Happy 4th!!!

Happy 4th of July everyone!  Henrietta’s here a day early to help us celebrate.  I hope you have a bit of time this weekend to get started on block seven.  Two more blocks to go and then we’ll be onto the borders!  We’re so close to finishing!


Be sure to click on the “Sewing with Kids” tab at the top if you have a little free time this weekend to spend with your child.  The first project is up along with some suggestions on how to teach  kids to use the sewing machine.  If you have a child or a grandchild who wants to sew this is going to be so much fun!  When you see this button in a blog post you’ll know I’ve posted another project.



If you’ve read about my husband’s fishing expedition I have GOOD news.  Saturday was a CATCH SALMON day and he’s coming home with 45 lbs.  Thank you Canada for making him so happy!  Tired…but happy.  They also flew the salmon back to the airport for him.  He flew by helicopter, but I think the Salmon went first class.  It was waiting in customs.

Have a wonderful 4th of July!



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  • Pauline - Happy 4th of July Anne!! So glad your DH’s fishing trip ended with a good catch. Nothing better than a happy DH. Looking forward to following the ‘Sewing with Kids’ tutorials. I’ve started sewing with my 8 year old granddaughter and my grandson who just turned 6. I started him sewing last summer when he wanted to make a quilted teddy bear……I said….if you sew the lines to make the quilted fabric I will make you the bear…..Kyler did great…..now I have to finish my part of the promise…..It is a red and green plaid and will be a Christmas bear…..won’t he be surprised Christmas morning. Have a wonderful holiday….. hugs Pauline.ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I love the new block, the little acorn birdhouse is so sweet! Also, thanks for the ‘sewing with kids’ section, it’s packed w/ great ideas to make learning to sew even more fun for my granddaughters. Your granddaughters are so beautiful and are bound to become accomplished stitchers w/ you as their mentor.ReplyCancel

  • Mary Ann - Oh those smiles! Lovely girls Anne, isn’t it wonderful to be able to share your passion with them. My little ones are 3 and 6 weeks so I’m going to be printing these off in 2 notebooks to have at the ready in a few years, thank you for such a wonderful tool And glad lots of salmon is coming home too, he’ll have lots of smiles now, as well as plenty of fish tales!!ReplyCancel

  • Anna - Have a wonderful 4th of July! the block is absolutely adorable…right now I am playing major catch up! Wish Anne B. would make some blocks for me! LOLReplyCancel

  • PattyBYoung - We went fishing in Alaska, and caught 70 lbs of salmon, had it smoked, canned…we figured it was $12 for 4 ozs! But really, it’s one of those “priceless” events! Thanks again for Henrietta, and Happy July 4th!
    p.s. I did sign up for Cats and Dogs at the Fat Quarter Shop!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - Happy 4th back at you! And thank you so much for sharing Henrietta with us. I’ve been meticulously saving these blocks for when I can start working on her!ReplyCancel

  • Diane R. - Oh, Anne, my 7-year-old granddaughter, Abigail, and I are so excited about Sewing With Kids. I was visiting with her in Washington last week and she picked out some embroidery floss to make the little pincushion we saw on the website. I was going to just try and put it together on my own. I was so excited to sew the pattern this morning — this is great! I’ll be going back up there in a couple of months and I will have it all ready to go — thanks to you and your beautiful granddaughters — what fun!ReplyCancel

  • BarbR - Thanks so much for the Sewing With Kids! My granddaughter is a bit young, 4 or so but my grandson is 6. He’s a more likely candidate.I’ll have to change the hearts on the pincushion to trucks but otherwise it seems like we should have fun. Hope your 4th is a very festive one. Will you be eating salmon? =!=ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Rohrbeck - Anne, Don’t you hate it when your salmon travels beter than you do? This is such a great ‘fish tale’ –thanks to you (and your hubby) for sharing it with us!

    Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!!ReplyCancel

    • Pat - Are you inviting us all for dinner? What a great catch. My husband was a fisherman also and it was always great to get fresh caught fish when he went on his trips to Canada. Thanks for the newest block. I better get going on making the blocks since the end is in sight. I have been printing the directions and putting them in a safe place so that I can work on them soon. I think soon is here.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Where abouts was your hubby? Off the Queen Charlottes, or Van Island? Hopefully he’ll be making up some candied smoked salmon. Mmmmm, it’s a favorite!! Hope you had a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Tonya - I love the Henrietta quilt…but your idea about the Sewing with kids…that is great!!! I am going to post the button to my blog!!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - I’m trying to get my husband to go get me salmon but he hasn’t taken me up on it yet. Your quilt block is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Martine - Thank you so much Anne, Henrietta is so cute.ReplyCancel

  • sigisart - Dear Anne,
    I also have to say “thank you” for sweet Henrietta. I´m in love with her, I must confess. And I´m just ready with Block Nr. 7. If you want to have look…on my blog. A nice weekend to everyone and many greetings from germany. By, by sigisartReplyCancel