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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 I wanted to open each box!

Row after row of quilt storage at the Quilt Museum, in Lincoln Nebraska

Row after row of quilt storage at the Quilt Museum, in Lincoln Nebraska

One of many quilt safes at the Lincoln Nebraska Qult Museum

One of many quilt safes at the Lincoln Nebraska Quilt Museum

 

Wholecloth quilt dated between 1750 and 1800.  Maker unknown.

Wholecloth quilt dated between 1750 and 1800. Maker unknown.

The exhibit on display was called “Log Cabin’s and Kit Quilts”.  This was my favorite Log Cabin ever!

Log Cabin Quilt, 1880 to 1900, maker unknown.

Log Cabin Quilt, 1880 to 1900, maker unknown.

From Lincoln I drove to Gretna, Nebraska for a fun retreat at the Minglewood Lodge!   The Minglewood Lodge is owned by Debbie Roberts who also owns The Quilted Moose quilt shop.  It’s the perfect combination for quilters!  Just think, you can sew all weekend and when you need a break you just drive a few miles to Debbie’s wonderful store.  It just doesn’t get any better than that.  Here’s some good news if you happen to be one of those people still trying to locate some Lily & Will fabric.  Debbie actually has some left!

The Minglewood Lodge in Gretna, Nebraska

The Minglewood Lodge in Gretna, Nebraska

Hope you all had a good weekend too!

Hugs,

Anne

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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!

Bitsy Button & Friends from Bunny Hill Designs

Bitsy Button & Friends from Bunny Hill Designs

 

Bitsy Tag

The Toy Fox Terrier rescue is a wonderful group, volunteering many hours to help these dogs.  This is the rescue group I adopted my Milkshake from!

My Sweet Toy Fox Terrier

My Sweet Toy Fox Terrier

To bid on this quilt just visit the Toy Fox Terrier, Inc. Facebook page and leave a comment under the quilt picture with the amount of your bid.  Be sure and check back during the auction to see if you’ve been outbid.   The auction runs from August 7th. through Sunday August 10th at 8PM Eastern Standard Time.

In case you’re wondering, this auction is Milkshake and Chelsea approved.  You never know what else you might find, and maybe you’ll come home with a dog!

Milkshake & Chelsea

Milkshake & Chelsea

Have a great day!

Anne

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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 14, 2014 - 5:55 pm

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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!!!

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.
Hugs
donna

August 8, 2014 - 10:56 am

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

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!

Hugs,

Anne

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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
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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.
Love,
Mary

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.