Inspired to Create

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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? [...]

Barns + Quilts = Barn Quilts

Barn Quilt Texas Flag

Did you know that Hoot (the name our grand kids call my hubby) and I (I’m Annie…did you put that together?  Hoot & Annie?)  make Barn Quilts.  I love barns.  I have barns.  I love quilts.   Barns + Quilts = Barn Quilts. We cut exterior wood to a 4 by 4 size.  Paint it with [...]

Hidden Star Retreat Bedrooms Sleep 12

Celery Sprig room

Have you heard?  The Hidden Star Retreat is opening soon.  It really helps that the beds arrived today!  I’m so excited that I cannot hardly wait to show you the progress.  These are my snapshots.  The photographer will be here Monday.  She’s the pro! There are 3 bedrooms.  The Turquoise bedroom has 6 beds. The [...]

DIY Pillow Make Over

Pillow Make Over

I love big pillows stacked on the floor + I had these pillows.  I decided on a DIY Pillow Make Over. All I did was: a)  quilted some plain fabric.  It’s a natural muslin color 100% Kona fabric.  I know some say “I can’t do that”.  If you have a sewing machine you can do [...]