One week and counting!

It’s crazy right now!  1 week and counting before quilt market and everyone I know is scrambling to get things done.  I leave for Salt Lake City on Tuesday! It’s exciting to think of so many new things under one roof!  The last time we attended market in Salt Lake, the city welcomed us with open arms. Salt Lake we love you!

If you saw my newsletter you heard that my newest block of the month isn’t quite ready.  Think about this…some of the fabric for Raining Cats and Dogs just arrived on Saturday!  That’s right, I’ve been waiting and waiting for it to get here and the quilt blocks are finally being appliquéd this week!  I’ll be bringing the blocks to market, but the quilt won’t be completely assembled until after market.  I’ll be showing you a “virtual” peek later this week.  It’s amazing what you can do on a computer.  Just wait until you see!

In the midst of all the market excitement Henrietta arrived back from my quilter this week!  Just look at some of these blocks!

Notice how the applique is quilted ONLY when it’s necessary to keep it from puckering?  Never quilt into your appliqué unless you have to.  The focus of the quilt is that hand work you just completed and not the quilting. The quilting should add to the charm and finish off the quilt.  It’s a fine balance of applique and quilting.

Simplicity is the key to getting this look.  Henrietta has quilting around her body, between her body and tail, and around her arm to anchor her down.  You can hardly notice it!  Enlarge the photo and you’ll see what I mean.  I like people to look at my quilt first and then study the quilting, not the other way around.  Henrietta’s very happy about that.  She likes to be noticed!

With the addition of block five we are half way through this quilt!  By next month you’ll be able to put the first two rows together.  If you haven’t kept up you still have time.  Let’s get busy we have more to come!

Have fun with Henrietta!   New fabrics and quilts coming soon!





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  • Leeanne - very cute, nice fabricsReplyCancel

  • Melody - Thank you so much for the new Henrietta block. Have a wonderful time at Quilt MarketReplyCancel

  • auntiepami - Pink & grey! Thank you Anne. Can’t wait, you know I hope a little Westie finds it’s way onto your quilt. Have fun at Market. Can’t wait to see your booth.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, have fun at market…I miss your posts! The new block is darling, and how fitting that Henrietta should be a devoted mama for this block :-) This one is going to be fun to stitch…it’s the only BOM I’m actually keeping up with! Thank you for sharing, and Happy Mother’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, Got the Newsletter this morning and had to wipe the drool of my chin after seeing the new fabric. I find I am really drawn to gray fabric and your new “Puttin’ On The Ritz” is incredibly gorgeous. I can’t wait till it is available. Also can’t wait to see what you have been busy making with it! Have a wonderful time while your here in Salt Lake for Market. I will look for you if I am there, I would love to say hello. Just not sure I will be able to go…lots going on here at home just now. Have a wonderful trip. Hugs…ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna - Oooh, thank you for the new block. It’s darling!

    But I want to know the name of Henrietta’s little friend. Or is that her baby?

    And what is the name of Sophie’s friend from last month?

    Thanks again for the lovely blocks. :)ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Hays - Love it Anne. Have fun at market!! Sincerely, DebbieReplyCancel

  • Anita R - Each month I think you can’t make a cuter block and then you prove me wrong! How precious! Thank you so much for sharing these with us and can’t wait to see the new fabric. I love all your other lines :)ReplyCancel

  • Diane - Oh what a sweet little mother and baby! This is my favorite yet (but I say that every month–!)
    Thank you, Anne. I’m happy to say I’ve been keeping up with this lovely BOM.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Have a fun time at market! I saw a sneak peek of your new fabric line on your newsletter, and I’m completely in love! I am praying my local quilt store carries the line, come Oct. If not, I’ll have to go on the hunt for it =)ReplyCancel

  • Lhise - Hello Anne!
    The new blok is so sweet! :o) Love it!
    Thank you for sharing.
    Lhise, from France.ReplyCancel

  • Ina - Oh my goodness!! The mamma squirrel giving the baby squirrel an acorn??!! I love it!!

    Oh Anne, how long must I suffer before I can get my hot little hands on Puttin’ on the Ritz??!! :(ReplyCancel

  • Ina - OCTOBER??!!! Aye, carumba! ;0ReplyCancel

  • Laura K - Anne please say hello to my old city for me! We used to live in Salt Lake and I loved it there. Unfortunately my DH got a job in SoCal so we are back here now. I miss Utah terribly so I am particularly jealous this time of those of you who get to go to quilt market! Have a great time!ReplyCancel

  • Martine - Henrietta and her little one come just at the right date close to Mother’s day ! That is so cute, I love it !
    I look forward to discovering your new BOM and its fabrics.
    Thank you Anne.
    Happy Mother’s day.
    Martine – FRANCEReplyCancel

  • Denise - Thanks for the great BOM, Anne.

    I always machine quilt into my applique especially leaves and birds.
    Adds great dimension.
    The leaves have veins and the birds have feathers when I machine quilt into the applique.ReplyCancel

  • fleurette - Thank you for the new block, baby is too cute. Happy Mother’s Day and have a wonderful time at market!ReplyCancel

  • kathie - of course I can’t wait to see the newest bom!
    My furniture arrived and you were right it is wonderful I want to order another workstation but will have to wait till we move. Its so nice having a big desk too!
    it is perfect!
    thanks for all your help

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