About

Hello – You have reached the blog of Designer Heather Mulder Peterson.  I’m a quilt pattern and fabric designer, working under the business name of Anka’s Treasures.  We hope you’ll stop by often and leave a little more inspired!

I began quilting as a freshman in college and found myself immediately addicted.  I soon picked a new major and began pursuing my quilting as a possible career.  Little did I know what I was getting myself into!  I’ve been in business since 1996, starting small while working on my sophomore year in college.  I initially did machine quilting out of my parents’ basement and publishing a few patterns on the side.  I now design books and patterns full-time.  I also design fabrics for Henry Glass and Co, along with doing some teaching and lectures on quilting.

My business is named after my Great Grandma, Anka Petersen.  She was a very inspirational person to me (my family and all who knew her) for many reasons.  First of all, she got my Mom sewing, who in turn got me sewing.  My first sewing machine came as a hand me down at the age of five, from Great Grandma.  She was 98 when she died, almost blind, living in an apartment by herself, and still able to totally take care of herself.  She was in good health and so sharp mentally.  I can’t remember what I did yesterday, yet she could rattle off telephone numbers from when she was a telephone operator in the 1930′s.  I wish I could have inherited her memory!  Instead I inherited her love of working with her hands.  We both loved to be busy, sewing, knitting, gardening, crafting, reading, cooking (no wait- that was just her), etc.  I not only cherished her for all these reasons, but also for her great outlook on life.  She had lived through so many hardships, yet she remained a woman of great faith and encouragement.  I was fortunate that she lived such a long life, giving me a chance to connect with her.

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My husband and I live near Spicer, MN.  I have a studio above our garage and office out of our house.  My “family” consists of myself, my husband Joel, and our dog Daisy.  (My husband is threatening to guest blog about our dog, so I’m sure you will get to meet her).  We bought a fixer-upper on a lake and have been busy getting the house to our liking.  We have learned a lot; however, we don’t recommend anyone else trying what we did.  In our spare time, we love to travel, read, and spend time with family and friends.  Joel is also an avid (obsessed) outdoorsman.  He has a serious fishing problem.  I however, am completely normal with no obsessions ( like fabric, chocolate, yarn, etc.)

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49 Responses to About

  1. Mary Lyonnais says:

    Hi there,

    I just received the latest American Patchwork & Quilting magazine and love your article. What I am most interested in is the Autumn Days wall hanging. I started quilting about five years ago. I work fulltime and have two children at home still so don’t have a whole lot of time to quilt. But Someday!!! Can you tell me where I can get the patern for the Autumn Days wall hanging?

    Thank you,
    Mary

  2. Cathy Gilliam says:

    I have been “On A Roll” several times in the last few months! I was so excited when I read about you in APQ. I am interested in the pattern for Autumn Days but I am unable to find it. I read your blog and it was very helpful listing the quilt books the quilts were in but I did not see A Season of Change. I hope that it is not out of print. Your website is great…….

  3. Molly Gardner says:

    Hi Heather! I’m glad to finally see your blog! I think it’s great. I especially liked the part about birdies being the new chickens. Funny. :-)

    Anyway- saw your article today in my APQ that came in the mail. Looked really good- you must be proud (as you should be)!

    You, Leah, and I should get together for a quilt day before Leahs next baby comes along!

    Take care-

    Molly :-)

  4. Mary Beth Johnson says:

    Hello Heather,

    I just bought your book “The Sweet Life” and love the quilt made with the Sole fabric (pg 4 also pictured above). I was wondering what the fabric for the stripe and white with dot fabric line is?
    Thanks,
    Mary Beth

  5. Janice says:

    Hello Heather,

    Is there a pattern for the lone star sensation? Possibly a kit? Thank you

  6. kim bland says:

    i am inteerested in your autumn days pattern also …where can i purchase this..thanks kim

  7. Hi, can you tell me the name of the pattern for your blog quilt in your header? Is it in a book or sold separtely. I have enjoyed reading your blog. Thank you.

  8. Carol says:

    I love your designs. I just bought 2 of your leaflets. I’m interested in knowing what fabric line you used for the “Cotton Candy” quilt featured on one cover.
    Thanks.

