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The Making of Merci La Vie for the American Cancer Society

If you haven’t heard If you haven’t heard, over the last 6 months we’ve been making a second Merci la Vie quilt at Bunny Hill. Yes, I said a second quilt!  It’s a very special version of Merci la Vie because it’s been hand appliqued by women who have either experienced breast cancer, or had a friend or […]

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October 4, 2015 - 1:06 pm

DeAnna Julie Dodson - What a beautiful quilt and even more beautiful story. I’m sure the quilt is even lovelier in person.

I hope your donation does a lot of good for this worthy cause.

October 4, 2015 - 1:20 pm

mimi'sdarlins - This is such an amazing collaborative effort, and kudos to you and all the ladies who joined forces to make this beautiful and very meaningful quilt. I wish good health and recovery to all these wonderful women.

October 4, 2015 - 2:56 pm

sunny - What a beautiful quilt! And sewn with so much love.

October 4, 2015 - 3:27 pm

Mary ann - So beautiful and full of the love and caring of strong women!

October 4, 2015 - 3:37 pm

pam - It see so many familiar faces there. What a wonderful quilt!

October 4, 2015 - 5:09 pm

Tammy - Thats a wonderful story with this quilt. I hope the quilt can be seen and story shared with many cancer patients during their treatment and recovery.

October 4, 2015 - 6:24 pm

Modalissa - what a wonderful project for a great cause. Thank you to everyone.

October 4, 2015 - 6:33 pm

Dani - What a beautiful quilt and story. My thoughts and prayers are with all of the women and their families too. I hope we can purchase the pattern soon. My beautiful Mom is battling Inflammatory Breast cancer too. God bless you all.

October 4, 2015 - 8:15 pm

Karen Shackleford - Thank you all, and especially you, Anne, for this fabulous quilt for the American Cancer Society, honoring all women who have been touched in one way or another by breast cancer. So fun to see photos of Chickie and Sandy Newman. Beautiful women doing beautiful work!

October 4, 2015 - 8:53 pm

Karen in Breezy Point - What a beautiful project–and so special to have had so many wonderful women work together to create it!

October 4, 2015 - 11:24 pm

Melody - Wonderful quilt and how fabulous to see darling Rosie Dekker’s beautiful face. A truly inspiring group of women, including you dear Anne

October 4, 2015 - 11:51 pm

Beth - A truly beautiful quilt. Love the fabric and colors. Very touching stories by some awesome women. I hope all of them and Diana are winning their fight against breast cancer. Prayers for all!

October 5, 2015 - 12:08 am

Hildy - Wow, what an amazing story behind this beautiful quilt! And quilted by so many wonderful women. My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer early this summer and went under surgery and then therapy through the summer time. Luckly she now finished with it and everything went well:-) Hope that everyone is that lucky!

October 5, 2015 - 3:10 am

Christine B. - What an incredibly special quilt made by some very talented and inspirational ladies! Just remarkable! Hugs Christine x

October 5, 2015 - 3:22 am

Susan - So beautiful, from the quilt to the ladies who made it. What a labor of love!

October 5, 2015 - 4:03 am

Susan - What a wonderful project and gorgeous quilt – a special meaning to many people!

October 5, 2015 - 11:56 am

Jackie - Incredible quilt! Incredible women!

October 5, 2015 - 9:40 pm

Jennifer down - Dear Anne, The quilt you and your group of extraordinary women have created for the Cancer Society is inspiring. Well done to all who participated. I am a palliative care nurse in a hospital in Brisbane Australia. Thanks to the generosity of many local quilters every patient in our unit has a quilt on their bed that suits their taste and they can even take them home if they wish. These quilts made with so much love and care are very much appreciated. At times when I am sitting by a bedside doing a procedure ,to take the patient’s mind off what is happening I talk to them about the quilter who made the quilt. Telling a little about them and their family,many have also been affected by cancer. May the day come that nurses like myself are no longer needed. Much love and best wishes Jennifer.

October 6, 2015 - 11:32 am

donna - This is the sweetest thing ever and really touches my heart. What a special quilt.

October 7, 2015 - 5:30 am

Barb R. - This quilt is just so special – what a precious gift all of you are doing and give to The American Cancer Society. Truly a gift of love, beauty, graciousness and generosity.

And, Anne, I think we all send our love to your precious daughter-in-law. I hope she is doing well – blessings to all of you.

Little Maya has arrived!

There’s nothing like a new grandchild to make you feel good. It’s such a wondrous event.  Maya, my newest granddaughter, arrived on February 8th weighing in around 9 lbs. She’s Lily’s little sister. Lily has held her, kissed her and probably wondered in that head of hers, if she’s going to be going home sometime soon. […]

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February 23, 2015 - 7:31 am

Patricia Cash - Maya is beautiful, congratulations. Her little outfit is darling.

