There are so many things that inspire and excite me.  All you have to do is look around, and you’ll find them too.  I get the most excited when one of you uses something I’ve designed, and takes it to the next level.  Maybe you use a different fabric, add a different touch, or you change it in a way that adds your own creativity.  It’s exciting!

Lea Kagel took my Cape Cod Baby pattern and gave it a new look using blue and green fabrics.  She made it for a new mother-to-be and I think she may have already given it to her.  She was drawn to the pattern because she grew up on Cape Cod!  I feel as lucky as the mother-to-be, because I got to see my design through a new looking-glass!   Just look at this darling quilt and you’ll see what I mean!

Cape Cod Baby Close-up

Cape Cod Baby by Lea Kagel

Cape Cod Baby by Lea Kagel

Lea and I have a lot more in common than just this quilt!  We both have cats who look like this…

MoochersMy cat is named Moochers and her cat is names “Princess Catiana”.  Leah, maybe princess needs a few sail boats of her own to curl up on.  Hope she didn’t get jealous when she saw the beautiful quilt you made!


In another part of the world, Christine Barnsley was busy sewing away in England on her version of Snow Happy Hearts.  I’m going to give you a sneak peek here, but you’ll have to hop over to her blog to see how wonderful her version really is!

Snow Happy Hearts

Christine you’ve inspired me and I hope many others!  When I designed these little hearts I could only hope they would grow wings and take off on their own!

I’ll be back on the 5th with the February heart!

Hugs to you all,


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  • sunny - They’re both awesome! I’m loving seeing the Snow Hearts done different ways. thanks for such an adorable starting point.ReplyCancel

  • Pat Godkin - I have been looking at the Snow Happies posted on the Facebook Group. My thoughts are that there are infinite ways to look at a pattern. I am always amazed at how a slight change in fabric or threads alters the designs or how you might decide to expand an ornament into a whole quilt which is so smart with 12 that you are offering us! I have considered a banner with the months embroidered on top. Love love love your work Anne!ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - That’s what I love about quilting/sewing. You can take someone’s pattern and make it your own by changing colorways or adapting it to something the designer didn’t think of. Love the blues and greens in the baby quilt. SO cute. And the hearts quilt adaptation is just wonderful.

    So many projects, so little time! I could sew 24/7 and never catch up.

    Thanks for sharing these. They’re great!ReplyCancel

  • Christine B. - Hello Anne! Thank you so much for this lovely post… I love the Cape Cod cot quilt, it is beautiful! Thank you for your lovely comments about the block I made from the Snow Happy Hearts Pattern ….. I so enjoyed making it. I can’t wait for the next one! I love the FB page too… so inspiring… so many talented people! HugsReplyCancel

  • Tammy - This post is full of beauty! Great pattern and so cool how the ideas pile on and expand when people share their interpretations. As DeAnna said, So many projects, so little time. But one heart a month sounds at least, possible. Thank you for sharing your talent & skills Anne, Lea and Christine!ReplyCancel

  • faye - ADORABLE sailboat quilt. Love it.ReplyCancel

  • Hildy - Love the quilt and, of course, the cat!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Rohrbeck - How is it that I missed seeing your Cape Cod quilt? It is adorable! I had a thought that maybe you could highlight each of your older patterns occasionally – kind of a reminder how wonderful they all are. I know I’m going to go look at them all a little bit closer.

    Thanks to you and Lea Kagel for sharing that sweet quilt.

    And Christine’s Snow Happy Heart is beautiful! What a wonderful idea she has shared!! And it’s so fun to discover another blog to read!!

    It is really so amazing all the creativity out there.

    A big “thank you” to all of you!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - I love this version of your baby quilt, Anne. Beautiful work by Lea, the colors are so serene. Christine’s angel is adorable as well, what fun to see how others interpret your patterns. Come to think of it, your new angel must be in my mailbox as we speak…I’m a bit behind in my reading :)ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - LOVE your February block, too! :DReplyCancel