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When the husband becomes a designer

My husband’s a car nut.  A real honest to goodness car nut, because he says he’s owned and sold about 75 old cars over his lifetime (I picture him at the age of 7 buying and selling).  I tell him I wish we had the money he’s put into restoring all those cars, and he […]

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April 18, 2014 - 5:13 am

Linda - Love this quilt. Glad your husband weighed in on the design for the cars. What a fun, whimsical quilt!

April 18, 2014 - 5:14 am

Vicky - He did good! This quilt is adorable. Is that an oil can I see? Love it!

April 18, 2014 - 9:06 am

annie - Very cute and original design! Love it!

April 18, 2014 - 7:48 pm

Kathryn Casavant - You both do great work together. Cute quilt!

April 19, 2014 - 3:46 am

Barbie - This is very cute but I’d love, love, love a pattern with a lot of vintage cars or “muscle cars”! Something we could use to make quilts for the guys in our lives with a more masculine flair. I predict it would be a great seller and your husband just might have a new hobby designing blocks a guy would like!

April 19, 2014 - 7:05 am

Betty Grove - You’ve done it again and with the help of a supportive husband. My DH is spot on when it comes to colors and he is my go to guy when I can’t decide. Barbie has a terrific idea in having your husband design a quilt for men with vintage cars. My husband can name the year and model of any car you show him. We have the money spent on golf and the money spent on fabric, but ’nuff said. On the car quilt it would have to have a bunny or two for sure.

April 19, 2014 - 7:26 am

Susan K in Texas - This is wonderful. My dad was a mechanic and I know more about cars than my husband. He drives one to get somewhere. I want one that’s fun to drive and looks good.I would like to know where to get a kit.

April 19, 2014 - 11:05 am

Carrie P. - too cute. Love all the little blocks but for some reason the little stop light is my favorite.

APQ Quilt Along, The Blocks

The closer it gets to Christmas, the more overwhelmed we tend to feel.  It’s hard to find time for quilting when Christmas shopping is front and center.  I know you don’t have a minute to spare, but think how great you will feel if you start the New Year with something new to work on.  […]

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December 10, 2013 - 11:55 am

DeAnna Dodson - Ooooh, isn’t that pretty!

Ummmm . . . I’d love to know where you got that plastic storage box in the last picture. :)

December 10, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Christine M - I love the fabrics you have used. The colours are so pretty.

December 10, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Letty - I thought I’d like your color scheme – but I don’t – I love it!!!

December 10, 2013 - 4:19 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I love love LOVE your blocks! Since you mention it, it really is scrappier and busier than your usual style, and I think it’s gorgeous. I’ve gotten some great organizational tips from the bloggers and am really looking fwd to getting started. I don’t know if I’ll get any sewing done til after Christmas, but I have all my fabrics ready and can hardly wait to make that first block.

December 10, 2013 - 9:34 pm

Diane S. - Anne I love your choice of fabrics. Can’t wait to see it finished, it is so pretty. I also like the solid color you chose. You are so organized. Happy Holidays to you.

December 11, 2013 - 5:31 am

Janice - Thanks for all the tips on making this quilt! I never know where to start when selecting fabrics and deciding where to use them in a quilt. I’ve learned the hard way that all quilts, even scrappy ones, need a plan!

December 11, 2013 - 8:26 am

Wendy - Anne – I absolutely love your choices of fabric. It is going to be a beautiful quilt!

December 11, 2013 - 11:52 am

Karen - This is going to be stunning! I love it, love everything about it. That new Blackbird Designs fabric is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see more progress. I want to make my own with this same fabric and I am glad you used the lighter prints as well! Thanks for sharing.

December 11, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Miss Jean - Oh, be still my heart!!!!! It’s going to be just beautiful. Did you have to purchase any more of the Plum Sweet fabric other than what you need for the border and binding? I’d copy you stitch for stitch if I could!!!

December 12, 2013 - 5:16 am

Linda - Thank you so much for sharing the progress of your blocks. I cut the fabric for my sample block and now I am way too busy with holiday preparations — but I keep looking at it and trying to plan…

Your quilt is going to be perfect!


December 17, 2013 - 4:34 am

Sarah - Your blocks look gorgeous. This will be a very pretty quilt when it’s finished. I can’t wait to see it!

December 18, 2013 - 10:04 am

Mary T Salmon - I love scrappy! Beautiful line of fabric.

December 22, 2013 - 9:49 pm

Nancy S. - Lovely fabrics. I will be anxious to see the end result. I am waiting to get back to the quilt shop to pick up a few things on hold until after Christmas. I am most anxious to start a Jelly Roll 1600 in the most amazing shades of lavender, sage and light blue. The samples I see on line cannot compare to the one in the shop, in these glorious colors and with added border. If only I did not have to pay rent…. oh the fun I could have! Merry Christmas. I know your heart will be elsewhere but we will be praying. (( ))

January 2, 2014 - 6:34 pm

Janice Schaub - What beautiful fabric. I love those colours and would love them in my stash. Beautiful design too……….yes, I want to get back to quilting. Now the holidays are over, I am inspired to get started on so many things. I will be following your lovely blog. I do need inspiration to get the stash into quilts to give next Christmas

January 5, 2014 - 4:03 pm

Patricia Roberts - Your fabrics are lovely. I just love the colors. I could use those in my collection of fabrics. Thank you for your beautiful designs and patterns. I look forward to your newsletters every month. Have a good year. Pat

Let’s Quilt Along, Week Two

Make a plan for your own version of this beautiful quilt! By now I hope you’ve found a fabric line you’d like to use for your quilt.  Did you pull from your stash?  Start with a fat quarter bundle? Once you’ve picked your fabric, where do you start?   Do you feel a bit lost […]

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December 3, 2013 - 5:06 am

Barb - Thank you, Anne. This is really helpful information. Color planning is probably the key to a beautiful quilt and one that pretty much baffles me and is kind of scary. I think it ‘makes or breaks’ the quilt.

