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Olivia likes Halloween

You’re probably not thinking about Halloween now, but I am.  Olivia made me do it!  I started wondering what she’d look like in Halloween fabric, maybe holding a candy bar…

So we stitched up one Olivia and then had to stitch more.

Olivia Owl made with our “Spooky” fabric bundle!


Olivia Owl made with our "Batty" bundle

Olivia Owl made with our “Batty” fabric bundle!


Olivia Owl made with our "Dottie" bundle

Olivia Owl made with our “Dottie” fabric bundle!


Another Olivia made with our "Spooky" bundle!

Another Olivia made with our “Spooky” fabric bundle!

Olivia would look pretty cute surrounded with pumpkins on your Halloween table and you’ve got plenty of time to make her.

Here’s the best thing…the “Olivia” pattern and these bundles are on sale through August 7th, along with everything else on our website.  25% off when you enter the code Augustsale … you can save a bundle :>)


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August 5, 2014 - 7:57 am

mimi'sdarlins - Such darling fabrics, and I love this little owl! Olivia looks like she’d be at home just about anywhere, perched on a table or sitting by the fireplace. I just saw your newsletter, enticing us with another sale :)

August 5, 2014 - 8:05 am

rosa - Those fabrics reminds me Fall days and the owls are super cute.Have a great week!!

August 5, 2014 - 12:19 pm

Carole crane - Olivia ia adorable- in all of the fabrics!

August 5, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Susan - Love Olivia and the fabric you made her with……<3

August 5, 2014 - 3:48 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, so cute! Love the Dottie one especially!

Now I have to go look at your site and see what I didn’t know I had to have. :D

August 7, 2014 - 6:11 am

donna - Olive is so cute. Love the fabrics and the idea.

August 8, 2014 - 10:56 am

Elizabeth - Oh Ann I love Halloween . These are just too cute.

What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?

What comes first, the fabric or the quilt?  Ever wondered about it?

When I started designing, it was the fabric that inspired me.  I’d wait on pins and needles to see the newest lines from Moda.  I’d have several quits in my head and when I saw the right fabric I’d start designing.

Oh joy how things have changed!   Now I design the quilt first and spend many happy hours choosing colors and drawing fabrics to go with it.  Think what this would mean if you were the designer.   Your colors could vary to fit the quilt, and suddenly you’d have your own backgrounds and prints that work in a way they could never work before.  For me its pure heaven.

"Mistletoe Lane" on the way to Moda

“Mistletoe Lane” on the way to Moda


I snapped this picture earlier this year as I was sending off my newest fabric line to Cheryl at Moda.  It’s because of Cheryl and her faith in me, that I can finally work this way.  What you see in the package are color swatches, carefully selected for my newest fabric line and block of the month quilt.  The Scan-disc has all the files to create this new line,  and the package for Cheryl is filled with my ideas.

If you wonder why I’ve been so quiet, it’s because I’ve been dealing with deadlines for this newest fabric line called “Mistletoe Lane”.  I’ve been working on patterns, calculating yardage and everything else that needs to be done while I wait for my sample yardage.  It’s supposed to arrive this week!

“Mistletoe Lane” is coming soon!



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July 27, 2014 - 11:44 am

DeAnna Dodson - Oooh it’s always so intriguing to see a tantalizing little package like that. Love the colors. Can’t wait to see the final result! :D

July 27, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Susan - Can’t wait to see your new line……I just love all your fabric……I will be watch for a peek of it!!

July 27, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Pam - Cheryl is amazing. I can’t wait!

July 27, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Hildy - Your new fabric line sounds great I love the name!

July 27, 2014 - 2:01 pm

liz - Oooh, pretty! I’m practically salivating over the colors!

July 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Judi - Please, please come out with a new baby line! Since most and I do mean most of the baby quilts I have made(and I have made 8) this year alone, the gender of the child is known. The one who didn’t actually know, took a sealed envelope with the gender info to her baby stuff store and they put away the blue ( in this case) choices she made.

