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Happy Spring!

Happy spring everyone!   For the first time in ages I got outside for a bit today and look at what’s happening in my yard!  Roses are everywhere!  I have a section filled with lavender and it smells so heavenly.  There’s nothing I like better than garden roses and the scent of fresh lavender.     […]

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April 23, 2011 - 2:16 pm

Joanne - Beautiful roses!
Happy Easter

April 23, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Louise - What perfectly lovely roses. Our spring is very delayed and stubborn this year! Would love to know the name of the rose in the third photo down. My favorites are Cecile Brunners. The fragrance is heavenly and they dry so perfectly. I just gifted my daughter with three of them for her new courtyard in SO. CA.
Happy Easter!!

April 23, 2011 - 4:45 pm

annie - I know your Easter will be blessed. Your talent and your joy for life blesses me…and our home ( which is filled with your bunny quilts)!!!! Have lots of fun XXXX

April 23, 2011 - 4:56 pm

Pauline - Your roses are beautiful…perfect……..I especially like the last rose… the color is gorgeous. So glad you could get away from your computer for a bit. The calender says spring but it doesn’t feel like it here……Happy Easter….enjoy your Sunday with the grandchildren…I’m off to do some sewing…..(o:

April 23, 2011 - 6:38 pm

Gari - Love your roses. Today I finished the embroidery on Snowbound and they look great. They will have to wait a little longer to become a quilt but I am very happy with what they will be. Thanks, again.

April 23, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Nancy C. in Utah - Wow Anne! Gorgeous roses and lavender, I can almost smell them from here, in spite of the rain, flooding, and ‘snow’ predicted for tomorrow. *sigh* In spite of it all, my Flowering Plum Tree is beginning to bloom, AND, my lilacs are getting buds and blooms on them. I can see it, but it isn’t in the air yet! Have a wonderful most blessed Easter with your family. Hugs…

April 23, 2011 - 7:26 pm

PattyBYoung - Beautiful! Happy Easter!

April 23, 2011 - 8:06 pm

Deborah Hays - I just love the pics! I’m hoping that my roses start perking up and open up their little faces like yours have. Roses are surely sent by God to brighten our days aren’t they! Have a blessed Easter! I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

April 23, 2011 - 8:25 pm

Tracee - Beautiful roses & stunning vibrant lavender. Hope you all have a lovely Easter! Tracee xx

April 23, 2011 - 8:53 pm

Joanne Moore - hi Anne,
Happy Spring, Blessed Easter!! Beautiful garden! Look forward to seeing all your new creations!

April 24, 2011 - 3:36 am

Dorian - Your roses are beautiful Ann! Can’t wait till mine start blooming…Have a lovely Easter day.

April 24, 2011 - 7:16 am

AnnieO - Happy Easter and Happy Spring! Pretty pretty roses you have there. I got outside for a bit yesterday too, looking at all the wild mustard blooming all over the California mountains. Gorgeous yellow for spring.

April 24, 2011 - 8:16 am

Barb - Oh your garden looks heavenly! Happy Easter to you and your family (and that includes all the fur babies!)

April 24, 2011 - 9:35 am

Jean - Happy Easter to you as well, Anne! Your roses are lovely! I only have one small one, Popcorn, that is blooming. My others are not ready yet. No lavender either. You must have more sun over there than we do here.

have a wonderful time with your family today.

April 24, 2011 - 2:35 pm

pam - Looks pretty there Anne! I can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up. I too am a busy bee! SEE YOU IN TWO WEEKS. xop

April 24, 2011 - 3:28 pm

Fara - Preciosas flores, el aroma a lavanda es perfecto en Primavera.
Un saludo desde Canarias España

April 24, 2011 - 5:28 pm

Carrie P. - beautiful roses and lavender.
Happy Easter.

April 25, 2011 - 4:24 am

Dianne - Beautiful blooms! Hope that your Easter was lovely.

April 25, 2011 - 4:47 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I hope you had a lovely Easter with your family, we had such a nice, relaxing time with the kids/grandkids. Your roses and lavender are beautiful! Our spring is so late this year, it will be some time before we see flowers, but I’m sure it will be worth it when they come :-)

April 25, 2011 - 7:54 am

Helen - Beautiful roses. Thanks for sharing!

