Happy in the Mountains revisited

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Rachel and I will be posting new videos soon called "Springtime in the Mountains”. I just finished adding dogwood flowers over the berries of "Happy...

Asheville Quilt Show

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Two quilts that I entered in the Asheville Quilt show. 

Come visit the show  at the WNC Ag Center - across from the Asheville airport, Friday...

Patience required!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

It takes patience to apply copper foil to the edges of all these little pieces of glass. This is a techniqueTiffany developed in the late 1800‘s for...

String quilt

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

After a big project I like to clean up the studio - I could; not stuff any more fabric in my storage areas (I am sure it multiplies in there)! So,  I...

Stained Glass to quilt project

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Here is my latest video - giving some stained glass tips.

Will this be a future quilt project?  I have to finish this and a large landscape...

The Rhododendrons are blooming

Monday, May 7, 2018

The big showy blossoms of Rhododendrons were an inspiration for me to make the quilted wall hanging on the left. This is a 30 inch version of the quilt...

Symposium class with Lea McComas

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Rachel & I took photo shop and Thread painting classes with  Lea McComas.  Here we are with some of her amazing work.  Her book is “Thread Painted Portraits”....

Thread Painting Lettering on quilts

Friday, April 27, 2018

Here is a video link on Thread Paining letters on Judith’s quilt.  I should have stitched the background diagonal lines before doing the lettering.  Now,...

Twin size instead of Queen size

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

I decided enough already to Valentine Surprise blocks.

12 blocks will make a cheerful twin size quilt for a granddaughter. She has my heart...

My new stand for quilting

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Machine quilting is easier when the weight of the quilt is supported. For years I have used multiple tables around my sewing machine, but I was still...

March winds are roaring in!

Friday, March 2, 2018

After rain, beautiful sunshine but high winds. A neighbors tree blew over; luckily no one was hurt and other neighbors helped to clear the mess. 

Bird of Paradise in Stained Glass

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

I have added to my list of projects for 2018- going back to my stained glass background. Once upon a time I had an old Bird of Paradise Wilton Rug.  I...

Another snow day

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I hung these quilts in my entry way for the New Year.  The top quilt  “Let Peace be our Guide” is one of the projects in my “No Sewing Until You Quilt...

Valentine Surprise and my Featherweight

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day.  Order $25 or more on my website (before the end of February) and get this FREE  full size pattern “Valentine Surprise” pattern....

Ground Hog Day

Friday, February 2, 2018

Wether the ground hog sees his shadow or not - I am finding signs of Spring in my yard.  The daffodils are up about 6 inches!  And I saw some robins!...

Happy New Year

Friday, January 5, 2018

Oh Baby, It is cold outside! 

I have been easing into the New Year; my favorite Christmas gift from my husband is books - several used historical...

December project

Monday, December 11, 2017

We have had a few snow days and it is lovely to stay home and work on a new quilt project. My Christmas shopping is almost done & wrapped, thank goodness....

Happy in the Mountains #17

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Tips for attaching the long side units of “Happy in the Mountains.” This is the last video specific to this project.

Watch all the videos...

Quick Holiday project

Friday, November 17, 2017

Make a quick Holiday Quilt Top Blanket.

Flip and Sew Strips to a fleece blanket.

Happy Holidays!

Joining the Units of Happy in the Mountains

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

My quilt is finished and given as a gift, but we are still uploading videos of the construction. Here is Happy in the Mountains part # 16 to show joining...

Guest Artist shows how to make feathers

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My guest artist Hazel Schall shows us how to make feathers in our You Tube video: “Happy in the Mountains” # 15.

https://youtu.be/kRnl-JTD2xE

Mission accomplished

Friday, October 6, 2017

HAPPY IN THE MOUNTAINS 

On display at the Asheville, NC fall quilt show. 

This was our main project for 2017 - that and having...

Drop off Day for Quilts

Monday, September 25, 2017

I finished “ Happy in the Mountains” for our Asheville Quilt show. Power was off at our house for 36 hours during bad weather.  What a wonderful invention...

Stitching and quilting units

Monday, September 4, 2017

Here it is Labor Day and I am working - a labor of love.

The Asheville Quilt Show is September 29, - October 1st, so my deadline for finishing...

Corner of “Happy in the Mountains”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Watch us build this corner section of our quilt “ Happy in the Mountains” without any sewing in it, yet. . It is now on You tube Step # 12.1

Long sides of “Happy in the Mountains”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Rachel and I finished building and making the quilt sandwiches for the long sides of our quilt  “Happy in the Mountains”.

