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The making of an aurifil thread kit

Just imagine, Moda and Aurifil ask you to design a small quilt and then choose thread colors to go with it.  It’s not as easy as it sounds! The first thing you’d have to do is open up this beautiful color palette of Aurifil threads!  Something happens to your heart when you see this many beautiful colors!  It’s […]

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February 18, 2015 - 7:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - Well, your final photo is a winner and the ornament quilt is adorable! I knew you were multitalented but had no idea that you were the photographer for your packaging…. well done :)

February 18, 2015 - 8:40 am

Hildy - Congrats to your new granddaughter! My birthday is today so I can tell you that February is good birthday month.
And congrats to your Aurifil kit your quilt looks adorable and the colors are great:-)

February 18, 2015 - 11:28 am

Pam - Oh perfect Anne! So happy for you and a new baby in your family! I also agree that February is the perfect birthday month…everyone is done with Christmas, January is a thing of the past and we are all ready for a new holiday! A red and pink one at that! Congrats on an Aurifil collection…they know the good gals when they see one!

February 18, 2015 - 11:42 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, you’re so right about wanting all those thread colors! I have a color card for DMC floss, and it’s just tantalizing.

Lovely photos of your fabrics and threads. :::happy sigh:::

February 18, 2015 - 1:05 pm

Barb - Oh Anne, a huge Congratulations to you and your family on your new granddaughter! What a wonderful, joyful blessing for all of you. I’m looking forward to the picture.

This new quilt looks like it is so much fun. All those beautiful thread colors – oh yum!! Fabric & thread & quilting – truly one of life’s pleasures!!

Thanks so much.

February 18, 2015 - 5:03 pm

faye - Yummy!

February 18, 2015 - 5:06 pm

janet - Lovely colors….. And congratulations on your new granddaughter has

February 18, 2015 - 7:41 pm

Delcia Rosenow - Sounds like serious color fun! I love to use 12 wt. for embroidery; only used Sulky, especially the Blendables. I always used Cosmo Seasons until discovering the shorter color change with Blendables. It’s great for covering smaller distances where I want more color variation. How does the Aurifil variegated compare with Seasons as far as color change length. So many great products but a limited budget to try all of them out. Your creativity is always fun to see in your posts!

February 18, 2015 - 7:52 pm

kshackabq - Congratulations on your new granddaughter, Maya! Wow, what fun!! And congratulations, too, on your Aurifil thread kit!!

February 19, 2015 - 7:49 am

Gale - Congratulations on the new grand girl, looking forward to seeing her photo on Friday. Love the new line of fabric, I have been viewing it already at the Fat Quarter Shop, it somehow jumped into my shopping cart :)

February 19, 2015 - 8:20 am

Karen in Breezy Point - How fun!

February 19, 2015 - 5:29 pm

Pat - Granddaughters are a true gift. Enjoy yours!

February 24, 2015 - 7:20 am

Kim Brandt - Oh my isn’t she just perfection? I wish I had a new grandbaby to snuggle and welcome to the world. I know your arms with ache for her until April, enjoy their visit and special hugs to Lily. ( since we both have granddaughters named Lily :0).)
Congratulations to the winners…….how fun to find out you’ve won a giveaway when you didn’t even know you had a chance to win! Love the Aurifil and your colors are divine!

Happy Sewing Anne and I wish you continued success :0)

What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?

What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?  Ever wondered about it? When I started designing, it was the fabric that inspired me.  I’d wait on pins and needles to see the newest lines from Moda.  I’d have several quits in my head and when I saw the right fabric I’d start designing. Oh joy […]

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July 27, 2014 - 11:44 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oooh it’s always so intriguing to see a tantalizing little package like that. Love the colors. Can’t wait to see the final result! :D

July 27, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Susan - Can’t wait to see your new line……I just love all your fabric……I will be watch for a peek of it!!

July 27, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Pam - Cheryl is amazing. I can’t wait!

July 27, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Hildy - Your new fabric line sounds great I love the name!

July 27, 2014 - 2:01 pm

liz - Oooh, pretty! I’m practically salivating over the colors!

July 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Judi - Please, please come out with a new baby line! Since most and I do mean most of the baby quilts I have made(and I have made 8) this year alone, the gender of the child is known. The one who didn’t actually know, took a sealed envelope with the gender info to her baby stuff store and they put away the blue ( in this case) choices she made.

I desperately need pinks, blues, lavenders with greys and tsuoes. It seems every nursery was pink or blue with grey or taupe this past two years!

Help! My children and their friends don’t want trucks, farm animals or robots!

