Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Packing pin cushions


I'm off tomorrow to join up with friends in my patchwork circle to see what's shakin' in the Quilting world. I feel a bit like I'm playing hooky this time around as my next line of fabric won't be out till January, its only like a pre-release kinda thing with this market, so not too much pressure. I could use more engagements with that sort of mood attached to them. Speaking of engagements, I'll have some good dinners with good friends to attend to, so yes there is work to do! Chew, swallow, gab, chew, swallow, gulp, gab. Exhausting!!


I'm packing these little blossoms as gifts for my friends Jennifer and Joelle, who I can't wait to have a little pal time with. I honestly can not think of two girls who need pin cushions less than they must. Oh well. They have been so wonderful and generous to me, giving me whatever I need as I sew up the projects for my book. All the fabrics in the book will be from their gorgeous selection, so no, the book won't be only my fabric. It's not about my fabric, silly. Why are pin cushions so much fun to take pictures of?? Hmm.

Jeff made the most delicious chocolate chip cookies last night (again). I think he's trying to make sure that I'll come back home. Either that or he's trying to be the most perfect wonderful husband-dad-person ever. Yea. That has to be it. I actually will have a little travel companion this time. While I'm marketing, little Eleni will spend 3 days with her Godparents soaking up tons of affection and feeling right at home with their five kids who live just outside Houston. Such a big girl going on an airplane!! She can't stop asking about it. She gets this little glow in her eyes when we talk about it and I know there must be little butterflies in her tummy even though I can't see those. Ooo, I am so happy to take her along.

If you'll be at market do come and say hello! xoxo,Anna


  1. So lovely, i love the colors.
    The book only next year?? whoooo


  2. What a wonderful trip for a little girl! I bet she feels so special ;)
    I'm sure you're pin cushions will be well received...they love you over there!!! Have a lot of fun... and don't forget to hug that husband of yours!!

  3. Anonymous2:17 PM

    I LOVE these pincushions!!! Do you think you could post a pattern for them? I could probably figure out how to make one on my own, but it would be so much easier (and prettier I'm sure) if you could help out!!!

    I think you're great!

  4. Anonymous2:36 PM

    Have a great trip- I'm sure Eleni will have a ball!
    You're right, her tummy probably is a happy cage of butterflies!

  5. We need a tut for these cute pincushions! I'm dying to make one! Em

  6. Anonymous3:08 PM

    Have a fantastic time! Sounds like a wonderful place to be full of inspiration!

  7. I got my American Girl catalog today and thought of you (wink). Maybe if you get yours it will help you get a little packing done!

    I went to Houston in 2001 and had a little 5 week old traveling companion. It was a special trip--hope yours is great too!

  8. It's already been mentioned, but would you do a tutorial for those pincushions? They are gorgeous!!!

  9. Anonymous4:21 PM

    Gorgeous pincushions!! I love the running stitch detail on the petals. Have a wonderful trip - sounds like lots of fun. I always enjoy little trips with just one of the kids, I think it makes both of us feel kind of spoiled :)

  10. pincushions are so fun to make. they can become anything.
    your are jsut too cute.

  11. Your pincushions are adorable, and I would like to chime in also on the request for you to share the pattern!

    January cannot come soon enough - I cannot wait to see what gorgeous fabrics you have come up with this time.

    I hope you have a great time at market!

  12. Wow! Those are some cute pincushions. Just popping out to say hi and let you know that I'm continually inspired by your creativity. Cheerio!

  13. Anonymous4:51 PM

    Another "please": please post a tutorial for the lovely pincushions (they would be lovely holidays gifts for my daugthers' teachers)

  14. Anonymous4:52 PM

    I adore your pin-cushions and am hoping that you will post a pattern!

  15. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Oh my goodness..these are the cutest pin-cushions I have ever seen! I bet your little girl is so excited. We just took our 4 on their first-ever plane ride. About 15 minutes before we landed our 5 year old said (rather loudly), "Are we going to crash into the ocean now?". I hope you have a wonderful time!

  16. Anonymous7:58 PM

    I have been to two fabric stores in this area (the only two I know, since I'm new here) and they do not have your fabric or cute pins that go in darling pin cushions. I'll have to branch out and ask around. Beautiful pin cushions, by the way.