April 25, 2011 - 12:00 pm

Brian - Are you like us? We never get out of the “Shoppe!” I wouldn’t be surprised if we had some tulips out front at this point. How the heck would I know? Ha ha ha ha ha. Anne…I couldn’t think of a better place to spend Easter than with Bunny Hill! Chocolate Bunnies? YUM! Oh p.s. Seeew, I had to move the Bunny Hill section. French General’s Pom-Pom moved into the Shoppe along with Oasis and well…you got a new home next to the doors! Plus all of those samples started to get finished so you just needed more walls. Oops.

April 25, 2011 - 1:26 pm

Sandra - What a beautiful garden, I just love the roses and lavender, all I have in my garden yet are tulips and we still keep having snow. I hope you had a fun Easter day with grandchildren.

April 29, 2011 - 5:11 pm

Beth - I love your flowers. I just blogged about my grandma’s beautiful garden although I myself only have weeds and snow.

May 4, 2011 - 6:39 pm

Kathy - Happy spring Anne, Your garden is beautiful. Tomorrow is May 5th. My favorite day of the month because your newsletter comes!

August 4, 2011 - 11:48 am

Narilyn - Hi Anne, thanks for sharing such lovely photos of your roses!.. I *really* love the roses in the 1st, 3rd and 4th photos. Can you tell me the names of those ones if you have time? Love your blog! ~ :)

Is it the 5th yet?

I rushed around like crazy yesterday trying to get things done. Have you ever had one of those weeks where you can’t remember what day it is?  I thought today was March 5th and I rushed to get my newsletter done and even posted block three of Henrietta!   When I realized today is only […]

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March 4, 2011 - 7:21 am

Marsha B - A day early is OK with me, I’m ready for it! Henrietta is as cute as ever.

March 4, 2011 - 7:25 am

Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, With my hubby being retired 3 years now and as he says “Every Day is Holiday” whenever anyone asked ‘how ya doin’, I have to check my IHome each morning to see the time, day of the week and date, LOL. With just the two of us and our furry babies here, I truly do lose track of the days. Hugs….

March 4, 2011 - 7:37 am

Judie - So excited to get Henrietta a day early – she’s just the cutest!! I lose track of the days, too, especially since I’m retired :o) Welcome to the club!!

March 4, 2011 - 8:31 am

brigette - well apparently you weren’t the only one who didn’t know what day it was!
we all went along with you like a bunch of lemmings!

March 4, 2011 - 8:48 am

Tina - I’m a lemming too! Henrietta a day early is just great – I get to beat the rush. Happy Days!

March 4, 2011 - 9:28 am

Jean - Ever since hubs and I retired half the time we don’t know the date or the day of the week it is. We have neighbors that have a Dutch saying in big letters on their home that means, “Every day is Sunday!”

March 4, 2011 - 10:17 am

AnneMarieke - We don’t mind at all, Anne! ;o)

Henrietta is as cute as ever. Working on it as we ‘speak’.

Thanks for this gorgeous project!

March 4, 2011 - 11:50 am

Marry - I don’t mind at all that you thought it w as already the 5th! It’s a great block again, I have to hurry because my 2nd is not even finished yet but thanks again anyway

March 4, 2011 - 12:15 pm

Janet - What a wonderful surprise….9 of us are working on Henrietta (ranging in age 5 to 70)….I quickly sent a text message to all when I found her this morning. Thanks for the great project… Having a great time…

March 4, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Pat - I have printed off Henrietta #3. Thanks for the freebie. I love getting these patterns. This morning I finally finished the top of “A Tisket, A Tasket”. A little late but it is done. My friends saw it the other evening and they also loved it. Now to get it quilted. Thanks for the beautiful quilt

March 4, 2011 - 2:19 pm

Kim - Anne, Mooch is just beautiful. We are very new first time cat owners in this family and I think I am now seeing the beauty in all kitties!! love it when your post includes pictures of your pets, we are animal mad in this household!

March 4, 2011 - 2:32 pm

Judy C in NC - May I recommend a Day Clock – when husband retired he would always ask me “what day is it.” so when 3rd daughter wanted to know what we wanted for Christmas, I told her a Day Clock from http://www.PlowandHearth.com. Cannot tell you how many times we look at that clock, a lot more than the time-of-day clock. Judy C

March 4, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Anna - It’s the 5th somewhere!

