Monday, January 07, 2013

A Note

notes

I finally got around to writing notes and signing fabric charms for a group of very earnest fabric lovers and quilters.  Through a group on flickr, they've swapped and collected virtually every printed fabric that I've designed over the past seven years.  Pretty cool.  It is really very flattering and humbling, so it was fun to send them each a tiny something.

I kept almost accidentally writing the notes as thank you's, because that's just how I feel, grateful.  And to all of you whether you left a thought, a prayer or a congratulations for me in silence or in the comments of my last post, a very heartfelt THANK YOU.  I can't say it enough.  So appreciated.

Jeff is helping to train our young Joseph for his newly acquired school sport of wrestling.  Yesterday that had Joseph running up and down our backyard hill with a full sized punching bag on his back as well as (umm) having to slap his dad in the face.  (I was told that was for courage.  But I wasn't allowed to slap him even though I could use a giant heap of courage.)  This morning Joseph was asked to recite the definition of courage to his dad at breakfast: "Courage is the ability to face fear, pain, danger or intimidation" he said a little proud of his memory.

Yes, I will take some of that.  Without the slap.
xo, Anna


15 comments:

  1. See, this is exactly why people love your fabric. It obviously comes from the heart :)

    Cassandra

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  2. I hope you realize there is a reason, beyond your beautiful designs, that our little group loves you so much! Taking time out to do something special for us is just one of the many ways we've seen how beautiful your heart is! Thanks again!

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  3. I echo the sentiments of Kelly before me. I'm not a part of the charm swap, but I agree with their love of your fabrics! It goes deeper than just the colors and design, it's blog posts like this, and your constant presence in the sewing community. :) Thanks for inspiring us

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  4. We were a humble group that represents just a smattering of the people who love your fabrics. I pulled my charms out today to put them in a quilt. It will be my epic AMH quilt!

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  5. Sounds like Joseph will do very well, work and courage and following your heart, a roadmap for life I think. I dug out some of my early AMH fabric today to add to a scrap quilt...cutting those FQs was hard but now I get to see the fabrics often instead of their being tucked away in my stash.

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  6. Don't we all need a little dose of courage!

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  7. Sweet to have fans of your fabric!
    Yay for Joseph ~ he's dedicated and so is his Dad!

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  8. I enjoy knowing that when I look at a finished project I can say, oh, that is from Anna Maria. You are special! xo

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  9. So true. I think most of us here tend to go weak in the knees for gorgeous fabric, but yours are made even more beautiful by what you share with readers here. I call you my favorite fabric celebrity!

    I usually enjoy the challenge of working strictly with what I find in thrift and antique shops, but for your fabrics? I order yardage. Sweet, sweet glorious, decadent yardage.

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  10. From one graduate wrestling mom (with knee hi through high school wrestling under my belt) to a new wrestling mom ...... I have one tip / word ........PURELL Hand Sanitizer !!!!!! and be on the look out for (yuck) ring worm ...... been there .... done that .... many times ...... my boys are both now in college , and but for a brief try at Penn State inter mural wrestling, we are DONE !!! :) (but my 22 year old son still won't give up his "lucky" wrestling shoes ... held together with duck tape and stench ! .....I'll let his girlfriend deal with those now !)
    Thank goodness you have your pretty fabric and designs to offset the stinky boy stuff ! (that's how I survived all those wrestling matches and tournaments .... always had some hand piecing or stitching to do while sitting on the bleachers.)

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  11. Love it that Joseph is starting wrestling! I have a special place in my heart for that sport, since my Daddy wrestled when he was in high school. *smile* Oh, and I love Joseph's definition of courage... awesome. Reminds me of John Wayne's quote (coming from a home of JW fans it doesn't surprise me that I remember it), "Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway."

    Oh! By the way, Anna, I picked up a 1955 embroidery book at a local antique store awhile back. As I was flipping through it I spotted a blanket that looks a ton like the knit one your Mom made (that you showed in your Needleworks book)!

    Hugs and kisses,
    Achaia xxx

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  12. Anonymous2:03 AM

    I also heard John Wayne's version! Love that. It's helped me many times.

    -- Sarvi

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  13. My block came today! Thank you so much for taking the time to make our amazing quilts extra special!

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  14. I can't wait to use all of your prints that we've collected through that group... and to add the very special block that you sent us into the design. I'm so very appreciative that you spent your time to send all of us a little something! :)

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