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Acorns and Roses

Two weeks before Thanksgiving and in California we have acorns falling and roses blooming.  Feels normal for November.  I set off for the farmer’s market this morning with my camera in hand.

Falling Leaves in Downtown Brentwood

Falling Leaves in Downtown Brentwood


November Roses

November Roses


On the Thanksgiving Menu

On the Thanksgiving menu


Color in the vegetable world

Color in the Vegetable World


California Berries in November

California Berries in November


All-star Carrots

All-star Carrots

Our Farmer’s Market is open for one more weekend believe it or not.

There’s one more photo I took today…

Flannel for Baby

Flannel for Baby

I’m making receiving blankets and burp cloths for my new granddaughter who’s due to arrive in February.  Lily will have a new little sister soon!

Back soon,


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November 15, 2014 - 3:12 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Awww, congratulations, Grandma! :)

November 15, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Tammy - Congrats to big sister Lily, I am sure she’s going to love being a big sis!

Love the colours in your pics, and it has been a strange season seeing all kinds of blooms at the wrong time.

The fabric in the burp cloths is adorable, how cute.

November 15, 2014 - 5:02 pm

Patricia G Hayes - Hi Anne,
What a great idea bringing your camera along on your farmer’s market trip this day. I truly love the carrot’s photo, they are looking yummy. Some look like a variety I am not familiar with All your photos, the brightness made them all simply tempting to eat right now. hehe Don’t I wish. The berries, this must be your second of the season??
Anyway thanks for sharing with all of us.
Wow, this is going to call for more trips across the pond, another little body soon to be on your lap. How wonderful.
Enjoy every minute with your family. Patricia

November 15, 2014 - 6:13 pm

Mary T Salmon - Lucky Grandma!! Great pictures.

November 15, 2014 - 8:00 pm

Mary S - Congratulations on the new little one coming.

No roses blooming here or veggies. Too cold.

November 16, 2014 - 2:21 am

Hildy - Congrats for become a grandma again although the baby will be far away. But February is a great month, my birthday is 18th and sometimes the weather is quite good here then.

November 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

Juanita in OH - Hi; Thank you for these beautiful photos. Congratulations for the new baby to come!
There is nothing in the world greater than grand parenting. LOVE the fabric.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

November 16, 2014 - 8:06 am

mimi'sdarlins - Congratulations on your new baby granddaughter on the way! Your life is filled with ‘little women’, how wonderful. I love the sock monkey fabric (who doesn’t?), made pajamas and matching overnight bags for my granddaughters a few years ago. Have fun sewing for the new baby :)

November 16, 2014 - 12:04 pm

ada shave - The only thing that is growing in Newfoundland, Canada is snow balls. They started yesterday.

November 16, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Lorraine Isaac - Wish we had a market like that, what fun, enjoy, Lorraine

November 20, 2014 - 6:10 am

Barb - Congratulations, Anne, to you and your family on the news of a new baby on the way. What a special blessing for all of you. Lucky Lily will be a wonderful big sister.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!

Leaving for Quilt Market

It’s that time of year again when Houston Quilt Market comes around.  I leave very early Friday morning for Houston, and what a market Moda has planned!  The theme this market is “Get Comfy with Moda” and the designers have a fun school house planned.  If you’re a shop coming to quilt market don’t miss the Moda School House on Friday.  If you’re a blog reader you’ll be able to watch a school house video after market courtesy of www.thefatquartershop!

get comfy



Hop over to the Fat Quarter Shop blog today and you’ll find me talking about Mistletoe Lane.  The quilt is coming to market with me so if you’re a shop owner be sure and come by to see it.  We’ll be counting down the days until Christmas!

I’ll be posting to instagram while I’m at market so be sure and follow along.  Moda has some new designers and one of them is a sweet friend of mine, Brenda Riddle!  Wait until you see her new fabric line…I’m in love and I think you will be too.

I’m not staying long at market this year, but I’m excited to be going!

