January, a fresh new month

I love the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day.  No one really expects me to be working so it gives me time to clean and reorganize.   I use this week to take down Christmas decorations and clean my studio while I watch all the shows I’ve recorded over the past month.  I think it might be the best week of the entire year!

New Shelf_

One of the first things I did last week, was to find a place for the beautiful white shelf my friend Robin gave me.  It fits perfectly on top of the pottery barn hutch on my desk, and once I cleared the clutter off the hutch the rest was fun. To think I did all of this while watching Project Runway Junior.

Clearing clutter is the key to organizing anything.  It makes you feel refreshed and in charge.  I moved everything on the floor, and started with a clean slate.  As I put things back into their new home I had things left over.  These went into two stacks;  keepers and donations.  Donations immediately went into a large garbage bag, and I put it in the garage for the next pick up.  The rule is, once you’ve put something in the donation pile, you can’t take it out.  Chances are you don’t really need it.  Some of the keepers I’m still trying to find room for.  I may have to reconsider.

I also have a new organizer that I purchased from Levenger.   I absolutely love this planner and I even ordered the red leather Circa cover for it.  Then I used my new fountain pen that Sue got me from Jet Pens, and filled in all of the things I have scheduled for 2016.  I swear I feel like a queen when I use this (my husband would tell you I should feel like a queen after all the money I’ve spent)! It goes hand in hand with getting organized for the new year!


As I was going doing all of this in the studio, my husband was going through some of my old patterns in storage.  He found a stack of Jelly Roses patterns, so we decided to add them back on my website.

Jelly Roses

There must have been a time when I made hundreds of these roses. We sold so many patterns I’m sure each one of you probably has the pattern somewhere in your stash. If you’re anything like me you may have purchased two.   Just in case you didn’t, you can find this pattern on our website.

25% off sale on our website!

I hope you’re enjoying our 25% off sale over the next three days.  We only do this sale twice a year, once in January and once in July so don’t miss out.  25% off everything on our website through January 7th.

Chick Jubilee!

Before I forget, another pattern that just might put you in a spring mood is Chick Jubilee!  Yes, we’ll have this on our website for a long time yet, but it’s getting harder and harder to find the original fabrics.  Remember when I told you in my last post about Quilting By The Bay in Panama City, Florida?   They still have Chick Jubilee available with the ORIGINAL fabrics!  How can you stand not having these chicks in your home for Easter?

Chick Jubilee

 If I had more room I would buy it myself.  Just kidding…

Have a great week.  I’ll be back after the sale to update you on some things to come.


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  • Hildy - I love the time betweeen the years it’s always relaxing and great to let the old year pass revue and getting ready for the new one.
    Your new white shelf lloks so cute with the little softies and the small treasures you ordered on it.
    Wishing you a great new year hope you have a good one!ReplyCancel

  • sunny - Nothing like a fresh new start. My planner is ready for a new year, and the donation pile is rapidly growing. Am I the only person who does NOT have the pattern for jelly roses? Off to check it out….. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • mimi'sdarlins - I love the week between holidays, too! This year we find ourselves drowning in grandbabies, which is definitely a good thing. It also seems to use up our time (in such a happy way), so I’m not immersed in organizing or crafting or quilting as I usually am this time of year. I’m quickly putting some finishing touches on a late ornament as I wait for one of the little darlings to arrive :) Happy New Year, Anne!ReplyCancel

  • DeAnna Dodson - Oh, I love that white shelf. So pretty!

    I am so much in a “must clean and organize everything” mood, but it will have to wait till I meet my current deadline. THEN I will clean and organize and refurbish and make everything springy!

    I love the chick quilt. So very cute. :DReplyCancel

  • Melody - Love those dear little chicks on Chick Jubilee. Must put it high on my to do list.ReplyCancel

  • Katherine - Sweet Anne –
    Your new shelf looks like it was just made for you and your studio! Just perfect with all those darling dears on it! Have not finished my holiday clean-up yet – Congrats on getting yours done and looking so lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - Oh those roses, I met you at Thimble Creek quilt shop (Walnut Creek location) you gave a quick demo. Of course I have the pattern somewhere…… I need to do that purge and clean so I can find what I want when I want it

  • Karen in Breezy Point - What a pretty shelf–perfect for your “keepers”. I need to do some purging too, but it’s so hard to let go!!ReplyCancel

  • Barb R. - I must be one of only a few that doesn’t have that Roses pattern – but I will remedy that and order it.

    Love the shelf – it looks perfect in your studio. Isn’t it a great feeling to be clean & organized? ( I wonder why it’s so hard to accomplish that though???)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Cornell - Good luck with all your organizing for 2016. I love the idea of a book that benefits children. I do a lot of sewing for charity and the need is unending.ReplyCancel

  • SandyG - Good for you getting organized. I must get things organized, I told myself I cannot buy fabric until it’s done. Thus, I’ve been missing out on the great sales, and buying this book when you had your sale!ReplyCancel

  • Kim gurry - Love the new book, and cannot wait to see what you have made on Sunday – my new planner has the date marked! Love starting a new planner each January!
    Would love to win!ReplyCancel

  • morgaine - I’m so sorry being too late! It is always fun to read your blog!
    sunny greetings

  • Pat C. - Your Chick Jubilee quilt gives me hope that Spring is not too far offReplyCancel

  • Tonia L. Conner - Love your ne shelf. I’m looking for something similar for over my old iron bed that we just got. It belonged to hubby’s grandmother. I have always liked Chick Jubilee. When it came out I hadn’t app. yet. I might try and give it a go now. I thought I had already commented on this post, my bad. Maybe next time. I do really want that book though. I love to make baby quilts and this would be perfect. You all are very talented ladies. Congrats to those that have won.ReplyCancel