March 4, 2011 - 3:53 pm

Sandra - I do that all the time especially since I have retired LOL. Do women retire! I just love Mooch, cats are just so expressive and they just give you those looks. Happy day. blessings Sandra

March 4, 2011 - 4:04 pm

DeAnna - Oooh, an early surprise!

And Henrietta is as darling as ever. Can’t wait to get started.

Thank you, Anne!!

March 4, 2011 - 5:34 pm

Lhise - I found it strange just now: on the French forum, the girls wrote Block #3 was there! Uh?
I understand better now reading your article! :o)

This block is very nice too!

I still have to sew applique on block #2!
I am really very happy doing your BOM. :o))

March 4, 2011 - 5:42 pm

Linda McKibben - Was so surprised to find that Block #3 was up when I was checking today. We are all so excited to get the new block it doesn’t matter what day it was. Thanks Anne.

March 4, 2011 - 7:43 pm

Diane - I’ve been counting the days until the 5th! It’s my new favorite day of the month. Thank you for the wonderful block a day early. As for what Mooch is thinking? How many minutes has it been since I ate? I’m hungry. How long has it been since I’ve taken a nap? I’m sleepy. (This is what I suspect MY cats are thinking most of the time–LOL!)

March 4, 2011 - 7:59 pm

Susan - I love getting the block ahead of time! You put us a day ahead too. I think Mooch needs some loves from her mom!

March 4, 2011 - 8:51 pm

Gwen Windham - I get my days mixed up all the time… so it’s nice to know that I’m not alone! ;-) Going right now to see what Henrietta’s up to now! :-) I’m really enjoying the Henrietta Whiskers BOM– thanks for sharing it with us!

March 4, 2011 - 11:39 pm

Judy McNeel - I’m glad I’m not the only one that didn’t know what day it was! I was really happy to see block #3! I love these new blocks–they’re adorable! Thanks, Anne!

Photography Bug

I have the photography bug and if you own a digital SLR camera one of these days you’ll get it too.  I don’t think I realized that behind the camera is me and I’m the one who determines how that photo will look!  I always thought it was the camera.  If you want to learn […]

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January 25, 2011 - 7:05 am

Mary on Lake Pulaski - Love the hummer photos Anne! I miss them being at my feeder and am glad you are keeping them fed!! I don’t see any here in FL.

January 25, 2011 - 7:57 am

Anna - Wish my Enzo loved the lens as much as Mooch. I believe that in a former life he was famous and was hounded by paparazzis and thus hates the camera!

January 25, 2011 - 9:20 am

badlandsquilts - Thanks for sharing… I do not have SLR camera but do need to use it better!

January 25, 2011 - 10:48 am

JUdy Currie - Those pictures were fantastic – shows what you can do if you apply yourself and have the will to “get it done.” I will check into the SLR cameras. JC

January 25, 2011 - 11:14 am

Stephanie - Mooch is so beautiful I don’t think it’s possible to take a bad photo of her. I’m amazed at the “stillness” of the hummingbirds. Great photo play.

January 25, 2011 - 12:19 pm

DeAnna - Hummers are fascinating. If you sit very, very still, they’ll buzz up to you and check you out. They especially like it if you’re wearing a print with red flowers. :D

Mooch is precious!

January 25, 2011 - 1:47 pm

Nancy C. in Utah - Anne, I love the photos and the little demonstration was very cool. Our digital camera is so old we can’t even buy a photo card for it anymore…we have to download the pictures to the computer then delete them from the card, LOL. I especially love the hummingbirds. I miss mine so much during the winter. Last summer when I was recouping from my surgery, I would take my stitchery out by the hummingbird feeders and watch their antics as I stitched. Of course I found myself doing more bird watching than stitching. I can’t wait for April to roll around so I can get my hummers back. Hugs….

January 25, 2011 - 3:08 pm

Debbie - I’ve just bought a Canon 7D and I have so much to learn though. I haven’t got Photoshop yet but hope to soon.

