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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

My first quilt museum visit!

Guess where I was this past weekend?  On Friday I was in Lincoln, Nebraska on my first quilt museum tour.  I went behind the scenes at the International Quilt study Center & Museum.  It was absolutely amazing and I could have easily spent days just looking at the quilts they have in storage.  Oh how […]

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September 4, 2014 - 1:26 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Wow! What an incredible experience!

I love that wholecloth quilt. You’ll have to share more pictures and tell us more about your trip when you get a chance. :D

September 4, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Pam in Indiana - Hi Anne!
We are going to Bartlesville OK in a week to visit our daughter who is a nanny for a disabled girl. Then we head up to Omaha to see our daughter who is a student at Creighton — and she is the mommy of our dear grandson, Henry Creighton (named for his great great great great grandfather, not the school!). I have heard of Gretna and just looked it up. It’s outside of Omaha. I had wanted to go to Jo Morton’s retreat a couple of weeks ago down in Nebraska City but we weren’t in Omaha. Someday I’m going to make one of her retreats when were out visiting Prince Henry!

It sounds like you had a wonderful time and I’d also like to see the museum in Lincoln. Another thing to add to my quilting bucket list.

I’m packing up to go quilting with my friends up in South Bend. Kallies husband bought the house next door to them — it is just for her quilting and knitting! There are 6 of us who go there about 4x a year. We call it ND for “Next Door”, not Notre Dame.

We are going to ND this weekend for the last ever Michigan game!

September 5, 2014 - 1:39 am

Pat Godkin - What an outstanding museum! The quilts are priceless. Thanks for sharing.

September 5, 2014 - 8:36 am

mimi'sdarlins - What a wonderful experience…thanks for sharing! That whole cloth quilt is truly amazing, especially knowing it was all done by hand (and often in low light). The log cabin has reminded me to get out my box of 1/2″ (finished) logs and work on mine.
Speaking of Lily and Will, I found a couple of FQs at a shop in a remote area I went to last week!

September 10, 2014 - 6:32 am

Beth Beal - I love what you did with your quilt! I too am in love with the wool applique over the quilt base. I would definitely pick the fat quarter bundle. It offers the greatest amount of stash flexibility!

September 10, 2014 - 8:17 am

Mary Ann - What fun, someday I hope to get to the museum too.

September 10, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Ginger Jackson - Hi Anne! Love all your patterns and projects. I have made many of them. My favorites in precursor are Charm Packs and Jelly Rolls. Also have made a couple of jelly roll quilts. So fun!