  17. I hope you have a fun time away! :)

    I love those pins (and the pincushions too of course:), where in the world did you get those - the pins not the pincushions obviously:)?

  18. lovely, lovely, lovely pincushions!

  19. who knew a pin cushion could be so stinkin' cute! love them!

  20. Anonymous12:44 AM

    Anna, those pin cushions are fantastic! Can't wait to have a close-up ogle :)

  21. Anonymous1:08 AM

    Those pin cushions are so adorable.
    Is that pattern one of your creations?

    And where do you all get those cute pins that I see on all the crafty ladies blogs?


  22. The pin cushions are perfectly adorable. Love them. And it looks like you have mastered that new camera. Have a great trip.

  23. Anonymous8:51 AM

    Love the pincushion sweetpea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Have fun at market! Must be a wonderful time to meet up with all your designer friends!

  25. Anonymous10:28 AM

    gorgeous. I always get so excited when I find the perfect pin...

  26. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Those pin cushions are so fun, please share the pattern!

    Can't wait to see your new fabric, when will we get a preview???

    Have fun on your trip! I just flew with my 4 year old and I highly recommend bringing lots of stickers with paper and a little magna doodle. Those two things killed tons of time in the airport and on the plane!

    Can't wait for your report after market!

  27. Anonymous11:23 AM

    I can't get over how cute those pincushions are! Cute! ~A :-)

  28. the cutest pin cushions ever...

  29. Anonymous5:53 PM

    I was visiting the archives on your sight and came across the adorable Christmas tree decorated with the vintage buttons and the Christmas hat with holly on it. Would it be possible to post a pattern for those? If this is a rude question, please disregard and accept my apology! Cheryl B.

  30. omigosh, these are adorable! have a great trip...xoC

  31. Have a wonderful time... you sound like a happy girl, off to *Camp Creative!* ;-)

  32. Love the pin cushion!!!

    Have a great and safe trip!

  33. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Everything is coming up pincushions. I'm seeing them everywhere lately. These are really adorable!

  34. Anonymous4:38 PM

    gorgeous !!!
    can we buy the tutorial somewhere ? I'd be interested...

  35. Just stopped by for a visit. Loved your blog. I did stop by because of your name. I seen it on another blog. My daughter's name is DeAnna Marie. We call her Anna. I loved the pin cushion's. My Anna loves to sew and quilt. She is only 16 and is still learning. Thanks for sharing that with me. God Bless!

  36. Anonymous7:26 PM

    That red/pimk pincushion is the prettiest pincushion I have ever seen!! What a lovely gift and lucky recipient!

  37. love them.

    I do hope that a pattern is coming soon :)

  38. Anonymous2:26 AM

    What a wonderfully creative and colorful blog. I just love the color! Have you ever visited the blog yarnstorm? She's just written a book and is into color like you. (your quilts are fabulous).

  39. Anonymous7:20 AM

    I hope you will answer this question when you get back from Houston- Where did you get those terrific leaves pins?? They go perfectly with your pincushion!

    Yes, a tutorial for this would be wonderful!!!

  40. Now I am SO sad I can't go to the show... I live in Houston, and have tried every year to go, but things always come up. I just bought a lot of chocolate lollipop, and I am so inspired by your blog, it would have been such a treat to say hi to you. Bummer!

  41. I like to read about your Eleni...we were gonna name a girl Elaina...(no girls here)!
    She will be precious on that plane and you will enjoy her company and make sweet memories. Love the pincushions!!!

  42. Anonymous9:51 AM

    so' cute!! i like this pincushion!!!!

    see you later......


  43. Anonymous5:42 AM

    hi!this pin cushion is famous!!
    Do you think you can give a free pattern of it?

  44. I've just discovered that the pattern for these lovely pincushions AND a feature of Anna Maria are in the Spring 08 issue of Quilts And More! Get yourself a copy before they are all sold out!
    Here is a pic of my pincushion!

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  48. So cute!! I just went to her website and downloaded the pattern. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Still din't know where to get the pattern for that darling pincushion :)