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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

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.

Xo

November 21, 2014 - 6:09 am

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

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.
Hugs

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!

Ready for some auction fun?

The Toy Fox Terrier Rescue  has an auction on Facebook and I’ve donated a quilt.   Here’s a chance to own my Bitsy Button & Friends quilt and help dogs in need at the same time!   The Toy Fox Terrier rescue is a wonderful group, volunteering many hours to help these dogs.  This is the […]

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August 7, 2014 - 5:24 am

mimi'sdarlins - What a darling quilt and such a good cause. How fun it must be, surrounded by these sweet little pooches :)

August 7, 2014 - 10:14 am

Marcia - I’ll check it out. Pass along pets to Chelsea and Milkshake…You too Bitsy…you are not forgotten.

August 7, 2014 - 11:34 am

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, darling quilt.

And there is just something about Milkshake that makes me want to run out and get a dog just like her.

Of course, my cats would never understand. ;)

August 8, 2014 - 4:52 am

Martha - OMG!! The quilt is to die for. Love the whole thing. Your detail work beyond description.

August 8, 2014 - 5:21 am

Janie - Your quilt Bitsy Button & Friends is amazing. I adopted Kelsey when she was two. she was a toy fox terrier as well. They are great dogs. Thanks for all you do.

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August 18, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Lilly - I am on pins and needles!!! I can’t wait to see the quilt I won!! My husband picked it up at the post office and I can’t wait to go home after work!!!