I’ll leave you with a picture I took on the way home last week.  There’s an area near our house where we see these two little owls every Saturday morning on our way to the Farmer’s Market.  The little one may jump up to get some sun, but when she see’s us coming she hops down the hole and peeks out.  I think these little owls are an endangered species.  You’ll be seeing them on one of my quilts someday.

Sweet Little Burrowing Owls

Sweet Little Burrowing Owls

I’ll be back soon.  Wish you could come with me!





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October 23, 2014 - 6:46 am

Patricia C - Have always wanted to go to the Houston Market but something always comes up.
Thanks for sharing the baby owls, adorable.

October 23, 2014 - 8:55 am

Hildy - These owls are just too adorable!!!
Have a fun time at market and I can’t wait to see all the market goodness showing up in blogland:-)

October 23, 2014 - 1:55 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Have fun at market!

What a precious little bebbeh owl! I hope you’ll post more pictures if you get them. :D

October 23, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Juliez - After braving the frenzy at Sample Spree, I’ll see you Saturday !

October 23, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Louise - Love the owls! Geez sure do wish I could follow my favorite local quilt shop owner and be able to have a preview of what she chooses for us for the coming months. What fun that would be. Also anxious to see your new line and Bren’s as well. Have a wonderful time

October 23, 2014 - 11:07 pm

Joanne Moore - Love the photo of the owls!! Thanks for sharing. What a neat encounter. Have fun at Market!

October 24, 2014 - 4:10 am

Dawn - Have a truly super time at Market, wish I were there too – one day hopefully :) Love those little burrowing owls, we don’t have them in the UK, they’re so lovable! Thank you for posting the pic of them x

October 24, 2014 - 5:16 pm

gailss1 - Have a great time at “Market” and will watch for news….love those little owlets, how adorable!

October 25, 2014 - 2:34 pm

mimi'sdarlins - How fun to be heading to market again! During a recent shop hop, I couldn’t resist your Mistletoe Lane fabrics, they’re even prettier in person.
Love the little owls and must send this to a friend who watches endangered owls on camera. They are in a preserve so they can hopefully breed and have a better chance of survival.
Have fun at market!

October 25, 2014 - 8:40 pm

Erin Stewart - Those owls!!! You really must weave them into a pattern somewhere so we can use the fabric and see them every day too. ;)

I hope you’ve had a lovely time at quilt market!

October 28, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Loris Mills - I love those burrowing owls! We have enjoyed one or two each year hanging out with us through the winter. I think it was so dry this past year that they didn’t visit. I missed them.

November 4, 2014 - 1:53 pm

Lynn Koeppen - We wished we could have met you at the Quilt Festival. We were disappointed that very few designers stayed for the Festival. Maybe next time! :-)

What kind of quilter are you?

Are you a “clutter” quilter or a “neatness” quilter?  Just look around your sewing area and you’ll know.  Are you surrounded with stacks of fabric and tables filled with works in progress, or do you have a place for everything and only one project out at a time?

I’m a neatness quilter and I can only function for a short time in a messy space.  When we’re working on new patterns my studio always becomes a disaster.  I’m forced to become the clutter quilter, and I’m not fit to live with.  I start thinking about throwing things out, rearranging furniture, giving things away and other drastic measures.

Last week my studio was such a mess my husband finally came to the rescue.  The minute he heard me talking about rearranging furniture he jumped in to help.  I’m sure he was picturing days of work.  He’s the one who moves everything around and then after a few days of “trying it out” I inevitably ask him to move everything back.

It was his idea to condense my wool collection from 3 large baskets down to one.  We took the vintage container I purchased from Dreamy Whites and filled it with all my wool.  I love the way it looks and now my wool is in one place.


Wool Collection

Wool Collection

We continued working around the studio, putting things away, finding homes for the new fabrics, and generally cleaning up.  By the time we finished it felt so great!  The Bella’s were arranged by color and number so they’re easy for me to find.

