Monday, August 13, 2012

An Anna Maria Festival -- and a giveaway!

Last weekend, the Front Range Modern Quilt Guild was lucky enough to host a "big name" fabric and quilt designer -- Anna Maria Horner.  Anna Maria presented a great lecture and trunk show Friday evening, then members of the guild got to sew with her -- all day Saturday!

 We're watching Anna Maria teach us a slick trick to make nice, sharp corners!

We made the "Multi Tasker Tote."
download MTT cover(photo from Anna Maria's website)

I was excited to take the class with AMH, because I had purchased this pattern a long time ago and couldn't figure out the directions.  Now, I've made dozens of bags, so I realise if I had just cut out the pattern and jumped in, I probably could have made the bag with no problems.  But after reading through the directions and losing my place numerous times, I put the pattern away.

Big mistake.

Because of course, when the Guild announced that AMH was coming to town, I couldn't find my pattern.  So I bought another one.  And then a pattern was included with the class fee.  So now I own three copies of this pattern (more on this later).

Anyway, since I already had the pattern, I was the first to have my bag cut out.  And the first to make a mistake:


Anna Maria is such a gracious person, she didn't laugh at me.  Much.  (All four pieces are supposed to be connected.  Good thing I had my cute, pink seam ripper.)

Everyone got her bag either completed or (cough cough) almost finished.



I had left the handles at home, so I finally finished mine today.  The outside fabric is AMH's garden party, purchased at Fringe in Salida.  The lining is Amy Butler's Midwest Modern, and the handle fabric is from my personal "collection."


The best part of Anna Maria's lecture was seeing photos of her very newest collection, "Field Study" and hearing her talk about what inspired the collection.  Lucky me, now that Elder Son has moved to Denver, I have an excuse to visit the Fancy Tiger shop more often.  And they have the complete Field Study line!

Really, I was quite conservative.  You can see in these photos that I have "checked" the fabrics I now own -- only 12 of a possible 36!

Gypsy Palette:


Moonlit Palette:


Patina Palette:



This gives me something to shop for during my Seattle personal shop hop later this month!

To reward everyone for being patient while I knit hats, I promised a giveaway.  And what better to give away than an autographed copy of  the "Multi Tasker Tote" pattern and enough AMH fabric to make your very own bag?



Here's all you have to do:
  1. Be a follower of this blog.
  2. Leave a comment on this post.
  3. Before Saturday, August 18 at Noon MDT.
  4. Yes, international entries are welcome.
Good luck!


From the desk of your auntmartisignature

75 comments:

  1. Well, I guess today is my lucky day. It looks like I might be commenter number one. Love the tote. I make mistakes like that all the time ;)

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  2. Woohoo I am a follower and the first to comment. I hope-hope-hope that this is a lucky thing for me!!! And thanks for making it an international comp Aunt Marti - yay!!

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  3. So I know I wouldn't have been able to complete the bag had I been able to attend, but it does look like it would be a perfect diaper bag! Can't wait to see them at the next meeting. :)

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  4. Oh, lucky you! Sounds like a fun way to spend a Sat., especially with the likes of AMH.

    Your finished bag looks great. Don't worry, you're not alone... I happen to be good friends with my seam ripper. lol

    Thanks for the fantastic giveaway. This happy follower is keeping her fingers crossed... ;o)

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  5. Oh im so glad you had fun!!! I was bummed that i could not join in the class. Your bag fabrics look great together!

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  6. i am a follower and would love to make that bag thanks for the giveaway

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  7. I am a follower of your wonderful blog and would love a chance to win the pattern.

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  8. I am so glad everyone had fun with AMH. I've been reading everyone's blogs to see photos of the bags made. I wish I could have been there. But, who knows, maybe I get lucky now!

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  9. Sou seguidora internacional,obrigada por abrir para todos.tiacarminhapezzuto@gmail.com

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  10. Oh it looks like you had a great time! How fun! Your bag looks fantastic! Thanks for a fun giveaway!

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  11. How fun! That is such a cute bag! Thanks for the give away...

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  12. What a fun bag..thanks for the chance (I'm already a follower)

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  13. Hmmm, I'm a little scared that you weren't able to follow the directions on your own. This might be way out of my league!

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  14. What a great experience this class must have been! Thanks for the chance to win the great prize pack (I am a follower!).

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  15. That is SO awesome that you got to learn from the creator of the pattern! I would love an opportunity like that. Seriously. :)

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  16. sounds like a great presentation for your guild! I'd love to win the pattern and fabric.

    thanks for the chance.

    michelle

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  17. Oh how I wish I stilled lived in Denver! I guess a signed pattern is the closest I'll get to AMH.

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  18. I would love to take a class with AMH! I've always liked her multi-tasker tote pattern but I've never found a copy !

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  19. What a great treat to take a class with AMH. Thanks for the chance to win such a great prize (and I'm not surprised at all you got your awesome hats done. You should get the Gold medal!)

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  20. What a great giveaway! I can't believe you made a hat a day during the Olympics, you are a legend! My best friend would love that tote for Christmas so fingers crossed!

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  21. I love the pattern and always love the AMH fabrics. What a great giveaway!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    kari (dot) stewart (at) me (dot) com

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  22. thanks for the giveaway! i love AMH fabrics but have never used one of her patterns. Have a great day!

