Me and My Brown Paws

Hello, I’m Ann of BrownPawsQuilting.

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This is me and my pup Bucky.  He’s my bud.

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This is the whole (canine) furry family – Leo (BrownPaws), Bucky, and our corgi Maggie.  The cats chose not to participate in the family photo.

I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico and work as an engineering manager.  I’ve been quilting for about 20 years, but started my blog just under a year ago.  I’ve really enjoyed meeting new people via the blog and via social media, and have learned so much in the past year – both about blogging and about quilting.   This group will be my first try at a Bee, and I’m anxious to figure it all out!

You can read more about me on my page and on my New Bloggers Blog Hop stop.   Some quick hits:

  • We spend a lot of time in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.  This is my sewing location when I’m there (it is a small place so I only do cutting and piecing there):

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  • I changed jobs about 6 months ago, leaving a place I had been for 23 years.  It has been quite an adjustment and I’m working hard to keep focus on my sewing!
  • I also recently bought a long arm, which was something I wanted to do for a long time.  Now I am working up a very steep learning curve.  This quilt is my first quilt top I’ve finished on the long arm.  It is a bow tie quilt top I made several years ago and figured it would be a good one to start playing with:

kite-quilt-in-progress

  • I used to do a lot of work with dying fabrics and using those fabrics in my quilts.  I haven’t done as much of that recently, but I do really love working with the colors.  This is my wedding quilt I made several years ago.  I had people sign the light purple pieces at the reception.full-quilt

 

  • I also enjoy reading (mainly audiobooks right now), music, Star Wars, and am a very large University of Wisconsin Badger fan – hence the dog named Bucky!

These are two recent things I’ve been working on…

The Sugar Block Club 3.0 blocks – blocks are all done, just need to figure out a layout…

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Embroidery blocks for a Moda Bake Shop Pattern called the Bee-utiful Quilt-a-long.  The embroidery has been fun.  So far I’ve completed twelve of the twenty total blocks.

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Thanks for adding me to the group – I look forward to getting to know you all and working on our blocks!

 

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9 thoughts on “Me and My Brown Paws

  1. Thanks for sharing! It is great to get to know more about you. I can’t believe I wasn’t following your blog before. I am now! You’ll have to let me know how that new longarm has been treating you. I have been considering one for awhile now.

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    • Hi Jen, thanks so much for your comment, and for the follow. So far I’m enjoying the long arm, but it’s really only been a month. I’ve been trying to get in at least 30 minutes of practice every day, and that is helping me to get comfortable with it. I hope to use it a lot this year!

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  2. Hi welcome to the BEE. I love your dogs and your quilt photos. We are poodle parents. We have a 4 year old large Standard named Tigg and our brand new baby Théo is a small standard. He is only 9 weeks old. He came home today.

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  3. Oh wow, congrats on the puppy! We got Maggie when she was a puppy – like 8 weeks – and it was really a long year. She was (is) a menace and not terribly interested in being trained. Good luck! Thanks so much for your kind comments about my dogs and quilts.

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  4. Lovely reading about your dogs, I have two working type springer spaniels, very high energy. I love the pic of yours. I noticed you had a knee lift on your machine and wondered if you use it much, I’m trying mine again just now but the jury is out.

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  5. Hi Kate – thanks for your kind comments about my pups. Yes, I have a knee lift on both machines. It was a new feature for me when I got my Bernina in ’98. It took some time to get used to, but now I struggle to do without it. I think it is especially useful for doing appliqué or sewing curved seams. Give it some time – I think you will like it.

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  6. Hi Ann! So glad you’re a part of this group. Love the dogs but miss the kitties. Wish they’d agreed to be in the family photo.

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  7. Hello Ann! So happy to meet you here in blog-land! Your dogs look like great companions. I am a cat person, and cannot imagine not having my Bella around to keep me company. I would love to have more, but my sweet hubby is allergic….so glad he loves cats too! That is what they make allergy medicine for….right???

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    • Hello Sharon! We are both cat and dog people, but the dogs are easier to get photos of. Currently we are down to only 2 cats – Sophia and Sarafina (Saffy). Both like to help, but Saffy is my shadow. Always there to offer insight and test quilts!

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