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Oh those fat quarter bundles

If I owned a factory the first thing I would buy is a machine that cuts fat quarters.  Then I’d buy a machine that folds, one that presses and one that collates.  Since there’s no chance of a factory coming my way, I’m in a studio with rulers, rotary cutters, irons and a few helpers.  Over a two-week period we will have cut 1,440 fat quarters.

When we decided to offer a bundle of Mistletoe Lane for the Snow Happy Hearts, I never imagined so many of you would want one.  We’ve got such a small website compared to the big guys and normally we can see an end to the fat quarter cutting at about 24 bundles.  These little Snow Happy Hearts bundles are putting us to the test!  Here’s the innocent looking culprit.

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 and here’s her accomplice…

Snow_Happy_Hearts_Embellishment_Kit Yards and yards of ribbon have been packaged up with a piece of wool felt and a few buttons (yes, we’ve included a few extra buttons just in case).

If you’ve wanted a bundle or embellishment kit and haven’t ordered yet, please be patient with us.  We may have extra after we get the current orders out the door.  I promise to let you know if we do, but for now give us a week to catch up with the ones we have.  We’re shipping the current orders as fast as we can but it’s taking longer than normal.

For now I can’t wait to go to bed at night.  I’ve been dreaming of completed bundles of fat quarters.

Anne

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February 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

LINDA - HI,it’s Charming Collection,for sure!
♥ HAPPY VALENITINES DAY ALL ♥

February 10, 2015 - 11:49 am

DeAnna Dodson - That’s what you get for making everything SO cute! :D

I think I must have one eventually, but I’ll give you time to catch your breath.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 10, 2015 - 3:21 pm

Pat Godkin - Congratulations on the culprits and Snow Happies being a hit outta the park!

February 10, 2015 - 5:12 pm

Barb - Such beautiful fabric, so many fabulous ideas – Snow,Happy Hearts & quilt ideas.

You’ve tempted us with just too much to resist. Good job!! :-)

February 10, 2015 - 6:38 pm

Anne Marie - I hope you will keep cutting – can’t wait to order this fabric bundle. Please let me know when they are available! Thanks.

February 11, 2015 - 3:02 am

Christine B. - Anne, I am not surprised you have been busy…. this fabric is absolutely stunning! Love the ribbons too! :) xx

February 11, 2015 - 6:37 am

mimi'sdarlins - Sorry you’re so swamped….but how nice to have so much business you can’t keep up. It doesn’t surprise me that these little projects are so popular, the fabric and trims are just darling :)

February 11, 2015 - 11:19 am

Lorraine Isaac - Imagine snowmen all year long, doesn’t get any better than that, lol, Lorraine

February 12, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Karen Dobbs - They’re adorable. I’ll stay tuned to see if more fat quarters will become available. I won’t order the embellishing kit until I know about the fat quarters. Thanks much!

Fast, fun and easy layer cake quilt

Sewing with a Layer Cake is so much fun!  Add a charm pack (or 5” squares) and you’re on the road to success.  You can make a quilt in just one weekend, start to finish!   So, when The Fat Quarter Shop asked me to try their new Layer of Charms pattern I just couldn’t wait!

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I started with a Layer Cake of Mistletoe Lane, and because I wanted a holiday look to my finished quilt I used my “tree” fabric in place of the charm pack.  It was easy to cut 5” squares.

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This quilt goes together so quick and easy.  I know this is a pattern I’ll use again because it’s perfect for so many things.  I added a 4” border, corner squares and some jumbo ric rac.  Now I’ve got the perfect cover for my holiday table.  If adding ric rac is something that you’d like to try, it’s really easy.  Just stitch the ric rac to the border strips before you sew the borders to the quilt.  I pressed the borders toward the quilt.

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This is the perfect pattern for those Layer Cakes you have in your stash and the best thing is it’s free!   Fat Quarter Shop even has a video to show you how easy this quilt is to make.

Layers of Charm Video

You’ll find the pattern on the Jolly Jabber Blog today.  Thank you Fat Quarter Shop for a wonderful pattern!

