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Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday week of fun and relaxing! Yesterday I took Diana and my grand-daughters into San Francisco to see the Nutcracker Ballet.  We rode Bart and then walked a few blocks to an area they call “The Plaza”.   It’s a beautiful area and it was filled with […]

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December 24, 2014 - 8:25 am

mimi'sdarlins - I was just thinking of you this morning, Anne! Enjoy all these fleeting holiday moments, as they pass too quickly. Merry Christmas to you and yours…((Hugs))

December 24, 2014 - 8:34 am

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, such a cute little puppy! :D

Love that ornament. So pretty!

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2014 - 8:42 am

Pat Godkin - Dear Anne: thank you for sharing your holiday celebrations. I was thrilled to see you will be at Homespun Holly 2015. I have registered for my 2nd year!! It will be great to finally meet you in person.

December 24, 2014 - 9:57 am

Mary T Salmon - Lily will love her puppy!
I hope to mark a quilt tomorrow. I finished my Bunny Hill quilt for granddaughter, Sarah. I made a pillowcase to match. I use your satin ruffle, just like the pattern and used it on the pillowcase too.
Have a wonderful Christmas, Anne.

December 24, 2014 - 10:46 am

julie zaloudek - A trip to San Francisco and the ballet–what a fun way to start the holiday celebration!
We’ve done some lunch/shopping outings to get in the spirit. I went to Starbucks this morning. Tamales and posole tonight, presents and good food tomorrow. Along with tossing treats from Santa to the cats!
Have a wonderful and relaxing Christmas–all the best to you and your family in 2015!

December 24, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Anita - We went to the same ballet last week with my daughter and granddaughter, it was such a nice ballet! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

December 24, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Linda - Happy holidays to you and your family <3

December 25, 2014 - 7:19 am

Karen S. - What a beautiful day in the City! And “little Chelsea” is just adorable. What a sweet gift for little Lily. Merry Christmas to all of you, and thank you for all you give us throughout the year!

December 25, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Tammy - Merry Christmas. The ballet sounded wonderful.

December 26, 2014 - 5:48 pm

Barb - Ah, The Nutcracker is such a charming way to celebrate the holidays – how fun for all of you. Chelsea’s “twin” is just too adorable – like Chelsea herself. And the Santa ornament from Ireland is so beautiful – what a wonderful gift!!

I do hope you had a peaceful, joyous and very Merry Christmas!



December 31, 2014 - 9:02 am

Miss Jean - Happy New Year, Anne! Next year, if you don’t want to travel to San Francisco, The Gallo Theater in Modesto has a fabulous Nutcracker performance. The daughters of our friends are in it.

working behind the scenes

Last night while you were sleeping we launched our new website.  As with anything new, it may take us a few days to work out any glitches, but I’m hoping we don’t have any!  We’ve tested it, and then tested it again, and like a mother pushing a bird out of the nest, last night […]

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November 22, 2014 - 6:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - What fun1 I’ll be checking this out as soon as I get an extra few minutes….or maybe right now :)

November 22, 2014 - 7:03 am

Pat Godkin - Congratulations on the new website! I am going to give it a whirl!

November 22, 2014 - 7:07 am

Hildy - Your new website looks great and thank you, thank you, thank you for the PDF option. Shipping is a killer and quite often an argument to not buy a pattern.

November 22, 2014 - 7:43 am

DeAnna Dodson - Ooooh, I love the digital pattern option. As mentioned above, shipping can be a killer for just a pattern. I love the new site! :D

November 22, 2014 - 8:40 am

Pam in Indiana - Hi Anne!
I’m looking forward to your website! But I’m not able to go there. When I click on the link I get a funky outline of the site. Is it my iPad or is the problem on your end?

I also get a “buy this domain name” when I type in….


November 22, 2014 - 10:51 am

ina - yay!!!

November 22, 2014 - 1:04 pm

marcia - My phone blocks your site. It won’t accept the security certificate.

November 22, 2014 - 3:38 pm

M - Not able to access your site on my iPad.

November 22, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Debbie - I went to the link and your new website is absolutely beautiful. I’m looking forward to looking for some fun projects after the holidays!

November 23, 2014 - 3:56 am

Karen - Hi
For the ladies who have been denied access by their phone or iPad when this happens a screen will come up one of the options is ‘details’ take that. On the next screen at the top left corner should be ‘accept’ then you’ll be good to go. Hope this helps.
Looks Fabulous. Thanks for all your hard work Anne.

November 24, 2014 - 9:33 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the new website, I love the snowball cushion, maybe next season, but I will start sooner, my grandkids would love one, Lorraine

If you’re out and about

If you’re out and about this holiday season and you pass a Williams Sonoma store, turnaround and go back.  You’re in for a treat. Every year I recommend their Hot Chocolate (I make mine with milk).  It’s a treat that happens once a year, and it makes the season special.   This year they’ve added […]

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November 20, 2014 - 7:23 am

Sandy M - OMG. Those marshmallows are A-DO-RABLE! I love W&S. They have a wonderful stuffing that pops up for Thanksgiving. The Focacia and the Cornbread variations are so yummy. Oh, and their pumpkin butter… I don’t like pumpkin anything but I always get that because it’s delish.

November 20, 2014 - 7:34 am

mimi'sdarlins - Oh, I so agree about Wms Sonoma hot chocolate mix! The one with peppermint is super, too. We’ve had their roasted marshmallows, but these snowmen are so adorable, we’ll have to pick those up for all the kids. They also have some of the best sauces and salsas…ooh and cookies….just everything we get there is superb! Now I’ll be thinking of this all day…may have to make an unplanned drive. Plus, dark chocolate is good for us :)

November 20, 2014 - 7:39 am

Kathleen O'Grady - How precious!! I will be finding some of those, I hope! Thanks for sharing!!

November 20, 2014 - 8:53 am

Pat Godkin - Thanks for the tip! We love both hot chocolate and marshmallows-cannot resist those snowmen”

November 20, 2014 - 10:00 am

ina - those snowmen are ADORABLE! ;p

November 20, 2014 - 11:43 am

Hildy - Oh, these snowmen are too cute! I’m sure Lily loves them!

November 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

Mary S - This looks scrumptious. Have to check and see if it is in this area. Thanks.

November 20, 2014 - 9:12 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, Lily will love those!

That looks delicious. :D

Psst, I have five flower centers and eight bunny eyes to do, and then I’ll finally be finished with my Baltimore Bunnies quilt.

Thanks so much for the beautiful design. It’s still my favorite.

November 21, 2014 - 2:08 am

Wendy Williams - So jealous, live in the UK and don’t have any Williams Sonoma stores, but maybe its a relative who owns the store and will send me some! x

November 21, 2014 - 5:21 am

Barb - Those snowmen marshmallows are too adorable! (Actually, I think they remind me of some of your snowmen designs – maybe WS got the idea from you!)

And who doesn’t love hot chocolate! I think a trip to WS is on my To Do list:-)

Thanks for sharing this with us.


November 21, 2014 - 6:09 am

Tricia L. - I’ll have to check this out! Thanks, I usually walk right by!

November 22, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Kathleen - Now I want hot chocolate!!

November 24, 2014 - 9:35 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love, love, love the marshmallows, will try to make a couple for the grandkids, Lorraine

My first quilt museum visit!

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. :D

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!

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!

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!

September 10, 2014 - 8:17 am

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

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!