I desperately need pinks, blues, lavenders with greys and tsuoes. It seems every nursery was pink or blue with grey or taupe this past two years!

Help! My children and their friends don’t want trucks, farm animals or robots!

July 27, 2014 - 4:31 pm

Karen Miller - Nice to see a post from you Anne and congratulations on another new line from Moda! I just love all of the beautiful new fabrics and peruse them often for inspiration for a new Moda Bake Shop recipe or pattern. I’m a new pattern designer and am always inspired when I see your fabric and sweet BOM. I would love to learn more about the process… Can’t wait to see the line. Hugs, Karen

July 27, 2014 - 5:37 pm

Barb - Oh I love the name “Mistletoe Lane” just conjures up all sorts of ideas, thoughts and memories. I just know this is going to be extra-special – fabric always inspires so many possibilities.

I’m with Karen Miller (above commenter) I’d love to learn and understand the process of fabric from inspiration to manufacturer – I know we would all be in utter awe of what it must take !

Thank you, Anne, for sharing your talent, creativity and generosity with us.

July 27, 2014 - 8:13 pm

Mary T Salmon - Anne:
Sounds lovely. I love everything you design.

July 27, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Anita - I’m loving the pink and mocha colors, can’t wait to see what you designed to go with it.

July 28, 2014 - 1:02 am

rosa - The new name sounds fun.Can’t wait to see the new fabric line.

Don’t know what comes first because sometimes I see a fabric and know which pattern I ‘ m going to use .

July 28, 2014 - 5:41 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, I love the colors! Now I’ll be on pins and needles waiting to see the new line and pattern :)

July 28, 2014 - 7:17 am

Pauline - Anne…love the name, love the colors and I just know I will love your new ideas for your new line of fabric and your new patterns. Your creations always make me smile. Happy stitching, Pauline

July 28, 2014 - 7:50 am

Jackie Roisler - Very interesting, thanks for sharing :) plus, anxiously awaiting your newbie items.

July 28, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Tina Mclellan - Oh my! I can’t wait. Miistletoe, Christmas and Bunny Hill! What a fabulous combination. It just has to be wonderful!

July 30, 2014 - 4:22 am

Shawna - I love the name of this fabric line! I can’t wait to see it and the patterns you design for it.

Makin’ it Cute

“Makin’ it Cute” flower templates from Me and My Sister Designs have so many uses!

Makin_it_cute-7332If you love flowers then you’ll love these templates.  You can make fabric flowers, felt flowers and even paper flowers!

FlowerFelt Flower

Felt Flower Yellow

My granddaughter Alyssa, used a flower as a hair clip.

AlyssaThen she tried it as a necklace.


And finally she used it as a bracelet and painted her fingernails to match.


We made some felt flowers and used them to decorate a bulletin board.

Pin-up board

Then we glued some flowers to magnets and used them to decorate a white board.

magnetsWe thought a Chelsea Chihuahua flower hat would be cute.


Or a Milkshake flower bonnet.

Milkshake Bonnet

You can buy these templates at The Fat Quarter Shop.

Or, hop over to the Jolly Jabber blog and you might win one!

Makin’ it Cute today!

Happy Monday

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July 14, 2014 - 9:14 am

liz - On a completely unrelated note, do you happen to know what polish your daughter is wearing?

July 14, 2014 - 9:58 am

Tanya Quilts in CO - I love the wool felt flowers!

July 14, 2014 - 11:44 am

mimi'sdarlins - Anne, these are so sweet! I love everything Barb and Mary design, but the Chelsea and Milkshake adornments have to be the best :)

July 14, 2014 - 11:45 am

Anita - What a cute granddaughter! Love the matching polish! The dog hats are something my daughter would totally do for her dog too, everything was too cute :)

July 14, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Barb - Oh my your granddaughter, Alyssa, is beautiful!

And, of course, Chelsea and Milkshake are too cute!! Perfect models they are!

Is that a picture of Lily in some kind of hole? Where is she and what is she doing!

