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April block update

Hello everyone.  Hope you all enjoyed a beautiful holiday weekend.

I wanted to let you know that your packages are zooming to various parts of the US, Canada and to the UK.

I enclosed enough fabric to make 3 sets however, I’m good with one!  I wanted to enclose more for those that wanted to do multiples.  If  you don’t feel like it…send it on back.

I wanted to try and make these a little wonky, but I don’t think there is enough fabric so please just follow the instructions here:

Take care, let me know if you have questions.

Anita (enjoying the first thunderstorm of the season–not one of my pups though, she is under the bed, poor girl)



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April’s blocks

Good afternoon everyone.

I wanted to give you a head’s up on April’s blocks.  I will be mailing out the packets early next week.  I’ll tag you when they go out the door, but I expect on Monday or Tuesday.  I am sending out color packets. Yep, I’d like to work out a quilt that is along the lines of these paintbox quilts on this website:

So, if you have a color preference…or if you are allergic to a color (ha)…let me know, and I’ll send those preferences your way.  I’ll be sending the solids and the coordinating fabric, but of course if you have a little somethin’ something from your stash, you may add it.

and I want those of you to know I am plugging along on blocks.  Spring is so helping me to heal and move along.  My mom is getting along better and that is helping also.  However, if you want to hold my blocks hostage, until I’ve sent yours..I’m darn well good with that option!

Have a great weekend all.


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A quick update

I wanted to let u all know that I’m working on the blocks that have been sent.  I’ve had a rough last few months.  My dad died suddenly late last year and then my mom got very very sick and as a result had two small strokes.  She is better now, but it is was rough for a while.  They both live(d) in phoenix with their partners, so dealing with this has been difficult and strenuous.

but I’m coming up for air, catching up with everything and grateful for spring which is surely right around the corner; despite the fact that we still have almost 2 feet of snow here in ames, ia on the ground.


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Everyone ready for September?

I sure am…have two classes, a head full of allergies, a beautiful block to make.  I’m not sure how I will release the block once it is done since the fabrics are so beautiful…



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Introducing Me


My name is Anita.  By day, or evening, I do environmental consulting/engineering.  I provide regulatory support to petroleum convenience store owners — and boy to they operate under several regulatory authorities.  I also do some rain garden design for folks.  I own my own consulting business.  Just me.  I used to be part of a large engineering firm… got tired of the looong weeks, silly corporate rules that changed monthly and other’s schizophrenia.  Now, when there are problems in the workplace, I just go to the mirror and say WTF?

In my downtime, I knit, read, quilt, garden and not necessarily in that order.  I am a wife and mother to a 23 yo daughter, who, just last night moved back home –after breaking up with a bf we don’t like.  (slight woot here).

I’m excited to be here, and to get to know all of you better.  Oh, and I live in Ames, IA.   where the temps finally reflect summer.


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