Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Building Blocks



I have so enjoyed your encouragement on my last post.  Seriously.  It is an immense joy for me to be able to have this knitting thing that is entirely creative and fun but where there are no expectations to perform in anyway and so far is not attached to what I do for work.  It will most likely (snort) stay that way, though one never knows of course.  Sometimes really beautiful things can happen when you aren't trying, I suppose.  Anyway, I love when you play along.  Thank you for the fun.

I wanted to let you know a couple other things. 

*I have a post over at Janome today that walks through my feelings and inspirations when using solid fabrics in my quilts.  I hope you find it inspiring and informative.  I'll be posting there every month this year, and will be sure to let you know when I do!  Here's the link directly to the article: Quilting Decibels

*We have solidified the Monthly Gathering Stacks as a subscription option in addition to just offering them for sale.  Here is a link to a downloadable PDF that explains the process if you're interested.  We will be posting the February stack next Wednesday (2/5), so I wanted to let you know how it will work in plenty of time.

*It's weird how much I have been using FB lately.  Are you liking me over there?  If nothing else, it is really the perfect place to share images of what other folks are using my fabrics for.  I am really so inspired by that.  Lucky me.  But for reals, the simplicity of FB makes quickly sharing this or that from all over the place pretty ideal for a certain category of notes and happenings.  You know this already don't you? I am slow.  Oh for instance, did you see this amazing quilt by Kathy Doughty?  Gahh.

*We have had 3 birthdays here over the last week.  Juliana is now 22 (gasp).  Nicolas is now 16 (what?).  Eleni is now 10 (wahhhh).  I am now old (true). 

*We are also freezing.

*Pierrette and I have been working on a summer long series of one-day workshops, kids workshops, weekend workshops, and a pop-up shop (and other things that rhyme with op).  Four months in a row!  It's crazy.  We are nuts.  It's gonna be awesome.  I seriously am losing sleep over the excitement and I can't wait to share the schedule with you.  Right now it looks like beginning of March is when we'll begin taking signups.  I will keep you posted.

Okay.  The baby is squawking.  Bye! xoxoAM

(above is an improv block that I call Mod Corsage.... I am teaching this block/process at SewDown Nashville (which is full) but hope to also teach this little beauty at one of my summer workshops too!)


  1. so inspired by your mod corsage xo

  2. What a beautiful block! And I don't even know how you handle three birthdays in one week! I'm thinking having children with birthdays two months apart is crazy. You do inspire me. I just want your togetherness. I can't wait to see what the summer holds!

  3. I recommend long underwear. ;) Then all your interesting projects will succeed because you'll be warm. Doesn't it make you admire Canadians? And make you happy you live in the South? It sort of makes me miss the South....It's cold up in New England, too. Lots of warm drinks, long underwear, scarves. I can't wait to hear about your upcoming classes!

  4. I love your block - it reminds me of your needlepoints. Your talent is inspiring.

  5. Oh, so much going on in your part of the world. I live in a fairly remote part of Australia (no fabric shops) and have finally ordered your true colours range from you online. Oh. I'm in love. I've seen all your beautiful fabrics on the computer screen for years now but never had the pleasure of a real life acquaintance of any kind. But now I'm in serious trouble. I'm having so much fun playing with them - in the wee, dark hours after the children are all slumbering peacefully, of course.

  6. I love to see you pop up in my FB feed. And the things you have shared are amazing. Kathy Doughty's quilt just blew me away. And reading how she designed it was awesome. some day I hope to have just a little of that color confidence. I will be so jealous of the summer workshops, sigh. Not this year but I hope they are a wild success and around for years to come.

  7. Wahhhhhhhhh! Sew down Nashville closed and so many of my girl crushes/favorite designers presenting. No fair! Keep up the good work Anna. You are awesome.

    1. well little lady I have on good authority that some possible girlcrushes just might be teaching with me over the summer too :) stay tuned! xoxoAnna

  8. I am going to SewDown Nashville, and I have goose bumps as I type this. I am completely thrilled to be able to go! I can't wait to meet you and the other quilters...and take your class...and see your studio...and sew...and surely, shop...

  9. Loving you mod corsage, it is fab!! xoxo

  10. I L O V E your sweater!!!

  11. I REALLy love this...NICE work and colors.

  12. *so excited* about the workshops you are up too! and I'll be stalking (an a good way) the store to sign up for a subscription next week because I totally missed out last time.

  13. I love everything about those flowers! Beautiful!