Thursday, May 29, 2008

This would be the perfect time to blog if I could narrow down the subject matter

pearls

But mostly I can't stop thinking about pearl cotton and how I'd like to sit in a corner in a quiet room and teach myself to be the best hand-quilter ever. I've recently filled an entire bowl full with these little jewels, and my head with dreams of perfect little bright stitches outlining this or that. And how that monotony would be so soothing and perfect. But love is patient, so we wait, the cotton and I. It sits there. I do anything but.

I'm feeling compelled to offer a bullet list here of what's been jiggin, but I shall resist. I do want to say a giant banner-sized (waving back and forth vigorously!) THANK YOU for all the love and sweetness and nice words in regards to my Quilt Market booth and the visits I had there. I am just humbled by the little niceties floating around in blogland about my new fabrics, book cover, etc. With every passing day over the last week, I was continually confronted with more mentions of the experience from so many great perspectives of everyone in attendance that I could barely add to it and do any real service. I will say that overall I had more fun in a booth than just walking. I felt at home. I also realized that all the hard work, frustrations, long hours, postponed outings are the price you pay for inspiration. Or maybe the price you pay for pushing a little inspiration all the way to its lavish resting spot at the end of a long path. And now. Sitting there. I feel inspired again. And here I go. Already working on things that I won't get to sit in the midst of for at least another 9 months to a year. But I'm a girl. I can handle cycles.

Ahhh. There. That feels better, I wrote something.

I warned you with that title, so no whining about the incoherence of this post, people.

Okay, more to share and say about some things I'm working on for YOU! But in the meantime, if you care to immerse yourself even deeper into the abyss known as Anna spilling her creative guts about fabric (which truly knows no end) go and visit the Boutique Cafe (such sweet girls!) link over there in the sidebar under More of Me (oh my goodness and they have their own song too!!). I had the pleasure of taping a handful of interviews from other folks too so, if you can stand it, I'll continue to direct you to them as they pop up. In fact I'll do it whether you can stand it or not.

okay. I'm hungry. I miss you guys. I can feel a regular pace coming on I think, so lets be friends again. xoxo, Anna

49 comments:

  1. helena6:28 PM

    I'll always be a friend!

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  2. Anna Maria...I have been reading your blogs for a while now, and I must say that I feel so at home when you write! Even when it is scattered...come one now, don't all women chat that way? :) THanks for much inspiration!

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  3. Like one of your pretty birds, your thoughts and words flit from thought to thought and it's wonderful to see. Enjoying your process, cycles and all.

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  4. that's funny,my post-traumatic-creative-burst-symdrome wound down in a pile of thread too! :) Glad you're back...
    http://blog.betzwhite.com/2008/05/unwinding.html

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  5. We'll be friends again and for always. I cannot imagine the amount of energy you have. My goodness, can you share at least 1/2 of that with me? I need to get a few things done! Your new fabric is awesome, I have been stalking it on the different sites that are selling! Love it, love it!

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  6. Welcome back! Your rambles are never worth a complaint!

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  7. Can I just say you are too cute? ;). I was talking about your recent article in Home Companion to my husband, told him a little about how I bought fabric from you, blah, blah, blah :) ... I'm sure that is what he was hearing :P.

    But then I showed him your picture and told him how many children you had and we both had a little laugh because I just had my 31st birthday and I don't think anyone believes I'm over 18 ... and that is you, just cute as can be and you look maybe all of 21!!

    I know, that's a bit random, just wanted to let you know you make me smile and it's nice to have you back!

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  8. I look forward to all that you want share. I love it all!
    Joan

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  9. I recently found your blog and have enjoyed reading through the past entries as I'm finding myself more at home with creative, happy, bright women! You are such an inspiration!

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  10. melissa@yummygoods8:32 PM

    hey there, gorgeous!
    I was so happy to see your post pop up. Of course, I was interested in the "great perspectives" of quilt market and thought I accidentally closed a window or something when I saw my own blog show up! Aw, thanks, babe. I loved spending time with you on the floor of your booth, in caravans and restaurants. Talk soon, xo, m
    ps. hugs to Mr. gorgeous

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  11. Anna-you're absolutely inspiring. I haven't quilted in years because I've been deeply involved in the scrapbook industry as a designer. After seeing your latest fabrics, I purchased a stack this am and can't wait to put together a quilt for my itty bitty son. By the way, I love those chairs in your booth...Do you let your kids sit in those? Laugh. Just beautiful!

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  12. I just saw your interview at the Boutique Cafe. It was wonderful to see you surrounded by all your amazing work. Congratulations!!

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  13. Good to see you back! :)

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  14. Even if you don't write new posts, I visit here often and just enjoy all the colors in your pictures. My own blog, house and life seem so dull and brown compared to yours! It's good though to hear from you again. Good luck with all the things you are working on, I'm sure they will be beautiful, colorful and vibrant as ever!

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  15. You are such an amazing gal...so sweet and humble. I can't wait...til next time :0)

    Rowan Willow (artist /alter ego)
    aka Tiffany

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  16. You are just wonderful Anna and your drawing room is so amazing! I hope you have a room just like that in your house - how could you not get inspired in a space like that?!

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  17. Pardon the pun Anna, but it 'seams to me' that you're back in the groove. Have a great weekend.

