The Yellow House

 This was one of those houses that just made me swoon.  If you visit the Cotswolds in England, and you drive the country roads you might find it.  It has to be one of a kind and the story of the house will remain a mystery.  I’m not sure I could find it again;  too many country roads going in too many directions.   I wanted so much to know the history.  Who lives here  and how many families have lived here before them?  How old is the house?  Has it always been the palest of yellows?  What stories can it tell, this beauty of a house!

I spent Saturday with this house, but only in the studio.  I drew it for applique only to find out I couldn’t capture it’s beauty in fabric!  I tried for a full day, but the house remains elusive.  A house this grand must want to remain in the Cotswolds.   I love every  detail of this house, so maybe I’ll try again someday when I have the palest of yellow fabrics.

Of course all of this leads to another clue. 

Here’s the clues so far, with the new one in red:

1.  Christmas with some pieced blocks

2.  A little bit of snow

3.  A tiny bit of pink in the quilt, 5″ x 5″ or smaller. 

4.  The fabric I’m using is” Le Petie Ecole” from Kaari, the French General! 

5.  I said in an earlier post that there’s a critter in the quilt that I like to draw almost as much as a bunny!

6.  There’s a house in the quilt, and its set on snow.

 I do have some good guessers.   You know who you are! 

Have a great Monday everyone! 


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  • Melody - Hi Anne,
    I’ll have another try – Christmas in a village in the Cotswalds. The critter could be your cute little squirrel with a pink bow in her hairReplyCancel

  • Jerona Williams - OK, Christmas in Paris? Or an “Rabbits love Paris at Christmas’?ReplyCancel

  • Tina Dillon - Squirrels in a treehouse or birds in nests. In fact all manner of animals in their Christmas homes ???ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Birds decorating their houses for Christmas? I’m a terrible guesser.ReplyCancel

  • annette - The North Pole and elves?ReplyCancel

  • Lynn S - I remember when you released your itty squirrel pattern, that you said you were planning on doing a quilt with the design. Is this the one? If not it will be you little scottie.ReplyCancel

  • auntiepami - Mmm, Le Lapin e le chat en Paris pour Noel ou en London? Ou le petit animal en Noel en Paris? My college French is, how we say, not so bien?ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS!!!!! That little mouse… ahhhhhReplyCancel

  • Anne-Lise - Mary had a little lamb … xmas style?ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, What a BEAUTIFUL house. It’s funny because so many ladies want modern homes with all the latest gadgets. When I look at houses as we drive through different cities, the ones that catch my eye and steal my heart, are the older homes (especially Victorian design), these homes have personality that can’t be found in today’s new designs. I can spend hours visulizing the families and the traditions they had. Time spent together enjoying each other’s company and oh the Christmas celebrations they must have had. It was a different time and I personally think a better time, when the families held tight to each other. What a wonderful time, beautiful homes and very simple but oh so special Christmas Eve and Christmas days planned entirely around the family. AND as my hubby just pointed out, the anticipation of that special Thanksgiving dinner served around Grandma’s kitchen table. Special times, special people! Hugs to you and scratches to your furry babies.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - Santa’s village with sweet little animals watching him get ready for the big take off!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth B - Has to be squirrels. I love your squirrels. I don’t think I’ve ever said that to anyone before. So, a house and squirrels with a Christmas theme.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - The house is beautiful1 Knowing its location gives it added charm. Maybe you’ll need to look at some of your creamy fabrics rather than yellow to do it in applique? I’m sure you’ll just pick up your pencils one day and the house will appear :-)ReplyCancel

  • Corey - A little gingerbread house BOM would be so cute–am I close? Or Twas the night before christmas?ReplyCancel

  • Jean - I’m guessing Twas the Night Before Christmas and the critter is a mouse?ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Oh, Anne, what a beautiful house! I, too, find myself gazing at old, vintage houses and wondering what their story is. Sometimes they’ve fallen into sad disrepair and they look so sad, dreaming of happier times. So I guess a house from the Cotswolds in England could be the center of the quilt, snow on the roof, a bird flying overhead, pieced blocks surrounding it. This is driving me crazy — can’t wait to see this pattern so I can begin to make it!ReplyCancel

  • Suz Kuhns - perhaps a Dickens Christmas with a puppy!ReplyCancel

  • Laura Tawney - Here is another guess – Christmas in the Cotswolds and the favorite animal that I haven’t guesses yet but would be a lovely addition to a country theme would be a lovely little squirrel. I love squirrles as we have some really cute ones that run along our deck fence that we feed. One in particular is a litle brown one and my how he chirps! Really funny. I don’t know why I didn’t write that one earlier as I just love them. Another cute addition could be a little fox. We have a Shiba Inu and a Pomeranian and they have such cute little fox like faces.
    Laura TReplyCancel

