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If you’re out and about

If you’re out and about this holiday season and you pass a Williams Sonoma store, turnaround and go back.  You’re in for a treat. Every year I recommend their Hot Chocolate (I make mine with milk).  It’s a treat that happens once a year, and it makes the season special.   This year they’ve added […]

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November 20, 2014 - 7:23 am

Sandy M - OMG. Those marshmallows are A-DO-RABLE! I love W&S. They have a wonderful stuffing that pops up for Thanksgiving. The Focacia and the Cornbread variations are so yummy. Oh, and their pumpkin butter… I don’t like pumpkin anything but I always get that because it’s delish.

November 20, 2014 - 7:34 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, I so agree about Wms Sonoma hot chocolate mix! The one with peppermint is super, too. We’ve had their roasted marshmallows, but these snowmen are so adorable, we’ll have to pick those up for all the kids. They also have some of the best sauces and salsas…ooh and cookies….just everything we get there is superb! Now I’ll be thinking of this all day…may have to make an unplanned drive. Plus, dark chocolate is good for us :)

November 20, 2014 - 7:39 am

Kathleen O'Grady - How precious!! I will be finding some of those, I hope! Thanks for sharing!!

November 20, 2014 - 8:53 am

Pat Godkin - Thanks for the tip! We love both hot chocolate and marshmallows-cannot resist those snowmen”

November 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

ina - those snowmen are ADORABLE! ;p

November 20, 2014 - 11:43 am

Hildy - Oh, these snowmen are too cute! I’m sure Lily loves them!

November 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Mary S - This looks scrumptious. Have to check and see if it is in this area. Thanks.

November 20, 2014 - 9:12 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, Lily will love those!

That looks delicious. :D

Psst, I have five flower centers and eight bunny eyes to do, and then I’ll finally be finished with my Baltimore Bunnies quilt.

Thanks so much for the beautiful design. It’s still my favorite.

November 21, 2014 - 2:08 am

Wendy Williams - So jealous, live in the UK and don’t have any Williams Sonoma stores, but maybe its a relative who owns the store and will send me some! x

November 21, 2014 - 5:21 am

Barb - Those snowmen marshmallows are too adorable! (Actually, I think they remind me of some of your snowmen designs – maybe WS got the idea from you!)

And who doesn’t love hot chocolate! I think a trip to WS is on my To Do list:-)

Thanks for sharing this with us.


November 21, 2014 - 6:09 am

Tricia L. - I’ll have to check this out! Thanks, I usually walk right by!

November 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Kathleen - Now I want hot chocolate!!

November 24, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love, love, love the marshmallows, will try to make a couple for the grandkids, Lorraine

Acorns and Roses

Two weeks before Thanksgiving and in California we have acorns falling and roses blooming.  Feels normal for November.  I set off for the farmer’s market this morning with my camera in hand.           Our Farmer’s Market is open for one more weekend believe it or not. There’s one more photo I took today… […]

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November 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, congratulations, Grandma! :)

November 15, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Tammy - Congrats to big sister Lily, I am sure she’s going to love being a big sis!

Love the colours in your pics, and it has been a strange season seeing all kinds of blooms at the wrong time.

The fabric in the burp cloths is adorable, how cute.

November 15, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Hi Anne,
What a great idea bringing your camera along on your farmer’s market trip this day. I truly love the carrot’s photo, they are looking yummy. Some look like a variety I am not familiar with All your photos, the brightness made them all simply tempting to eat right now. hehe Don’t I wish. The berries, this must be your second of the season??
Anyway thanks for sharing with all of us.
Wow, this is going to call for more trips across the pond, another little body soon to be on your lap. How wonderful.
Enjoy every minute with your family. Patricia

November 15, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Mary T Salmon - Lucky Grandma!! Great pictures.

November 15, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Mary S - Congratulations on the new little one coming.

No roses blooming here or veggies. Too cold.

