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Snow Happy Hearts for August

Snow Happy Hearts August August is a month that’s hard to define.   It’s in-between holidays and still controlled by heat waves here in the US.  It’s the month I hope hurries by.  So what’s a snowman to do during the month of August?  Mine is going to the beach!  It’s time for some play this […]

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August 5, 2015 - 7:11 am

mimi'sdarlins - Once again, you’ve created such a darling snowman….I wonder what his secret is that keeps him from melting on the beach :) I’m saving all these patterns and think I’ll make a sweet quilt for a special grandbaby…oh wait, then I’ll certainly need to make more than one!

August 5, 2015 - 7:23 am

Sandy M - I could not agree more on your assessment of the Moda Kits.
No one does kits like Moda. The only problem is that you will probably never see the kit made into a quilt, because the packaging is so gorgeous you don’t want to open it!!

August 5, 2015 - 7:26 am

Barb R. - Snow Happy Hearts August is so cute (I know, I say that every month!!) – that little pail & sand shovel are so perfect for the beach and I love how a snowman can keep “cool” at the beach, too!!

Merci La Vie is gorgeous – you are so generous to donate this quilt ( but your generosity is no surprise to us!). You are truly such an inspiration!!

August 5, 2015 - 7:45 am

Hildy - Love this little snowman and love the beach! But I hope he’s not melting in the august sun (I’m almost melting … good I’m not a snowman;-)

August 5, 2015 - 8:36 am

Christine B. - Thank you for another lovely pattern Anne! Looking forward to getting started…. have a couple of other projects to finish off first though! :) x

August 5, 2015 - 9:25 am

sunny - Ah yes, a snowman making sandcastles on the beach. What could be more perfect for August. Thanks for the cute design…..

August 5, 2015 - 10:21 am

LindaSonia - Hmmm…. I can’t get the snowman to print…. anyone else having the same problem??

August 5, 2015 - 11:32 am

DeAnna Julie Dodson - Darling snowman. Love the fussy cut bucket. :D

Yes, that’s the problem with kits and precuts. They’re so darn cute, you hate to even open them. ;)

August 5, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Janet Melanson - Thank you so much for another great snow person……I was very fortunate to get a fat quarter bundle of your new Christmas/winter fabric at my LQS here in Kingston, Ontario, Canada :)

August 5, 2015 - 8:49 pm

Joanne Moore - Thank you Anne! this one is so darling. (Aren’t they all)I think I will hot glue some tiny shells to place in the bucket! I love collecting tiny shells and this will make a cute beach house decoration!

August 6, 2015 - 1:06 am

Susan - Thanks for the snowman! Love the sand pail and shovel!! Perfect for August–we just got back from the beach and have one more quick trip planned in a couple of weeks!

August 6, 2015 - 6:26 am

Karen in Breezy Point - It looks like the kit comes in a beautiful box–how fun! Love the beachy snowman–sand buckets are so cute!

August 6, 2015 - 9:05 am

Jackie - Thank you for the pattern!

August 30, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Malinda - Snowman is adorable, but the quilt box – absolutely lovely! Looking forward to hearing more!

Snap Shots Update

Most of the children in our area went back to school on Tuesday.    I don’t know what happened to 3 months off during the summer and back to school in September, but here they started school on the hottest day we’ve had so far (106).  No wonder it seems like time is flying by. I’ve finally had […]

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July 29, 2015 - 8:19 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Darling as always! What cute fabrics.

We always had off from Memorial Day to Labor Day. I guess that’s not the case anymore. I don’t know how parents keep up with it.

July 29, 2015 - 8:34 pm

Carmen - Darling blocks and wonderful color choice!

July 29, 2015 - 8:40 pm

Mary Salmon - Anne!
So cute!! How is it everything you make is so cute? I am still struggling with value & color. I’m taking an all-day class in Houston that should help!

July 29, 2015 - 11:55 pm

Hildy - Love your blocks your air balloon looks great! I still need to make mine it’s top on my list. Here in Bavaria vacations start(!) this friday and will last about 6 weeks. Mid september it starts again. I’m used to this rhythm would be hard for me if something would change.

