Summer Photos

Summer is flying by, isn’t it?


Here in Minnesota we have been having a beautiful summer, without as much heat and humidity as we usually have.  (I’m sure those of you down south are scoffing at my idea of heat).  We have been making the most of it – spending hours and hours outside.  The boys ask to swim at least twice a day, though sometimes it’s more like twenty.  I just don’t remember swimming as a child, so I didn’t realize what entertainment swimming would be for them.



We went to the lake a lot as teenagers, as we had a little speedboat and would go tubing and knee boarding.  I remember looking forward to our Sunday afternoons at the lake – but I never really did much swimming, so I’ve been surprised by how much fun the kids are having.  It is so fun to see Carter out in the water, swimming and swimming with a huge smile on his face.  Yesterday Max had a crabby day, with two spells where he cried for 45 minutes each time.  Giving him the bedtime nuk helped a little (after my ears were ringing!), but it wasn’t until we went swimming that he was actually happy.



And a few more favorite shots from outside –






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And one last photo of the boys, taken on Mother’s Day of this year.

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I have a ton of new quilt projects in process.  Last night while the kids played in the water and I stitched the binding on this –



I will show more pictures when it’s done.  The pattern is called Painted Lady by Laura Heine.  She owns the Fiberworks Quilt Shop in Helena, Montana.  They had a booth at the Minnesota Quilt Show this year and I purchased a couple of their kits (more on that later too). I have so enjoyed this project and can’t wait to share more with you.






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Trendy Table Size Options

I did a post earlier this month on changing the size on some of the runners in my Trendy Table book.  It was kind of fun to see how the designs looked on a larger scale, so I decided to do the remaining projects from the book.  (If you missed the first post, click here).  As I mentioned in that post, I’m not very skilled at making digital quilts, but hopefully it will help you visualize the blocks in a different way.  This time, rather than just laying a few runners next to each other, I tried to come up with more unique layouts.


First up, Sorbet.  The original runner looks like this –

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For my larger layout, I envisioned it as a table-cloth type quilt.

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Next up is Fusion.  Here is the original:



For this one, I wanted to see a border of the blocks around a plain center.  With this layout, I like how graphic the blocks are and I didn’t want to take away from that by laying them next to each other.  The plain center preserves the graphic nature of the quilt – and you will have to envision some fancy quilting in that center.

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Now Rock Candy –

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For my size option, I just make the runner and added two extra blocks to the width.

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I also did one with the two outer blocks positioned differently and added a border.

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Lastly, I have the Tango Runner.

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If you separate the runner in half vertically, and turn the direction of one block (the orange one in the photo below), you get a topper.  In fact, if you follow the directions as written, you will get two toppers.

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If you are interested in purchasing the book, please click here.  Thanks for stopping by today!


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Trendy Table Options

During the process of writing the Trendy Table book and having the projects tested, I end up with several samples of each pattern.  The original set from the book is out traveling from quilt shop to quilt shop.  I had to hurry and finish the second set so they could head out on their quilt shop route as well.  Today I wanted to share a couple of the runners from that second set.  I will start with a couple of the Christmas options  – because all the beautiful Christmas fabrics have been hitting the stores and you might “need” some!

Pattern Names:  Wrapped and Frosted



Wrapped – The runner that made it into the book doesn’t look that much different, it just uses more current fabric and I really try to use the most current fabric I can find so people can replicate the look.

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Here’s a close up of the second one again.  It uses several prints from Basic Grey’s past fabric lines, long with a few basics from my stash.  The grey print with the red cardinals is another Moda designer – Kate and Birdie I think.



I would also love to see this one done up in bright birthday prints.  It would be fun to have out on the table for parties . . . .  and we are celebrating Carter’s 4th birthday this weekend, but I have not had time to get it done.  (Plus, I did a search for birthday fabrics and I don’t see any currently on the market)


The second quilt from the photos the Frosted pattern.



It really looks different from the original – The black background is so dramatic.  The photo in the book shows it with an aqua background.

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Lastly, I have the Starburst runner.  The original version from the book uses prints from my stash.

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I had it tested in Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille.



The sun was a little bright when I took the photos, so the color isn’t totally accurate, but you can see the prints and quilting really well.  DSC_3307 DSC_3306

If you are looking for the book, you can find it here.



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Trendy Table Size Options

Today I wanted to share some size options for the runners from my Trendy Table book.