February 23, 2015 - 7:34 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, congratulations on your beautiful little granddaughter, she looks like an angel and I’m sure you’ll be in heaven when you can finally hold her. But in the meantime thank goodness for technology :)
I was drooling over that darling kit (still am I have to admit)…but so happy for all the winners1 What fun you’ll have.

February 23, 2015 - 8:28 am

Linda in Glendale - Congratulations to all the winners. Looks like really nice thread. And welcome Maya!

February 23, 2015 - 9:01 am

Mary Salmon - Maya is the most precious baby I have seen in ages! She is angelic. True gift from Heaven! I am so very happy for you, Anne.
Although I really need thread, I’m very happy for the winners today. I was at the Moda booth yesterday at QuiltCon in Austin. I love Moda! Mary

February 23, 2015 - 9:08 am

Pam - Congratulations on your newest arrival! Maya is beautiful!! Our Henry will have a new cousin in early August! The kids are calling him Cletus the Fetus! They aren’t going to find out the gender. They also got new jobs closer to home in Indianapolis so were ecstatic! Henry lives 10 hours away in Omaha and we were just there last week. So my distances seem short compared to yours!! Enjoy that sweet baby!!

February 23, 2015 - 9:27 am

Hildy - Anne, you’re the best! Thank you, thank you, thank you! You sure work for the best company ever:-)
Please give lovely Lily and magnificent Maya a big extra hug from me when they’ll visit in April!

February 23, 2015 - 9:34 am


February 23, 2015 - 9:41 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, look at her! She’s absolutely gorgeous, like a little baby doll. I bet you can’t wait to actually be able to hold her! And I’m sure Lily will need some special attention, too. :D

Those are gorgeous thread colors! I’m so excited about getting them. I love your surprise giveaways. Thank you!

February 23, 2015 - 9:58 am

Gale - I nearly fell off my chair, when I read this and realized I was #10 and a winner, along with the other lucky ladies. Love the photo of Maya and look forward to seeing one of you, Lilly and Maya in April. Nothing can compare to grandkids. We are expecting our second one in July.

February 23, 2015 - 10:47 am

RuthB - Oh she is so precious!! How difficult to be so far away from your grandchildren. There is nothing like holding and cuddling your grandbabies and I hope we see pictures of you doing just that in April!

February 23, 2015 - 10:59 am

Letty - Oh my gosh, she’s as beautiful as they come! What a blessing!!!

February 23, 2015 - 11:21 am

selina - She is beautiful, congratulations.

February 23, 2015 - 11:36 am

Lorraine Isaac - Congratulations on your new Granddaughter, she is beautiful, hope they are all well, Lorraine

February 23, 2015 - 12:20 pm

Christine M - Maya is just beautiful. She looks like a little doll.

February 23, 2015 - 5:10 pm

sunny - Maya is beautiful! I hope you and Lily will be very happy with her.

February 23, 2015 - 5:24 pm

Tammy spencer - Maya is so pecious and if she is anything like her big sister she is going to be beautiful. Congrats on your newest grand baby.

February 23, 2015 - 7:06 pm

Pam - Wonderful! I love babies.

February 23, 2015 - 7:57 pm

kshackabq - She’s beautiful!! Congratulations, again. And congratulations to the winners!!

February 23, 2015 - 8:16 pm

Linda Butler - What a beautiful baby…..congratulations!

February 23, 2015 - 9:34 pm

AJ - She is so so beautiful! And I love the name! Congrats!

February 24, 2015 - 2:04 am

Carol Thomas - Anne, she is adorable! I don’t know how you’re resisting the urge to hop a plane to Germany to have a chance to hold Granddaughter 1 and Granddaughter 2. Congratulations!

February 24, 2015 - 2:47 am

Christine B. - Congratulations on the arrival of little Maya! She is beautiful! :) xx

February 24, 2015 - 5:23 am

Susan - What a darling picture of your newest member of the family! I know it’s not easy living so far away from them, but April will be here before you know it! Congrats to all the lucky winners!

February 24, 2015 - 6:02 am

Julie - Me & My Stitches - Congrats on your adorable new granddaughter – I bet you can not wait to see her in person. And congrats to the winner – what a great sneaky giveaway :)

February 24, 2015 - 6:20 am

Peggy Wilson - She’s so cuddly looking. Having to wait to hold them is so hard on grans!

February 24, 2015 - 8:35 am

Karen in Breezy Point - Congratulations on your beautiful addition to Bunny Hill–she is just precious! And thanks so much for choosing my name in the the sneaky drawing–it’s a darling little kit and project!