  9. Judy says:

    Heather,
    I am a novice quilter and have found your patterns to be just perfect for me. My fist full-size quilt was from “Fat Quarter Five” and I just purchased the ‘Double Takes II’ pattern and hope to start it soon. Your new ‘Birthday Collection’ is just adorable and I no doubt will buy it ay my local quilt shop soon! Keep up the inspirations coming!
    Judy

  10. Janice says:

    I just saw where you wanted us to list our favorite blogs. I have one that I really love!
    http://www.southernplate.com . It features recipes from the South with full pictorials and recipes. If you love cooking (or want to learn how to cook) traditional recipes check it out. I think you will love it as much as I do!

  11. Linda Holm says:

    I just typed a long comment and I don’t think it went through. Just my luck.
    I wanted you to know that I have loved your work for a long time, probably since your first book.
    A fellow quilter just suggested I go on this site and comment.
    It was so fun reaking your blog.
    Linda

  12. Carol Lewis says:

    Heather, I just wanted to tell you that I just love your fabric Cottage Charm. The fabric is so soft and nice and the colors are great. Now if I can bear to cut it up I’ll give it a try with my Little Charmers Five pattern. Great Fabric – Great Pattern – Thanks!

  13. Betty Dawson says:

    Hi! Heather,
    I am the program coordinator for the Material Girls Quilt Guild in St. Paul, MN. We are interested to know if you would be available to speak at one of our meetings in 2009. We presently have March, May, June, July, August, October, and November open. Please let me know what fee you charge.

  14. Julie says:

    Hi Heather
    Love your work. I have just started to make ”shooting star’ from Fat Quarter Cottage. I have a question regarding it, could you please contact me. Keep up your great work.
    cheers
    Julie

  15. Hi Heather,

    I wanted you to know I have listed your blog on the new web site Quilt Qua. The address is http://www.quiltqua.com/links/blogs/ It would be great to have a mention on your blog, if you would like to share the info. Also, let me know if you put a mention or link on your blog, as we feature the blogs that do that on the top list of our blogs.

    If you’d like to add some of your pictures to the show and tell that would be great: http://www.quiltqua.com/showandtell/upload/

    Also, I would like to list your products on the site, but I’m not sure where you would like to be located. I’m working on a book section, that isn’t on the site yet – so I’m looking for exerpts, and then there would be a link to the purchase point.

    Let me know your thoughts!

    Connie

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  17. Sandy Carlson says:

    Hi Heather. It was nice to see you again at Lake Beauty. I am still interested in the purchase of your used quilting machine. Sorry I didnt’ get back to you sooner. Please let me know if it is available. Take care.
    Sandy Carlson

  18. Linda Chally says:

    I don’t blog but would love to receive an early copy of your new book, Stop, Drop and Roll! Thank you for the help with the continuous bias cut binding – it’s illustrated so I can actually do it. Your books and fabrics are always awesome and fun, easy to make and beautiful when completed!

  19. Diane Ruby says:

    I just ordered your pattern, Double Take III. I can’t wait to get started and would like to purchase fabric. Could you email me the fabric requirements? I LOVE the pictures of the remodel — it’s beautiful!

  20. Megan says:

    I just received your new book, Stop, Drop and Roll in the mail and I LOVE it! I am horrible at picking out colors for quilts which is why I love the collection of fabrics. I want to do the All Wrapped Up quilt (the simple version) in Arcadia by Sanae but I don’t know what color would be best to replace your dark pink in the pattern. Any suggestions?
    Thanks!

  21. Gail Lopes says:

    Hi Heather,

    I’m looking for a copy of On A Roll Again. I tried to order it on Amazon and they said it wasn’t available. Any idea when they might have it again? Thanks.

  22. Amanda says:

    I really like your blog. I am fairly new to quilting and have done just a few wall hangings. I love the quilt that you are holding. What is the name of it and where might I be able to find the pattern for it? Thank you for your help!

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  25. CB says:

    How nice to meet you….I’ve purchased your designs over time…now I know the story behind the creativeness….on to the “hop”

  26. Susan Ellis says:

    How darling that appliqued “charmed” pattern is! I am especially pleased with the way that you designed the petals of the flowers to go over the framing borders! Nice “casual” style that I hope to try soon!

