Thursday, June 28, 2018


Anna Maria Horner has been visiting Australia again!

I was lucky enough to attend both her hand stitching 

workshop and trunk show on Wednesday.

I have so many great ideas and photos to share, I 

will break it in two separate posts.

First, the hand stitching.

Anna went through her quilting techniques, as seen 

in this little video....

She designed the birds in her Cacophony range just

 so she could do little cross stitches on her quilts

And according to Anna, hot pink thread is a neutral!

And this one comes complete with pom-poms and 


I couldn't wait to practise my hand quilting stitch.

Since my accident last November, my hand quilting 

has suffered somewhat...

But I am pretty happy with how my sample feathers 

are looking, front...

and back!

She generously drew this little folk flower so I could 

practise my embroidery stitches...

and I purchased the "A to Z" embroidery templates 


It's not hard to tell that she has been hand stitching 

since she was five!

Another hint- chose long straight or wavy lines that 

avoids the seams,

makes for easier stitching!

Thank you Anna for your generosity in sharing your 

talent and skill with us!

Happy sewing!



Julie Fukuda said...

Wow, you really made a lot from that visit! Not a dull moment, it seems.

dutchcomfort said...

I still regret I didn’t take a class on her embroidery! It looks so lovely!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

Anna Marie has such a lovely style about all her work. Looks like you had a wonderful time. Hand stitching intrigues me but so far I haven't tried it. I'm impressed by all of you who enjoy it.

Julie said...

Exciting for you, so I guess we can expect lots of hand quilting and extra embellishments on your quilts now.

O'Quilts said...

lucky you...sounds just great. thx for the show..

FlourishingPalms said...

I can tell that you were in the throes of the best kind of fun when you were with Anna. She "speaks your language," doesn't she? I'm so happy you had the opportunity to do this, and I have no doubt whatsoever that we will be seeing embroidery and hand stitching in your future projects. Hope you can get your hand fixed to make that easier! Hhow wonderful that Anna drew an embroidery design for you! That one will surely be extra-special to stitch and will need to be turned into something to commemorate her visit. Have lots of fun with it. I love the picture of the two of you together. You're looking so good! Maybe that picture can be incorporated into the piece you stitch of her design?

OPQuilt said...

So fun to see this post--and to read your reactions to this. I think you've found your comfort zone, and I already believe you are a star hand-stitcher!

Granny Maud's Girl said...

What great advice from Anna. I will treat hot pink thread as a neutral and try to quilt in long lines while avoiding quilting over seams.
I love the embroidery designs. I still have some of my great-grandmother’s transfers. I should use them. Hmmm.

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