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Have you seen this book?

Have you seen the book called “The 1718 Coverlet” by Susan Briscoe?  It’s not published yet, but you can pre-order one from Amazon.  They start shipping on August 19th and this is one of those books I think you’ll want! I fell in love with this quilt the minute I saw it.   The original […]

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July 12, 2014 - 3:40 pm

liz - I’ve been thinking about ordering this book and making the quilt in red and white…I have a thing for two-color quilts, ya’ know.

July 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Wow, that’s amazing!

I love recreating old quilts!

July 12, 2014 - 5:18 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
Wow, this quilt looks like it would be such fun to do! The blocks are unlike any I’ve seen. I do hope you find someone to host a group, I would definitely be on board. I’ll be watching!

July 12, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Anne, thanks for sharing. Will be on the list to watch for and hope someone will start us off. Maybe Jo Morton?????

July 12, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Anita - Love the book! It’s on my wish list :)

July 13, 2014 - 1:04 am

rosa - Looks fabulous.How many blocks are there?

July 13, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Barb - WOW! This is beautiful. I’m going to have to investigate the book.

This would take me a lifetime to re-create but it is stunning. I’d like to go to Britain too just to see this.

How was your visit with your family? Are they still with you or did they have to go home:-(

July 15, 2014 - 8:46 am

Barbara Moore - The one thing I’ve found in my research on historical American quilts is that the patchwork quilt came from necessity. Well worn, usually whole cloth quilts, repaired with patches over and again gradually progressed into more ordered patchwork tops. And, because of the scarcity of materials in the new world, patchwork came as a result.
Here we find that the American patchwork quilt may not be uniquely our own doing after all. It should not be surprising that in the constant trade between the colonies and the mother country, patchwork supplies and ideas were abundantly traded.
This 1718 quilt is a national treasure and this book gives invaluable historical information that is well worth the read.

August 4, 2014 - 9:33 am

Pat Godkin - This is a beautiful quilt, the colors and those whimsical swans. Notice the heart wreath block on the right? I would definitely purchase the book to read about the history of making it. I would like to lend my quilters hand to a group effort so please contact me.

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!

New Moda Dottie

Moda’s just shipped the most beautiful bundles of Dottie fabric ever. Dots and dots and more dots. The great thing about these new dots is they are part of Moda’s basic fabric line.  That means we’ll be able to get them for a long time.  I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of them.   […]

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April 3, 2014 - 7:15 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, I love, love, LOVE these! Especially the tiniest ones. So cute!

April 4, 2014 - 3:52 am

Frances - I love dots. Your fabric is so pretty.

April 4, 2014 - 3:59 am

Sharon Bennett - Love these! How about a dottie pinwheel quilt?

April 4, 2014 - 4:41 am

Staci - Oh, I think I’m about to fall off my fabric fast…………There’s little that I love more than polka dots……..

April 4, 2014 - 5:40 am

Judy d. - Just love those Dots! Whatever you do with them would be beautiful!

April 4, 2014 - 10:20 am

LINDA - HELLO,are these not the most colorful+bright+fun DOTS,you’ve ever seen! Just love them! HAPPY SPRING TO YOU!

April 4, 2014 - 10:34 am

Catherine - Loving all of the dots, but especially all of the grey dots. so many shades, makes a great neutral.

April 6, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Laura Lynch - Oh Anne . . . love those Moda dot too!! Just when I think fabric lines can’t possibly get any better . . . well they do!! I can’t wait for your new line to come out too! I think it’s going to be one of my favs . . . honey (husband), I think we need a new room addition for my quilt room :o)
Keep on designing Anne . . . you inspire me!

Stitching for a Cure

Yesterday was chemo day again and I spent the morning at the hospital with my daughter-in-law.  When I came home there was a package waiting for me from my friend Pauline. Just look at what she made using breast cancer fabric!  Exquisite little bags to hold sewing things, cosmetics or anything else we can dream […]

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March 29, 2014 - 6:16 pm

Pam in Indiana - What sweet gifts! One of my quilting friends is in the middle of her chemo. She will be with us next weekend. She is the third in our group who are breast cancer survivors and we support one another through this. Know that I’ve been praying for your daughter-in-law as well as for Paula. (((Hugs)))

March 29, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Cheryl in kansas - Sweet gifts! You, your daughter in law and family are in my thoughts and prayers continually….God can do mighty things, wishing He keeps you all in His loving arms and gives you all the strength to get through this tough time…
With love…Cheryl

March 29, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Sharon O - Is she selling these? I would order a few.

March 29, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Carmen - How lovely these are! The best gifts come from the heart. Our best to you & your family as you go through these difficult times.

March 30, 2014 - 3:54 am

Karen - These are beautiful. What a very special gift from Pauline.

March 30, 2014 - 5:01 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, what lovely gifts, and how sweet of your friend to show her support in this way. I’ve been praying for a complete recovery for your daughter-in-law and for strength for the family throughout her treatments.

March 30, 2014 - 12:20 pm

Donna Sparling - Wow! How cute and how nice to have a friend like that! They are truely special. Continuing to pray for your daughter in law for strength, peace and healing.

March 30, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Louise - Pauline is a very caring friend indeed. Your daughter in-law just had a little prayer said for her.

March 31, 2014 - 4:21 am

Karen - These are gorgeous. Pauline is wonderful!!

April 1, 2014 - 8:35 am

Pauline - Anne…you are very welcome and thank you for your sweet blog posting. I knew the moment I saw the posting about the cancer journey your family would be taking that I would make you two ‘Tammy’ bags with breast cancer fabric. I took the same journey with my sister and my son…no one should have to go down that road. They were young…45 and 23 years old and today they are 60 and 37. I will be mailing off another Tammy bag today…made with the same breast cancer fabric. We got back from Canada late Monday afternoon…it was a busy 4 days and a good trip back to Michigan…no snow was flying!! hugs Pauline

April 2, 2014 - 5:24 am

Ronda - so sweet! I would love for Pauline to share her pattern and where we could purchase. Such a thoughtful gift

April 2, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
Pauline is very talented and even more thoughtful. This is a wonderful gift for your DIL.
You and your family will continue to be in my prayers. Tell your DIL she is loved by someone in Texas.