January 25, 2011 - 3:10 pm

chrisb - Well done your photos are great. I will have to try a bit harder to figure out how to work mine ha. My Rabbits prefer Choc is progressing having such fun making it. xxx Chrisb.

January 26, 2011 - 5:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, your pics are beautiful! I’m also fascinated by my cats and hummingbirds, great subjects! I recently got a new camera but haven’t had time to sit down and learn all it can do. It’s amazing how many features it has…and a touch screen. Even my Photo Library has adjustments I can make to my pics. My dh is an avid photographer and does work for non-profit orgs, so I get lots of direction from him.
I hope you gave Mooch some tasty treats after she posed for you :-)

January 26, 2011 - 8:35 am

Ferne - Wow! I have take so many hummingbird pictures that when you look at the picture the little guy is gone, because they are so fast and my camera so slow. Maybe it is time for a real camera! Thanks for the link!

January 26, 2011 - 1:28 pm

Vicky - Just ordered a new camera today. Can’t wait to see if I can get the whirlwind Penny in action!

January 26, 2011 - 2:10 pm

AnneMarieke - Mooch is just too cute! Love your pictures, Anne.

January 28, 2011 - 1:53 am

Tracee - Brilliant photos, thanks for this info. Maybe a follow up on how best to photograph your quilts & craft items. My pics of finished masterpieces never show the items at their best. xx

February 5, 2011 - 3:12 am

Lori Rogers - I would love to “win” the Oliso Iron, as I seem to be always purchasing a new one. I have tried so many look for the best one, even the Rowenta and it’s in the landfill somewhere. I love a heavy iron and there aren’t many out there. Thank you and thank Oliso Iron for letting us to try to win and try their new iron. When the iron becomes available in the stores, I probably will buy it. Like what it says about it.

February 5, 2011 - 5:06 am

Cindy Lanahan - I am thrilled with the opportunity to possibly win the Olisio Iron.I currently own a $17 iron as I have not had much luck with irons. I believe I do not know how to choose the correct iron. Having someone help me with the decision would be delightful. Thank you again for this opportunity.

February 5, 2011 - 5:43 am

Donnae Cope - Wow ! would this 71 year old forgetful quilter love to have this iron. I am an ironer and sometines need to get out of bed to check if I turned mine off.

February 5, 2011 - 7:32 am

Linda S Jones - How I would love to win the Oliso iron!!! I have about 3 irons-one of them a Rowenta that spits too much water out. I haven’t purchased another one because I didn’t know what kind to get. I am a quilter and appliquer and think this iron would meet all my needs. It would be great for ironing those wrinkled cotton shirts and khaki’s. Thank you for the opportunity to try one of these new irons. Love your website and freebie patterns.

February 5, 2011 - 10:09 am

Jane Vines - I would love to win this Oliso iron. I have dreamed about owning one forever! The auto-rise feature and large pressing area are my favorite features. Pick me…. pick me!!!!!

February 5, 2011 - 10:52 am

Doreen Frederick - The OLISO Iron would be fabulous to have,especially for my quilting projects that require pressing between sewing on the project.I would love to have it to take to Retreats and classes as well as for use at home.I don’t have an iron that has such wonderful features as the Oliso.

February 6, 2011 - 10:38 am

Terri - I would love to win the iron because I love to iron. When sewing or quilting I love every to be pressed perfectly. It is an obsession.

Thanks,
Terri

February 6, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Sue H - I have not found an Iron that I am that pleased with using. Right now I have a Rowenta Iron which was said to be one of the best irons, esp among quilters. I don’t like it at all but put up with it since I have it!! I would love to own an Oliso iron and put my Rowenta to rest!!

February 6, 2011 - 5:44 pm

Yolanda Robinson - I would absolutely love to have an Oliso iron. The innovative design is perfect for quilting. I would certainly be a proud owner!!!

Happy Birthday Alyssa!

As the days rush by before Christmas Santa is getting closer and closer!    Like most of you I’m still wrapping presents. In the middle of all the hectic holiday rush today is my Granddaughter’s birthday.  At the top of her “important things” list today were the red velvet cupcakes she made for school.   How […]

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December 15, 2010 - 7:30 pm

Mary on Lake Pulaski - Happy Birthday Alyssa! She’s beautiful Anne!