We have been having...

Prepare for building quilt side panels

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Step  #11 for Happy in the Mountains is pre work for building the side panels of our quilt.  Watch Rachel demonstrate.   In other videos we demonstrated...

Back to work after vacation

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I enjoyed a family vacation at Lake Barkley Sate Park in Kentucky.  Now Rachel and I are  back to work on “Happy in the Mountains”. We are now rotary...

Quilting with Granddaughter

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

What fun it was to have my granddaughter work with me on a small “Voices” quilt for the Quilt Alliance fund raiser event.

We used my “NO Sewing...

Recovering from 2nd Knee Replacement

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I am thankful that I am not a 4 legged animal! The first week after surgery is miserable - if you have to move.  Sitting with ice on your knee - reading,...

HAPPY IN THE MOUNTAINS

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rachel and I finished building the center unit for Happy in the Mountains.  You can now watch step # 8 on You Tube.

     I began to work on...

Build stems before adding leaves and Berries

Monday, May 8, 2017

“Happy in the Mountains” Step #7 is up on YouTube.

I show you cutting with My Magic Button 2.0 and how to stay organized for all the little...

Washing Your Quilt

Friday, May 5, 2017

My “Scrappy Happy Wave” quilt needed to be washed after letting my dog sleep on it with me since October; as I want to take it to a show in a few weeks....

Sneak peak

Friday, April 21, 2017

“Happy in the Mountains” is being built live on You Tube.

I finished building one edge of the 42” center block, so that I can plan the colors...

The birds are signing - It’s Spring!

Friday, April 14, 2017

It is a glorious day. Indeed the birds are singing and flowers and trees are blooming.  New greens, redbuds, dogwoods,and colorful creeping ground covers....

Stained glass that inspired my quilt

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

This is my original stained glass panel, made over 20 years ago, that was the inspiration for this 90 “ square quilt that became the cover quilt for...

Happy in the Mountains -

Friday, March 24, 2017

Build this New “NO Sewing Until You Quilt It” quilt along with me on You tube. 

Two short videos explain the steps for preparing your working...

Build this quilt along with me

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

“Happy in the Mountains” is Ann’s latest  “NO Sewing Until You Quilt It” design.

It is for an 84 inch square quilt; or just the center 42...

Learn from my mistake

Monday, March 6, 2017

What was I thinking!  I made more work for myself and Rachel than was needed on this project!  Cygnus was made in 3 sections.  My whole philosophy is...

4 weeks after knee replacement

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Physical Therapy is working it’s magic and my bones with replacement parts and soft tissue sewn back together is starting to feel stronger and coming...

2 weeks after Knee Replacement

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

I am 2 weeks post knee replacement surgery.  There is pain - yes, and meds to help, they make you sleepy; and there is lots of time for reflection, between...

New Project for the New Year

Saturday, January 7, 2017

How I love a bright snowy day for starting a New Project!

A traditional “Dunkers Path” block is my inspiration for the

center of...

Friends came to help!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Rachel & members of my quilting bee (Bev, Dina, Hazel and Pam) came to help me back in September to help me meet a  November 2 deadline for a quilt contest....

“Cygnus”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Flying geese form a constellation in the quilting universe.

Here we are flying into December.  Enjoy the moments, treasure time with friends...

OOPS!

Sunday, November 20, 2016

After sleeping under my king size Scrappy Happy Wave

quilt and running my hand over the fabrics - I noticed that I missed sewing down some...

Retreats are great!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

An early November Retreat in the woods with a lake and surrounding mountains was so wonderful.  It gave me the time I needed to finish putting the purple...

Happy Halloween

Monday, October 31, 2016

These are Scary times! 

Vote for the Nasty Woman, so we have a future for our families.

Asheville Quilt Show was a success.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

I did not win any prizes but it is something to have your quilt completed in time and on display - that is a reward in-itself.

The show was...

Entries for Quilt Show

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Deadline for the Asheville Quilt Show is Monday.

The Rose window quilt called: Oh, Spirit of Hope” is ready & washed.  The king size “Scrappy...

Joining Units of King size quilt

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The first 2 of 3 units are joined for this king size quilt.

We made a Youtube video to demonstrate how I do ti.

Check out this...

Building 3rd panel of King size quilt

Thursday, September 1, 2016

My deadline is fast approaching! 

Sept 26th this king size quilt is to be delivered for judging. Luckily, for the Asheville show - the photos...

Pressing on towards the Goal

Friday, August 19, 2016

Rachel and I have been hard at work; our deadline is September 28 

for the Asheville Quilt Show. - Sept 30th - October 2. 

