Never Say Never: Learn something new


A local quilt shop recently relocated roughly a mile away from my house! This shop was previously about 10 miles away and while I had visited before, their limited hours made it difficult to get over there. And frankly, the few times I had stopped in, they were not overly welcoming or friendly. Well, I decided to stop in again now that I pass by their shop AT LEAST twice a day and they have extended hours (until 7 pm) on Thursday and on Friday they host Quilt Til You Wilt (QTYW) until 9 pm! My wonderful husband encouraged me to attend the QTYW last week because work has been more stressful than usual. So I went, and even though I didn’t make it in until 7 pm I met a few new people, including an Instagram friend, and it was REALLY fun! And let me tell you, these sweet ladies that I met definitely do NOT identify themselves as “modern quilters” even though the one I bonded with the most had brought a quilt made entirely of Kaffe Fassett fabrics, shared lots of pictures of projects from Gwen Marsten (I call her the Wonky Block Queen) and I think she would fit in quite well at the HMQG meetings.

Sharon and me at Quilt Til You Wilt

Sharon and me at Quilt Til You Wilt

The coolest thing is that Sharon has said she would be happy to teach me needle turn applique which is something I’ve been very curious about ever since I saw the new BOM by Carolyn Freidlander.

Mina and me, just hanging out at QTYW

Mina and me, just hanging out at QTYW

My other new friend is one that I met through Instagram, she made the trek all the way from Katy to visit Quiltworks on Friday and I was so glad to meet her in real life!

Honestly, I only took a hand quilting project with me (and was able to share my knowledge about the Big Stitch with some very enthusiastic ladies) but in the two hours I was there, I didn’t really get much stitching finished! I mostly ended up sharing the stuff in my head that included: What is Instagram, What are Podcasts, Which podcasts should you listen to, Which books am I loving right now (The Improv Handbook for the Modern Quilter and Savor Each Stitch) and some of the projects I’ve worked on (except for Mina, the ladies there were not on Instagram or social media so everything I’ve made was new to them!)

In the end, I left feeling excited and inspired and my exhaustion from the LOOOONG week of meetings was temporarily gone. I also realized that one should never say never.

I used to stay that I would NEVER want to learn paper piecing but with the right person to show me how, I found a new LOVE for this technique! I also never really thought I had the time or patience to learn/do needle turn applique. But then I saw the Carolyn Freidlander BOM and I’m intrigued. She also has some projects in Savor Each Stitch that are needle turn and I think I may use one or two of those to get my feet wet. Curved piecing sort of gives me the chills (not in a good way) but I’m intrigued with the idea and projects I’ve seen in The Improv Handbook which are all curved piecing.

Lastly, never say never when you are thinking about who you want to share with or talk to when it comes to quilting. Just because someone is younger or older than you, it doesn’t mean they automatically fall into the traditional or modern quilter box. I admit to having a little bit of a bias against the people at this shop because the shop doesn’t sell a lot of modern fabric (or if they do, it’s mixed in with everything else instead of displayed separately) but that doesn’t mean they are bad people. In fact, the ladies at QTYW seemed very excited about the ideas and techniques I was showing THEM, which I find to be exciting.

The only thing is that I have heard once or twice lately the comment “Well those modern quilters…” and I’m a little concerned that there is a distinct separation when in reality, we are just making what we love and we want to share that.

Overall, it was a fun experience and Sharon and her friend Laura invited me to their Monday bee which can go until 8 pm (the shop stays open for them) and mentioned a Sunday bee, so now I feel like I’ve got the inside track on some events that happen at a time that is a little more compatible with my crazy schedule. (And if I have anything to do with it, they will soon have a BOM bee for the Carolyn Freidlander Collections Quilt and maybe they will start ordering some of the other pretty fabrics that are more toward my taste.)