Moda Bella Collection at Bunny Hill

Moda Bella Collection at Bunny Hill

The cutting table was cleared and I could actually breathe again!  It was instantly satisfying and I no longer felt the need to rearrange.  So who’s the smart one?  I think it’s my husband, because by spending a little time helping me get organized he saved himself days of moving furniture around.  I can get back to pattern writing and maybe even finish reading my new Louise Penny book, “The Long Way Home”.  (I read on Louise Penny’s Facebook page that the book has already gone into a second printing and I was beyond happy to read that she’s back at home after the book tour, writing again!)

FYI, I’ve put a new link on my sidebar to “Instagram“.  I had some Instagram lessons a few week ago and I’ll be posting more pictures here.  If you haven’t tried it, sign up.  It’s really fun!

Back soon,



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September 18, 2014 - 3:18 pm

DeAnna Dodson - Oh, how beautiful is your sewing room!!

And what a sweetie your husband is to help you get it all pretty. :D

September 18, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Patricia G Hayes - I am like you, I cannot stand a messy quilting area. Went and bought several plastic containers w/handles so the five projects that I am working on are safely inside, I can, this way, grab on the way to a guild meeting, cottage group, or when I decide what project I wish to work on at a particular time.
I find I cannot keep starting new projects which I dearly love to do but this way going to one or another I find I get excited like I was starting a new project with my area fairly neat now.
Your hubby is a terrific keeper, ahah.

September 18, 2014 - 5:10 pm

Linda - I am a mixture of both. I have neat stashes in containers and alos several projects in various stages of completion. I am in love with wool applique but also want to learn machine quilting. Not enough hours in the day for me. :)

September 18, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Barb - I like neat and orderly the best but . . . Sometimes things just get out of control – you know how that goes. Too many projects started, too many projects that I want to make and never enough time.

Your space is so lovely – I love that rack of fabric – so pretty and colorful. Your husband is so generous to help you.

September 19, 2014 - 12:12 am

Hildy - I confess: I’m more of a clutter quilter with a bit organization thrown in. I have my places where everything I need is and my fabric is sorted by colors in bins but it can easily go out of controll and I just don’t care to much about it. I’m better if it’s a bit messy around me because I’m a bit more creative this way. Perhaps I need a husband?

September 19, 2014 - 6:03 am

mimi'sdarlins - I’m both. Inherently an organized person, but when I’m working on a project and pulling fabrics from several areas, things get messy. On the bright side, I can usually find what I’m looking for :) I love that your wool is so neatly arranged in little bundles.

September 19, 2014 - 8:11 am

Pam Seaberg - I think I am a little of both. When I am deciding on what fabrics to use, I have them out, all over the place. But, at the end of the day, I like to have everything put in piles.

September 19, 2014 - 9:35 am

becky m - I’m a neatness quilter forced to be a messy quilter. My room is the dining room and it’s not set up for quilting and my husband doesn’t want to “let” me change it (which is silly because we’ll never eat among the mess I’ve created!). So I try to tolerate the mess I quilt in and dream of the day I can get beautiful shelves like yours. You married a smart man! And he organizes well!

September 19, 2014 - 9:59 am

Karen Martin - I try to be a neat quilter, but things seem to get out of hand quickly–it always gets to a point where I just have to stop and reorganize before going any further. I do work on several things at a time—I’m always excited to start something new!

September 19, 2014 - 10:14 am

Bernie - I am a clutter quilter. I would love to be neater, but it never lasts. I hate that I spend half my life looking for stuff.

September 19, 2014 - 1:08 pm

Betty Grove - I’m a neatness quilter, but still find it necessary to clean after I finish a project. While I try to put things back after I use them I will invariably lay something down in the wrong place. I am an “organized quilter.” I label everything and everything has its own bin or drawer, there are times when I think I’m overdoing it; but it works for me. I usually have two projects going at the same time, so that if I get stuck on one or just get bored I can switch out and then come back renewed. Quilting is the only hobby that I have that gives me complete contentment and even when I’m tense I can go to my sewing room and find calm.

September 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

rosa - I`m a mix of both-I enjoy working on several projects have every project in his bag.