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! It's good that you managed to finish the tote, it's cute!:)
    andri_chama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  24. How much fun to see all the different bags! What creativity. It would be so much fun to have a group of ladies to get together and sew with. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  25. Thanks for the giveaway! Always need more bags! My email address is jenjeb@juno.com

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  26. I follow you on Google Reader, thanks for the chance to win :)

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  27. So...can you share the secret/tip for getting nice sharp corners? I really need to know. Thank you!

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    1. I will be doing a "Tuesday Tutorial" to share AMH's sharp corners secret -- stay tuned!

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  28. Oooh me me me, I love to make totes!

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  29. I am a follower and I just love the look of that bag.

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  30. I am a follower. That bag is very nice indeed!

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  31. Very cute bag. Love the pattern. Thanks for sharing your booboos with us.

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  32. I'm a follower. I'd love to make that bag too.

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  33. I'm a follower and would love to have a copy of this pattern. I'd also love to take a class with Anna Maria but maybe that will happen at Quilt Con. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  34. I'm a follower! Thanks for the chance

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  35. I am your new happy GFC follower,
    thank you so much for this nice giveaway, I am happy it is international I am in Italy =)

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  36. great givaway! I now follow your blog by the reader :)

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  37. Love your bag. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

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  38. I heard from a couple other folks that the class was a total hit too! Your bag is fantastic. :) Thanks for the chance!

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  39. The class looks like it was a blast! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  40. Isnt it great to have fun while you learn!! I am a follower babscorbitt@gmail.com

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  41. Looks like a fun blog. Glad I found it!

    Dotvining@yahoo.com

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  42. I'm now a follower...what a great workshop to go to...and you wouldn't be alone in having 2 separate pieces that are supposed to be joined...I embarrassingly did that with a pair of trousers...or a pair of legs as I called them!

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  43. OMGosh - 3 copies of one pattern!!Just had to comment but don't include in the the draw - Share the luck around! Cute bag inst it??

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    1. oh BTW Susan, I gave the bag to my friend Deb, of "The Artful Yarn" (http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheArtfulYarn)

      She bought some great fabric earlier this summer that I offered to make up into a blouse, then decided she didn't like the pattern. So I offered to swap the bag for the fabric and bingo! we're both happy!

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  44. I am a follower and would love to win the pattern! awolk at rogers dot com

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  45. I'm a follower...what a great bag. I'm sure I'd have been the first to blunder the cutting since that seems to be my forte.

    Thanks for the chance...I do promise I'll read and follow directions...as best I can.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  46. G'Day from Australia! I'm a new blog follower!

    Deborah
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  47. I am a new follower! Glad I found you! Love the bag!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  48. Wow what a great bag! I would love one to make, it looks large enough to carry all my kids' stuff! :)

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    1. Rach, thanks for your kind comment. It is, indeed, large enough to make an excellent "Mom, could you put this in your purse?" bag!

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  49. I'm a follower. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  50. I am a new follower thanks to my sister who has followed you before! Thank you for the giveaway! PS. I love your binding tutorial!

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  51. I love that tote-- so pretty and a nice good size to make it useful for so many different things! :-) Thank you for the chance to enter your wonderful giveaway! Oh, and I am already a follower. :-)

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  52. Thank you for your great gift! I wish I win it!
    evankass@gmail.com

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  53. I had to laugh. Buying a second pattern because I've misplaced the first is exactly the kind of thing I've been known to do.

    Anyway, your bag looks great.

    I've signed up to be a follower.

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  54. I'm a follower. Great bag pattern, would love to win the pattern, whip it up and shop for more fabric!

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  55. Hi, I found your blogg today and and joined as a follower. I found your blogg since a friend of mine found your tutorial about bindings on Pinterest. I will try that on my next quilt, since I always get stuck on the hand-sewing part of the binding.
    I will link that tutorial on my blogg and also link this giveaway. I wish I win the nice pattern!

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    1. Monica, thanks for your kind comment! Would you tell me in what language is your blog written so I can request a translation? I love the photos and would like to be able to read your commentary, also.

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  56. I follow your blog! To be honest, it's refreshing to know that a very talented quilter and seamstress still makes mistakes! Made this little novice over here feel a bit better about my sewing woes! LOL I really love the bag!

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  57. I am a follower and love the tote.Thank-you for the chance to win this pattern Anna marie is fantastic.Becky

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    1. Becky, thanks for your kind comment. Did you realize you are a no-reply commenter? I have no way to contact you if you win, bummer! Go here for a tutorial to repair this problem, because -- hello -- what if you win?
      http://www.52quilts.com/2012/04/feel-free-to-laugh-at-me.html

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  58. Love that pattern! I would love to win it-thanks!

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  59. i am a follower and would love to make that bag thanks for the giveaway

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  60. What a great bag! And your looks fantastic! Thanks for a chance to win! :) I'm already a follower of your blog!

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  61. Lovely way to spend a Saturday. Looks like a fantastic bag. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm already a follower of your blog.

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  62. Following your blog. Wow, the bag is a lot bigger than I thought it was from the pattern pictures. Very nice. shuttermom77 at gmail dot com

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  63. Thanks for the chance to win. Anything made with AMH looks great in the end, don't you think? I'm a new follower--don't know how I missed signing up before.

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  64. Cool. I HAD to order the gypsy pallette!

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