This...

Build your blocks with NO sewing and then top stitch the finished block with invisible thread.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

The block on the left is a block for our retiring quilt guild president, it will be joined with other traditionally pieced blocks.   In the past I have...

Washed and almost ready for quilt label.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The thing about using invisible thread is that you can’t see it! But after you wash it you can easily see where it needs to be “fixed”; as it ravels...

My Wild Dahlia

Monday, July 25, 2016

I built this 24” by 18 inch Dahlia with “No Sewing Until You Quilt It”.  There are a lot of little pieces in the center.  It would have been easier to...

Thread painting words of Hope

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

My Rose window quilt is almost completed.  The binding is even on and stitched under.  I wanted to fill my corners of the quilt with words of hope.  I...

Claim Your INDEPENDENCE from Traditional Quilting Methods

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Check out my latest youTube video.

https://youtu.be/hN4hL7dNuLk



The first 3rd of our King size quilt with No Sewing...

Memorial Weekend

Saturday, May 28, 2016

I wish you all a safe & Happy Memorial Day. 

Thought I would update you on a couple of my projects.

9 out of 12 purple blocks are...

King size quilt - “Scrappy Happy Waves”

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Spring 2016 - Scrappy Happy Waves

A king size bed quilt to be made in 3 long units.

                  It is fun to build this quilt...

Purple Quilt

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Hail to Prince!  and his music! 

As it happened I had started this purple quilt several weeks ago for a friend who likes purple. I am making...

Take turns sitting and standing.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Taking care of your eyes and body are so important.

I enjoy having 2 projects going; One to sit at my machine and a project to build a quilt...

Happy Spring Projects

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spring flowers are blooming and finally the 2 DayLily Quilts are finished! What a good feeling to finish a project!

The Day Lily blocks were...

Helpful tips

Thursday, February 25, 2016

1.    I am now using Atlas gardening gloves for quilting and stitching at the same time. Cutting the fingertips of the gloves allow me to handle the...

First twin is finished

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

I finished binding the first of two twin bed quilts last evening.

As I have bee working on the 2nd twin, I thought it would be interesting...

20 minutes at a time

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I am determined to finish this 1st of 2 twin size Day Lilly quilts before the end of January.  A friend sent me a lovely quote by Marie Beynon Ray: 

Happy 2016

Monday, January 4, 2016

It is the beginning of the first full week in the New Year, and our first snow flurries are falling; it is a good day to quilt.

My husband...

A time for remembering

Sunday, December 13, 2015

I had to say goodbye to Rosie, my pet, my quilting companion, and exercise conscious. She was not so interested in chasing squirrels any longer but she...

Rose Window as a quilt.

Monday, October 19, 2015

I prepared a smaller drawing of this 12 foot wide Rose Window for an approximately 60 inch quilted wall hanging. After I numbered and color coded each...

Midnight Passion Flower

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Come see this quilt at the Asheville, NC Quilt Show, October 2-4, 2015, at the AG center across from the Asheville Airport. This “No Sewing Until You...

Last few pieces in 2nd half of this quilt

Friday, September 25, 2015

I just finished building the 2nd half of this quilt, with turned edges and NO sewing in it, yet. 

My husband helped me to layer the quilt...

It’s Day Lily Season

Thursday, August 13, 2015

I belong to a bee that meets twice a month to work on community quilts. I persuaded my friends to do a quilt with my No Sewing Until You Quilt It technique,...

Use good quality fabric for use in bed quilts

Saturday, July 11, 2015

This log cabin quilt was one of my first quilts, in 1994. I tied it, as many old quilts were held together. 

I called it: “A Light in the...

Beth S. Quilter of the week at “Wish Upon a Quilt Store”

Friday, July 3, 2015

One of my new friends shared her quilt with me: 

“I used your glueing technique only to make the sailboat shapes in the quilt at the bottom....

Stitching and quilting at the same time

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I am making this 60” square quilt in 2 units - so it will be easier to manipulated on my home 440 Bernina with a 1.6 wide zigzag stitch around all the...

It was a happy Cinco de Mayo day.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

I purchased a new Prius. After driving a van around most of my adult life, I wanted a smaller car. We are keeping the van for when I need to haul all...

“Creation and Redemption” window “

Monday, March 30, 2015

It was a joy to work on these stained glass windows for the 1st United Methodist Church in Ada, Ohio. Their beautiful 117 year old church burned to the...