September 21, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Vicky - (sigh) I want to be you!

September 22, 2014 - 5:50 am

Teresa Duryea Wong - Your fabric storage and the photos and everything about it is just luscious. I have been wanting to collect all the solids and display them this way. Love this. Thanks for inspiring.

September 24, 2014 - 10:30 am

Anne Manly - I would so love to have enough room to be as totally neat as I crave to be – BUT!!! It unfortunately doesn’t work that way so I just struggle through – and my sweet husband has also been a help by building my storage shelves. Also glad to hear that you’re a Louise Penny fan – I waited anxiously for this last installment of my favorite Three Pines characters! Happy stitching and happy reading!

September 28, 2014 - 8:04 pm

tammy - What a lovely collection of fabrics- they look so nice all neat and organized. I am in envy as I am definitely a “messy quilter”.

happy quilting

October 4, 2014 - 1:13 pm

Lorraine Isaac - I wish I was not so messy but I think it’s because I have such a small space

The gangs all here to announce the winners


Wasn’t the Moda blog hop fun? I hope you watched the video from Barb and Mary because it was so cute!  How they think this stuff up I don’t know, but I love it and they always make me laugh!

Now it’s finally time to pick the winners of some Mistletoe Lane fabric.  It’s my newest fabric line from Moda.   Since this is the MODA LOVE blog hop I called upon some of my very own “loves” to help me choose the winners.

group pictureThey make up my committee and they take this job very seriously.   Chelsea begged to give something to each and every one of you…


…but she finally realized it wasn’t possible.  We’re have 2 jelly rolls, 3 charm packs and a layer cake so we picked 6 lucky winners!

  • A Jelly Roll goes to Laura, who got up early on September 10th and left a comment at 6:40AM – “I can’t just pick one pre cut, I do love them all for different reasons. Fat quarters you can do more but charms you just grab and sew! Thanks for the Bunny Applique, love what you did with it! Looking forward to your new line Mistletoe Lane!!”
  • A Charm Pack goes to Lynne Tilley who wrote on September 10th at 11:21 AM – “My favorite pre-cut forever was the charm pack; then it became the fat quarter; then I discovered how fabulous Jelly Rolls were. Do I really have to have a favorite?? I’d say fat quarter just because it’s MORE fabric…… thanks for the chance to win.”
  • A Layer Cake goes to Karen who wrote on September 11th at 8:58Am – “Love your latest everything. Reminded me how cute pink, green, red and white can be. I guess jelly rolls are still a favorite but I’m starting to like those layer cakes also.”
  • A Charm Pack goes to Jacklynn Grimm who wrote on September 11th at 11:35AM- “Oh your new line is so cute! Love that it’s coming out in January for us procrastinators who need a whole year to make something for Christmas!! I love the versatility of layer cakes, so many different ways to cut them or leave them whole. Thanks for the give away!”
  • A Jelly Roll goes to Greg, who wrote on September 11th at 7:59PM  “My favorite precut is fat quarters. So many possibilities! Love Mistletoe Lane, and I’m trying to figure out what to do with my Winter Wonderland fat quarters now.”
  • A Charm Pack goes to Dorothy who wrote on September 12th at 5:44PM  “If I had to choose one, it would be the Fat Quarter – it is so versatile, but I also like the layer cake, it’s like getting to choose between one large square, or four smaller ones! I love your quilt, and the bunny just finishes it off perfectly.”

If you’re one of the winners listed above, just email me ( your full name, address etc and we’ll get your treat in the mail.  Thank you to everyone for visiting during the hop!  I loved reading your comments.  Have a great weekend everyone!


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September 13, 2014 - 7:01 am

mimi'sdarlins - Congrats to all the winners! Have fun with your new fabrics :)

September 15, 2014 - 8:12 am

Kathleen O'Grady - Congrats to all the lucky winners!

September 17, 2014 - 3:29 am

Donya - Love the picture of Chelsea she has the sweetest little paws. Thanks for all you do Anne.