Time to Laugh


It’s time to laugh. Yes, I need to laugh because I’m coming off of a wild week which was not nearly as bad as Alexander’s  Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.  It was wild with unexpected surprises like water in the studio causing me to fall behind on my projects which makes me grumpy. [...]

Organize the Studio: Tips

Mug Tree for Rotary Cutters

My dream was to Organize the Studio.   Yes, my quilting, sewing studio.  Dreaming is the key word because I’m usually too busy making messes.  However, wet carpet created new priorities on Tuesday. Wednesday was day one of the fun.  We moved things out and placed fans strategically to dry the floor. While at home with [...]

Quilting Workshop Best Practices & Secret Ingredients

Quilting Retreat

Are you looking for quilting workshop best practices? Wouldn’t it be great if you were given the secret ingredients to make it an awesome workshop?  Especially if the secret ingredients will boost your career? Make some egg money and get your name out there while allowing you to talk about what you love to do? Guess what?  [...]

Inspired to Create

Garage doors2

I’m inspired to create and it is usually to meet a need.  But, I love a great challenge.  I love color.  I love pattern.  I love contrast.  I love designing quilts.  I love designing quilt blocks.  I design a quilt every day. I joined a FB group called QDAD, Quilt Design A Day, early last [...]

Barn Quilts

Carpenter Star Barn Quilt 2' x 2'

Annie McHugs designs and sells Barn Quilts.  It’s a shared effort with my wonderful hubby who we call Hoot.  Why do I call him Hoot?  Because years ago he made me laugh and I said, “You are a hoot.”    I paused.  I thought about it.  I said, “No child can say my first name…but they can [...]

Turning Quilt Designs from To Do’s to Ta-Da’s

Quilt Design by Annie McHugs

It’s the time of year I focus on turning my To Do’s to Ta-Da’s because, well, I have one year before I have a.n.o.t.h.e.r. birthday.  Over the next 12 months, I’ll work to complete my list which is often broad, wide-ranging and odd collection of items like  (a) let my bangs grow out; (b) learning to [...]

Inspiration and Happy Surprises


Just this morning, while thinking, “I’m in the mood to write but I need an inspiration”,  I took the clip out of my hair…which promptly popped out of my hand, landed on the floor tile, bounced across the room as if a giant magnet was pulling it and it popped perfectly in the center of [...]

DIY: Lint Roller Repurposed into a Thread Catcher

Post 2 Blog Nov 1 2014

When asked “What’s your best time-saving tip for sewing?”  I often say “a lint roller repurposed into a thread catcher”. Here’s how I do it: a)   I start with a lint roller.  Yes, the one that costs less than $3.00. b)  Cut the sheets lengthwise to remove from the roller. c)  Put on or near [...]

Barn Quilt Installation


Another exciting week  (and it’s only Tuesday) at Hidden Star Retreat.  Progress at the Retreat  includes new cushions for the outdoor wicker furniture,  the task/desk and folding chairs were delivered on an 18-wheeler (dang), and the Barn Quilt installation has begun! The first one is a Carpenter’s Star.  I’d like to give it a name.  Any ideas? [...]