Happy Stitches,


Friendship Friday

Cathy__hawaiian block

Cathy’s Hawaiian Block

For Friendship Friday today I’d like to feature a new friend I’ve made through the Houston Modern Quilt Guild. Cathy is her name and Winter’s Wanderings is her blog. She is amazingly talented and so sweet! Just look at this awesome Hawaiian block she made after attending a workshop at Quilt Festival! Not only that, but she went home and made MORE!  She’s a very patient and experienced quilter and I just know that I have so much I can learn from being around her. In this season of thanksgiving, I like to reflect on my blessings and meeting Cathy was definitely a blessing for me this year. If you have some time today, I hope you will jump on over to her blog and say hi! Tell her Anna sent you.

Happy Stitches and Happy Holidays!


Friendship Friday and a Sew Along



A friend of mine from the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild (SAMQG), Jen Eskridge, just posted today that she’s starting a new Small Sews Gifts Sew Along that is right up my alley! It’s mostly up my alley because I kinda suggested it. You see, the SAMQG has a gift exchange at their annual Holiday Party and this year we decided that instead of swapping a specific item (in the past we’ve swapped mug rugs and pillows), this year we voted for leaving it open slightly to include ANY small item (that was my suggestion to add to the voting options for our guild vote). We even created a totally awesome GROUP Pinterest board so that we can ALL pin our ideas and see what everyone else thinks is fun to make.  Since it’s a gift exchange, the sort where you can steal an item three times before it’s “frozen” and what you get is a complete mystery until you open it, the suspense is really building! As as I’m sort of a Last Minute Lucy, I have of course not made a single thing (but pinned lots of ideas) for this exchange. So I have to get in gear which is WHY the Sew Along that Jen just announced is PERFECT timing! I hope you’ll play along because she even has some PRIZES lined up!!

I just love a little extra motivation for something I already want to do! Oh and did I happen to mention that Jen is a published author AND offers amazing quilty workshops!? I’m hoping the HMQG will be able to host her for a workshop some time next year. Her hexagons are awesome!

Check back next week for another bloggy friend!
Happy Stitches,


Friendship Friday – Nacho Mamas Quilt

One of my best quilty friends, Danielle of Nacho Mama Quilts

One of my best quilty friends, Danielle of Nacho Mama’s Quilt

I think I’m getting addicted to this blogging thing!! I hope I can keep up the pace because it’s been so fun to use this as an outlet for the random things in my head almost every day plus I totally needed another website to check obsessively throughout my commute to and from work. (I’m a little addicted to checking the visitor stats on my new blog, thanks to all 20 of you who have visited me so far!)  So today I thought I’d feature one of my best quilty friends, Danielle from Nacho Mama’s Quilt. We met back in 2010 when the San Antonio Modern Quilt Guild was just starting, in fact, we both agreed to be board members and help start the guild from scratch. That was a super tough time in my life, I was going through a divorce and realizing that you really can’t plan out your entire life in advance because if you do, it will flip upside down! Well, the formation of the SAMQG was a God-send and so was meeting Danielle. She’s a vibrant person, she’s full of life and experience and she takes amazing pictures! She is a totally kick-you-know-what long arm quilter as well. Just recently, since she has been able to find her solid foundation in San Antionio, her Long Arm quilting talent has started to shine through.  She’s also been my life line since my little family picked up and moved to Houston. In fact, she’s from Houston, which makes her all the more awesome! Every time we talk on the phone, what is intended to be a 30 minute conversation turns into a couple of hours and she always seems to be able to make time in her amazingly busy schedule to talk to me. We are partners in “quilty crime” and we love to scheme and plan, even if it never turns into anything, it just helps to have someone to bounce idea off of. Oh and did I mention that she was instrumental in making the SAMQG the amazeballs (had to use that word!) guild that it is today? She took the reigns and did what she does best which is delegate and lead and she made sure that everyone felt welcome and united and it really shows in the guild today (and I’m only a long distance member).

If you are ever in need of long arm services, you should consider Danielle because she is truly an amazing quilter and I’m pretty sure you’ll end up with an awesome new friend along the way.

So tell me, who is your best quilty friend or who has made a significant difference in your quilty life?

Happy Stitches,