Three Day Weekend

This is the weekend to start new projects and put away the old ones. Organization is a word I no longer dream about. It’s real! I’ve been working on it all week. Going through drawers, rearranging shelves and cleaning out the old fabric. New fabric is now on the shelves waiting for me.


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And, my “Rainbow O’Bella” is neatly arranged. “Rainbow O’Bella” is Brigette’s name for a bolt of every color of Bella fabric that Moda makes! I haven’t reached the rainbow but I’m close! I can pull from these solids over and over. I have two more shelves of yellows and neutrals.

I have an empty drawer for every new pattern I have planned in the next 4 months. As I pull the fabric and start designing, all the papers go into one drawer so I can always find them. It’s a system that works really well for me.

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And my flowers are still blooming! Can you believe it? It’s been a week!

I still have a few market pictures to show you!

The Bunny Hill Booth…

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one of the few photos I have of my booth…

and Sue Daley and me…Sue is an Australian designer who specializes in English paper piecing.

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She brought me a treat to try…a Tim Tam from Australia! It’s a chocolate, wafer-like cookie and apparently they are very popular in Australia.

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And Camille and Bonnie…from Thimble Blossoms and Cotton Way. Isn’t this a great photo of them? I’m using their new fabric line and I’m so excited. I’ll post little peeks as I go along.

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And the gorgeous and so talented Sandy Gervais…

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Have a great weekend everyone! Tuesday is the start of a new week and new projects! I have lots of things planned and can’t wait to get started!



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  • Barb - Your booth just has to be my favorite! The other booths look wonderful and I would love the chance to see them all in person, but yours is the one I would like to visit the most – it just looks like the most fun, the most wonderful = your talent is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing it with the rest of us!

    Happy Memorial Day!!ReplyCancel

  • madrekarin - Lovely, lovely things to see! It looks like just the best time was had by everyone!ReplyCancel

  • misswrite - Ooooh! Rainow O’Bella! WANT! :D

    I can’t wait to see the new patterns you’re designing. And I’m always eager for the new basket block on the 5th of the month.


  • judycolby - I just read your article in American Patchwork and Quilting. Great article.ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - I think I have serious stash envy here…everything looks absolutely lovely! Of course I love your booth and the other pictures…and I can’t wait to see the sneak peeks of your new project with “Simple Abundance!”ReplyCancel

  • Magnolia Bay Quilts - Empty drawers? Really, Anne?

    Your booth is beautiful. And your studio is inspiring. How do you work without messing it all up?ReplyCancel

  • ozjane - If you find you cannot cope with Tim Tams as is, you can always dip them corner wise in rum or liquer and somehow elegantly devour them that way.
    I am a little of a traitor to my country in that I tend to prefer cheese to chocolate. but then triple cream brie and the best dark chocolate are hard to beat.
    Don’t tempt me with Bella, I have two crates of fossil ferns.ReplyCancel

  • ozjane - My fingers slipped…
    I am reminded that to have cut the fabric for a tisket a tasket and to know where the light box is, is not to have begun or finshed.
    PS: Keep Tim Tams in the refrigerator.ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - I love the pictures of your booth and of your project area all set up for new projects. I am excited to see what you create! Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • jaybird - using simple abundance… do tell more… its my favorite new line! i love your patterns and can’t wait to see what you come up with!ReplyCancel

  • Kathie - oh I would love to have a bolt of every bella solid too
    the colors and the fabric is just soooo perfect!
    lucky you!
    I use baskets from pottery barn for my ongoing projects, some day I will have a wall of shelves and drawers and be able to use drawers instead of baskets!
    isn’t it great having a nice clean sewing room!