July 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Karen Miller - Nice to see a post from you Anne and congratulations on another new line from Moda! I just love all of the beautiful new fabrics and peruse them often for inspiration for a new Moda Bake Shop recipe or pattern. I’m a new pattern designer and am always inspired when I see your fabric and sweet BOM. I would love to learn more about the process… Can’t wait to see the line. Hugs, Karen

July 27, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Barb - Oh I love the name “Mistletoe Lane” just conjures up all sorts of ideas, thoughts and memories. I just know this is going to be extra-special – fabric always inspires so many possibilities.

I’m with Karen Miller (above commenter) I’d love to learn and understand the process of fabric from inspiration to manufacturer – I know we would all be in utter awe of what it must take !

Thank you, Anne, for sharing your talent, creativity and generosity with us.

July 27, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
Sounds lovely. I love everything you design.

July 27, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Anita - I’m loving the pink and mocha colors, can’t wait to see what you designed to go with it.

July 28, 2014 - 1:02 am

rosa - The new name sounds fun.Can’t wait to see the new fabric line.

Don’t know what comes first because sometimes I see a fabric and know which pattern I ‘ m going to use .

July 28, 2014 - 5:41 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I love the colors! Now I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see the new line and pattern :)

July 28, 2014 - 7:17 am

Pauline - Anne…love the name, love the colors and I just know I will love your new ideas for your new line of fabric and your new patterns. Your creations always make me smile. Happy stitching, Pauline

July 28, 2014 - 7:50 am

Jackie Roisler - Very interesting, thanks for sharing :) plus, anxiously awaiting your newbie items.

July 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Tina Mclellan - Oh my! I can’t wait. Miistletoe, Christmas and Bunny Hill! What a fabulous combination. It just has to be wonderful!

July 30, 2014 - 4:22 am

Shawna - I love the name of this fabric line! I can’t wait to see it and the patterns you design for it.

Punchneedle, Bunny Hill Style

It’s a little bit country and a little bit sweet.  I’m talking about Punchneedle embroidery, Bunny Hill style!   Introducing 4 punchneedle patterns that I hope you’ll love.   Pockets, pillows and pictures, designed with a touch of softness.  I hope these little punchneedle petite rugs will become treasured heirlooms.  The looks are sweet and the […]

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June 2, 2014 - 12:28 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, these are SO cute. Love the sheep especially.

Oh, how exciting!! FABRIC!!!!!!

You are so sweet and generous. Sending you an e-mail.

BTW, you should be getting a new book in about three weeks or so. I hope you like it. :D

June 2, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Aniva - I love your sweet and simple designs, they are so crisp and childlike.

June 2, 2014 - 1:00 pm

mimi'sdarlins - These are so, SO cute, this really takes me back. My sister and I used to love to do punch needle. I love the pink lamb and reindeer…only you would think of that :) I’m looking fwd to your new website, too!
And thank you so much in advance for the nice surprise, how thoughtful of you to reward us just for leaving a comment on your last post. I’m sending you an email right away!

June 2, 2014 - 1:19 pm

PAtricia G Hayes - Thanks for the generous thoughts, Anne. You are one heck of a talented lady. I imagine you do not sleep much and your little ole brain is just a planning along. haha


June 2, 2014 - 3:47 pm

Lee - How fun! I love Sweet Pea!

June 2, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Barb - Congratulations to the lucky winners – any fabric from your stash will be such a treat!

I’ve never tried punch needle, but your designs are so sweet, I think I’m going to have to give it a try. Once again, thank you so much for your wonderful, imaginative creativity!

June 2, 2014 - 4:25 pm

Terri M - I am so excited for your punch needle patterns. When you sent out the teaser I could hardly wait until they were available before commenting I raced over to get one on order. They are soooooo adorable.

June 2, 2014 - 7:19 pm

Joan - Those are adorable! I started doing needle punch years ago and that cute little rabbit on the scooter is all I need to get me going again.;)

I also just finished your christmas wheels pattern – what fun!

June 2, 2014 - 9:34 pm

Peggy - I love these adorable little needle punch patterns. I bought the tools from you to try this technique quite awhile ago and still haven’t done it. Maybe I’ll try the pink reindeer. She’s awesome.
I do read your blog just rarely comment. Sorry. I like your idea for your current giveaway. We need to let you know we are out here following you. Always inspired by your wonderful projects. I have four ready and waiting for me to dig in!

June 3, 2014 - 4:37 am

Donna Campbell - Recently started punch needle & glad to see a new source! Great designs!

June 3, 2014 - 6:19 am

Dottie Oestreich - These are really beautiful, Anne! You are inspiring me to try Punchneedle!

June 3, 2014 - 6:43 am

Lisa C. - I would love to do that little sheep for my soon-to–be born granddaughter!

June 3, 2014 - 6:58 am

Mary S - What delightfully cute gifts to make. Thank you for sharing. God certainly gave you a tremendous talent.