July 30, 2015 - 4:56 am

Susan - So cute – love the colors/fabrics!

July 30, 2015 - 5:10 am

Karen - where do you live that the children go back to school so early in the summer. Here in Arkansas they go the middle of August but I have heard the kids in Kentucky go back by August 5th or so.

July 30, 2015 - 5:40 am

Barb R. - 106?!?!? oh my, you are killing me – too hot for me!

However, that Snap Shots quilt is just adorable – I’m quite partial to the dog block. I haven’t started it yet, but I’m saving all the patterns to make it sometime – thanks for sharing your blocks – they are wonderful!!

July 30, 2015 - 7:41 am

mimi'sdarlins - Love your blocks! A departure from your usual style, but so adorable. I’ve always loved 30s prints, and these blocks are perfect for those. I’m waiting for that bicycle block too….this quilt has only gotten as far as my wish list, but it’s fun watching you make yours :)

July 30, 2015 - 10:07 am

s - Such cute blocks. And I love your fabric choices!

July 30, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Kathy - Love your blocks and fabrics! I used black wool circles for the eyes on my puppy and that worked well. I just fused, but will also blanket stitch down.

July 30, 2015 - 5:56 pm

RuthB - Love your blocks Anne and the fabrics are sweet. Love the vintage look! I’m sure you will find the perfect puppy eyes!

July 30, 2015 - 8:23 pm

Beth - I love these. I may have to copy you. I have a nice stack of Fresh Air Fat Quarters already and no project assigned to them! Thanks for the inspiration ☺

July 31, 2015 - 1:43 am

Susan - Love these 30s fabrics you are using—-so cute!

July 31, 2015 - 9:40 am

Karen in Breezy Point - Your blocks are so sweet in those prints! That bicycle block looks like it’s going to be pretty challenging, but I can’t wait to see it done in 30″s fabrics.

August 10, 2015 - 6:07 am

Terri Mc - Love the fabrics you are using in the Snap Shots quilt! Especially love the apron!

Red & White

Remember when the Red & White Quilt Exhibit was in New York?  If you were lucky enough to attend, I’m envious.  That was something I think all of us wanted to see.  The pictures, blog posts and stories from that event were wonderful. Finally, thanks to the American Folk Art Museum, we can all visit […]

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July 22, 2015 - 12:20 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, that looks fabulous. I so wanted to see that exhibit. The quilt on the cover just fascinates me!

I’ll have to put that book on my wish list! :D

July 22, 2015 - 1:02 pm

Marcella - That was an exhibit I wish I could have seen too! I do have the app though – do you know about it? They made an app that shows all of the quilts from the exhibit and it’s free. Fun to look through!

July 22, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Gale - I was so inspired by the Red and White display that I only saw on the web, that I started one of my own. Hope to get it done for February 2016.

July 22, 2015 - 7:46 pm

Peggy M - Thank you for the info on the book and the app! I didn’t see the exhibit either. I’m looking forward to seeing the quilts in the book and I’ll try the app.

July 22, 2015 - 11:09 pm

Colleen - Thank you anne and thank to your blog reader for her free app information. I have yet to see a red and white quilt that I don’t like and hope I never do.
I want to make one I am thinking an Irish chain would meet my abilities

July 22, 2015 - 11:55 pm

Hildy - Now this book will right now come on my amazon wishlist and perhaps it’ll be a xmas gift from me to me (or my mum). Do you know if it’s just the photos or the instructions as well? that would be even better:-)

July 23, 2015 - 4:48 am

mimi'sdarlins - I do remember that exhibit, though I didn’t attend either, but I recall the wonderful photos. What a great book that will be, I’m adding to my wish list.

July 23, 2015 - 4:49 am

Barb - I wasn’t aware of the Red & White quilt exhibit but WOW! I wish I could have seen it. Thanks for the information about the book and thanks to Marcella for the information about the app that is available.