  • DownunderDi - Tim Tams?
    They are the best biscuit (certainly NOT a cookie!) in the world, but I may be biased….
    Downunder DiReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Your fabric collection is quite impressive. I love how you decorate with your fabric. :o) I love Bella Solids. My collections consists of LOTS of their rainbow but in fat quarters. Yummy bolts! So looking forward to seeing your new projects. Your booth is lovely.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - I just love your booth! Isn’t it great to have new projects waiting? It is alway fun to start something new and fresh. I always look forward to seeing what is up your sleeve.ReplyCancel

  • A Sentimental Journey - please come over and organize me and my fabrics, Anne ~ lol ~ have a happy memorial day!ReplyCancel

  • pdudgeon - oh, be still my heart! your fabric organizing is just as beautiful as your patterns.
    LOL, hubby was glancing over my shoulder at the quilt market pics and wanted to know when i was going to make a quilt as large as those in Sandy Gervais’s booth.
    I winked and told him any time he wanted to get me a quilting machine large enough to handle it, i would be glad to accomodate his wishes.ReplyCancel

  • W. Latane Barton - Loved the look of your booth. that would sure draw me in. And, those rainbow fabrics. Oh my. Darn, they are so neatly stacked. Why doesn’t mine look that way. he he.ReplyCancel

  • Loraine - You have a fabric stash envied by every quilter! Wonderful photos! I can’t wait for your new projects as well.ReplyCancel

  • dotti white - Anne…I already posted one comment but I have a request for you. Please check out my recent post and let me know if you have any ideas! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - What wonderful photos and beautiful things.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - An empty drawer for each project sounds heavenly to me. I would probably do a lot less searching if I had that available. Sounds like a productive weekend for you.

  • mimi'sdarlins - Oh, so first you take the old fabric OUT and then put the new fabric IN…no wonder my shelves are crammed so tight! Your booth is beautiful, my favorite, too! Thanks for sharing all the great photos :-)ReplyCancel

  • seamsdelightful - Anne,
    The pictures of market are so great that I wish I would have gone. The fabrics so yummy. Organization? What is that? The moment I organize I can’t find anything. It’s a curse. I know you will have lots of gorgeous patterns and ideas in the coming months.ReplyCancel

  • MargiBear - Anne, I am sure that you do not remember me but I use to work for Quilting in the Sierras In Bishop, CA….it was always such a pleasure to work with you. I wanted to congradulate you on your new BOM….it is gorgeous……why am I surprised…..keep keeping us inspired……..Blessings, MargiReplyCancel

  • katie - Tim Tams are the BEST! Did she tell you about TIM TAM BOMBS? Oh my, they are the most amazing thing to ever hit your lips. You take a Tim Tam, nibble off one corner and then the opposite corner on the other end. Place one nibbled corner into your hot cup of coffee or tea and suck coffee up through the cookie like a straw. Immediately pop the whole soft, gooey, heavenly mess into your mouth and it kind of explodes into some serious, eyes-rolling-back-into-your-head goodness. One try and you will be addicted for life. I end up ordering them online so I can satisfy my craving now and then! Here is a link in case my directions are unclear–and they call it a Tim Tam Slam. Whatever, it’s amazing!

  • Carrie P. - Love your booth and all your new fabrics. Thanks for sharing the show pictures. Looks like great fun.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - Hi Anne,
    You make the most amazing things. I am a quiet fan of yours. I will come and see you in Houston or if you are in Long Beach in July, I would love to say hi then. I admire the skill and great design you bring to each of your patterns. Happy Applique to you!

  • suz - I’m so glad you got to meet Sue Daley. She and Jimmie are the nicest people. I’m really glad they don’t sell Tim Tams here! I have trouble passing Mallowmars!
    Your booth was beautiful and I’m so pleased I had the chance to meet you.ReplyCancel

  • Sheryl - Wow! your fabric stash is so inviting and inspiring… no wonder you’re always dreaming up new projects. Thanks so much for the photos from the quilt market.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - You post have not been popping up in my side bar…hmmmmm I have missed so much. I love the orginization of your sewing room…I am sooooooooo envious… all the pictures of your craft fair….Love it all….I truly love your blog and wish I could sew like you do. Your work is amazing…hummmm doe it sound like I idolize you?ReplyCancel

  • Ellen - You mentioned cleaning out the old fabrics and stocking the new….which made me wonder, what do you do with the old fabrics when you clean them out? I think you should raffle them off to a reader on your blog!

    And, I think it's wonderful that you took pictures of so many of your friends at the market, with their handiwork. Too often the people who made the things are forgotten.ReplyCancel