Anne

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February 9, 2015 - 4:57 am

Patricia Cash - Great quilt for Valentines, Christmas, 4th July, St Patrick’s Day, on and on. I see lots at my home and gifts!

Thank you,
Patricia

February 9, 2015 - 8:35 am

mimi'sdarlins - Very cute topper, and even better made with your Mistletoe Lane fabrics! The rick rack is such a nice little touch, and I like the way you’ve separated the pieced area from the border. I agree about layer cakes and charm packs, they make it easy to get a project done in no time. Thanks for sharing the link :)

February 9, 2015 - 9:22 am

Hildy - Love the ricrac you’ve added!

February 9, 2015 - 10:19 am

Renee - I love the addition of ric rac…what a nice touch!

February 9, 2015 - 12:56 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, the ricrac is darling! Thanks for sharing. :)

February 9, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Barb - Oh this is so clever & “charming” (okay, I couldn’t resist,)

Thanks for sharing this with us – I’m going to try to figure out where I can make time to make this!!

February 9, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Vicki H - Love the ric rac, what a great idea! How nice you are ahead of the game with a holiday topper already done.

February 9, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Love the pattern, looks easy, thanks for the inspiration

February 9, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Kimberly - How fun, I can’t wait to try it :0)

Love your newest fabric line, I am using it to make my snowmen ornaments.

Happy Sewing

February 10, 2015 - 3:21 am

Christine B. - What a lovely quilt… thank you for sharing the link to the pattern…. I am off to print it out right now! Hugs! :) x

February 10, 2015 - 11:03 am

Myra - Your quilt made a lovely table piece!

February 10, 2015 - 7:52 pm

Lori Morton - What a beautiful Tablecover! Looove it! & I love RicRac! Awesome job! :)

Snow Happy Hearts for February

Are you ready for another heart pattern?  If you haven’t seen it yet, February’s heart is sweet as can be, and it’s just in time for Valentine’s Day!  We’ve used a bit of brown wool felt for the bird and his beak is a tiny satin stitch.  If you prefer you can make the bird from fabric.  Just applique with tiny stitches.

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Speaking of tiny stitches, there isn’t enough time in the day, or strength in my hands, to stitch all the samples I need.  I’m lucky to have some really good help.  I think some people are just born to stitch, and one of them lives right across the street from me.  Kim Stephens has been helping me stitch for at least 3 years and lately she’s been working on Snow Happy Hearts. She takes my fabrics and drawings and helps me bring them to life.  Can you believe she’s my neighbor?

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These are the fabrics we’re using in order of appearance.  You can find them at your local quilt shop now!  They’re all from Mistletoe Lane and they shipped this week.

Have a great week stitching February’s heart!  You’ll find the pattern under the “free” tab.

Anne

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February 5, 2015 - 8:26 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Lovely as always!

You don’t know how big I’m smiling right now. LOVE the sweet little bird!

February 6, 2015 - 12:17 am

Hildy - The heart is sooo cute! Love everything about it: the sideway turned snowman (although I have the feeling it’s a snowwoman), the heart and the little bird.
You have some great neighbours wish mine were so good but I don’t think one of them is a quilter:-(

February 6, 2015 - 6:04 am

Barb - You are very lucky to have such a great neighbor/friend that helps bring your beautiful ideas & designs to life. I bet the feeling is mutual :-). It’s very obvious that your collaboration is perfect!

February’s Snow Happy heart is so sweet. I Love It!!!

February 6, 2015 - 6:47 am

Christine B. - Hello Anne! Thank you for this second beautiful pattern… so cute!! I can’t wait to get sewing! What a wonderful neighbour and those fabrics are just fabulous!! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

February 7, 2015 - 9:34 am

Sheila - oh I just love these hearts , thanks so much for the pattern :-)

February 18, 2015 - 10:24 am

Christina - Thank you so much for another cute little snowfriend.

Inspirations

There are so many things that inspire and excite me.  All you have to do is look around, and you’ll find them too.  I get the most excited when one of you uses something I’ve designed, and takes it to the next level.  Maybe you use a different fabric, add a different touch, or you change it in a way that adds your own creativity.  It’s exciting!

