Why I do what I do!


I had a phone call today from the nicest customer who said she reads my blog all the time.  Hi Margo Odgen from Bakersfield!  I loved talking to you today.  You got me thinking about my business.  Really thinking!

The past week has been really stressful.   I deleted 1/2 the patterns on my web site.  Hopefully you didn’t even notice, but it took hours to fix. Now that things are back in order, I just found out that my shopping cart isn’t working.  Seems it doesn’t want anyone to buy anything!  It’s just one of those weeks.  All of this has taken time away from what I should be doing…working on patterns for a quilt market that’s coming up so fast I can hardly believe it!  AUGGHHHHH!!!


And then Margo called and  I started thinking about why I do what I do.  Aside from the obvious fun of quilting, I do this because of customers like her!  She made me feel good at the end of a rough week.  She likes my patterns!  Wow!  Sometimes I step back and I can hardly believe it.

Margo said “I hope you’re working on a Christmas quilt for market”.  Well, guess what?  I am!  And there might be a few sneak peaks before too long.

Thanks Margo for your kind words!  And thank you to every single one of you reading this, even if your name isn’t Margo.   It’s because of you I have so much fun creating!



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  • the Material Girls Quilts - I am so glad you do what you do! We all have weeks or days just like that and kind words always help. Heres to better days ahead!
    Your awesome!!!!

  • Gran - Anne that you are creative and share that with me/us via your blog and website is wonderful. Your Free BOM and Bunnies Prefer Embroidery are exciting. It is a pleasure to purchase your patterns at my local quilt shop Bearpaws and Hollyhocks. In fact I am making the Pretty Pillows patten up this week. Hang in there – I totally get the frustration of what you have gone through with the computer system. Yet, it will not effect the respect and enjoyment that I get from what you do.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Oh, I’m glad you’re working on a Christmas quilt for market!!! And thanks again for the Tisket a Tasket block of the month…it really has been so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Barb - I am glad you do what you do also… I had a few gals over to sew (not quilt…sadly enough) but one gal said…so you just make quilts to make a quilt…I said, yes, I see a pattern that I like, I make it…she was kind enough not to roll her eyes but the expression on her face said it all…..some people just don’t get it….oh well…I do what I do because I love what I do…
    Sorry for your troublese this weekReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Sometimes we have weeks like that! I also am having trouble with my websites newsletter feature. Ack, really need to get that out! But hang in there. Can’t wait to see the sneak peeks!ReplyCancel

  • Little Green Doll - I’m really looking forward to seeing your Christmas quilt! Don’t worry about having a bad week! There’s always little things that change those bad feelings! ;) I love all your work!! It’s great!ReplyCancel

  • barb's creations - Anne,
    I love your creativity so much I’ve got your blog on my blog.Everytime I see a new post has been added I junp right on to it.Love the free BOM your doing at the moment,can’t wait for the 5th of each month.
    Sorry to hear about all your computer troubles.Hang in there it will get better.BarbReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Your creations are always lovely and your blog never fails to bring a smile…especially when Chelsea is a guest. :o)ReplyCancel

  • pdudgeon - Anne thanks so much for all that you do! you bring so many smiles and such inspiration to the quilting and stitching world with your blog, patterns, and fabrics.

    i’m stitching redwork again, i’m determined to learn applique, and i’ve added new, helpful tools to my notions drawer just because of you. (((hugggs)))
    you have a very special niche in the quilting/stitching/applique world.ReplyCancel

  • Melody - Thank you Ann for sharing your wonderful designs with all of us! Hang in there! I can't wait to see all your new designs at Spring Market!
    Love, Hugs & Stitches,

  • Tam - Hang in there Anne and just send those nasty gremlins elsewhere to play.
    You are a very talented woman and I enjoy your designs so very much.
    Thank you for sharing your talent.

  • Deb - Encouraging words when we’re down mean so much. I’m glad Margo was an encouragement for you! Keep looking up! :)ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - I may not call but I am a BIG fan of your blog and your patterns. And, I love the BASKET pattern you have made available to all of us. Don’t let the computer get you down.ReplyCancel

  • Barb (another Barb!) - I just recently discovered your designs and blog and spent some time reading all your old postings!!! It took me a bit of time and I loved every single second of it! You are so talented and so creative – I am in total AWE!!