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  18. Oops, sorry: I goofed on the last comment. This one has my link in it.

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  19. I have been lurking around your blog for a little while, and just love when you update with information. I love your fabrics! I can't wait to get your book when it is released!

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  20. Wow, Wow, Wow. Christine Middlecamp posted your link and I am so absolutely wide-eyed at your blog. Absolutely stunning and completely my style. If you are ever up for home tours, I am in! Off to check out your store now...

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  21. Your beautiful words and pictures have finally inspired to me to do something...to create, and to at last, start blogging my own inspirations. I have four children that I stay home with, so finding that time to feel and be creative is a tough one You are fantastic, and always good for me to "check in on" when I feel like being a mother AND being creative just don't work. You make it work. And oh, so beautifully!
    thanks

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  22. I don't think we stopped being friends! ;) I really can't wait to see what you're up to next! I have four different projects going and am adding a fifth! I think that's common when the creativity is flowing, isn't it?

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  23. I feel so inspired reading your words and drooling over your fabrics - never miss a post!

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  24. You are truly fabulous AM!

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  25. I just saw the Drawing Room ad in MEHC. I love the fabric! I'm a stay at home mom and milliner. I only have one rambunctious two year old little girl. I'm flabbergasted at what you've accomplised with five kids! I need to get into the studio more...and sew!

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  26. Kelley Hart8:01 PM

    thank God you're back!! I need your colorful, creative inspiration! Thanks!

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  27. Hi

    I just came across your blog and I love it. Please keep it up.

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  28. Since everyone else has pampered your sweet ego, I will go for your right brain...jump into that bowl of pearl cottons and start that quilting, believe me you will be glad you did. I do it all the time!

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  29. What a wonderful interview. I have been a fan of your fabrics since the first collection, and I have to say, it is so nice to hear your voice and see you talk, as your sincerity and love for what you do really shines through. I am now an even bigger fan! Keep doing what you do--your love for it really shines through. :)

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  30. Lovely Miss Anna Maria....SCATTERED is never a term I'd use to describe you!! Talented, prolific, productive, creative, brilliant, artist, extraordinary.....those are just a few that come to mind! THANK YOU for sharing yourself with us. You are such an inspiration and your fabrics are so dang scrumptious I could just WEEP. Instead..I will GUSH to you here (and on my blog cause I can't stop!) and say thank you.

    And I really, really, really want to move into your QUILT MARKET BOOTH and live there. Forever.

    Major girl crush hugs to you!

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  31. I am new to your blog and I have had a lovely time catching up! I am drawn to the saturated colors and exquisite prints. Thanks for the visual feast.

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  32. You have had so much (wait, wasn't that the name of your last post? LOL) going on, no wonder you are spinning! It is great to see you have such exciting things going on, even if it seems a little overwhelming! Thanks for taking us on the ride with you, allowing us brief glimpses into the beauty in your life! I will always be a friend!

    Caroline

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  33. Thanks for sharing yourself with us, Anna Maria!

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  34. tee hee hee! We loved interviewing you too Anna!

    I think we all would have just moved into your booth set up if we could have. You did such a beautiful job! I can't to see more of Garden Party!

    Thanks again for taking some time to chat with me at market! I was alittle starstruck by ya! ;)

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  35. well, for goodness sake...it seems we've missed something wonderful by not attending the Quilt Market...it's all over the blog-world!!! I can only imagine how much gas we'd guzzle coming across country for such an event...and I don't even quilt! You might make a quilter out of us all if you keep kicking out such yummy fabrics! Thanks for a peek into your creativity..it's always a good read!

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  36. Hi! I just wanted to say that I just found your blog and it's wonderful. I look forward to reading about your creative journey in life. I really love your new line of fabrics--they are most inspiring!

    Best to you-
    Rachel

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  37. Mary Beth12:07 AM

    So with your new found fame, it seems you might need a personal/sewing assistant??? My hubbie's work is moving us to Nashvegas and I need a j-o-b....hire me!!! I love your designs AM!

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  38. I didn't know one could use pearl cotton for hand quilting! It looks too thick. I'm a novice hand quilter though so perhaps I should shatter any preconceptions before they start. I do have Jinny Beyer's exellent book on handquilting and purchased the cotton thread she recommends, both for piecing and hand quilting. It comes on quite large spools, but does not offer the range of colors I see in your photo.

    Btw, after hearing from you by email (thank you) re: the weight of your fabrics being ok for garments as well as home decor, I checked back with Contemporary Cloth the last weekend in May and WOO HOO! A Memorial Day sale, so I ordered more than I would have otherwise of the fabric in that dress (Nouveau Bouget Gold, I think) as well as Sketchbook Ivory. WOO HOO!

    Preordered the book on amazon as well. Can't wait!!

    Congrats on your success and may it only continue and flourish.

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  39. Anna Maria... I just posted yesterday about a gallery show I'm having at the end of the month! You and your kids are invited to participate if you need a creative activity to do with them for the month of June! I would be thrilled to include all of you! :)

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  40. Alicia6:16 PM

    WOW! where do you find such great colros of cotton? All I can ever find is white, cream and black! That beautiful bowl full is so inspiring! And Now I want my own bowl full of colors!

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  41. I love your picture of the pearl cotton. It's a comforting picture with beautiful colors.

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