Today we want to introduce to you (or perhaps remind you of) the brilliant Anna Maria Horner. She shares our passion for bright, lively color and is an amazing creator with a host of sewing books and products and a site full of inspiration and tutorials to show for it. Her beautiful collections for FreeSpirit fabrics alone—are enough to inspire a project or two. She’s a mother, she teaches classes, and she’s the face of Janome. Needless to say she’s a busy lady and that we can admire!

Quilting, embroidery, crafting—whatever your cup of tea is, Anna Maria has you covered. Here’s just a tiny taste of what she has to offer. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an expert-level sewer, you’re bound to find a fitting project with professional instructions and photos to guide you.

DIY FIgure 8 Scarf by Anna Maria Horner

Figure 8 Scarf

The complete tutorial for this beautiful scarf is available on her site. Some hand-sewing is involved, but note her defense of it at the end of the post. Love it!

Garden Pary Quilt by Anna Maria Horner

Garden Wall Quilt

This design, using fabric from Anna Maria’s Garden Party fabrics, is available as a free download. This is just one of many quilt patterns on her site.

Hand Drawn Garden Collection by Anna Maria HornerHand Drawn Garden Collection

Hand-Drawn Garden Collection

Speaking of gardens, you’ll want to check out her Hand-Drawn Garden fabric collection. All of her fabrics are to be admired, but we’re particularly loving the vivid variety of these quilting cottons.

DIY Wild Flower Pin Cushion

Wild Flower Pin Cushion

If you’re not ready to settle down with a long and involved project, there’s simple tutorials too. This Wild Flower pin cushion would make a fun gift for a sewing friend.

DIY Baby Leg Warmers

Baby Leg Warmers

Baby—make that newborn—legwarmers! So cute. You’ll find tons of inspiring ideas like this on her blog, as well as some insight into her life as a mother and creator.

DIY Stitched Rose Embellishment

Stitched Rose Embellishment

And on Creative Bug—we told you she was busy didn’t we—she has a class for embellishing an existing readymade garment with a stitched rose.

If these highlights aren’t enough, head on over to Anna Maria’s site for more and share your favorites with us!

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Hand­made Char­lotte offers a daily dose of DIY craft projects and design inspi­ra­tion to help fam­i­lies live each day to the fullest. Named one of the Top 50 Design Blogs for Moms by Babble.com, the site has been fea­tured in Martha Stew­art Liv­ing, Bet­ter Homes and Gar­dens, HGTV, Craftzine.com, Huff­in­g­ton Post, Busi­ness Insider, and more.

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