So, I will cross-my-fingers and give this a try. This looks like fun!

December 3, 2013 - 5:20 am

Carrie P. - I love your idea of putting an applique block in the quilt. I would love the pattern.

December 3, 2013 - 7:27 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I’m going to love your version in these beautiful fabrics. I have quilt software but still love the tactile process of using graph paper and colored pencils for most of my quilts. And yet, I make decisions throughout the process, changing things as I sew, ie sashing, corner squares etc. I like your plain borders best, too :)

December 6, 2013 - 4:29 am

pdudgeon - i just started pulling my fabrics last night. I’m using a bunch of primary-colored pin dot fabrics for the pieced circles, and a faded red solid for the overall cross hatching. I also have some solid fat quarter fabrics that i’ll use for the center blocks, where you have your chestnut.

I haven’t pulled my light fabrics yet, but i’ll be looking for an assortment of white on white, light ecru prints, ginghams, pastel pindots on white, pastel florals, and paisley on white to tone down the quilt.

I also like your idea for including a flower basket block, and the border ideas as well.

December 6, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Diana - Love the colors! It’s going to be beautiful!

December 8, 2013 - 11:43 am

Diane - I love the colors and layout you have chosen! I got the magazine the other day and have been thinking of trying it, but, the sad truth is every WIP I have is from a QAL, it seems I never complete them.

Packing my suitcase

Thought you might enjoy a peek at what’s going in my suitcase when I leave for Houston this Thursday! I Believe in Snowmen is my newest block of the month,  and it’s flying with me to market. With pieced blocks, redwork embroidery and applique combined, this quilt is really fun to make! I’ll be telling […]

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October 23, 2013 - 3:39 am

Jo - Love it!

October 23, 2013 - 5:35 am

Christine B. - What a delightful Christmas quilt! Hope you have a nice time at Quilt Market!

October 23, 2013 - 5:42 am

Staci - Oh my! I was just telling my daughter yesterday how much I want to make a red and white Christmas quilt and this morning I see this…… it destiny?? LOL!

October 23, 2013 - 5:50 am

Pam in snowy Indiana - Oh, Anne! You’ve done it again! Another hit! Enjoy Texas — it’s spitting snow here in northeast Indiana!

October 23, 2013 - 7:33 am

Kathleen O'Grady - So sweet, I love it! Hope you have a wonderful time a Quilt Market.

October 23, 2013 - 7:53 am

DeAnna Dodson - So cute! Those little snowfolk are so darling. The ones trapped in the cake stand make me giggle.

I’m jealous of your trip to market. Do take lots of pictures.

And, yes, Texas is still warm. I think it’s supposed to be in the 70s today. :D

October 23, 2013 - 8:32 am

Pat - I love the snowman quilt. When will the pattern be on sale? Red and white quilts are my favorite.

October 23, 2013 - 9:20 am

Becky S - Adorable quilt!!! I love your new fabric line too.

October 23, 2013 - 9:37 am

Jenny - So sweet! My favorite is the snowman holding the carrot for the bunny! I can’t wait to see the whole quilt and all of the other goodies you’ve created for market. Hope you have a great time!

October 23, 2013 - 11:03 am

mimi'sdarlins - Love this new quilt, such fun graphics. You keep coming up with the sweetest ideas…those little snowmen ‘under glass’ are so adorable :)

October 23, 2013 - 1:59 pm

Aunt Lou - Are your redwork snowmen patterns from this quilt available? These are WAY past adorable!!

October 23, 2013 - 2:25 pm

donna - Anne your quilt is gorgeous. I am so looking forward to seeing it at market and getting to visit with you as well. Hope you have safe travels here.

October 23, 2013 - 7:47 pm

Sara - LOVE IT! Can’t wait to get ahold of that pattern! How soon??

October 23, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Paige Gonzalez - Oh I Love it Anne! Red is my favorite color and the snowmen are fab!!! I can’t wait to get my hand on this one…. :)

October 23, 2013 - 8:10 pm

Mary - Anne, you’re a big tease. Love the quilt and especially the snowman. Enjoy Market.

October 23, 2013 - 8:27 pm

pam - I love that quilt! so festive and I also love your new purse!!

October 23, 2013 - 8:42 pm

Tatkis - Absolutely charming snowmen!


October 24, 2013 - 6:03 am

Carrie P. - Have a great time. A lovely quilt. I do like the snowmen on the cake plate. so cute.

October 24, 2013 - 7:00 am

Pauline - OMG Anne…for me this is a MUST MAKE quilt for sure. I luv red, snowmen and embroidery…three of my favorite things all in one quilt. It is perfect, can’t wait to make it. hugs

November 2, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Grace - Would love the information of this BOM. I love snowmen, and this would be a treat to make because you can use it for Christmas and all through the winter.

November 8, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Shannon - Is the BOM quilt going to be for sale? I would REALLY LOVE to make this one.