November 16, 2014 - 2:21 am

Hildy - Congrats for become a grandma again although the baby will be far away. But February is a great month, my birthday is 18th and sometimes the weather is quite good here then.

November 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

Juanita in OH - Hi; Thank you for these beautiful photos. Congratulations for the new baby to come!
There is nothing in the world greater than grand parenting. LOVE the fabric.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

November 16, 2014 - 8:06 am

mimi'sdarlins - Congratulations on your new baby granddaughter on the way! Your life is filled with ‘little women’, how wonderful. I love the sock monkey fabric (who doesn’t?), made pajamas and matching overnight bags for my granddaughters a few years ago. Have fun sewing for the new baby :)

November 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm

ada shave - The only thing that is growing in Newfoundland, Canada is snow balls. They started yesterday.

November 16, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Wish we had a market like that, what fun, enjoy, Lorraine

November 20, 2014 - 6:10 am

Barb - Congratulations, Anne, to you and your family on the news of a new baby on the way. What a special blessing for all of you. Lucky Lily will be a wonderful big sister.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Leaving for Quilt Market

It’s that time of year again when Houston Quilt Market comes around.  I leave very early Friday morning for Houston, and what a market Moda has planned!  The theme this market is “Get Comfy with Moda” and the designers have a fun school house planned.  If you’re a shop coming to quilt market don’t miss […]

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October 23, 2014 - 6:46 am

Patricia C - Have always wanted to go to the Houston Market but something always comes up.
Thanks for sharing the baby owls, adorable.

October 23, 2014 - 8:55 am

Hildy - These owls are just too adorable!!!
Have a fun time at market and I can’t wait to see all the market goodness showing up in blogland:-)

October 23, 2014 - 1:55 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Have fun at market!

What a precious little bebbeh owl! I hope you’ll post more pictures if you get them. :D

October 23, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Juliez - After braving the frenzy at Sample Spree, I’ll see you Saturday !

October 23, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Louise - Love the owls! Geez sure do wish I could follow my favorite local quilt shop owner and be able to have a preview of what she chooses for us for the coming months. What fun that would be. Also anxious to see your new line and Bren’s as well. Have a wonderful time

October 23, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Joanne Moore - Love the photo of the owls!! Thanks for sharing. What a neat encounter. Have fun at Market!

October 24, 2014 - 4:10 am

Dawn - Have a truly super time at Market, wish I were there too – one day hopefully :) Love those little burrowing owls, we don’t have them in the UK, they’re so lovable! Thank you for posting the pic of them x

October 24, 2014 - 5:16 pm

gailss1 - Have a great time at “Market” and will watch for news….love those little owlets, how adorable!

October 25, 2014 - 2:34 pm

mimi'sdarlins - How fun to be heading to market again! During a recent shop hop, I couldn’t resist your Mistletoe Lane fabrics, they’re even prettier in person.
Love the little owls and must send this to a friend who watches endangered owls on camera. They are in a preserve so they can hopefully breed and have a better chance of survival.
Have fun at market!

October 25, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Erin Stewart - Those owls!!! You really must weave them into a pattern somewhere so we can use the fabric and see them every day too. ;)

I hope you’ve had a lovely time at quilt market!

October 28, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Loris Mills - I love those burrowing owls! We have enjoyed one or two each year hanging out with us through the winter. I think it was so dry this past year that they didn’t visit. I missed them.

November 4, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Lynn Koeppen - We wished we could have met you at the Quilt Festival. We were disappointed that very few designers stayed for the Festival. Maybe next time! :-)

What kind of quilter are you?

Are you a “clutter” quilter or a “neatness” quilter?  Just look around your sewing area and you’ll know.  Are you surrounded with stacks of fabric and tables filled with works in progress, or do you have a place for everything and only one project out at a time? I’m a neatness quilter and I can […]

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September 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, how beautiful is your sewing room!!

