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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. :DReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2014 - 8:17 am

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

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.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    DeAnna Dodson - Wow, that’s amazing!

    I love recreating old quilts!ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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?????ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2014 - 11:51 pm

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

  • July 13, 2014 - 1:04 am

    rosa - Looks fabulous.How many blocks are there?ReplyCancel

  • 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:-(ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

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? :)ReplyCancel

  • 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 PGHReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • May 25, 2014 - 9:24 pm

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

  • May 25, 2014 - 10:38 pm

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 9:42 pm

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

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!

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!ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2014 - 3:52 am

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

  • April 4, 2014 - 3:59 am

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

  • 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……..ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2014 - 5:40 am

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

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

  • 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!