Quilter’s Home Magazine Comes to Visit!

Back in March of this year, Quilter’s Home Magazine sent out a photo stylist and photographer to take pictures of my home and studio.  Gregory Case and his wife Elena, work together as a team.  I’ve known them for years so it was a fun photo shoot, and of course their pictures are wonderful!

Pick up the current issue (August/September) of “Quilter’s Home” and you’ll see the fabulous job the editors at Quilter’s Home did.  You’ll find out what my favorite cookie is, AND why I have this Goose Feather Farm sign in my studio, along with other tidbits you might not know about me.

I used the photo shoot to get my husband to complete all the projects I’ve had on my list for the past year.  It’s so great to be able to say “Honey, Quilter’s Home is coming in two weeks, do you think you could work on that list”?  He cleaned the front porch, the back yard, washed windows, touched up wall paint, helped me hang new quilts and even polished my silver pencil holders.  Amazing, that man!

You’ll get a tour of my home and studio. The picture below is our family room.  Chelsea and Bitsy are in one of their favorite spots.  Mine is on the day bed with Chelsea.  I usually relax with my Ipad every evening and read a book or play with the Ipad apps.  Mooch claims the vintage garden planter behind the couch as her favorite spot.  The planter is filled with quilts and I keep an old one on top so washing off cat fur is easy.  (Oh the things we do for our pets!)   Hubby gets the couch. 

As for the Bitsy/Huband update:

Husband is doing better.  Some of the redness and swelling is down a bit.  He had his last shot today. He says the shots hurt so much they actually add Novocain to the antibiotic shot!  Oh baby,  I don’t want to ever have those! 

His thumb has so many punctures the Dr. said he may have to have some physical therapy.  He’s supposed to be holding it up and moving it, but of course he can’t really move it because of the swelling.   Reminds me of playing finger puppets. 

Bitsy went back to the vet today.  She hates a visit to the vet, shakes the whole time and of course looks like I’ve beaten her. She wouldn’t walk, not even when I left the room.  She just stood in the corner and shook.  Her leg looks fine in the x-ray and they are running some blood work to rule out other things.  Our Veterinarian mentioned neurological, spinal, thyroid etc.  I’m leaning toward very smart dog who knows how to make me jump.  Hope I’m right. 

I recorded her on my IPhone. She was talking and carrying on like you can’t believe and I played it for the vet.  Oh my gosh that little dog has something to say.  Wish I knew what it was!  We’ll see what the tests tell us.  In the meantime here’s my new motto:

Back soon!


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  • Mary Ann - I know its not funny but the sign had me laughing outloud! And I say much the same kinds of things when ever I lift 60 lbs of bulldog up on to our bed at night.Guess who is comfortable and who is not….ReplyCancel

  • Donna Liljegren - Anne:
    Your new sign just cracks me up! I’ll be picking up a copy of the magazine. I’d love to tour your studio!

  • Andrea - I am so glad Bitsy went back for a recheck. Always better to check everything and be sure there’s no worry! I’m sure this is just her way of getting a bit of extra love ‘n pets from her ‘people’ =)
    XOXO to Bitsy (and the other critters)

  • Mary T. Salmon - Anne:
    Your husband is a pet lover’s dream! He is very confident in his love for animals to pick up that cat and continue on even with the cat biting him. He has a big heart. I pray the swelling goes down and he gets well soon.
    I loved the article. Your home is a dream come true. How do you get any work done with all those day beds? They are irrisistibly inviting. Thanks for sharing your world with us!
    Love and best wishes to your household!

  • AnnieO - That is a funny phrase! I hope husband and dog improve lots over the next few days.

    Your house is so pretty, I bet the photographers couldn’t stop shooting! Lovely studio and family room you spend time in :)ReplyCancel

  • Tina - My goodness! The stray kitty really did do a number on your husband’s hand – Yikes!! I’m kind of afraid to ask, but were they able to save the kitty?