And what a sweetie your husband is to help you get it all pretty. :D

September 18, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Patricia G Hayes - I am like you, I cannot stand a messy quilting area. Went and bought several plastic containers w/handles so the five projects that I am working on are safely inside, I can, this way, grab on the way to a guild meeting, cottage group, or when I decide what project I wish to work on at a particular time.
I find I cannot keep starting new projects which I dearly love to do but this way going to one or another I find I get excited like I was starting a new project with my area fairly neat now.
Your hubby is a terrific keeper, ahah.

September 18, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Linda - I am a mixture of both. I have neat stashes in containers and alos several projects in various stages of completion. I am in love with wool applique but also want to learn machine quilting. Not enough hours in the day for me. :)

September 18, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Barb - I like neat and orderly the best but . . . Sometimes things just get out of control – you know how that goes. Too many projects started, too many projects that I want to make and never enough time.

Your space is so lovely – I love that rack of fabric – so pretty and colorful. Your husband is so generous to help you.

September 19, 2014 - 12:12 am

Hildy - I confess: I’m more of a clutter quilter with a bit organization thrown in. I have my places where everything I need is and my fabric is sorted by colors in bins but it can easily go out of controll and I just don’t care to much about it. I’m better if it’s a bit messy around me because I’m a bit more creative this way. Perhaps I need a husband?

September 19, 2014 - 6:03 am

mimi'sdarlins - I’m both. Inherently an organized person, but when I’m working on a project and pulling fabrics from several areas, things get messy. On the bright side, I can usually find what I’m looking for :) I love that your wool is so neatly arranged in little bundles.

September 19, 2014 - 8:11 am

Pam Seaberg - I think I am a little of both. When I am deciding on what fabrics to use, I have them out, all over the place. But, at the end of the day, I like to have everything put in piles.

September 19, 2014 - 9:35 am

becky m - I’m a neatness quilter forced to be a messy quilter. My room is the dining room and it’s not set up for quilting and my husband doesn’t want to “let” me change it (which is silly because we’ll never eat among the mess I’ve created!). So I try to tolerate the mess I quilt in and dream of the day I can get beautiful shelves like yours. You married a smart man! And he organizes well!

September 19, 2014 - 9:59 am

Karen Martin - I try to be a neat quilter, but things seem to get out of hand quickly–it always gets to a point where I just have to stop and reorganize before going any further. I do work on several things at a time—I’m always excited to start something new!

September 19, 2014 - 10:14 am

Bernie - I am a clutter quilter. I would love to be neater, but it never lasts. I hate that I spend half my life looking for stuff.

September 19, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Betty Grove - I’m a neatness quilter, but still find it necessary to clean after I finish a project. While I try to put things back after I use them I will invariably lay something down in the wrong place. I am an “organized quilter.” I label everything and everything has its own bin or drawer, there are times when I think I’m overdoing it; but it works for me. I usually have two projects going at the same time, so that if I get stuck on one or just get bored I can switch out and then come back renewed. Quilting is the only hobby that I have that gives me complete contentment and even when I’m tense I can go to my sewing room and find calm.

September 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

rosa - I`m a mix of both-I enjoy working on several projects have every project in his bag.

September 21, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Vicky - (sigh) I want to be you!

September 22, 2014 - 5:50 am

Teresa Duryea Wong - Your fabric storage and the photos and everything about it is just luscious. I have been wanting to collect all the solids and display them this way. Love this. Thanks for inspiring.

September 24, 2014 - 10:30 am

Anne Manly - I would so love to have enough room to be as totally neat as I crave to be – BUT!!! It unfortunately doesn’t work that way so I just struggle through – and my sweet husband has also been a help by building my storage shelves. Also glad to hear that you’re a Louise Penny fan – I waited anxiously for this last installment of my favorite Three Pines characters! Happy stitching and happy reading!

September 28, 2014 - 8:04 pm

tammy - What a lovely collection of fabrics- they look so nice all neat and organized. I am in envy as I am definitely a “messy quilter”.

happy quilting

October 4, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Lorraine Isaac - I wish I was not so messy but I think it’s because I have such a small space