12 foot Rose Window installed

Saturday, January 24, 2015

I drove from Asheville to Ada, Ohio January 8th in freezing weather with my van loaded with the 9 panels of this Rose window for the United Methodist...

Many Hands make Light Work

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Stained Glass Rose Window project is coming along nicely.  I had good helper’s last week to putty six of the nine leaded panels. Three more to go....

leading up Stained Glass

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Work on Rose Window continues;

about 5 of the 9 panels are together and soldered on both sides. To turn the panels we had to sandwich them...

Projects to support Peace

Monday, October 13, 2014

The center Dove of a 12 foot Rose window is leaded up.

The window will be called “His Peace, Presence and Promise”.  The quilt was inspired...

Trust your crazy ideas and follow through.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tessellating Tree Top won a 2nd prize in the AshevilleQuilt Show in the Abstract Art category. I almost gave up on this quilt.  The original idea was...

12 foot diameter Rose window

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

With the help of some friends all the stained glass is nearly cut for a Rose window measuring 12 feet across.  Last week 3 friends from Ohio came to...

Tricky binding

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Even with bias binding it was a challenge to bind this irregular edge. In one direction it was easy - the opposite or inside angle was tricky.  I finally...

Labors of Love

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day -  Today, I will spend a little time on each of my projects, My Double Happy!

I am very grateful that I have work that I enjoy and...

Continuous Bias Binding

Monday, July 28, 2014

My “Tessellating Tree Top” quilt will have an irregular bottom edge, so it will require a bias binding.  I always refer to my “Quilter’s Complete Guide”...

Presidents block

Friday, July 11, 2014

It felt good to get this small project, a 10 1/2 inch block, finished for our retiring quilt guild president.  She requested the theme of “nesting” -...

My vendor booth in Paducah

Friday, May 30, 2014

This is Kimberly, one of my excellent helpers and a future daughter-in law. How lucky can I be to welcome a quilter into our family!  She has done traditional...

Automatically add seam allowances!

Friday, April 18, 2014

When you roll the magic button along the edge of your freezer paper pattern - you will be atomically adding an approximate 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Getting design ready to demo in Paducah

Friday, April 11, 2014

“Midnight Passion Flower” ( I think that is what I will call it)

is the theme of a new quilt.  I will build it in 2 sections; the photo above...

Condensed version of the tessellating leaves quilt.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Some projects just turn out better than others!  I was so ready to move on from this work.  By making it a smaller quilt I was able to finish it - and...

It had to go!

Friday, March 14, 2014

I replaced 2 pieces that did not “read right” as a tree truck through the tessellating maples leaves.  This photo shows the French Fuse over my numbered...

Double Happy

Monday, March 10, 2014

Went to WV this past weekend to purchase 900 lbs of background glass at the Paul Wissmach factory. I will be starting the BIG working drawings for 2...

A peek into my glass studio.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stained Glass is the other half of my Double Happy.

I have taken a break from my quilting to get my stained glass studio cleaned up and some...

Snowy weather makes a great quilting day.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

My quilt “Are You Coming or Going” makes a colorful splash on this very white day.

Esher’s Flying Geese was inspiration for this quilt made...

Take photos of section and trim seam

Thursday, January 30, 2014

For detail work like this - take a digital photo of the section that you are working on -so you can tell where those skinny  leaf veins will be placed!...

Divide and Conquer

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Organization will be key for conquering this complex design.

My design is oriented in the horizontal position; approximately 100 inches wide...

Getting Started

Saturday, January 18, 2014

After getting started to build this quilt, I see changes that I will make. At first, I was going to put those skinny veins and stems of the leaves down...

I Think I Can, I Think I Can

Friday, January 17, 2014

I found a tessellating maple leaf in a MindWare book of GeoDesigns. I have requested and received permission to use the design. Then, I drew a tree structure...

Quilt Alliance fundraiser LOOK for it Next Year!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

http://www.ebay.com/usr/quiltalliance  click this link on the right to go directly to the auction of the week. When you are on the ebay page - be sure...

Ann’s thank you tips

Monday, November 11, 2013

Thank you to all my quilting friends.

A few tips to making “No Sewing Until You Quilt It” more fun.  From an old PA Dutch cookbook I found...

Basking in the Sun

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My quilt “Carolina Lilies Go Hawaiian” is soaking up some fall sunshine in MO. Just finished sending my entry to the National Quilt Museum in Paducah...

Enchanted Evening

Friday, October 4, 2013

Enchanted Evening was displayed September 27-29 at the 2013 Asheville NC Quilt Show.  Ann drew the design in January of this year. This quilt was made...

