Friday, October 14, 2011

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I left Tennessee with it still feeling like Summer and came back 5 days later to Fall. The slow, colorful turn towards cool weather and dry air is welcome and beautiful. I left Roman stringing words together, almost all of it in the tone of a question (like, do I have this right?) and I came back 5 days later to some very concise sentences with not a hint of waver or question in his voice. I left the studio with a calm feeling of getting prepared for Quilt Market at just the right pace, and came back 5 days later feeling 2 months behind (???).

But it is good. Bon. Bonne? Not done yet! I'm sharing a glimpse of a velveteen + embroidery project. I am working on two embroidery collections to be released before the end of the year, and hopefully to be previewed as in depth as possible at market. Embroidering in a hurry is the paradoxical happiness/stress that I have found myself in several times over the past months. But somehow pairing embroidery with anything is keeping me intact.

happy stitches xoxoxoAM

(some fun photos of my weekend sewing class here. what a treat that was.)

27 comments:

  1. Hi Anna Maria,

    I was wondering when you'd be doing more with Janome. I'm trying to figure out what sewing machine I need to buy and wondered if you'd be talking more about the model(s) you use. I sew every few days, mostly with quilting cotton and jersey and home dec fabric. I sew for my my 2 very young girls, so I need a free arm and need to sew through ruffled up layers! I have a serger. I currently use a Singer but it is not satisfactory. Thanks!

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  2. More Loulouthi! More goodness just keeps coming and coming.

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  3. i hear you! little x's are keeping me sane. xo.

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  4. Do you need a big couch this year? I have a huge 60's or 70's couch that I would love recovered in AMH fabrics. If you need one let me know.
    Julie

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  5. Annie C2:15 PM

    I need to get all over that velveteen/voile scarf project this year -- a little embroidery might make it even prettier!

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  6. I love reading your blog, but I have a question. I have one child...1 year old, and feel like my life is so chaotic. How in the world do you manage to get away with 4 children at home? Does just your husband stay, do your parents help? Do you have other help? I'm just so curious...I need some tips! :)

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  7. Your class looked very nice, Im sure you also had a little time to see your daughter ?

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  8. I love it. And i adore your quilt! Are those fabrics designed by you? For sale? So anthropologie. xo.

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  9. I also love the sudden change of season. The feeling I get is melancoly for the hot summer days and joy for the Christmas season that is yet to come.

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  11. I've been reading your blog for years and I just realized your archives are gone. I love seeing your family growing and the beautiful creations you make. I'ts a wonderful story to read. Very comforting to read your blog when the world seems so chaotic for many.

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  13. Love these embroidery projects!!
    I'm a HUGE fan of yours - love your books, blog - even right down to your choice of colors!! While reading your blog entry about your embroidery project you mentioned a "market" - which market are you speaking of?
    I'm always on the hunt for another roadtrip...especially if it's art, crafty & inspiration on display!!
    Thanks for sharing your work & all that makes you the awesome creative being you are!

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  14. just line of stiches and such a beautiful piece of art in one :)
    i love it in interiors
    take a look at my new blog :) thanx

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  15. Anonymous9:23 AM

    I know you're busy, but there's a new question in the Discussions area of your Sewing Patterns forum, if you have time to answer. Thanks!

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  16. I hope you have a day will no schedule! Just for you! Praying for you and your beautiful family.
    (a concerned grandmother).

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  17. Anonymous7:40 AM

    I'm so sorry, Anna. I hope I'm not a thorn in your side, but I posted a follow-up question to my query in the sewing patterns section. (Sorry.)

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  18. I love seeing all of this embroidery! I spent some time this afternoon getting caught up on what you've been up to this summer. Love the intern interviews. :-) When I see those voiles and your new embroidery floss, the thing that comes to my mind is smocking--traditional smocking by hand, not the shirring with elastic kind. I looked through the flickr pool and didn't see anything. Has anyone tried smocking with your voiles? I wondered if you (or your people?) had pursued submitting smocked projects to the smocking magazines. I have been on a fabric buying hiatus, but had told myself that if I found your voiles in a store I would have to get a piece to try. (Unfortunately, we don't have any quilt shops here cool enough to carry modern prints at this point) I think it would be a wonderful combination of traditional techniques with the modern edge of your fabric designs.

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  19. Oh AM!!!!! I have been stuck on steps 5 and 6 in multitasker tote. I searched google for any help, and there are plenty of people asking for help on these steps, but I see no one has helped them. Can you somehow clarify? It looks like I'm sewing those seams down each piece...meaning, when done, the two pieces still aren't together. How bout if I did this: Put both pieces (after they have been seamed along the curves and clipped) TOGETHER? Maybe if you narrated these steps and tell me if the whole bag is actually put together (minus the lining of course at this point)BEFORE steps 5 and 6? Or can you at least point me to some place that shows these steps more clearly????? I've been toiling for two days over this and I don't want to pick it all out as so many others have. Thank you soooo much!!! I know I will love it when I'm done. and yes...I hear everyone say they love the way you sewed this together....after they figured it out anyway! :*}

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  20. Or Anna Maria, could you email me if you have a few moments?? swift.potter@yahoo.com Thank you!

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  21. Tennessee Autumns are definitely Bon...or Bonne!

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  22. This is in answer to Darleen. I have made this bag a couple of times with great results and if you don't mind my unsolicited advice, I will try to help you. Look at the picture in step four. It shows the two exterior panels and pocket panels attatched at all four curved seams and the wrong side of the fabric is facing you. At this point, pick up the bottom center of the pocket panel so that the panel folds in half length wise, with the loose lower corners matching, and draw it above the exterior panels so it matches the drawing for steps 5 & 6. When you do this, the exterior panel edges (one edge from each exterior panel) will match up, right sides facing. The seam you are to sew in step 6 starts at the top where the pocket panel is folded over on itself all the way down to the end of where the edge of one exterior panel matches up with the edge of the other exterior panel that is attatched to the same pocket panel. It seems like a strange seam, but if you look ahead in the pattern at steps 8&9, you will see that you then finish the bottom of the pocket and turn it to the inside of the bag.
    I hope this was helpful and what you were looking for.
    Martha

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  23. Loved your stand at Market! Looks fantastic.
    Can't wait for our velveteens to arrive.
    x Jen from Amitie Textiles

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