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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.
Love,
Mary

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!
Love,
Mary

I Believe

I’ve believed in Santa, Snowmen and fairy tales since my earliest memories.  Where would the world be without Frosty the Snowman or stories of Santa at the North Pole?  Children believe, and are more than willing to share that innocence with us.  It’s a wonderful, whimsical feeling that makes us smile and feel young again. […]

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May 1, 2014 - 8:33 am

Barb - This quilt is just too wonderful! I think you outdo yourself every time!! Between your wonderful quilt design and Nubin Jensen’s quilting, I think you definitely have a Blue Ribbon winner here!!

I think I may have to attempt this amazingly charming quilt.

May 1, 2014 - 8:52 am

Carole crane - Another job well done!

May 1, 2014 - 10:21 am

liz n. - Will the pattern be available by itself? Your design is (as usual) wonderful!! I’d love to make this one in blue and white for my daughter to add to her blue and white quilt collection!

May 1, 2014 - 10:37 am

Mary on Lake Pulaski - This is just an amazing and heartwarming quilt Anne! Will the people at market get to view it in person! I’ll be keeping an eye out for a kit! Winter Wonderland is the BEST Christmas fabric in a long time!

May 1, 2014 - 12:54 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, that’s darling. And, yes, the quilting is just right. So cute!

May 1, 2014 - 1:35 pm

linda - This reminds me of Christmas when I was a toddler. I had a red and white printed stocking (it looked like a real sock) and so did my twin sister. And those red rubber boots! Oh to be little again and enjoy all the wonders of that age. :)

May 1, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Leeanne - Beautiful! I am always very careful when quilting stitchery quilts. I usually never quilt over the designs, unless of course my customer asks me to, but this quilt is lovely!

May 2, 2014 - 12:06 am

malen - ES PRECIOSA!

May 4, 2014 - 1:38 pm

rosa - This quilt is just fantastic and love your fabric combo

May 7, 2014 - 2:50 pm

Vicky - I almost messed up because I forgot to order this one! I found the kit at FQS — whew! I’m totally in love with your applique and embroidery quilts. They just keep getting more cute!

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.

April 25, 2014 - 9:43 am

Sandy - I have been missing Alma so much recently and that in turn made me think of you – I then came across this post and it just made me smile Alma would be telling me this story and oh how she adored you both. I love that your work both went into this! Hugs to you both and your in my prayers-May you feel better soon sandy

May 6, 2014 - 6:37 am

Trudy Moye - This was too funny. My husband has a barn full of motorcycles, cars, trucks, tractors, and a bulldozer. I have a cabinet full of fabric, books, and quilt patterns. After 30 years we neither one say a word about our habits. It’s made for a pretty happy life. I do want to point out that his barn is way bigger than our house. My cabinet isn’t that big…..just saying! Lol

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!

~Linda

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.
Love,
Mary

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
Janice

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