I’m Designer, Author, an your host for this program, Pat Sloan.  

This year we challenged each designer to create a block inspired by ‘A tradition’ and I asked them to use  red & white fabrics  with just a splash of a color of their choice.

We I first meet Annette I loved her sense of history in her quilts made with reproduction fabrics.  As we became friends I love how she works with other styles of fabric and works to keep her quilting fun!  If you are in Instagram be sure to follow her and be inspired!

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Visit Annette at PetiteQuilts.com

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Remember we have a Challenge portion of our Designer of the Month interview. Each month we select one random winner to receive a 12 LARGE spool BOX of Aurifil thread for just making the challenge block and sharing it! Details at the end plus last month’s winner!

Let’s get to know Annette!

 

Where do you live and what is your favorite spot there?

I live in a small town in the middle of the Dallas –Ft. Worth area, Dalworthington Gardens. DWG was established in the 1930s by the WPA as a farming community. I live very close to a small city park where I run most mornings.

When was your FIRST quilt sighting?

I was inspired to quilt by the lack of family quilts. Our family had lots of family antiques but no quilts. My mom explained they were mostly stolen or lost. I decided that I needed to make sure that my children and their children had lots of quilts to pass along.

Have you had a ‘light bulb’ moment in making

My “light bulb” moment came when I decided to start working with reproduction fabric in the late 1980’s. I was asked to join a group of like-minded ladies who had block exchanges to help create scrappy quilts. Working with this group helped me learn about antique fabrics, reproducing an inspiration quilt, and made me perfect my sewing skills. Without that group, the 19th Century Patchwork Divas, I would not have made so many wonderful quilts.

What does your studio look like, and what would you change in it?

I use a small bedroom in my home as my sewing studio.

I don’t think a large room equals efficiency but I do wish the studio were larger, on the south side of the house and had enough room for my computer.

I feel lucky to have a dedicated room with a closet for my sewing machine, fabric, books, cutting table and inspiration board.

Do you have a Tip? 

I love going to sewing retreats and attend several each year. I feel that it is a sewing gift you give yourself and I want to make the most of the time I have. I really try to take projects that are ready to sew, so I do all the cutting and arranging at home. I pack each project in a plastic box, including everything I will need (ruler, papers, pattern, extra fabrics) for that project. If I can get most of the work done at home, I can enjoy sewing and visiting at the retreat.

Tell us about your other things

I love to sew and quilt, photography, running, gardening and baseball. I recently published a book, True Blue Quilts for C & T Publishing, and I will have another quilt featured in American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine in the Dec/Jan 2020 issue. I am a wife, mother of 2 beautiful children and a proud grandmother of 3 wonderful grandchildren. I am living a blessed life!

CLICK to See Annette’s Binding tutorial 

What’s on your playlist?

I love listening to audible books while I sew. I like mysteries. I also like to listen to podcasts, mostly sewing and quilting, like Pat Sloan’s podcast, and home improvement.

What do you collect?

I am slowly collecting antique blue and white quilts. I have about a dozen. These quilts are usually dated late 1800’s and are still available and affordable.

Where’s your favorite place to take an out-of-town guest?

If I could, I would take all my guests to a baseball game- professional or Little League. I would also take them to Joe T. Garcias Mexican restaurant in Ft. Worth- a downtown destination.

Dog or Cat?

We are dog people. My children and I are allergic to cats, so we have never had them. We have had several dogs while our children were growing up to now and currently we just rescued a 1½ year old Blue Healer Mix named Roxy. I really believe your pets choose you, they come into your lives when least expected and fill a void. They give love unconditionally!

What is your favorite book

My favorite book is The Secret Garden by Frances H. Burnett. It tells the story of an unpleasant girl who is transformed by tending a garden. There is something so healing about digging in the dirt.

Favorite snack food

Chips and salsa- anything Tex-Mex

About your block – What Tradition are you celebrating?

My block was inspired by our family tradition of officially opening the backyard swimming pool on Memorial Day weekend. We have all the family over to test the waters. Like the many triangles in the pieced block, we have adults, kids and pets going in all different directions, having lots of fun, eating lots of food and enjoying the warm summer weather and each other’s company.

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DOWNLOAD Annette’s 2019 Aurifil Summer Fun Pattern

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Each year I make the Aurifil blocks in a totally different set of fabrics. At my blog today I have all 6 of my blocks and all 6 of the designer blocks to share.

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