Lea Kagel took my Cape Cod Baby pattern and gave it a new look using blue and green fabrics.  She made it for a new mother-to-be and I think she may have already given it to her.  She was drawn to the pattern because she grew up on Cape Cod!  I feel as lucky as the mother-to-be, because I got to see my design through a new looking-glass!   Just look at this darling quilt and you’ll see what I mean!

Cape Cod Baby Close-up

Cape Cod Baby by Lea Kagel

Cape Cod Baby by Lea Kagel

Lea and I have a lot more in common than just this quilt!  We both have cats who look like this…

MoochersMy cat is named Moochers and her cat is names “Princess Catiana”.  Leah, maybe princess needs a few sail boats of her own to curl up on.  Hope she didn’t get jealous when she saw the beautiful quilt you made!

 

In another part of the world, Christine Barnsley was busy sewing away in England on her version of Snow Happy Hearts.  I’m going to give you a sneak peek here, but you’ll have to hop over to her blog to see how wonderful her version really is!

Snow Happy Hearts

Christine you’ve inspired me and I hope many others!  When I designed these little hearts I could only hope they would grow wings and take off on their own!

I’ll be back on the 5th with the February heart!

Hugs to you all,

Anne

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February 3, 2015 - 7:43 am

sunny - They’re both awesome! I’m loving seeing the Snow Hearts done different ways. thanks for such an adorable starting point.

February 3, 2015 - 8:23 am

Pat Godkin - I have been looking at the Snow Happies posted on the Facebook Group. My thoughts are that there are infinite ways to look at a pattern. I am always amazed at how a slight change in fabric or threads alters the designs or how you might decide to expand an ornament into a whole quilt which is so smart with 12 that you are offering us! I have considered a banner with the months embroidered on top. Love love love your work Anne!

February 3, 2015 - 12:45 pm

DeAnna Dodson - That’s what I love about quilting/sewing. You can take someone’s pattern and make it your own by changing colorways or adapting it to something the designer didn’t think of. Love the blues and greens in the baby quilt. SO cute. And the hearts quilt adaptation is just wonderful.

So many projects, so little time! I could sew 24/7 and never catch up.

Thanks for sharing these. They’re great!

February 3, 2015 - 2:20 pm

Christine B. - Hello Anne! Thank you so much for this lovely post… I love the Cape Cod cot quilt, it is beautiful! Thank you for your lovely comments about the block I made from the Snow Happy Hearts Pattern ….. I so enjoyed making it. I can’t wait for the next one! I love the FB page too… so inspiring… so many talented people! Hugs

February 3, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Tammy - This post is full of beauty! Great pattern and so cool how the ideas pile on and expand when people share their interpretations. As DeAnna said, So many projects, so little time. But one heart a month sounds at least, possible. Thank you for sharing your talent & skills Anne, Lea and Christine!

February 3, 2015 - 7:50 pm

faye - ADORABLE sailboat quilt. Love it.

February 4, 2015 - 12:06 am

Hildy - Love the quilt and, of course, the cat!

February 4, 2015 - 7:09 am

Barb Rohrbeck - How is it that I missed seeing your Cape Cod quilt? It is adorable! I had a thought that maybe you could highlight each of your older patterns occasionally – kind of a reminder how wonderful they all are. I know I’m going to go look at them all a little bit closer.

Thanks to you and Lea Kagel for sharing that sweet quilt.

And Christine’s Snow Happy Heart is beautiful! What a wonderful idea she has shared!! And it’s so fun to discover another blog to read!!

It is really so amazing all the creativity out there.

A big “thank you” to all of you!

February 5, 2015 - 7:20 am

mimi'sdarlins - I love this version of your baby quilt, Anne. Beautiful work by Lea, the colors are so serene. Christine’s angel is adorable as well, what fun to see how others interpret your patterns. Come to think of it, your new angel must be in my mailbox as we speak…I’m a bit behind in my reading :)

February 5, 2015 - 11:41 am

DeAnna Dodson - LOVE your February block, too! :D