February 24, 2015 - 5:02 pm

Ann P. - Congratulations on your sweet granddaughter! So precious. Such a lucky group of winners. I have been purchasing thread for some applique projects. Aurifil is great.

February 24, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Carrie P. - Congrats! she is adorable.

February 24, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Donna Liljegren - Congratulations on your newest grandbaby, Anne! How wonderful for your family. I bet you’re beside yourself awaiting her trip. It’s amazing how our hearts expand to encompass our loved ones and their new additions!

Congrats, also, to your giveaway winners. Lucky, lucky! Moda IS the best!

February 25, 2015 - 6:10 am

Barb - Oh My Goodness! What a beautiful baby girl! Maya is truly such a precious gift to your family. Joy, love and blessings to you all. I’m sure you can barely contain yourself waiting for the April visit of your beautiful granddaughters and their Mom & Dad.

…. And to my great and joyful surprise, I think I’m the #5 (Barb) winner in your surprise (and very sneaky!!) prize drawing!! Wow! Thank you so much – I am beyond surprised & thrilled! And now I’ll email you my address.

February 25, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Tammy - Such a little cutie. Congratulations on your new baby granddaughter XO

February 25, 2015 - 7:14 pm

Ronda - Anne she is beautiful!!!! So blessed!

February 26, 2015 - 10:51 am

becky m - She is gorgeous! And what a beautiful photo as well. I hope Lily takes to her sister right away!

February 26, 2015 - 6:53 pm

ina - congratulations on your new grand-daugher….and how wonderful you’ll get to see her soon. ;p

March 1, 2015 - 11:51 pm

Silvia - Congratulations! She’s so beautiful and sweet :))

March 2, 2015 - 6:12 am

Barb - The Mistletoe Lane/Aurifil thread kit arrived in my mail on Saturday – *swoon*. So lovely and so charming!!

Thank you so much!!



Designer Mystery has me dreaming of far away places

Take 12 Moda designers, add some Moda fabric, ask each designer to design a block and what do you get?  It’s another wonderful, cute,  fabulous Designer Mystery Quilt that you’ll find at The Fat Quarter Shop! Rows of houses and snowmen.  It’s such a cute quilt, and I designed one of the blocks for it.  As the mystery […]

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February 11, 2015 - 5:40 am

Barb - Hi Anne- well, I couldn’t find the quiz to take but that Quilt of the Month is just wonderful. I love your idea of personalizing it, too.

There are so many wonderful designers and such great ideas – who can keep up,with all of them? It’s so much fun to see all the creativity, imagination that is out there – so great and so much fun!!

Thanks for sharing thismwithnus!!

February 11, 2015 - 6:56 am

mimi'sdarlins - I seem to be the Grandma’s Cottage quilt block…can’t say it surprises me :) Love your vacation pics…if we ever make it back to England, the Cotswolds are at the top of my list. I’d spend the entire trip seeing the English countryside (with a quick stop at Cath Kidston of course).

February 11, 2015 - 8:47 am

Hildy - I’m a quilt shop quilt block whatever that is I’m sure it’s something good;-)

February 11, 2015 - 10:16 am

Janice King - I’m the “Grandma’s Cottage” block!! LOL! Guess that about sums me up. Looking forward to the 2015 Block of the Month quilt.

February 11, 2015 - 11:17 am

Lorraine Isaac - For some reason I am the church block, it’s a mystery all right, lol

February 11, 2015 - 11:36 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, what lovely pictures!

I’ve been to England several times, but it’s been several years since the last time. I miss it! Such a beautiful place, such nice people and all that history! Now I’m dying to go back. :D

February 11, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Sandra - I’m the “Post Office Block”. Thanks for the photos of the Cotswolds. I’ve read the Agatha Raison books by M.C. Beaton, which are set in the Cotswolds. It was great to see the actual place where the books are set. I would love to visit there some day!!

February 12, 2015 - 4:32 am

Alicia Key - Awesome pictures! Thanks for sharing!


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 […]

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February 3, 2015 - 7:43 am

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

February 3, 2015 - 8:23 am

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!

February 3, 2015 - 12:45 pm

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!

February 3, 2015 - 2:20 pm

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! Hugs

February 3, 2015 - 7:24 pm

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!

February 3, 2015 - 7:50 pm

faye - ADORABLE sailboat quilt. Love it.

February 4, 2015 - 12:06 am

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

February 4, 2015 - 7:09 am

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!

February 5, 2015 - 7:20 am

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 :)

February 5, 2015 - 11:41 am

DeAnna Dodson - LOVE your February block, too! :D