. It’s tiny little prints called “Itsy Bits”. Tiny little basic prints every quilter can use. I hate to open this it’s so pretty, but yes, I’ll be doing so very soon.

So tomorrow I’ll make more pinwheel blocks, and happily listen to the sound of the sewing machine because American Patchwork and Quilting said it best…

Hugs to all you quilters out there!

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  • Pat - Right back atcha!!ReplyCancel

  • the Material Girls Quilts - anne,
    I love that you said those are your favorite words! In my crazy world of owning a shop, I don’t get to sew as much but love the fact that I am involved with such amazing talented woman who love to share what they are working on or have just finished and bring it to the shop to show me. It truly is a wonderful life!!
    NadineReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - Amen, Anne! It’s why we say we’ll just sew a few more minutes and those few minutes turn into hours. It’s why when we can’t sleep, we put together ideas for quilts in our heads.! It’s why if we read directions that don’t quite seem right, we sit and have to figure them out in our mind before we raise up our rotary cutter. And it’s why we have a world full of just met and haven’t met yet friends. Because we’re one big happy family of Quilters!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - Please tell me how you got this button. I want one too :)
    Sadly we can not get a subscription on this magazine, here in the Netherlands.
    Happy quilting.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Amen!! By the way, your points are absolutely perfect! Not that I was checking.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - What a thoughtful post! Sometimes I get caught up in the making of a quilt and forget to enjoy the process of making a single block. Thanks for the reminder!ReplyCancel

  • Delighted Hands - How could you not be moved by the beauty of those fabric baskets?! Thanks…….from quilter!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - I am a quilter…finished and unfinished projects! There should be an association or support group with the same name…well really, that’s what blogging is about!ReplyCancel

  • yellowfarmhouse - Yes enjoying the process is something we sometimes forget. Stressing over perfect points an seams can be stressful. Fabric is such a visual treat – sometimes just looking at it is enough – well maybe for just a little bit, then we must touch and cut, LOL.

    Hugs – karenReplyCancel

  • Silver Thimble Talk - In the middle of my daughters wedding I checked your blog and it said it all. I have not quilted since my return from market. (I did make her a hankie for the wedding check out my blog..)

    I can’t wait for a few days of solitude and the hum of my sewing machine because I AM A QUILTER!

    PatReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - I am a quilter!!! Besides your patterns I also love Need’l Love too.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael Rabbit - What beautiful baskets of fabric you have there! Edible …ReplyCancel

  • PamKittyMorning - Me too Anne! Love your little pinwheel. And those baskets are wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth - Thanks, Anne! You’ve inspired me to make the time to turn the machine on today…it hasn’t had any exercise for several weeks now!ReplyCancel

  • Nanette Merrill and daughters - Pat took the words right from my mouth, I was going to say backatcha. It is nice to be defined by something that you love and do that is a big part of your life. It is productive and fulfilling.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - What a sweet little pinwheel block. After 35+ years I can truly say “I AM A QUILTER”. Glad to hear you are enjoying some quiet time with your sewing machine and fabric. Well deserved. LouiseReplyCancel

  • Love to Applique - I am a QUILTER, I love those three words and everything that they mean. Hugs, DebbieReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Anne, I am so glad that you said that you don’t have to quilt to be a quilter. A friend always points out to me there is a difference between piecing and quilting. Love your blogReplyCancel

  • Candace - Well I echo everyone else – I just love those three words and they give me a tremendous amount of satisfaction – fnished quilt or not! Renee’s fabrics are gorgeous – we’ll be watching to see what you do with them! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - I totally get what you’re saying about possessing fabric – the thrill of all those colourful pieces of material! But I have to disagree about the “quilting”. I really think it’s wonderful to quilt the quilt. If someone else does the quilting, I think I’m just sewing, not quilting. In any case, I’m proud to say “I’m a quilter” too. What a lovely, productive hobby!ReplyCancel

  • eamylove - I hear you! Our quilting guild is making a raffle quilt from Martha Washington blocks, so that photo looks very familiar. Very, very cute, too! I’ll be watching for the new fabrics you’ve shown. Have you considered going into sales, too?ReplyCancel

  • rachel griffith - what a great post.

    you got some nice goodies there!!!
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  • lovetostitch - Anne, you’re right, nothing like the sound of that wonderful friend, the sewing machine!! I know you are creating another masterpiece. (Glad I don’t have to be a cook, to eat – I’m a “quilter” too!)ReplyCancel

  • brigette - nice pinwheel!!
    not that i have a crush on pinwheels or anything, but VERY nice pinwheel!!!ReplyCancel

  • CJ - In total agreement! I AM a quilter!ReplyCancel