As I was making the runners, I was imagining many of them as bigger quilts.  Since I don’t have time to make them all as bigger, I took some time this morning to make a few digital quilts to see how they looked on a larger scale.  I’m not very good at making digital quilts, but this gives you an idea of how they would look.


For example, Starburst in its original size shown in the book –

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And a larger version:



I laid 3 runners next to each other, with extra sashing units sewn vertically between the 3 runners.  If you were to make this and wanted to buy fabric for it, you would need 3 times the grey, white, and star point fabric, plus 24 extra charm squares for the sashing (or one full charm pack for the whole quilt).


The original Alpine Runner:

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The original Plus runner:

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This is the equivalent to 3 runners laid next to each other, with the middle runner adjusted a bit so the pattern alternates.  The cutting isn’t quite as simple to change on this one, as you don’t repeat the outer edge 3 times, but it is still fairly simple to do.

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The original Falling Leaves runner:

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This is the equivalent of 3 runners also.  Just take the fabric requirements and multiply by 3.  Do the same when cutting, but I rearranged the blocks in the middle row a little differently.


The original Wrapped runner:

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Again, the size option is just 3 runners laid out next to each other.

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The original Frosted runner:

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This is roughly 3 runners laid next to each other, with some adjustments made in the quantity of the cutting for large blue background pieces.

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The original Charisma runner:

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Again, we have 3 runners laid out next to each other, with a little adjusting so I could alternate the blocks in the center row.



The original Squared Runner:

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Again, we have 3 runners laid out next to each other.

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The original Capri Runner:

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And a size option –

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So, for those of you who don’t like runners, this gives you some ideas for making these quilts larger.  I didn’t do all of the runners in the book, but you get the idea.  For more info on the book, click here.


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Me Made May

Thanks again to everyone who played along with my last post where I previewed my new book.  The winner of the copy of the new Trendy Table book is:

Leslie Sorenson.  Please drop me an email at to claim your copy.  Just include your shipping info and I will get it sent out right away.


For those of you who didn’t win, the books are available now and can be found at independent quilt shops or from our store here.


Today I would also like to talk a little bit about Me Made May.  If you haven’t heard about it before, you can read about it here.  I first heard about it last year on Instragram and participated a little.  This year I signed up and did pretty good job meeting my daily requirements.  The goal was to wear something handmade each day, in an effort to make better use of my hand-made clothing.  I have a tendency to focus on what’s wrong with everything I make, so I don’t wear them.  This challenge helped me to put those thoughts aside and just wear them.  I also took the time to alter a few things to make them more wearable.  I hate doing alterations, so it was good motivation to get it done.

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I also feel like the handmade things in my wardrobe are so obvious, that I sometimes feel like I have a “nerd” alert sign on my back.  I like the thought that there are many others joining me in wearing their hand-made things and we can all be nerdy together.  And by doing this together, we help make being a Maker more popular.   That thought just makes me happy – I love being a maker and love to see others who are also.   (By the way, am I dating myself by saying nerd?  I’m not sure anybody even uses that word anymore!)

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These collages are a few of the things that I have been posting over on Instagram each day.  You can find me on Instragram as “ankastreasures” or click here.  You can read more about each project on my Instagram page also.

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One of the other fun things about this month, is you can use the hashtags to see what everyone else is doing.  It’s very inspiring – not only to see the projects, but also the fabrics.  I have my eye on a couple prints that I think need to become part of my stash now😉.  Some of the hashtags you can search are: #memademay, #mmmay, #memademay16.






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The Trendy Table Preview – Part 2

I’m back for part 2 of the preview for the Trendy Table book.

Before I get to the preview, the winner from my last post is:  Linda Flemming.  Please email your shipping info to me at, and I will ship out a copy right away.

Thanks to everyone who commented and played along.  I really appreciate the feedback and I always find it interesting to what pattern people are most drawn too.


Now, on with the preview –

Pattern:  Starburst

Precut Used:  2 1/2″ squares (5″ Charm squares would work too)

Fabric line shown:   I used assorted scraps from my stash, Moda Essential dots for the white, and Essex Linen in Steel for the background.

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Pattern:  Squared

Precut Used:  10″ Squares

Featured Fabrics:  This runner is also made with scraps from my stash.

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I really find this size runner to be useful.  I have all kinds of places in my house that require a long skinny runner, as shown below.  You could easily adjust the size to fit any space by leaving off or adding additional blocks.