Red is my favorite color so I’m going to love looking all of these. The quilt on the book cover is amazing!!

July 23, 2015 - 6:56 am

Susan - I would have loved to have seen this exhibit! I have yet to make a red and white quilt but I really want to!

July 23, 2015 - 9:14 am

Karen in Breezy Point - I am so envious too! I’m sure it was a breath taking experience–thanks for the head’s up on the book!

July 23, 2015 - 9:48 am

Jan - Thanks for sharing! I preordered my copy of Red and White Quilts. I did not get to see the exhibit, but have admired the quilts many times. What’s to NOT like in a red and white quilt. Love your work. Thanks for inspiring me to make pink quilts. lol

July 23, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Pam Seaberg - Looks like a beautiful book, thank you for letting us know about it.


July 23, 2015 - 6:01 pm

sunny - Ooh, I just saw that on another blog, too! I’m off to place my preorder. What a beautiful book!!

Traveling with Applique

I was asked by Moda to share any tips I had on traveling with applique.  This really got me thinking, and I realized I hadn’t shared with you the applique travel case a friend made for me!  I use this case so much it’s become a part of me.  It goes to the Dr’s office, the dentist, car rides and quilt […]

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July 3, 2015 - 11:01 am

Hildy - Read your tips on the Moda blog thanks for sharing! I have another one for you: instead of whole spools I’m using bobbins to take with me. These are smaller and if you need a few colors (and maybe be away on a vacation) it’s really practical. Have a great 4th:-)

July 3, 2015 - 12:15 pm

Mary T Salmon - Hi Anne!

I use a plastic zippered pouch! This would certainly advance my appliqué expertise to a new level. I love it! I will check it out on Sunday. Thanks for the sale.

Have a great 4th. I hope the fire works don’t scare your babies.


July 3, 2015 - 12:29 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh that’s too cute! Aqua is my new favorite color, and everything should have at least some polka dots in it. Precious! :)

July 3, 2015 - 12:42 pm

Carole Crane - This is to cute, love the mini mat! Thank you for sharing. Have a safe 4th!

July 3, 2015 - 2:08 pm

patricia G Hayes - Thanks for pattern for appliqués pouch. I plan to order on Sunday. What a delicious idea to keep everything all intact. Holiday time and do enjoy!!

`pgh “Piffle”

July 3, 2015 - 4:24 pm

sunny - How perfect! I think I need one of these. I try to have handwork with me wherever I go. You just never know when you might get a few minutes to do some stitching.

July 3, 2015 - 7:58 pm

Susan - That looks like the perfect little bag for handwork!

July 3, 2015 - 8:14 pm

Ruth - What a great and very cute idea. Thanks for letting us know about the sale, this pattern will be in my basket (along with one or two, ok who am I kidding, other items).

July 3, 2015 - 11:08 pm

Margaret M - What a clever traveling pouch! I love the color. It matches my new Ikea rolling cart that I purchased to give me more space while hand or machine sewing at home. Looking forward to Sun. sale and the next heart. Happy 4th!!!

July 4, 2015 - 5:40 am

Shelley Parham - I’m looking forward to the Snow Happy Hearts for June and July. Can’t wait to see them!

July 4, 2015 - 6:42 am

mimi'sdarlins - This is such a great case, looks like it holds everything you need for projects. I have something similar a friend made (but not as compact) which I use whenever I hand sew, and it’s so convenient. Ok, now I just have to remember to check out your sale before it ends! Happy 4th, Anne :)

July 4, 2015 - 8:26 am

Karen in Breezy Point - Oooh–hard to resist a sale! Happy Fourth!!

July 10, 2015 - 5:53 am

Barb - Oh drat! I missed the sale but I love this travel case! Very clever and I imagine so useful. Nice to have everything you need contained so well. Thanks for sharing this with us.

July 12, 2015 - 4:40 am

Kathy Marx - How fun to see this, as I have one just like it! I made mine at least 10 years ago and liked it so well I made another four for family member Christmas gifts. Everything you mentioned is right about this wonderful little carry along sewing kit!