Hi there, I’m Anna! Glad you stopped by. I’m a mom to two incredibly inspiring daughters, Natalie and Emily. My oldest daughter (Natalie) had the curliest blonde hair when she was little and my nickname for her was ‘noodlehead’. It’s one of many nicknames, but it stuck, it’s fun and a little goofy – just like us. I’m pretty sure I’m a lot like you. I love to sew and be creative.
I grew up sewing with my mom. It definitely wasn’t my favorite thing to do, but I loved being able to make something on my own. Having two daughters gave me the drive to start sewing more and more.
Before having children, I graduated college in 2002 with a B.A. in Art. I thought I’d spend my working career doing graphic design and marketing, and did so for the first 10 years after college. But after falling in love with blogging and being able to do my own creative work, I started my blog in 2009. I started my business and selling my own patterns in 2010! Since launching my own patterns, I’ve also written a book (Handmade Style, Lucky Spool Media) and designed a fabric collection.
I’m having fun creating, making up new things as I go along, discovering new techniques, and making my house a home. I wouldn’t be sewing today if it weren’t for the support of my family and friends along the way. Thank you!
If this is your first visit, please feel free to check out the free tutorials and browse my shop where you can shop my original designs as well as shop for supplies. Here are a few posts you might like to read:
Where I sew
My Sewing machine
Print Magazine Features
Better Homes & Gardens DIY Magazine
Stitch With Style – May 2013
Making: Flora – Spring 2016, Petal Pouch
Making: Fauna – Fall 2016, Wool + Wax Tote
Making: Dots – Spring 2017, Minimalist Wallet
Stitch Supply Co. – September 8, 2018
Bijou Lovely – Iron Mountain, MI February 16-17, 2018
Sewtopia – Denver, CO April 2017
Stitch Supply Co. – August 2016
Olive Juice Quilts – June 11, 2016
Lake Superior Modern Quilt Guild – Duluth, MN August 7-8, 2015
Nido Workshop – April 10-12, 2015
Sewcial Lounge – Madison, WI March 2015
Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild – Workshop, October 2014
Sewcial Lounge – Madison, WI July 2014
Olive Juice Quilts – Onalaska, WI February 2014, June 2014
Pink Castle Fabrics – Camp Stitchalot December 2013
Sewing Summit 2012 – Speaker
Books – Contributor
Fabric-by-Fabric One Yard Wonders
My newest collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Driftless is shipping to stores starting December 2019! It’s a collection of my hand drawn illustrations overprinted on Essex, Essex Yarn Dyed, and Essex Homespun.
My first collection with Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Forage, shipped to stores August 2018! It’s a collection overprinted on Essex and Essex Yarn Dyed (cotton/linen blend).
I was honored to share my designs with the sewing community.