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Pattern:  Sorbet

Precut Used:  5″ squares

Featured Fabrics:  Most of these prints are from Cotton + Steel’s Basics Collection.  The background is Essex Linen in Steel.

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This runner also fits well in all those long skinny places.  The size could be adjusted by leaving off the two end flowers.

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If you have a soft table, this runner would be perfect for that spot.

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Pattern:  Tango

Precut Used: 2 1/2″ strips for the large size and 2″ strips for the small size.

Featured Fabrics:  Basic Mixology by Studio M and Simply Colorful by V and Co, both for Moda.

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This is the larger size and uses about half a Jelly Roll.  The pattern also uses the Creative Grids 60-degree Triangle Ruler.

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It’s an easy runner to make, even though it looks a little more complicated than actually is.  It is constructed in rows and requires no Y-seams



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The pattern has very little waste, but there is a small scrap leftover from the strip set.  If you save it, you can make the runner below with those scraps.

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The pattern is called Slice and there are two size options, depending on which size Tango you make.

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This is the smaller size version of Tango – it measure 18″ x 35 1/2″. (The larger size measures 24″ x 48″).

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This photo shows the Mini Tango with two other runners – Fusion and Plus.

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Pattern:  Plus

Precut Used:  5″ squares

Featured Fabrics:  Flow by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics







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Pattern:  Fusion

Precut Used:  5″ Squares

Featured Fabrics:   Tucker Prairie by One Canoe 2 for Moda Fabrics

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That’s all for today.  I will give away another copy of the book, selected from the comments on this post – Again you can just let me know which one you would make first (from this post) if you won.  I would also love to hear if you would make them from Precuts, or from your stash.






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The Trendy Table Preview, Part 1

Today I get to share more details on the projects from my latest book, “The Trendy Table”.   I have already shared a little bit about the inspiration for the book here.


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I’m going to share half of the projects today, and the other half in my next post.  There are 15 projects, all written for Precuts.  I geared  the fabric requirements to the closest size Precut because I generally use a lot of Precuts and I know my customers do as well.  It’s the easiest way to buy small amounts of fabric for runners, and still get the scrappy look.  Of course if you want to use your stash or scraps, that will work fine too.

And by the way – this post is long!  I have tons of photos to share.  They don’t all make it into the book, so this is my place to share them all🙂

First up, this fun shot, taken at my Brother and SIL’s house.

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And a close-up of the fabrics –

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Pattern Name:  Charisma.

Precut Used: 5″ Squares

Featured Fabrics:  Summerfest by April Rosethal and Moda Black Crossweave

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If you’ve been coming here for a while, you know I love runners and find all kinds of places to put them.  They aren’t just for tables, and since I have limited wall space in my house for larger quilts, runners are just perfect for me.  (The shot below is taken at my Sister’s house).

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Pattern Name: Capri

Precut Used:  5″ Squares

Featured Fabrics:  Little Miss Sunshine by Lella Boutique for Moda Fabrics

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Pattern Name:  Rock Candy

Precut Used:  10″ Squares

Featured Fabric line:  Vintage Picnic by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics

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I really took a lot of photos of this one.  I just can’t get enough of that red background!

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Pattern Name:  Frosted

Precut Used:  This is one exception in the book.  It requires a little yardage of 3 fabrics.

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Pattern Name:  Wrapped

Precut Used:  10″ squares

Featured Fabric line:  Juniper Berry by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics

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I think this one would make a good birthday party runner too – Just change out the Christmas fabrics for some bright and fun prints.

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And because I couldn’t get enough of this fabric line – Another one using Juniper Berry.

Pattern Name:  Alpine

Precut Used:  10″ Squares

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Pattern Name:  Falling Leaves

Precut Used:  10″ squares (6 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ scraps will work too)

Featured Fabrics:  The background is Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Graphite, made by Kauffman Fabrics.  The leaves are assorted shot cottons from my stash, mostly Peppered Cottons and Kaffe Fasset shot cottons.

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I enjoyed trying out a new quilting technique for this one.  I have never done straight line quilting on my long arm before and it was kind of fun.

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So that’s the first half of the preview!  As I do with all my new products, I’d like to give away a copy of the new book to one of my readers.  To be entered to win, just leave a comment saying which runner you would make first if you were to win.  I will announce the randomly selected winner in my next post.


If you would like to purchase a copy of the book, click here.  (available for shipment now).  Most of the quilt shops that have preordered the book should have their copies by now, so please check your local quilt shop as well.


Thanks and have a great weekend!







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