July 14, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Very cute flowers although I’m not sure the dogs thin so, lol

July 14, 2014 - 7:53 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, Chelsea and Milkshake are SO darling.

What kind of dog is Milkshake? She just looks precious.

July 14, 2014 - 7:54 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, Chelsea and Milkshake are SO darling.

What kind of dog is Milkshake? She just looks precious. :)

July 14, 2014 - 8:10 pm

Colleen - While the flowers are lovely it’s the models that are just so darn cute!
How you were able to get such darling photos is amazing too

July 14, 2014 - 8:20 pm

Linda Adam - Well, your post has given me a good laugh! My oldest granddaughter, Drew & I would probably use those adorable flowers in much the same way as you & your lovely Alyssa. Right down to flower hats for our little dogs. We would be holding our tummy’s laughing so hard. Happy Summer!

Linda A, Ontario, Canada

July 15, 2014 - 6:55 pm

Elizabeth Johnson - You win most original ! I love them as puppy hats! Your flowers are great, your granddaughter beautiful and your dogs are so cute in there hats!

July 16, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Lorraine Isaac - My grand daughter would love those flowers, may have to be a project with Grandma, lol

July 23, 2014 - 5:24 am

donna - You are granddaughter is just precious. Love the flowers on your fur babies as well. Hope you have a great day.

Have you seen this book?

Have you seen the book called “The 1718 Coverlet” by Susan Briscoe?  It’s not published yet, but you can pre-order one from Amazon.  They start shipping on August 19th and this is one of those books I think you’ll want!

1718 quilt photoI fell in love with this quilt the minute I saw it.   The original quilt was reconstructed with the help of The Quilter’s Guild and both the original and the reconstructed quilt will be on display in Britain from September 5th through December 13th.  It would be worth the trip just to see this quilt!

You can read all about the quilt on Amazon or Facebook.  Be sure and “like” the Facebook page so you get the updates from The Quilter’s guild.  I think this quilt calls for a quilt group so we can work on it together.  I’ll let you know if I come up with a leader (no, it can’t be me) .

If you like the quilt, pre-order the book so you get it right away.  It’s a great project for Fall.

Thinking ahead!


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July 12, 2014 - 3:40 pm

liz - I’ve been thinking about ordering this book and making the quilt in red and white…I have a thing for two-color quilts, ya’ know.

July 12, 2014 - 4:09 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Wow, that’s amazing!

I love recreating old quilts!

July 12, 2014 - 5:18 pm

mimi'sdarlins - Hi Anne,
Wow, this quilt looks like it would be such fun to do! The blocks are unlike any I’ve seen. I do hope you find someone to host a group, I would definitely be on board. I’ll be watching!

July 12, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Anne, thanks for sharing. Will be on the list to watch for and hope someone will start us off. Maybe Jo Morton?????

July 12, 2014 - 11:51 pm

Anita - Love the book! It’s on my wish list :)

July 13, 2014 - 1:04 am

rosa - Looks fabulous.How many blocks are there?

July 13, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Barb - WOW! This is beautiful. I’m going to have to investigate the book.

This would take me a lifetime to re-create but it is stunning. I’d like to go to Britain too just to see this.

How was your visit with your family? Are they still with you or did they have to go home:-(

July 15, 2014 - 8:46 am

Barbara Moore - The one thing I’ve found in my research on historical American quilts is that the patchwork quilt came from necessity. Well worn, usually whole cloth quilts, repaired with patches over and again gradually progressed into more ordered patchwork tops. And, because of the scarcity of materials in the new world, patchwork came as a result.
Here we find that the American patchwork quilt may not be uniquely our own doing after all. It should not be surprising that in the constant trade between the colonies and the mother country, patchwork supplies and ideas were abundantly traded.
This 1718 quilt is a national treasure and this book gives invaluable historical information that is well worth the read.

August 4, 2014 - 9:33 am

Pat Godkin - This is a beautiful quilt, the colors and those whimsical swans. Notice the heart wreath block on the right? I would definitely purchase the book to read about the history of making it. I would like to lend my quilters hand to a group effort so please contact me.