June 3, 2014 - 7:28 am

Dawn - These are all adorable….

June 3, 2014 - 10:02 am

Pauline - WOW…Anne, you always have a whole lot of cuteness at Bunny Hill…luv the sheep!! Years ago…I bought 2 different size needles and a snowman kit but haven’t tried it. I really should give it a try. Congratulations to your winners…lucky ladies!! Have a wonderful week…hugs and happy stitching, Pauline

June 3, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Louise - Love the punchneedle. I took a class a few years ago and haven’t made any thing since. I need to start again and I think your patterns are the inspiration

June 3, 2014 - 4:30 pm

Marcia - Awww, your punch needle patterns are adorable. And I like the way you are doing a give away to the people that posted on your last blog post. I didn’t but I’m sure there is someone there that never wins and will really appreciate this.

June 3, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Pat Godkin - These patterns are just so sweet! Love the displays & thrilled to have a video on how punch needle.

June 3, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Elizabeth Quigley - Hi Anne ,
I just love all you patterns and pretties. Is there a place I can see how to do the punch needle pretties? They look like so much fun.
Elizabeth Q

June 3, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Karen Martin - Adorable! I love doing punch needle!

June 4, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Colleen - Great idea for sharing your extra fabrics! And getting those comments posted

June 5, 2014 - 9:18 am

ina - oh man! i love the Wild Hare punch needle pattern! ;p

June 5, 2014 - 3:53 pm

Mary Ann - Oh I love this pink reindeer. i keep telling myself, “No,new projects” and then something comes along that just shouts to me!!!

June 5, 2014 - 3:56 pm

Mary Ann - Oh!! And most important, thank you for the fun surprise for commenting. I so appreciate all the work it takes to blog and take cute photos and share with us so I always try and comment. xoxo

June 6, 2014 - 11:06 am

Cheryl - So cute. I have all the tools for this but haven’t learned it yet. I’m inspired to get busy on it now.

June 6, 2014 - 7:18 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I have never tried this but does not look difficult.
Since my nickname is Wamb (supposed to be lamb but I could not pronounce the “L.”), I will have to try the lamb…but the bunny is so cute!

And The House Became a Home

Sometimes I’m inspired by unexpected things.  I’ve been watching house renovation shows like “Love It Or List It” and “The Property Brothers” on HGTV.  They got me thinking about what makes a house a home, nesting, and how much love we all put into our homes. Soon I was sketching out a quilt and “The […]

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May 25, 2014 - 12:14 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, isn’t that sweet? :)

May 25, 2014 - 12:48 pm

PAtricia G Hayes - HI Anne, Good for you, oh to be so talented as you. However I will enjoy the fruits of your labors.

I, too, sit and do handwork while watching the very same shows as you. In fact grandson just called and told me how he wants to learn to do what those people do and I suggested to him that he watch those shows also. haha apropos

Do you get kumquats out there also. We had a kumquat festival here in FL a few months ago, and I now have several peat pots growing with the seeds. Hopeful I will have some someday. I also love calamondins, neither of which I can get locally only the kums once a year.

How wonderful that you have the other farms so close by.

Happy Memorial Day PGH

May 25, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Carole Crane - Thank you for sharing your weekend with us! I can remember as a child slipping into our neighbors yard and picking cherries from their trees. Nothing better!

May 25, 2014 - 6:31 pm

sunny - I love your little quilt! Enjoy your cherries. We’re having a perfect weekend in Maryland, with perfect weather.

May 25, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Mary Ann - Such a lovely quilt. I will be looking forward to the kits.

May 25, 2014 - 10:38 pm

Denise - Omg! We live I. Antioch! We are neighbors!

May 26, 2014 - 11:42 am

Mary T Salmon - Wow…sea bass…what a treat. I would love some fresh! Have a wonderful day.
I love your new pattern.

May 28, 2014 - 9:59 am

mimi'sdarlins - What a darling quilt! Love the colors (you can’t lose with French General), and your design is so sweet, as always.

May 30, 2014 - 9:42 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the house quilt, I will be doing it for sure, thanks, Lorraine

June 3, 2014 - 12:25 am

Martha Cook - Your supper sounds yummy. In the state of Maine we have lobster and strawberry rhubarb pies. Wow, traffic there looks crazy! Love your talent.

June 5, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Bev Hernandez - The punchneedle critters are so cute!
And, I’m drooling over the leftovers and scraps from your previous projects.
Bev H.

June 6, 2014 - 10:35 am

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
I am floating on air. Thank you SO MUCH for the wonderful bag of scraps and FQs. I will use them in my House/Home quilt when I get the pattern. It will be a gift for my daughter and husband when they buy their first home.
Thanks again!