Demonstration for Asheville Quilt Show

Sunday, September 22, 2013

“Carolina Lilies Go Hawaiian” 

I will be demonstrating No SewingUntil You Quilt It at the Asheville, NC quilt show September 27th - 29, 2013.

Silver metallic decorative stitching

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

While most of the stitching on this quilt is with invisible thread.  I decided that I needed some decorative stitching in this wide boarder around the...

Detail of Stitching and Quilting at the same time

Friday, August 2, 2013

Look at the sewer’s stiletto. Do you see that the point is hidden into the turned under edge.  There is no sewing in that seam, yet - Remember this technique...

Border for Queen Size quilt.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I am back to working on my Enchanted Evening quilt.

I have finished stitching and quilting (all at the same time) with my free motion foot...

Janie’s Presidents block

Monday, June 10, 2013

When our Asheville, NC quilt guild president retires; we make her a quilt block.  Janie’s desire was for us to make her a food block- she plans to give...

This was my booth in Paducah

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Rachel Smith was my assistant at the Paducah quilt show. Her own quilt blocks are hanging at the front of our demo table.  We were building 2/3rd’s of...

Paducah or Bust

Monday, May 13, 2013

It was exciting to have my quilt “Paducah or Bust” in the AQS Quilt Show in Paducah, KY.  I also enjoyed being a vendor at the show and to demonstrate...

Mixing Techniques

Sunday, May 12, 2013

This will be my entry into the Alliance for American Quilt’s

20 year celebration.  It is due May 1st. 

I am using some 1920’s arcs...

March 19, 2013 lecture

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

This photo shows Ann presenting her lecture and Trunk Show at the Asheville Quilt Guild.  “Expanded Simple Gifts” in background and “Paducah or Bust”...

Applique Academy Feb 11-17

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I appreciate the opportunity I had as a guest artist at the

Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy to share my “No Sewing Until You Quilt It” technique....

Roses in the Moonlight

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

I made this stained glass panel many years ago and have missed it after it was sold. So, I am recreating it in fabric.

It will be the center...

Dove of Peace

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Join Ann in Williamsburg, VA Feb, 14th 2013 at 

The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy for an add-a -day class. We will be building this Peace...

Building a quilt- like stained glass on top of a drawing.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Many years ago, I built this Riverboat in Stained Glass. 

I decided to resurrect it in fabric with a springtime background, with the hope...

Vendor at the Asheville Quilt Show

Saturday, November 3, 2012

My assistant Rachel and I were demonstrating my “NO Sewing Until You Quilt It” technique at the Asheville, NC quilt show at the end of September.  We...

King size - Expanded Simple Gifts

Saturday, October 13, 2012

My expanded version of a 1999 Mary Sorensen’s block of the month made it to the Asheville, NC quilt show and then onto our bed!  

Hallelujah!...

2/3 rds of King size quilt

Monday, August 6, 2012

Work is progressing on my version of a Mary Sorensen’s  1999 block of the month  - expanded to a king size quilt.

One panel has most of the...

“No Sewing Until You Quilt It” the book is now Available

Sunday, August 5, 2012

The American Quilter’s Society has published my book.

“No Sewing Until You Quilt It”- the book by Ann R. Holmes is available at: www.American...

Thank You Clara Barton

Friday, June 15, 2012

My small quilt entry  for the Alliance for American Quilt’s

” Home is Where the Quilt Is” contest.

My quilt title is “ Thank You...

Small quilt for Alliance for American Quilts

Thursday, May 10, 2012

This small, 15 inch square, quilt was my entry in the 2011 contest for the www.AllianceforAmericanQuilts.org

The theme was people, passions...

40th Wedding Anniversary Quilt

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

I finished my quilt before the Easter holiday. It has been machine washed to remove the glue - it is now very soft.

Best wishes for a Happy...

Adapting Hand applique to NO Sew

Monday, March 5, 2012

The sun is shinning, daffodils are blooming and the snow is blowing. It’s a great day for working on my king size version of “Simple Gifts”. Here are...

One Third of King size quilt

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

My king size quilt will be made in three sections. In the photo above, you can see the 1st of the hand appliqued blocks sealed down on the french fuse...

I usually have 2 projects in the “works”

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

I usually have 2 (or more projects) in the “works” at the same time.   Generally, one I am building, the king size quilt, and one to stitch and quilt...

Finishing UFO

Friday, January 20, 2012

My New Years resolution is to start a blog about my “No Sewing Until You Quilt It” technique.

     I have also resolved to incorporate 4 traditional...