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September 21, 2017
The European Patchwork Meeting: Antique Quilts and Mary Koval from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

One of the four picturesque towns that takes
 part in the European Patchwork Meeting.
As I have discovered, living in Germany has quite a few benefits—besides the excellent beer, bread, and bratwurst. One such benefit was only living two hours away from the European Patchwork Meeting, in Val d'Argent, France. This quilt festival began 23 years ago as an homage to the Amish movement that began in the Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines, and with that movement, the heritage of Amish quilting. The festival is dedicated to all forms of textile art—antique, contemporary, or traditional. What is unique about this quilt ...

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May 19, 2017
Crazy Quilts at the Virginia Quilt Museum from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

Last week, Kara and I (Teri) decided that we needed to go on one last road trip before her departure to Germany. It will surely not be our last, but we will doubtfully get much travel in before she leaves the country. Our destination was Harrisonburg, Virginia. I had told her how much I enjoyed my visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum (VQM) in the fall, and we wanted to see Debby Cooney's exhibit on appliqué (more to come on that next week), so that seemed like a good place to start. We planned to check out a few ...

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February 22, 2017
A Crazy Treasure from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

For me (Kara), antiquing is about digging for treasure—finding that one item that speaks to you in some way and deciding that you can't leave without it. Unfortunately, my budget line item for antiques (if that really existed in our house) is negligible. However, every so often, I find an item that is a treasure, but won't break the bank or incur some sort of financial displeasure from my husband.

To my delight, I have found two quilts in the last six months that meet the previous requirement. The first one is a log cabin quilt that ...

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November 3, 2016
To Market We Go! from Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye

What a weekend! We landed in Houston on Saturday morning, checked into our hotel, dropped our bags, and hit the ground, running to the George R. Brown Convention Center for our first Quilt Market experience. Of course, our first stop was in the Exhibit Hall . . . to find our quilt.  We were delighted to find it in Aisle A, just beside the "red carpet."

We decided to view the rest of the exhibit during Festival and headed directly to the Market Hall. We got so caught up in conversations with vendors in the booths that we neglected to take as many ...

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