  27. sandi a. says:

    I enjoyed reading about your Grandma. It was the ladies in my family – Great Grandma Lillie, my Grandma Goldie, and my mother Mary – that also inspired me to sew, embroider and quilt. I would be lost without needle and thread!!

  28. Coleen K says:

    Hi Heather,

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to Montana. Loved the trunk show and quilting day! Your presentation inspired my young daughter (9 yrs) and my niece (21 yrs). My niece actually bought a sewing machine shortly after your visit and has already finished a first quilting project!

  29. Anna says:

    HI Heather,
    I am so thrilled with the giveaway package that arrived today in the post. The charm squares are beautiful and all those glorious patterns- I don’t know which pattern to pick first. Thank you for the generous prize – it was such a beautiful gift and really brightened my day.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna

  30. Jan Dudley says:

    Love your blog…and of course your fabric and patterns. In our area I tend to shop for fabrics on line, or when we travel…my husband is good about stopping at one quilt store per trip. Thanks for all the inspiration! Happy quilting, Jan D

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  33. Lois says:

    Love the woolie pattern you have on the shop hop today.

  34. gayner evans says:

    what a talented lady you are and so kind to offer a free pattern
    Gayner

  35. Chris says:

    Spicer MN. I had a great uncle that lived in the town and managed the pool hall there. Harold Nelson was his name. He was going blind in his older years. He died in the late 60′s. We would go to Spicer to vacation as a child and walk out on the docks to fish. We had small fishing rods and little bait. That was back in the 50′s Ok I am old. We rented a little cabin and the men would go out on the lake and fish all day. We went there on a trip as a teenager and went through a tornado in a tent while camping on the lake. Lifetime ago, but a very pretty place to live. Chris

  36. Tammy says:

    love your blog!

  37. Heather says:

    I really enjoy your blog and patterns! Love the colors!

  38. Nina says:

    Hi Heather,

    I too was married to a Joel Mulder, originally from Muskegon, MI.
    We are divorced and I live in Berkeley, CA. (Joel is a soccer player, camper, and an outdoorsman.

    But, my Email has to do with your quilting. First, are your designs for sale? I love them for their simplicity, yet their striking colors and combinations.

    I have taken a quilting course, but somehow, I don’t have the patience for small pieces, and insecure about color combinations.
    Somehow, I am sensing that I may be interested in one of yours. I will let you know which ones. Thank you.

    Nina

  39. Lisa Ann says:

    love your website & tips!

  40. Lisa says:

    Please add me…Thank you

  41. I just stumbled across your site and am already addicted! I’m very excited to learn more. Thanks for sharing!

  42. Patty B. says:

    Hi
    I love your site and have put it on my favorites. I see you are going to Lake Beauty. I have been there several times and love it.
    I love your fabric. I just finished your Christmas quilt At Home for the Holidays. Everyone that I show it to loves the black and white print. I now have to quilt it.
    Thanks for a great site and letting us be a part of your world.

  43. Paula Foley says:

    I’ve loved your patterns for several years and just stumbled onto your blog. I am so in love with your home and your decorating as well now!! Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to see more.

  44. Muchos Gracias for your blog.Much thanks again. Really Great.

  45. Judy Farabee says:

    I am fascinated by your blog!! You are so talented. Congratulations on the birth of your son.

  46. Melody says:

    I made a double wedding ring quilt for my granddaughter and was having trouble putting the binding on it. Thank you so much for your tutorial on the the convex and concave curves. My quilt is looking very nice with your help. Anxious to do to some exploring of your blog. (probably after I get the binding on)

  47. Hi, I have been quilting for 15 years and am highly addicted, but at 73 yrs. old I am very, very new at all this electronic stuff. I just found your sight on your Mother’s quilting room. Wow! I am building a new quilt room & would love more details: like her fabric storage, what’s inside all those cabinets, dimensions, etc. Can I make copies to show my contractor? That’s the best sewing room I have ever seen. Thanks for sharing. Margie

  48. Stacie says:

    Do you happen to know who makes the seaside cottage fabric?

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