December 15, 2010 - 7:49 pm

DeAnna - Isn’t she darling? Happy birthday, Alyssa! :D

December 15, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Melody - Dear Alyssa,
I hope you have a wonderful birthday. Your grandma is so lucky to have you. I hope you have a great Christmas too.

December 15, 2010 - 8:29 pm

Nancy C. in Utah - Alyssa!!! Happy Birthday to YOU!!! What a beautiful girl and it looks like she is going to take after grandma with her sewing talents! You have a wonderful seamstress in Alyssa and a terrific artist in Michaela! So much talent in such adorable and small packages. Hugs…

December 15, 2010 - 10:11 pm

Ina - Oh my goodness! She is just the cutest little girl AND SHE SEWS??!!! Maybe she’ll carry on the tradition?

My grandmother was a quilter but she never shared that with her grandchildren. When I was 16 she gave me two quilts that she had made in the 1930s with a sewing group. She never said anything except, “I want you to have these.”

Alyssa is very lucky to have a grandmother that shares her passion for quilts with her. She will remember her entire life. ;0

December 15, 2010 - 10:54 pm

May Britt - Happy Birthday. A new quilter growing up :)

December 16, 2010 - 4:40 am

Ronda - Grandaughters are one one of Gods Greatest gifts!!!! I have 2 and our youngest one is 2 1/2 and she loves to sit on my sewing table and play. Her mom says she doesnt need toys just some fabric to play with. I know she will be quilting any day now.Hope Alyssa has a great day!

December 16, 2010 - 6:24 am

mimi'sdarlins - Happy Birthday, Alyssa! Anne, she is a beautiful little girl, and don’t you wonder where the time goes!! I look fwd to seeing more of your memories in pics in the coming days. Try to enjoy some time in the middle of all the holiday rush…sometimes I just make myself enjoy the hecticness of it all…it only comes once a year :-)

December 16, 2010 - 6:25 am

Barb - Happy Birthday, Alyssa! What a beautiful child – in every sense of the word.

You are obviously very blessed, Anne, to have such special grandchildren. And…I think they are very lucky to have such a special grandmother!!!

Happy Holidays!!

December 16, 2010 - 7:38 am

Tina - HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALYSSA! I hope you have a wonderful, wonderful day!

December 16, 2010 - 8:29 am

pam - Happy Birthday to your sweet little Angel!! xo

December 16, 2010 - 8:31 am

Carrie P. - Happy Belated Birthday. She is a cutie and she is sewing. that is awesome.

December 16, 2010 - 8:35 am

Jean - Happy Birthday to Alyssa. What a sweet heart. Grandchildren certainly put a wonderful spin on the holidays. Our grandson, Samuel’s birthday is Christmas Eve. What a great present that was that year. He’ll be nine!

December 16, 2010 - 9:18 am

Anne - Happy Birthday Alyssa. I can’t wait until you can come to quilt market with us. We are going to need you because your grandma and I will be too old to decorate the booth! LOL Beautiful pictures!

December 16, 2010 - 1:52 pm

Laura K - Happy Birthday Alyssa! My birthday was yesterday so I know what it is like having a birthday at Christmas time. My youngest daughters birthday is on the 22nd so we have lots to celebrate this month! Hope you all have a very merry Christmas!

December 16, 2010 - 5:55 pm

Karen M - Happy Birthday Alyssa! I’m so glad that you will be a sewer like your grandma. Thank you too Anne for all the wonderful patterns and fabrics that you design. Happy Holidays to you and your family!
Karen M

December 16, 2010 - 9:01 pm

corinne demonstoy - Happy Birthday to you. Have a great day. May your wishes come true when you blow out the candles on the cake

December 17, 2010 - 7:55 am

B. - Happy birthday Miss Alyssa, you big nine year old!!

December 19, 2010 - 11:46 am

Sandra - Happy Birthday Alyssa you are a little sweetie. I don’t have any granddaughters but my almost four year old grandson is very interested in the sewing machine so we made gifts for his teachers and he sat on my knee and sewed. We have all been sick with H1N1 flu so we are really behind on christmas so it will be low keyed this year.
Merry Christmas to you and all of your family. Hugs and blessings Samdra