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March 14, 2019
Lovely Botanicals: The Academy of Appliqué 2019 from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

How can a week possibly fly by so quickly?! When you are having an outstanding time, that's how! That was our experience last week in Williamsburg, Virginia, at the Academy of Appliqué. One minute, we were unpacking and setting up to teach, and in two stitches with our needles, we were packing to come home. Well, my home; Kara came here with me (Teri) for a few more days before heading back to Germany.

As always, we want to thank Barbara Blanton, left, for all her work in creating this spectacular venue where lovers of appliqué can gather to ...

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February 21, 2019
An Inspirational Walk Through Liechtenstein from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

At this time of year, for Teri and me (Kara), our dining tables have disappeared under copious amounts of threads and ribbon as we put together kits for the Academy of Appliqué

While Teri is diligently working on kits, I had to get my end of things finished a week earlier, as my husband and I would be heading to Bavaria for a work conference this week. Needless to say, putting a blog post together for either of us was going to be a challenge. With that said though, I thought why not bring our readers along, through pictures, on ...

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December 27, 2018
Our Year in Review from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

We thought it would be fun to do a little year-in-review post this week, since it is almost time to say goodbye to 2018. What a year it has been! We have traveled to a few countries, enjoyed meeting many fellow stitchers in different parts of the world, and completed a lot of projects and patterns. Here is our year in pictures and posts. Just click on the caption, which is a link to the original post.

Birmingham Festival of Quilts

Birmingham Festival ...

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December 4, 2018
Christmas Present Ideas from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Are you frantically sewing for Christmas and the holidays? Are you trying to get all the sewing done in addition to the other daily projects? Things can get a little crazy for stitchers around the holidays. We want to give our best to our family and friends, but we all probably wish we had started these projects sooner. Regardless of the late hour, we will stitch till our fingers are sore, and we will be happy when each gift is finished. After all the holiday stitching, wouldn't it be nice to sit with a bunch of your friends and ...

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October 4, 2018
Petite Floral Wreath from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last year in Sainte Marie Aux Mines at the European Patchwork Festival, I (Kara) sat next to a friendly woman from around the Frankfurt area. She was a quilter, an American and an all around lovely person. We struck up a conversation which nine months later, led to an offer to teach at her guild! It's funny how teaching opportunities come along. The next question was what class would they like taught? Our Floral Wreath caught their eye but that is a two (really three) day class so we decided to make a smaller version that would fit into ...

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August 9, 2018
Lovely Botanicals—The Academy of Appliqué 2019 Class Offerings from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Some of us are fortunate enough to live near friends who share our stitching passion, and we can regularly gather to stitch and share needle stories. Others of us have to work a bit harder to create those opportunities. One perfect place to gather with others who love to appliqué is the annually held Academy of Appliqué, in Williamsburg, Virginia. We are honored to be on the teaching faculty at the Academy; March of 2019 will be our third year as teachers, and we are bubbling with excitement about our classes this year. We hope you will be, too!

The ...

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July 26, 2018
A Few Teasers—Birds and Bees, Flowers and... from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you figured that instead of stitching, you would rather sit at the computer and fight the cyber world gremlins? Me neither, but that's what I (Teri) did for most of the week. Still, I'm happy to say that our website, which was abysmally out-of-date, is now pretty current. Web design is really NOT my thing, but I try to approach it with the mindset of "I'm designing a quilt." Sometimes that works, but not always... I applaud those who choose to do this for a job—it is ...

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March 7, 2018
The 2018 Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, VA from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Well, for the first time in the nearly three years since Kara and I (Teri) began our blog, we missed a posting on our regular Thursday. A few times, we have posted early, or a bit late, but we have not—until now—failed to post every week. I think we had a good excuse. We hope you will, too, and will forgive our negligence!

Kara and I, back, with our stitching sisters,
Jan Vaine and Kathy Breidenstiein.
We were missing a few: you know who you are! :) 
As always, we had an absolutely fabulous time at the Academy last ...

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