  • AnnieO - I don’t even remember what my first guess was, so I’ll have a go at it again! Some beautiful star blocks surrounding a house sitting on the snow in a medallion center, with a pretty red bird in front of it on a pink mailbox! Ok, that was hard.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Vanderhorst - love the yellow house, as I use to live in a yellow house and it always seemed so cheerful. Maybe someday you could do a whole wall hanging of yellow houses, birds, bunnies, scotties, and squirrls, somewhat like your tisket, tasket blocks. I still think it’s Cotswold at Christmas with maybe Scotty dogs. This is my second guess. Loved your trip photos, especially the England ones.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - A bird or mouse Christmas??? This is hard :>ReplyCancel

  • Tressa - Could your new design be, I’ll be home for Christmas?ReplyCancel

  • Martine - A lovely house where plenty of good children certainly live…

    Martine – FRANCEReplyCancel

  • Becky - Is it a Christmas village quilt– with a squirrel or a lamb?ReplyCancel

  • Sue - Maybe your friends in England can help you solve the mystery of the yellow house.

    I still think a squirrel is in the newest, upcoming BOM quilt. And, I think little houses will also be in it-sort of like what happened with the basket quilt. Whatever you come up with, I am sure we will all love it.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Colvin - Home for Christmas? As for the critter: a kitten with a big red bow would be so cute.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - I like the Country Christmas in the Cotswolds idea, with a pink pig, or other pink animal? Or maybe Christmas in Paris with a pink poodle?ReplyCancel

  • Marcia - I’m thinking a Santa house with critters. How about a farm house type country christmas with all the farm critters?ReplyCancel

  • Lynn S - I have another guess! Bitsy has had quit a month, and I think its Bitsy having and dreaming a very wonderful Christms.ReplyCancel

  • Sandra - Hi Anne I spent the afternoon with you in my daydreams as I read the article about you and your home in “Quilter’s Home”. I loved all the pictures of your beautiful you certainly captured the vintage feeling you were going for. Thank you for allowing us to see where you live and create.
    Blessings SandraReplyCancel

  • Sandy Allen - Well, that knocks my idea of a Victorian Christmas street scene right out of the water. Now I am seeing a cottage in the woods, with squirrels and deer and other wildlife around it, and maybe Santa and Mrs. Claus in the house. The pink could be the curtains on the window…How’s that?ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - I’m going to take one more stab at this, and then I give up! I was looking for animals that I haven’t seen yet in your BOMs while thinking about children’s Christmas stories that I love. I’ve come up with The Christmas Day Kitten by James Harriot (I absolutely adore his stories), or The Mouse Before Christmas, one of my very favorite children’s books. C’est tout! :)ReplyCancel

  • Melody - Hi again – another try. what about Christmas houses/scenes and animals dressed for Christmas in snow globe pieced blocks or pieced snowball blocks. The animals would include a squirrel, bunny and scotty dog.ReplyCancel

  • nancy in IN - Sounds like Christmas morn before the gifts are opened–a mouse is watching.ReplyCancel

  • Bonnie - The night before Christmas would be my next guess, has a house, a mouse, sweet treats or Christmas bird houses, someone also mentioned Animals Christmas and that would be a wonderful quilt as well.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie R. - Victorian-theme Christmas….your newly-named squirrel collecting nuts…..a red cardinal….victorian-era toys….green wreaths…..and some holiday inspired pieced blocks….a bunny on a hill…..and in the quilt center a snow sprinkled victorian home, inside a decorated tree shines through the window for all to see as they pass by and gasp.ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Christmas on squirel hill?ReplyCancel

  • Ronda - Christmas in tiny town?ReplyCancel

  • Mama Spark - Twas the night before Christmas? or maybe a Christmas village of some sort.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Anderson - I know! Santa bunny going down the chimney! Or, maybe not!ReplyCancel

  • Cyn - Hi Anne, I’m going to guess one more time… in Paris. I can’t wait to see this new pattern… oh! the suspense!!