    So a huge Thank You for doing what you do and especially for sharing it with the rest of us – you truly have a very special gift!!

    p.s. – Love, love, love your animals!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dorrie - I love your work! All of your patterns (and fabric) are really great. . .really! Sorry your week has been a rough one. . .take a deep breath, find something really funny to laugh about, and go forth oh creative one. . .ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Anne sometimes those types of weeks happen. At least it’s over now. I love your patterns, but I also love your blog! I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting you, but I get the feeling from your patterns and blog that you are a very kind, gentle being. Thank you for being you!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thanks for doing what you do and for inspiring the rest of us to try and do it too. I am particularly inspired by the “deliberateness” of your work, which inspired me to be more precise in mine.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy in Ontario, Canada - I too am extremely glad you do what you do. When I work on your patterns it brings me joy. I love reading your blog and seeing what’s new. You’re creativity is inspirational and makes me smile.ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Howard - I have AlWAYS loved your soft creative ways. I have been going to market for 5 years and I have never stopped by your booth and said hi, I will in May; but I LOVE to walk by and look over, and over and over. Your designs make me smile from the inside out! CHIN UP!ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - Please keep doing what you are doing! So talented! And a Christmas quilt coming up….can’t wait.ReplyCancel

  • Suzanne@Notes from the Patch - Hi Anne:
    Margo is a teacher in my store and I’m proud to say a friend as well. She and I (and so many of my customers) are huge fans of yours. We currently do fabric kits to support your monthly little basket blocks and do a block of the month using your “houses”. Thanks to you, our hand applique classes are full and interest in hand applique is at a new all time high. Your designs are incredible and I’m sorry that I won’t be at market this time because I wanted to hug you and tell you what a marketing genius you are.

    So thank you dear Anne for what you do for all of us. We love you!

    Strawberry Patches
    Bakersfield, CA
    (home of Margo Ogden) = )ReplyCancel

  • Sinta - What is wonderful is: an amazingly creative & successful person like you that is down to earth,generous & friendly. You are like an old friend.ReplyCancel

  • Peddlecar Quilts - Hi Anne, I totally understand. I had a real life jarring moment last month when I had a mini stroke. It made me realize that I needed to step back and re-evaluate what I do. I decided to make one day a week for my own sewing. It didn’t matter which day, but no more 12-16hrs trying to meet deadlines. I pushed way too hard. Now I do one project at a time, and work steady but with breaks and time to think. It has actually helped the creative process!!! My work just isn’t worth it if I’m not here to do it anymore. You’ll make it by Market, we all will, just take a deep breath! We all do love what you do, and we’ll always be here for you! Hugs,ReplyCancel

  • Candace - Oh Anne – I love everything about what you do – your patterns, creations, tutorials, stories of Chelsea – your travels to market with Anne B – and anything else I failed to mention! Mr. Squash has a saying “some days you’re the bug, and some days you’re the windshield” – we all have a day like that now and then. I and many of my friends appreciate your work – so don’t let a bad day get you down! Thanks for what you do!

  • Tami in Tucson - I cant wait to see sneak peeks of a christmas quilt – and am so glad u are working on yet another one!!!! I love Christmas – and I love everything bunny hill – obviously a lot of people do – as a matter of fact, I am calling my last 2 local quilt shops to see if they have chelsea manor fabric – if not im buying it online -I love it! keep up the good work, there are a lot of us that are very happy you do what u do!!

    Tami c – by the way why ddi u get rid of patterns on yur wwebsite – have u stopped producving some of them!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Everything that you do for us is truly wonderful. You have such a following of admiring fans. Please remember to stop and smell the roses along with the bunnies..Happy spring. Smile, be happy…LouiseReplyCancel

  • Mary - Your things are adorable. Love your blog – especially the free basket patterns. I’m doing mine in redwork; my cousin is doing hers in bluework. The blocks are so sweet. Have a good day!ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn - I am so glad that you do what you do. It can be tough some days but it is people like yourself that make days so much better for people like me. If I have had a bad day my stitching relaxes me and I would not have all my wondeful ufo’s (he he)if lovely ladies like you didn’t design and inspire.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - And it’s because of YOU that we have so much fun quilting! I’m anxiously awaiting this year’s Christmas quilt! Of course, I’m still working on last year’s! lol You’re an awesome designer, but the best part is that you’re a really really nice lady! We all feel like you’re our best friend! Keep up the wonderful work, Anne!ReplyCancel

  • Flocoton - I would have liked to tell you exactly what the others said !
    But because my limited vocabulary in English, I would not have been able to express it properly, so I’m glad they did it !!!
    I read your blog, from France, since a few weeks, and I love that !
    Thank you !ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - We are all so glad that you do what you do! Your patterns are wonderful and you are so generous to share with us your free designs. I will be using A Tisket A Tasket to teach back basting applique at my club next month. I had been looking for just the right pattern and then you come along with this one and so freely allow us to use it in teaching. Everyone I show it to just loves it! Thank you!!!!ReplyCancel

  • N.C.Fabric Junkie - Anne just so that you know” you brighten my day every time I look at your blogg. your patterns are soooooo inspiring and your fabric choices just make things pop! I for one” am very glad that you continue on through all the frustration. Take care LindaReplyCancel