    I’ll have to pick up a copy of Quilters Home – the pictures that you’ve posted are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Louise - Photos of your home and sewing room are lovely. So sorry to hear about your husbands misfortune. Silly cat! Hope the news on your little punkin is not too severe. Love the sign!ReplyCancel

  • Sherri - Hope your husband gets better soon…what a lot to go through! And I must tell you I’ve absolutely loved reading the article in Quilter’s Home…every photo is so beautiful…I’ve been wondering what color yellow your sewing room is…I’m thinking about painting soon!ReplyCancel

  • Ina - lol, okay, this time I read the entire post tense and concerned until the punchline: “stay calm and carry bitsy” made me laugh out loud…seriously, things need to calm down around your house. All of the commotion is getting me tense! ;0

    p.s. stay calm and eat chocolate after carrying bitsy to wherever that girl wants to go. hey, shouldn’t brigette be helping out with all of this carrying the little one around? ;0ReplyCancel

  • Joanne Moore - Hi Anne,
    I say you are experiencing the Dog Days of Summer. Not sure what that saying really means but I labeled my week just that 2 weeks ago. My son had his wisdom teeth pulled on a Wednesday morning. By the time we got home, finished the gauze biting/spitting thing, iced up and he was knocked out on the pain meds, my cat Elliot walks up to me with his head split open. Of course it was right before the vet closed so they told me to bring him in 7:30 the next morning. As they diagnosed on the phone it was an abcess from a cat bite from a fight he had participated in a few nights back. So $350 later and a bag of pain syringes later, I was to apply warm compresses to this open wound twice a day as well as keep my son on his antibiotics, salt water rinse, ice bags and his pain meds. By Sunday my dog Lydia started with a runny tummy. My dear husband had the luck to get up before me on Monday morning to discover the disaster in our family room she caused during the night…thank goodness for tile. So $300 later that morning I was sent home with Lydia the wonder dog, and 3 different meds. My kitchen counter was lined up with bottles galore. Son, cat, dog, son, cat, dog Son..etc. I started to think I should be putting hot compresses on my head as well. On top of that my other cat, 14 yr. old Stewart William was scheduled for his rabies shot so that was a minor adventure to add to our activities. I share this with you to let you know you are not alone in this crazy world of animals. Thus I had just finished thinking that this must be what it means to experience the dog(cat) days of summer and then read your blog. Fortunately I can report everyone here is healed and tomorrow Lydia can start on regular dog food again. She did loose a few pounds. (Wish I would..HA) I hope your husband will feel better with each day. That sounds very painful. What we do for animals!!! Hopefully your pup is medically fine and just knows how to rule the kingdom. Good luck and much patience.
    Look forward to seeing the magazine.ReplyCancel

  • Robin Gold - Hi Anne, you said your husband had the last of the shots. Was that the rabies vaccine? or just for the physical damage the stray cat did? You didn’t mention whether the tests came back on the cat for rabies, but just to ease your mind a bit, my husband, daughter, and I all had to go through the rabies series about 10 years ago (because we woke up to a bat in the house), and although they were uncomfortable, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I’d heard. Might be even easier now. Anyhow, best wishes to your husband — he is a softie (as is mine), and that’s a very good thing! (even if he didn’t exactly get rewarded for this particular time). I hope Bitsy’s doing better, too!! Best wishes, RobinReplyCancel

  • Sue - Loved the article. Had to have the magazine when I found out it featured your studio.

    So happy your poor husband is doing better. Give him lots of TLC! He deserves it. And, hope they find out what is going on with Bitsy. Wonder if they have chiropractors for dogs? Anyway, hope both your patients are well and on the mend soon.ReplyCancel

  • Barb - Thank you so much for the update on your sweet husband and your precious Bitsy. I do hope they are both on the mend and that your life gets back to normal (whatever that means, huh?)! When you read other people’s Comments, it’s amazing what life thows at us, isn’t it?