  • Patsy - Schoolhouse ChristmasReplyCancel

  • Michele - How about Christmas at the Cotswolds with some cute, wooly sheep?ReplyCancel

  • Pauline - I’m guessing Twas the Night Before Christmas and all through the house with the other animal being a mouse. Since I haven’t received an email yet all my other guesses are wrong. I’m running out of guesses. No matter what the theme……it will be beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Liz - twas the night before christmas and all through the house…….the mouse! love that story and I think my grandkids would like to see that quilt in my house:)ReplyCancel

  • Karen M - I guess I need to try again. I’m thinking maybe a french countryside christmas with a dog. Sorry I’m not a good guesser. Thanks, KarenReplyCancel

  • June - Could it be like an old fashioned sampler with a Christmas theme? A house in the middle with letters of the alphabet and various little animals all throughout. I’m thinking a pretty gray cat or squirrel somewhere on that quilt.ReplyCancel

  • Tina Dillon - Not Nutcracker, but maybe Squirrels still figure or woodland animals at Christmas time in their snowy Christmas homes in the woods…….ReplyCancel

  • Bette - Hmmmm…I’m beginning to think this guessing game is just a ruse to collect more ideas for future Christmas projects….(I’m on to you!…smart thinking!)ReplyCancel

  • anna lee - twas the night before Christmas….and all thru the house..ReplyCancel

  • anna lee - Cotswolds Country Christmas…
    I had a friend who lived in England & the pictures you all show ~ appear to be like from a post card, rambling streams, Old inn’s, wonderful faded colors inside… But..I am the worst at these games…?ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I love this house. I want to live there. It is beautiful! I think your new Christmas quilt will have many cottages, and stars and birds. Wouldn’t that be lovely?ReplyCancel

  • Penny - Because “Christmas” hasn’t arrived yet & there’s another hint, I’m going to try again & submit another guess! Perhaps there’s a reindeer or two & the theme for the new block of the month is something like “over the river & thru the woods to grandmother’s house we go!” Is that jingle bells that I hear? On, this is just so much fun!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Ann - This is very tough Anne. I haven’t heard from you so must mean my two previous guesses were wrong. Ok, how about a Christmas Cottage Quilt?

    I can’t wait until you announce it and we get to see it.

    I’m on block 6 of Autumn Houses….loving it!!ReplyCancel

  • bea - Twas the night before Christmas?ReplyCancel

  • Marcia W. - A little house set on snow with two turtle doves cooing, a pink heart; three French hens; a little mouse in the house with pink ears; using the fabric with letters for toys; the other fabrics for pieced house blocks in Christmas colors; and other appliques of birds, squirrel, bunny, and red plaid for the Scotty dog. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) comReplyCancel

  • Sivje Parish - Madeline’s house in Paris? My daughter’s are crazy about Madeline and that would be a darling Christmas theme.ReplyCancel

  • Sivje Parish - Or Gingerbread houses with little squirrels, bunnies, scotty dogs and birds?ReplyCancel

  • Maria - Here is my 3rd guess,Night Before Christmas and the critter is a mouse?ReplyCancel

  • Diane - I’m still thinking it’s vintage Christmas ornaments — that fabric just looks like old European style — and Christmas is all about lambs — or maybe Henrietta Whiskers will make an appearance on this quilt!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Shackleford - I’m guessing it will be a French Christmas, or perhaps a Parisienne Christmas theme.ReplyCancel

  • Patricia Shaw - Hi Anne, How about Christmas Kitty in a Victorian Christmas setting. Thanks, PatReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, just wanted to let you know you have been in my thoughts. Hoping all is okay as we haven’t heard from you for a bit. Of course, in my earlier brain fog, I may have missed a post that said you would be away too. All the same, Hugs coming your way…ReplyCancel

  • Louise - Happy Sunday! I am going to make one more suggestion….Has anyone hinted at a hedgehog? ..Love them, especially the photo of one on your pet gallery. I do not know how one would do a hedgehog other than perhaps embroidery…hmmm You really have us stumped here.ReplyCancel

  • Marcia P. - Well I think the critter is a squirrel. The house on snow would either be a gingerbread house or decorated english home like the one in your picture. The pink has me stumped. You use pink for accesories or background/sashing. the letters, what would those be for? hmmmmmm, more hints pleaseReplyCancel

  • Annette - I’m now thinking a squirrel and his little Christmas house.???ReplyCancel

  • Ina - My guess is that the ‘house’ is a little school house and the critter is a squirrel. I guess that the quilt will be centered around squirrels heading off to the little school house in winter time. ;0ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Lucas - My guess is The Cristmas Mouse or The American Tale.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Lucas - Sorry I spelled Christmas wrong. So my guess again is The Christmas Mouse or The American Tale. Thank youReplyCancel