    I loved the article about you in Quilter’s Home – your home is Gorgeous! (with a capital “G”)!! Thank you so much for opening up your home to us and sharing it with us. And…especially thank you for sharing your amazing talents with the rest of us – you are so generous!!ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Thanks for letting us know what is happening. I feel like I should offer to come and help you but since I live in Canada I can just offer my best wishes to your hubby and poor little Bitsy. Animals do get traumatized and play on our heartstrings. Love your sign, Mothers are always Mothers.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - I love the sign! Our poor dog, Chuck, always shakes like crazy on the way to the vet, and when he gets there he grins at everyone. They love that! We just found out he has diabetes, so I’ll be giving him insulin shots every day.

    Hope the hubby and Bitsy both return to normal very soon:)ReplyCancel

  • Denise :) - Just finished the article — what fun! They did a great job; of course they had a great subject! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski - Can’t wait to get the magazine Anne! The article looks wonderful. Hope hubby is all better.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Well, I’m going to have to pick up the magazine. I’ve drooled over your studio several times…maybe this time I’ll wear a bib so I don’t drool on the pages *grin*. I truly do look at the photos of your studio and dream of even having my own simple sewing room, LOL. You would think at 60 years old I could have a room for my sewing but problem is health issues. Downstairs is the only place with a large enough room for my sewing goodies to be permanently placed but with Scleroderma, Utah winters are too cold down there unless we have a fire in the woodburning stove every day and that’s just not something we can do. So…I move everything downstairs for the few months we have warm weather, then my sewing machine and table, along with a few project baskets come up to the living room for the winter. Everything else stays downstairs. Consequently I do a lot of up and down the stairs for supplies, to go through my stash, books, magazines, etc. But the way I figure this, as long as I can sew, it really doesn’t matter does it? Nope, definitely not. LOL.
    Glad to hear your hubby is recovering. It sound like he really got batter during his heroic rescue! I also love your new motto. Keeping calm is the hardest part! Poor Bitsy, I truly hope she does well, and they can find out what the problem is. Bless all your hearts. My “little people dressed in fur” act exactly the same as Bitsy at the vets. Shaking to the point I worry about them. One of them actually has her temperature go up when she is in the vets office. They said it’s not uncommon! Sure makes it a nerve racking experience for us though. Well, I’m off to pick up the magazine and a nice absorbent bib…ReplyCancel

  • Jean - Congratulations on the magazine spread!!! It’s a wonderful article with great pictures. Boy would I be a mess if a magazine was coming to take pictures of my house. I’d have Merry Maids over for a week straight, borrow all my friends quilts and antiques and rent a couple more pets! Your home is just beautiful and cheery and comfy looking. The colors are so complimentary. It reminds me of the Lecien fabrics. Sweet Sweet Sweet!!!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - Love a girl who knows how to get what she wants AND inspired a great motto !!!

    She is a credit to dogs everywhere!


  • mimi'sdarlins - Hi, Anne. Congrats on the magazine spread, I need to get my copy while they’re still on the stands!
    Glad your husband is finished w/ his shots, poor guy! I hope Bitsy will soon be running again….maybe she’s just tired. I can relate, sometimes I wish someone would carry me around too, but so far no volunteers…maybe I need to put up a sign :-)ReplyCancel

  • Denise :) - This was a wonderful piece! I was really pleased I’d picked up a copy of the magazine; it was a treat. I’m commenting several days behind, so I’ll go ahead and say here that I’m happy to hear your hubby is healing nicely. Oh, and I *love* your patterns! Baltimore Bunnies may be my all time favorite and I was pleased to see at least a bit of it pictured in the spread! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sivje Parish - Oh your rooms are lovely Anne. I am praying for your puppy and your hubby. I will have to pick up the magazine because I am dying to know about the Goose Feather Farm sign. I LOVE it! And I still love those pink toile chairs too.
    I hope everyone heals in your house and your week goes beautifully well.ReplyCancel